Unlike your house in the city, your tent will not have a lot of repair work. But you will have to fend for yourself for survival. From finding the right campground to pitching the tent to setting up a bonfire to keep yourself warm after the sun sets, it’s solely your responsibility. When in nature, you need some essential tools to spend a comfortable time in the wilderness independently. Your level of enjoyment depends on your preparedness. So read ahead to find out what tools you must carry to have a satisfactory and stress-free camping experience.
Tent and mattresses
Get a tent size suitable for you. The tent material you choose should be dependent on the weather you’d be camping in. Ensure that you carry the necessary poles and ropes for pitching the tent. Carry a mattress to spread on the floor of the shelter. You can try practising pitching the tent in your garden.
Clothesline and clips
Although you’re not going to change as often as you did when in your house, you’ll need two or three pairs of clothes and some socks to survive the trip. You need the clothesline to hang your clothes for drying. Make sure you use clips because the area can be windy, and you don’t want your socks on top of a hill. Carry a folding pocket knife to help cut the extra clothesline and also clear the campground.
Cutting board and knives
You may not need a stove if you’re following the basic camping ways of cooking. You simply need a matchbox and some firewood to cook your meal. What is essential is a cutting board. You can skip carrying a stove and fuel, but you can’t chop your vegetables and meat on the ground. Food preparation without chef’s knives from the UK is impossible. Pack it for field dressing and cooking.
You can carry a gallon of refined water to your campsite and fill in a bottle when you go hiking. Water from the ponds and lakes may seem accessible but can have some serious consequences if consumed. You can carry water refining tablets to help with refilling your bottle when hiking.
To avoid the hassle of washing dishes after eating, use disposable cutlery for convenience. You can throw them in the dustbin after use or put them in a recyclable bag and carry them back home.
Although you can light a bonfire in your campground, the light won’t be visible after 6ft. So you should get a camping light stand or headlights to deal with the darkness, especially when you’re trying to find something on the ground.
First aid box
You should always carry a first aid box when camping and hiking. Cotton, bandage, antiseptics and painkillers should be in the box. Don’t forget to keep an inhaler if you have breathing problems.
Camping can allow you to have some incredible and memorable experiences in nature. But one should prepare to be safe in unknown territory.