There has been a huge 72% increase (since 2014) in the number of American families who camp more than three times a year. That is a lot of campers, which means a lot of camping gear.
Even if you have never camped before, you likely know the basics. You need shelter, comfort, food and water, and light.
But the type of essential equipment you need depends on the climate and the style of camping. This easy guide will show you how to pick the right camping supplies for your specific trip.
You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand that a two-person tent means it is big enough for two people. So, don’t fall at the first hurdle and buy a three-person tent for your extended family of seven.
Next, consider the weather. If there is the slightest chance of rain on your trip, get a waterproof tent. And if you are camping in extreme weather conditions like storms, opt for a geodesic tent because it has the most stable structure.
Here are some other common styles of tent:
- Tunnel/pod/multi-room tents = good for large families
- Instant tents = good for backpackers
- Pop up tents = good for festivals and backyard camping
Also, consider the weight of your tent if you are going on a camping trip where you need to carry your tent.
Another essential piece of camping gear is a sleeping bag. The two main things to consider when buying a sleeping bag are the size and the season.
The season rating will inform you what temperatures and seasons the sleeping bag is suitable for. If you want a versatile sleeping bag, a three or four-season sleeping bag is ideal. If you are camping in heat, try a silk liner instead of a sleeping bag.
Consider buying the smallest and lightest sleeping bag you can if you need to carry it, which is often a mummy style.
Also, think about buying a self-inflating sleeping mat and pillow. You need as much comfort as you can get when you are camping.
Bringing light sources on your camping trip is vital not only for your convenience but for your safety too. Here are some of the different types you could bring:
- Head torches
- Camping lanterns
If you want a light source to illuminate your whole tent, switching on camping lanterns is ideal. But it’s good to bring a few different lighting options. Head torches are great for finding the toilet block in the dark.
Water and Food
You need water and food to live, so you will need them on a camping trip too! Bring water bottles and know where your water sources are. You will need a water filtration system if you are drinking untreated water.
You can live off uncooked food like protein bars, beef jerky, and dried fruit for a couple of days. But if you prefer cooked food, invest in a cooking stove and camping utensils.
Get the Right Camping Gear for You
There is so much camping gear out there, the sheer choice can be overwhelming. But as long as you have the essentials suited to your camping trip, you don’t need anything else to have a great time outdoors.
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