Mother Nature and I aren’t really cool. I mean, I can tolerate her for small periods of time. You know while walking to the car, going from store to store, or under major shade with a drink in my hand lol. But, definitely not the I’ll sit in the dirt and eat wild animals over a fire kind of relationship. So when my friend asked me to go camping with her, I had NO clue what to bring at all. Thankfully, Google is my BFF.
I went on my camping trip earlier this week with my friend and her family. Now I can give you the real on what you actually need for a camping trip. I’ll label it in order from the Must Haves to the Optional Items. Take a look!
Off the back, I can give you two things that I could not have survived this trip without.
- The first is wipes. Let me repeat that for you so you can understand the significance. Do not leave the house without wipes! This item is so versatile it can be used for many things which only ease the comfort of the trip. I used this for my hands, for the “bathroom”, to clean up spills, and etc.
- The second is hand sanitizer. It is no surprise that you will be getting a little dirty on your trip. Come on, you are literally surrounded by nothing but dirt in the woods. Walking around with visible dirt over my hands was not something I could stand. The hand sanitizer helped re-clean my hands and remove the stickiness. I would have lost my mind if I had to eat and drink with hands covered in nothing but dirt.
The Other Must Haves are:
- A pillow
- A blanket
- A tent
- Citronella candles or sticks
- Insect repellent spray
- Hygiene items such as toothbrush and deodorant ( ensure they’re unscented because of insects)
- A sweater (for nights at least)
- Garbage and Ziploc bags
- Socks ( I recommend the knee high ones)
I went camping with a big group so everyone brought different things. This made it easier for us to camp as each person was responsible for bringing specific items. This prevented us from wasting money and purchasing duplicates. The above I mentioned are just minimum for an individual’s needs.
- An air mattress ( Sleeping on the ground is not comfortable my friend but it’s doable )
- An air pump for the air mattress
- Snacks such as chips and beef jerky
- A reusable bottle with cover as pictured
- Liquor of course haha
- Disposable cups and utensils
- A jacket
- A car phone charger
- Prepared food that only needs to be reheated on the fire
- Reading material
- A camera
The list I prepared above can obviously be altered to suit your own personal needs. I suggest you think of EVERYTHING you know you may need to be outside in the middle of nowhere. You don’t want to be surrounded with nothing but trees and realize that you forgot something crucial like wipes or toilet paper. Leaves will have to be used for something besides making a tree look good. LOL!
Plan! Prepare! As long as you take the time to get everything off your list, you will have an awesome time. I may not be a country girl but I definitely had a blast pretending for a little bit!
I hope you enjoy your time camping if you ever dare to venture out into the woods!