First Camping Trip of the Season? Don't Forget These Three Things!

First Camping Trip of the Season? Don't Forget These Three Things!

If you’re an avid Spring/Summer camper, you’re probably gearing up for your first excursion of the season! Whether you prefer spending the night under the stars in a tent, or enjoying the great outdoors from the comfort of your RV, one of the most important things any camper knows is to be as prepared as possible.

Chances are, you’ve got the basics of what you need. Maybe you’re a checklist person. Or, maybe you’ve just been doing it for so long that you think you’ve got it covered.

But, inevitably, even the most seasoned pros forget important things from time to time. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some essential camping gear you could be forgetting, so you can make sure they’re in your bag before you head out.

1. Bug Spray, Hand Sanitizer, Sunscreen

Ideally, you should have a bag packed with all of the essentials to keep you and your kids safe when you’re camping. You can include things like bug spray, hand sanitizer, and sunscreen in your first aid kit (which is another thing you can’t leave behind!), or have a separate place for them.

You never know what type of environment you’ll run into on the road or at a campsite, so even if you don’t think you’ll need these things where you’re going, it’s good to be prepared.

2. Duct Tape

For some people, duct tape truly is the answer to everything. While we’re not suggesting you take it that far, it’s absolutely handy to have around, since it can be used in a variety of ways. Whether you have a hole in your tent that needs a quick patch job or you need to cover a blister or mark a hiking trail, you’ll undoubtedly find endless uses for this versatile tape. So, even if you don’t think you’ll need it, it’s good to keep with you!

3.Extra Clothes and Shoes

It’s understandable that campers want to keep their bags as light as possible. After all, you don’t want to have to take your whole wardrobe with you into the wilderness. But, a good rule of thumb is to pack some extra clothes - more than you think you’ll need. Even though warmer weather is on the way, the nights can still get cold in many parts of the country and having extra clothes with you will help you to stay warm. Plus, you never know what could happen - from your clothes getting wet to getting torn from something. You’ll never regret having extra!

Having extra hiking boots or shoes is also important. If you’ve been camping for any length of time you know how crucial it is to keep your feet dry and protected. Again, you never know what could happen, but you don’t want to have to walk around in wet boots. Having an additional pair on hand will keep your feet healthy while you’re on your trip.

If you haven’t already put these things in your bag, it’s time to do so. While they might seem like nothing more than little extras right now, they could save you a lot of stress when you need them most.

Mar 9th 2020 Stacey Koziel

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