Outdoor camping is a great way to relax and get away from our high-stress, busy lives. Whether you’re in need of a short vacation or just want to do something fun for the weekend, going camping outdoors will make for a fun & relaxing trip. Making sure you have the right outdoor camping gear and equipment is essential if you want to make the most of it.
Essential Outdoor Camping Gear
To have the most fun on your camping trip, it’s important to remember all the camping essentials so you aren’t stuck without something you really need. This includes things like your tent/RV/tent trailer (depending on what you have available), some great camping sleeping bags and pads, food, water, and campfire cooking equipment.
Forget something you really need and you’ll end up in the car headed to the nearest town or even home depending on the item. A little preparation can go a long way to save you time and money while you’re camping. Take care of these essentials and you’re bound to have less stress and more fun during your camptrip.
Other Outdoor Camping Equipment
Since you’ll be “braving the great outdoors” you’re going to need some other outdoor camping equipment to make your trip as fun as possible. Whether your idea of camping is sitting in a cozy RV with full hookups or if you prefer more primitive camping where all you have is what you bring, some outdoor camping equipment will make your trip easier and more fun.
Getting some high quality folding camping chairs can make a world of difference when you’re trying to relax during the day. Poor camp chairs can be hard on your back and cause you pain (not my idea of relaxing).
Having some sturdy folding camping tables to put all your stuff on (so it’s not in the dirt) is another thing that will help you enjoy outdoor camping. You can use these tables to cook on, eat on, store things, anything that you might need a flat surface for.
Depending on the time of year you go camping, it may get dark before you’re ready to hit the sack. In these cases you’ll want to bring some lanterns to light your path and help you see when the sun goes down. That way you can enjoy staying up late, conversing with friends or playing some card games as the night goes on.
More Outdoor Camping Tips
When you start packing for camping, it’s important not to forget anything vital. The best way I’ve found to make sure you have everything is to create a checklist for your camping trips. You can check out my tent camping checklist for a place to start. Print your checklist out and simply mark off the items as you pack them. This will greatly reduce stress before and during your outdoor camping adventure.
Don’t take yourself too seriously! Remember, the point of camping is to have fun. This is especially true if you’re camping with kids. Plan some camping activities beforehand so you don’t just sit around all day wondering what to do (though sitting around can be a great way to relax if that’s your goal). Outdoor camping can be one of the great joys in your life if you come prepared and plan ahead a little bit.