If this is not your first trip abroad, you would know by now that the most stressful part about it is packing. When you are preparing your luggage, you are not just packing clothes for the duration of the trip. You are also anticipating weather changes, emergencies, and other external factors that you cannot foresee. More so when it comes to packing for a camping trip.
Typically, because a camping trip usually has no frills involved, it requires fewer items to bring. You do not need to pack a lot of clothes nor shoes, only your trusty weather gear and your tent. On most camping grounds, especially in New Zealand and Australia where most outdoor activity seekers camp out, there are nearby stores accessible from the sites. However, it is best to pack a few essentials that will make your wilderness stay a comfortable one.
Here is a guide to help you make sure you will have everything that you will need for your camping trip before you head out.
Take a campervan for hire
They say when you are travelling, you should always pack light so that you will not have to lug heavy bags around? Well, when you are camping, you can choose to break that rule. Because you might decide to camp out in a remote destination, assume that there will not be any stores nearby and pack everything, from first aid paraphernalia to gallons of water. So how do you bring all of them on your adventure? Hire a campervan to have a comfortable travel. Just go online and book a campervan for hire based on your budget.
Choose practical clothing
When it comes to camp clothes, what you need are light fabrics and clothes that are moisture-wicking (meaning, clothes that can draw sweat off the skin and outside of the fabric). This will allow you to reuse some of the clothes for one day more. Other clothing items you need to bring are weatherproof jackets, thick socks, a hat (preferably lightweight), sandals with a good grip, water shoes, swimsuits, hiking boots or runners, and sunglasses.
You will notice that these are all adaptive clothing, which means that these are durable for both wet and dry seasons. Additionally, these are clothes that are good for any terrain, whether you will be traversing a rocky trail or a slippery one.
In contrast with clothes, you will have to limit your personal items to only the most basic and most practical. These are items that you need for hygiene and for medical emergencies. Make sure you have your dental kit, toilet paper, sunscreen, bug spray, hand sanitizer, toiletry kit (includes soap and shampoo), and first aid kit (includes bandage, Povidone-iodine wound care products, cotton balls, and prescription medication).
Camping will mean preparing your meals on your own wilderness kitchen. To make cooking easy for you, make sure you have the following:
-Trail mix and snack bars for when you are hiking
-Freeze-dried camping meals that you can cook
-A couple of fruits and carbohydrates so that you will not have problems when you are low on sugar and energy
-Utensils (preferably metal so you will not leave trash)
-Reusable water bottle
-Towel and soap exclusively for your cooking materials
You can also ask about a bear bin at the local forestry department, especially if you are camping in a thick forest where bear sightings are frequent.
Sleeping quarters and navigation tools
To make sure you are safe and comfortable, make sure you have: sunshade or tarpaulin, sleeping bags, pillows, light air mattress (or sleeping pads), all the poles and stakes needed for your tent and a mallet to secure it. Since you might be taking a campervan for hire, you can bring folding chairs and a table for when you just want to laze about.
As for navigation, if this is your first time, it would be best to go to a camping site where any of your friends have already gone to so that there will be no risk of getting lost. However, you can also bring a portable GPS, a guidebook, and a downloaded map. You can even go old school and bring a printed out map, a compass, and coloured pens. You may also choose to bring two-way radios, a flashlight, travel lantern, headlamps, extra batteries, and portable chargers (preferably ones with solar charge capability)
Because you will be “one with nature” during your trip, you can bring binoculars, kayaking gear, fishing poles, a camera, and even board games to entertain yourself. Take this unique opportunity away from the city to enjoy a peaceful trip surrounded by natural beauty. Research details about your camping ground first and ensure you will have everything that you will need for it. Good luck on your first camping trip!
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