Camping Checklist Must Haves

Written by Marissa Sulmeisters, ESLLC 2016-2017

As we all go our separate ways for the summer, we each have some adventure ahead of us. For those of us planning on going camping, it is necessary to have a list of supplies to pack. Depending on the nature of the adventure, camping can be very dangerous if not adequately prepared.

The list includes:

  • Water purifier: Clean water is hard to come by in more remote locations, and a water purifier enables you to stay hydrated without worrying about diseases.
  • Sleeping bag: Hypothermia is real. Choose a good quality sleeping bag to stay warm at night and make yourself as comfortable as possible.
  • Water bottles: These enable you to stay hydrated. This is particularly important if you travel to high altitude.
  • Sun glasses/Hat: Protect your eyes and your face as well as possible or you will get sunburn, windburn, or other nature-related injuries.
  • Sunscreen: Sunburn not only causes cancer later in life, it hurts very badly. Do yourself a favor and lather up in sunscreen as often as possible.
  • Climate-appropriate clothes: Whether this means close-toed sandals, wool socks, long sleeved shirts, or gloves, be prepared. Depending on where you go, you will need to prepare yourself for different weather.
  • Tent: Shelter is important not only for warmth, but protection from the elements. These include but are not limited to rain, snow, and wind.
  • Bear box: It is always a good idea to protect your food and anything scented within a bear box. This not only protects the food, but you.
  • Sleeping pad: While this may seem a bit extra while camping, a good night’s sleep prepares you to literally climb mountains.
  • Healthy food: Pack food which fuels your body to perform
  • Trash/compost bags: I can’t stress this enough. Carry out your trash and compost. Leave no trace and take care of the environment.
  • Toiletries: Whether you need shampoo, hand soap, toothpaste, or deodorant, pack wat makes you comfortable in the wilderness. While not mandatory, it’s never a bad thing to have good hygiene even when camping.
  • Duct Tape: Duct Tape literally fixes anything. Whether you have a hole in your tent, your backpack is falling apart, or you get seriously injured, Duct tape can help.
  • Matches: whether you need heat or light, matches are the fastest way to get that. Just make sure you put it in a waterproof container so they don’t get ruined.
  • Flashlight: this is incredibly useful to be able to see in the dark.
  • Poncho: A wet camper is not a happy camper. Keep yourself dry for a comfortable trip.
  • Long Socks: You can never have too many long socks. They can be used as socks, bandages, or mittens.
  • First aid kit: This is pretty self-explanatory. Take care of yourself by cleaning. And covering any injuries you may have.
  • Swiss army knife: These are super useful for anything you can think of. They usually have a nail file, knife, scissors, and lots of other fun tools to help you out.

The above list gives basic guidelines for a camping supply list, but more items can be added for your comfort. Perhaps the most important tool to bring with you is a buddy! Not only is it way more fun to explore with friends, but it is also safer. Preferably, travel in groups of three or four for maximum safety and fun.

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