While there are plenty of things that people need to remember to bring along with them while camping, usually a majority of those aren’t really needed at all. This is meant to be a list to tell you what you actually need while you are camping, if you are looking to bring along as little as possible.

The most important thing to have is a water source. Drinking water from streams is perfectly fine as long as you purify it. To purify it you’ll need a filter or iodine tablets, or you’ll need to boil and then filter the water.

You should bring a lighter of some type, along with matches. If you aren’t that good at starting fires, or if your wood is wet, you’re also going to want some lighting fluid to put on your fire. The best type of wood for a fire is Oak, unless you want some fragrance as well then your best bet is apple.

Any food that you bring along should probably be canned, or anything else that you don’t need to refrigerate. You can bring some along if you have some cooler packs and plan on using it on the first day of your trip.

For sleeping your probably going to want a tent to sleep in, otherwise mosquitoes can become a nuisance. You also want to bring a sleeping bag, as it’s hard to tell how cold it will get at night. It’s better to be too warm than too cold.

The final thing that you should worry about is clothing. If you can, bring a warm jacket, any pants made out of synthetic material, non-cotton shirts, shorts, and socks. Rain gear is also recommended, as well as boots that are good for hiking.

Also as some optional items, you can always bring a flashlight with you as well as a camera to take pictures. Just remember to be careful with expensive electronics if your somewhere near a lake or river!

Free printable checklist here:

Camping Checklist

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Written by Gayle Channing

Gayle Channing is a consumate adventurer. He makes an effort to travel just about everywhere he can and catalog his voyages for The Wilderness Review.

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