If there is one activity where it’s vitally important to plan how much you pack and what you pack, it’s camping. Packing too much is a common mistake campers make, as it means more to carry, sometimes long distances to a camp site or on hiking expeditions. The golden rule when planning a camping expedition is making sure that your gear is lightweight; it will be easier to convey and if you plan it well you can readily bring everything you need.
Importantly, part of your task is to make sure that everything you need is in working order. Before you start to pack you need to lay out all your camping equipment so you can see all items you are taking with you on your trip. Make sure everything is functional. Second, ensure that everything you have selected is absolutely essential. Check every piece of equipment in your expedition pack. If you doubt you will use it, leave it.
Camping expeditions often involve prolonged hikes and this will take its toll if you are overloaded with nonessential items. With some expeditions lasting for several weeks, you must be prepared for most things but also pack light enough to be calm and relaxed, which can be a challenge. The idea is not to just pack light items, but also to pack the items you will most probably need in your camping gear.
Before replacing everything in your pack with lightweight items, go through your camping gear thoroughly and take out anything you won’t use. If it’s your first camping trip, it can be hard but if you have been camping and hiking before, you know the chances of needing a certain item. If you have not used it before, you do not need it contributing to the weight of your load this time. For example, we all know that it’s necessary to take fresh water but, consider packing only collapsible empty water containers and some water decontamination tablets so that you can use water found along the way and be sure that it’s safe to drink. Just by looking at the rest of your camping gear with the same scrutiny, you can take out the nice from the necessary and ease your load. The weight of your load can make the difference between a tiresome experience and a pleasurable one, as long as you only pack items essential for your comfort and survival.
A carefully compiled checklist is a vitally important element of every camping trip to ensure that critical items are not excluded and nonessential items are left behind. Apart from the obvious items like tent, inflatable beds and sleeping bags, list items that will be required throughout each day, such as eating utensils, wet weather gear and warm clothing (depending on the expected climate), cooking gear, matches, flashlights, spare batteries, insect repellent, sunscreen, protective clothing, first aid kit, compass and personal hygiene items. A supply of non-perishable food is also wise to satisfy your needs until you are able to replenish.
Camping is a time honored family tradition that many families begin in the early months of life with their children. Having the right baby camping gear can make the trip more enjoyable and memorable for the entire family.
And don’t forget to pack some items of amusement and entertainment for when the weather keeps your family under cover. Careful planning leads to maximum enjoyment.
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