Some Essentials You Need When Going Camping
Creating a camping checklist can be a tedious yet important process. It is hard to know what you need for the great outdoors when you are in the comfort of your home. And most of the time we always end up forgetting something when it’s too late. So here are some of the essentials that are always on my checklist and need to be on yours too.
1. A well stocked First aid kit
This may seem like it’s a given that you should walk with a first aid kit but you would be surprised how many times I have forgotten to pack it. It’s just one of those things. Another problem is what is in your first aid kit. Because there is nothing worse than thinking you have a fresh roll of bandages only to realize that you forgot to replenish it.
Here are some things that should be in any FAK. This isn't a set list, though. Every FAK is unique and I highly recommend you create one for your specific needs and the needs of the place your are visiting
- Special medications
- Personal medications
- Roll bandages
- Adhesive tape
- Antiseptic wipes
- Cotton swabs
- Bug repellant
- Feminine products
- Razor blades
- Small bottle of water
- Poison ivy cream/cleansers
- Coins for emergency phone calls
- Antibiotic soap
2. Wind Proof Lighter
You have made it to the campsite and everything is ready now all you need is a fire to roast some delicious marshmallows time for to break out the matches? Matches are fun unless you are in a damp area or its raining or there is heavy wind. The point is, matches aren’t always the best fire starter when you are camping. A lighter is more reliable just make sure you have two because those buggers are easy to lose and hard to live without when camping.
3. Extra Drinking Water
I know you have already thought of water but extra water is totally different. Extra water is the water you think will be too much for the amount of time you will spend at the camp site but is essential. It is never fun when you have to ration water while trying to have a fun weekend. So always walk with at least 2 gallons more than you think you need.
What are some of your camping essentials? Tell us in the comments below
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