Top 5 Essentials You Will Need Next Time You Go Camping

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Camping is one of the most amazing experiences you can have. Hiking to a nice secluded spot and sleeping in the middle of nature can seem like a different world. The equipment that you need to go camping has become more sophisticated over the years, but the basic principle for many is the same.

To make your trip a success, you need to be safe and protected from the elements. Here are a few essential pieces of equipment to help you.


You can sleep under the stars which are a magical experience, however, if you prefer to have a tent, then choosing the right one will make things more comfortable. Ideally, you want to have a tent that has some extra space so you can move around easily.

For example, if there are two of you, then taking a three-person tent will give you plenty of space.

Sleeping Bag

There are several designs for sleeping bags. However, one of the most popular is the cocoon type that goes around your head to just leave your face exposed. They’re particularly good if you’re going to camp somewhere that will be cold at night.

You can get different thicknesses and materials depending on the climate you will be in, and some even have pouches for hot water bottles if it gets particularly cold.

A Sleeping Pad

A sleeping pad is an inflatable mattress that you can lay on in your sleeping bag at night. You can get simple pads that are thin sheets of foam, although you might find the inflatable pads offer more comfort.

They’re easy to inflate and pack away, so they won’t take up much room in your backpack if you’re on a hiking trek.


There’s a huge range of cookware available that will suit everyone from the simple camper to the camper who needs to cook for a family. You can get everything from folding frying pans to portable wash basins if you need them.

You can even get color coded plates and bowls so that you always know which is yours. Perfect for sitting around the fire trying out those campfire pie iron recipes from Easy Campfire Recipes.


As it gets dark, you’ll need some way of illuminating the tent, and for taking trips to the toilet at night, so a lantern is essential. You can get lanterns that use different power supplies depending on your preferred choice.

There are those powered by a butane canister, those that are solar charged and regular battery-operated types. Whichever one you choose, make sure it’s ready to go before nightfall.

These are a few of the essential items you’ll need on your camping trip. You can, of course, add to this if you want to by having a larger tent, gas operated fridge or folding chairs. If you’re planning a hiking trip over a few days, you’ll also need a lightweight backpack to carry all your equipment.


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