As you already know, my family and I love camping out in the great outdoors. It’s such a good way of getting away from it all and connecting with nature again. But to have a good time you need to make sure that you are set with the right gear. Things like your tent, footprint, water carriers and the like. That got me thinking about which items are absolutely essential for any camping trip, and this is what I came up with.
This one is pretty obvious but is always worth checking twice in the back of the truck; that you have it with you. Or else you will, literally, be sleeping out under the stars!
But how do you pick the right tent to take with you on your camping trip? Well, first of all, you need to consider space. It’s no good packing a two man tent if there is six of your on the trip!
Then you need to consider the type of weather that you are likely to be experiencing if you are camping in a hot, dusty area like the ones mentioned on The Expenditioner. Where the weather rarely changes, you may be able to get away with a cheaper tent that is designed for good weather. But if not; then it’s worth investing in something a little more robust to be sure that you have enough protection from the elements. No matter what they throw at you.
One of the most noticeable things, when you camp out in the wilds, is the lack of light. I mean it’s dark out there. Not at night on the street with lights dark, but pitch black. Now, this can both be super fun and refreshing; and also a little scary.
Especially if you are miles away from the next living soul. That is why it’s a good idea to go well equipped with camping lanterns like the ones reviewed at TentsAndCampGear.com. So you can at least see what you are doing if you have to leave the tent during the night.
Obviously, you will need sleeping gear as well as a tent for your family camping trip. This usually consists of a sleeping bag. Often mummy bags are the best choice because the narrow design at the bottom keeps your feet warm. While the hood helps you to retain heat from your head during the night.
Pillows can be your own choice. There are camping ones available. But if you are driving to your location, you may as well take your own ones; to be super comfy.
Also, don’t make the mistake of forgetting a tent footprint. This is a barrier that goes between the tent and ground. Partly to insulate against the cold and wet, and partly to make it a bit more comfortable to sleep on.
For a little, added luxury why not get an inflated mattress? It rolls down to nothing so is easy to transport, and can definitely help protect you from the stones and rock that may be under the tent.
HI Shanna, I love the tips. When picking out a tent, also consider if you want to stand up in it. It doesn’t hold the heat in as well, but it makes getting dressed in the morning a whole lot easier!