At some point in life, we all want to head out for a camping adventure. No matter how old we are or how many people are accompanying us on our journey, a camping trip is a must have experience at least once in an entire lifetime.
Whether you’re camping away from the tropical heat or heading for a rainy experience in the forest, this is an adventure you will remember for the rest of your life.
While camping sounds very fun and exciting, there are a lot of technicalities involved. Camping is very different from the conventional trips we plan where we stay at hotels and dine out in restaurants.
What to Bring Camping – A Complete Checklist
Camping is closer to nature, a little more difficult, and definitely more prone to risks than an ordinary trip. However, if you make a list of essentials you need during your trip, there’s nothing that can go wrong. Here are your absolute essentials for your next camping trip:
What’s a camping trip without your camping tent, right? Depending on the number of people who will be sharing the sleeping space at night, you need to purchase a tent suitable for the place you are heading to.
For example, if you have groups of four people staying in the same tent, then you’ve to choose a bigger tent. You can explore online resources for more details and understand how these are more spacious than your regular tents.
You also need to select the fabric of your tent as per the location you are heading off to. The most common ones are available in polythene so there is no chance of water entering your tent even when it begins to rain.
First Aid Kit
There is absolutely no trip without taking your first aid kit with you. You need to make sure you carry a kit which contains ointments for wounds, injections for excessive pain, painkillers and band aids to cover minute scratches. When on a camping adventure, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. From catching a flu to touching poison oak, you need to be well prepared for the worst.
When you are off hiking or on a camping trip, you tend to burn more energy than usual and the need for snacks becomes more apparent. It’s easy to pack a few chocolate bars, but even if you are exercising a lot it is still not the healthiest option – and certainly doesn’t give you the slow release energy that you need.
Instead, you should take the time to pack or create a few quick and easy snacks that are both delicious, healthy, and offer the energy that you require to keep going. We have just the recipes for you.
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However, each of these recipes is incredibly delicious, and we are sure that you are going to love at least one of them. Healthy and packed full of nutrients, these quick and easy snacks have everything you need to just keep on going.
Plus, many of them can be prepped ahead of time so that you don’t have to worry about making them when you are on the move. Your next hiking or camping trip is sure to be an amazing one.
Cranberry Energy Bars
These energy bars are not only quick and simple to make, but they are also healthy, and you can make them before you leave so that you simply need to reach for one when you are on the trail.
Cooking Time: 0 mins
Makes: 18 bars
- 200g/7oz butter, softened
- 200g/7oz light muscovado sugar
- 100g/3½oz golden syrup
- 50g/1¾oz sunflower seeds
- 50g/1¾oz dried cranberries, chopped if large
- 100g/3½oz sultanas
- 50g/1¾oz desiccated coconut
- 100g/3½oz crisped rice cereal
- 150g/5½oz rolled oats
Method: Get a baking tin (23x30cm) and line it with cling film. Now, get a saucepan and place it over a medium heat – adding the butter, sugar, and golden syrup, stirring it until it has melted. Pour it into a large bowl, and then mix in the rest of the ingredients until well combined.
Then, put the mixture into the tin and spread it evenly before placing it in the fridge to set and chill for two hours. Once firm, remove from the tray and cut into 18 bars.
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These are fun to make if you have kids with you, and while you do have to make them on the site, the ingredients are easy to take along with you.
Cooking Time: 0 mins
Makes: 8 (per apple)
- 1 apple
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup almonds, sliced
- 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Method: Slice the apple into rings and then remove the core. Take the peanut butter and spread it over the apple before topping with the nuts, coconut, and chocolate chips.
Serve and enjoy.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
These cookies are classics, and they are perfect for giving you the energy boost that you need when you are out hiking or camping. Plus, they are nice and easy to make before you head out, so you are fully stocked.
