If you decided to go camping with your tent, you probably imagine that the tent would basically be like a mini house to you. But you couldn’t be more wrong on that matter.
People who expect to get a trailer camping experience out of their tent surely need to do more documentation on the matter.
When you go camping with your tent you must keep in mind that you need to carry everything in your backpack so you should only pack the absolute necessary things.
Tent Camping Checklist For Basic items: shelter and safety
- Tents and poles – the types of tens and additional gear vary depending on what you actually need them for. The poles and the tent itself must be made of light materials if you plan on carrying them yourself. If not, remember that for a bigger tent you need sturdy poles that can guarantee the stability of your tent. Keep in mind that strong wind can also be a decisional factor.
- Sleeping bags, pads and air mattresses – while air mattresses aren’t good insulator, they are more comfortable but also quite heavy. If you don’t plan on hiking and you are coming by car, you can also take pillows and blankets, they always help in case weather gets nasty or if you just need more comfort.
- Axe or hammer – you may be allowed to chop wood around your campsite. But even if you aren’t, gathering stems and sticks to start a fire might require you to have something to cut them.
- Flashlight and lantern – it’s very unlikely that you will have electricity unless you are camping in a special designed camp. Out in the wilderness, these items are mandatory.
- Brushes – outdoor, many things can happen and either way you will need to clean up the mud from the tent, boots or any other gear facing rainy weather.
Tent Camping Checklist For Camping Cooking
- Portable grill – you can’t carry on with a portable stove, but a grill would do best for you. To start a fire you won’t need more than simple matches.
- Skillet – preferably not made of cast iron as it is very heavy
- Water – if you can carry it along with you, make sure you have enough potable water as you can’t be sure you will find any at your campsite.
- Cooking tools – unless you think you can chop them out of wooden sticks.
- A portable refrigerator and ice – only if you are coming by car. You won’t be able to carry these items by yourself so in case you are hiking, the food could stay cool in river cold water, packed in plastic bags.
- Fuel – not mandatory, but it eases the fir starting.
- Plates, glasses – plastic ones are perfect because you don’t risk breaking them during transportation and they are also very light weighted.
- Dish washing soap and scrubber – once you used your utensils, you also have to clean them. While some leftovers can be cleaned using just water, grease and oils can’t be removed without soap.
- Tables, chairs – such things can be found in any store that’s ells backyard stuff.
- Trash bags – Never leave garbage behind. Compress it and store it in large plastic bags, you can dispose of it anywhere you find a garbage can.
- Knives – If your spoon and forks are made of plastic, remember to pack a real knife too, or even better a Swiss knife.
Tent Camping Checklist For Personal use:
- Sun screen lotion – to protect your skin against sunburns
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, body soap and deodorant – the basics of keeping yourself clean and fresh
- Hand sanitizer – always useful especially if you are outdoor
- Toilet paper
Tent Camping Checklist For Miscellaneous
- First aid kit – whenever you are outdoor on your own, accidents can happen and you will need basic care for wounds or broken bones. Or simply headaches.
- Insect repellant – for your comfort and safety considering some insects can carry diseases.
- Camera – if you want to have keep some pictures
- Fishing equipment – if you know that’s something you would like and can practice around your campsite.
- Books, cards – or any other forms of entertainment to pass the time
- Cloths – pack a few shirts, something for windy and rainy weather and some for warm days.
- Laundry detergent – in case you don’t bring many clothes, you can always wash the dirty ones.
- Cell phone and charger – Even if you don’t have full signal, SOS signals can still be sent from anywhere.
- Maps – if you plan on hiking around, you might need to get a better view of the area, or eventually make an itinerary.