Best Items to Take on your Summer Camping Trip

The kind of items you carry for camping can either make or break your trip. You should be aware of what to take with you and even make a checklist to ensure you pack everything. Whether it is a small weekend getaway with your family or a weeks’ camp with a few friends, it is up to you to make it a worth experience by taking the right items with you. Here are vital items not to be left behind.

Tent and other camping necessities

When the word camp is mentioned, what comes to your mind first? A tent, right? As you pack your tent, remember to pack stakes, mallet, and poles for putting it up. Also, as you pack sleeping bags, remember to include a sleeping mat which acts as protection from the bumpy ground as well as an insulation pad. Instead of the usual small tents, you may want to go with a big one. That being your choice, include beds, folding chairs, a table and a tarp or sunshade.

Clothes and personal items

It is easy to leave behind some of the most fundamental personal items when packing for a trip. In this case, sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and a toiletry kit are basic items for any camping trip. Since it is a summer camp, carry mostly light clothing but since the weather may surprise you, pack a heavy pair In case it gets cold. Sunglasses, a hat and hiking shoes are also important for protection against the sun and to be able to maneuver comfortably.

Indispensable extras

There are other overlooked items like first aid kits which are really important to carry for a camping trip especially if you are taking kids with you. As well, don’t forget to pack navigation tools like maps, compass, portable GPS, flashlights, and lanterns. You will need a portable generator to charge your phones and anything chargeable you carry with you. Some portable generators are very quiet and investing in one of those for your summer camping trip will make your experience a little bit better.

Cooking equipment and food supplies

While camping out there, you will have to prepare all your meals. So, it will be important to pack cooking equipment like eating utensils, pots, pans, camping stove, a cutting board and other items like water bottles and a portable litter bin or polythene bags. Also, freeze-dried camping meals and pre-packaged snacks should be part of your food. For the water, you may want to carry your own filtration just in case you will get water from there, but if you opt to carry your own, the better.


It would be boring if you went camping without any kind of entertainment don’t you think? Pack a binoculars and a camera to capture the good moments and views. You can also make it a little bit more interesting by taking bikes, fishing gear or even kayaking gear with you. Pack also board games, playing cards or a ball for the kids to play with. This can be a good way to spice up your trip and make the experience more eventful.

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