Camping Must Haves!
Preparation is essential for any outdoor adventure. Having the necessary supplies and equipment can make a difference in your overall enjoyment and experience. Checklists are a great tool to help with your organization. Your camping list will vary according to the type of camping and activities you have planned, the places you are going, the time of year and the length of your trip.
1. Before setting out on a camping or hiking trip do your homework. Know the area you intend to travel to, become familiar with area maps and if possible learn to use a compass. Plan your trip, thoroughly, let others know where you are going and when you plan to return. Never travel alone, there is safety in numbers, travel with companions.
2. Next the list of necessary supplies needed to safely proceed with our trip into the backcountry. Every trip into the outdoors requires us to carry a basic group of items that
must be included in every backpack on the trail. These include water, extra food, flashlight, pocket knife or multi-tool, waterproof matches and lighter, space blanket, twine or fishing line, and extra clothing and raingear. These items are for surviving the outing and should be carried every time you go into the wilderness. What I'm trying to say is even though you may not use these items, having them and not needing them is much better than needing them and not having them.
3. The smart move when hiking and camping is to be safe in all things. Additional comfort items you might consider are insect repellent, first aid kit, whistle for summoning help, cell phone or some other communication device is a great addition for safety's sake and last but not least a big bag of common sense.