Cooking Time: 8-10 mins
Makes: 4 dozen
- 1/2 Cup(s) (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
- 3/4 Cup(s) firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 Cup(s) granulated sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Teaspoon(s) vanilla
- 1-1/2 Cup(s) all-purpose flour
- 1 Teaspoon(s) Baking Soda
- 1 Teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
- 1/2 Teaspoon(s) salt (optional)
- 3 Cup(s) Uncooked Oats
- 1 Cup(s) raisins
Method: Heat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Then add eggs and vanilla. Next, add the combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt before mixing well. Add oats and raisins.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonful’s onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely.
Store in a tightly covered container.
Guacamole and Flatbread
Guacamole is a delicious and healthy campsite snack – especially when combined with flatbreads instead of tortilla chips. Avocado is packed full of essential nutrients, and this recipe will leave the whole family wanting more. Just remember not to add the avocado until you are on site!
Cooking Time: 0 mins
- 3 ripe avocados
- 1 diced tomato
- 1 minced jalapeno
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- ½ minced red onion
- ½ bunch of chopped cilantro/coriander
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- ½ teaspoon of pepper
- Juice of two limes
Method: While you are at home, take all of the chopped and minced ingredients (leave the avocado) and mix them well with the seasoning and lime juice. Add them to a Ziploc bag and ensure that it is sealed before taking it to the campsite in a cooler.
Once there, take a bowl and smash the avocado inside it until it is a little chunky.
Then, add the ingredients from the Ziploc bag and mix well. Serve with a selection of flatbreads.
This is a simple recipe to make, as well as a classic for hikers and campers everywhere. There are many variations available, but the traditional recipe is always best – and has a good combination of fast and slow release energy.
Cooking Time: 0 mins
- 1 bag of nuts (your choice, peanuts are our top pick)
- 1 bag of dried raisins
- 1 bag of M&Ms (classic)
- Shredded wheat cereal
- 1 bag of seeds (your choice, but we pick sunflower seeds)
- Coconut flakes
Method: Take the ingredients and mix them all together. Place into a large Ziploc bag (or four separate ones) before packing them away and enjoying when you need quick energy.
You can alter the ingredients according to your own tastes and preferences.
A Portable Grill
If you’re not sure if there are barbecues available at the campground you are visiting, bring your own portable gas grill, this way you will be able to have hot and healthy meals wherever you are in the woods.
A BBQ feast doesn’t have to rhyme exclusively with meat. You can prepare a delicious grilled fish directly on the grill or cook it in foil with fresh veggies.
No matter how “close to nature” our camping trip is, it is impossible to fully rely on the natural items to grant us everything we want. Therefore, having campfire supplies is a must. You need to take gasoline, lighters and an ax to ensure the fire can be started anywhere you want.
So in case you are unable to start the fire as cavemen do, you always have a backup to make sure you’re not cold all night. These supplies make your lives easier and let you enjoy your trip without a constant physical effort.
If you want to be even more prepared, you can travel with a portable toilet too!
Living in nature has its perks but is also a little dangerous. There are a lot of insects and animals crawling around in the forests. While not all of them can be detected and stopped, you need to keep flashlights with you so you don’t step on them and disturb their natural course of action.
In case you hear beetles and flies, it is always better to be able to find out they are instead of being paranoid all night.
Flashlights also help in finding our way back to the main road or to our car without constantly stumbling. You can even carry a gas lantern in case you don’t want to carry a flashlight!
Gear for Sport Activities
Try to include as many sports activities as possible on your vacation. Go on a bike ride, take an afternoon to hike or climb a mountain. Look around your campsite to find out if there are places where you can go canoeing, kayaking or even fly-fishing.
Use a yoga mat to do lower body and core workouts, and to stretch. In addition to keeping you fit, sports activities will allow you to visit new places and see beautiful landscapes.
Concluding Thoughts – Camping Essentials Checklist
There are a variety of other items you can bring camping, but these are a few of the most essential options. If you make sure to bring these, you will be safe and set for your camping adventure!