Get ready to load up your car and go on an adventure! One of the most popular ideas for a quick getaway is a camping trip. Since camping requires preparation, use this checklist to get started planning your next vacation! There are lots of add ons and special items that you can bring (extra food, a hammock, technology), there are a few basic camping items that you MUST bring!
Tent. Obviously! This is an essential items for your camping gear, and there are so many styles, fabrics, frames, and colors. The most basic tent, a pop tent, can typically hold two people. There are larger versions of this tent that have a peaked roof yet are taller to allow room for adults to walk around inside. Hexagonal tents are awesome and have LOTS more overall room. If you have it in your budget, try to invest in a test that has room for sleeping and sitting. Tents (and their screens/netting) can help protect you from the weather and bugs.
Be wary of the overall weight of your test as well though, and consider how many people it will take to set it up and break it down.
Sleeping bags. I like light-weight sleeping bags that aren’t too warm since we live in Florida. It’s important that they are durable and easy to store.
First Aid Kit. This is obviously an essential whenever you travel. You can create one using dollar store items (read more on this dollar store first aid kit!), and make sure to have antibacterial cream, bandages, gauze, pain medication, scissors, and tweezers too. Aloe, sunblock, and mosquito repellant are MUSTS too.
Cooking surface. You don’t always have to cook over a fire. Depending on where you are camping, fire regulations, and the weather, a small portable propant stove or a charcoal grill can be helpful to cook food.
Food. Pack more than you think you will need! Sometimes you might stay longer than originally planned.
Lights, lanterns, and protection against mosquitos. When I discovered Thermacell, I knew this would be a perfect companion for our next camping trip. Thermacell Trailblazer and Scout Camp Lanterns provide hours of bright light and proven protection from mosquitoes, black flies, and other biting insects. This is CRUCIAL for us here in Florida!
Thermacell products are effective in warding off biting insects. The repellent creates a 15 x 15-foot zone of protection against mosquitoes, black flies and other flying insects. Thermacell products have been recognized by leading entomologists and outdoor writers as the solution to making outdoor activities enjoyable.
It is the perfect size to pack, and it provides enough light for your area. We actually have this one our porch since we are trying to ensure our home does have too many mosquitos. Zika is all over the news here, and we are worried about the potential problems it can have for our state.
It’s important to be prepared when you’re on the go this summer. Make sure to have a packing list and triple check it before you go. Fresh water is a major must, and don’t stress the small stuff. Sunscreen, bug spray, and emergency health items are just as important too. You can stock up for camping supplies for a few dollars at your local dollar store! You can read my list here!