New to camping? Here's what to bring!

New to camping? Here's what to bring!

Wagan Tech8/ 1/23

by Justin Gray

Preparing for your first camping trip can be exciting, and making sure you have the right gear is essential for a successful and enjoyable camping experience. I have compiled a list of the essentials - you'll need to tailor it for your personal needs as well. I have a more detailed break-down of gear selection on another blog (link below).

Shelter and Sleeping:

  • Tent: Make sure it's appropriate for the season and weather conditions (see other blog about selecting the right tent here).
  • Ground tarp or footprint: Helps protect the tent floor.
  • Sleeping bag: Choose one suitable for the expected temperature.
  • Sleeping pad or air mattress: Provides insulation and comfort.
  • Pillow or stuff sack filled with clothes: For a restful night's sleep.

  • Weather-appropriate clothing: Layers are key; include moisture-wicking base layers, insulating layers, and waterproof outer layers.
  • Extra underwear and socks
  • Sturdy hiking boots or comfortable shoes
  • Hat and gloves: Depending on the weather.
  • Rain gear: Waterproof jacket and pants - weather dependent.
  • Extra set of clothes

Cooking and Food:
  • Portable camping stove and fuel
  • Cooking utensils: Pot, pan, spatula, utensils
  • Eating utensils: Plate, bowl, cup, fork, knife, spoon
  • Biodegradable Dish Soap, washbasin, sponge
  • Food and snacks: Non-perishable options are best.
  • Cooler and ice or ice packs (if needed)
  • Trash bags

  • Water bottles or hydration bladder
  • Water filter (I prefer Sawyer filters)

Navigation and Tools:
  • Map of the area and compass (or a dedicated GPS - not your phone!)
  • Pocket knife and/or multitool
  • Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries
  • First aid kit: Including basic medical supplies and any personal medications.
  • Fire-starting supplies: Waterproof matches, lighter, firestarter

Personal Items:
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Personal hygiene items: Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, etc.
  • Towel: Quick-drying and lightweight.
  • Personal identification and any necessary permits (camp, fire, etc.)

  • Backpack: For day hikes or carrying essentials.
  • Camping chair or portable seat
  • Hammock

Entertainment and Safety:
  • Books, playing cards, or other forms of entertainment
  • Whistle: For signaling in emergencies.
  • Fully charged mobile phone with a portable battery or solar charger

Be sure to add any prescriptions, medications, and other personal necessities to your list. If bringing pets, pack food, bowls, toys, meds, and stuff for them too!

The specific items you bring might vary depending on the location, time of year, and personal preferences. It's always a good idea to check the weather forecast and any regulations for the camping area you plan to visit prior to departure. 

What are your suggestions? Leave them in the comments below!

Blog: First Time Camping? Start Here!


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