13 Things You Need to Have With You While Camping

It doesn’t matter if you want to go camping in your regular car, or you consider buying a used motorhome, there are some things you will always need to pack with you. Preparation is essential if you plan on sleeping outdoors. That’s why you need to have a checklist with the essentials at hand. 

Fortunately, here, you can find helpful information on everything you need to take with you, including things like fire starters, warm clothes, fixing tools, and many more. Read on and prepare yourself for everything the world may throw at you!

First Aid Kit

There is no need to say that the most important thing about camping is to stay safe. That’s why it is crucial to have a first aid kit with you at all times. You never know what might happen during the trip, and this is why it’s essential to have a first aid kit with you all the time. Remember not to limit yourself to a standard first aid kit, and add all the necessary medications to it, considering your and others’ needs and health conditions.


Sometimes, when camping, you might need to fix things. This is why it’s crucial to have a good set of pliers with you. When camping, you never know what might happen, and this is why it’s important to have some fixing tools with you all the time.


Even if your camping site isn’t particularly dangerous, it’s still a good idea to have a few carabiners with you. These are great because they are easy to manage, proving quite helpful in many situations. For example, if you plan on hiking, you’ll need them to keep your stuff together. They’re also great if you want to organize your gear inside a car.

Fire Starter

It doesn’t matter how much experience you have in camping – there will come a time when you will need a fire starter. It’s always good to prepare some kind of fire starter for yourself before going camping. You can use items like waterproof matches or butane lighter, or even a good old-fashioned fire starter stick. It doesn’t matter which one you choose, as long as you prepare it beforehand and keep it with you.

Flashlight and Camping Lanterns

When it’s dark, there is nothing more important than a flashlight to keep you safe. That’s why it’s essential to bring a good and reliable flashlight with you. 

In case you’re planning on going camping during nighttime, make sure you bring enough camping lanterns with you. After sunset, it can be quite difficult to see, so getting camping lanterns is a must. Even if your plan is to sleep early during the day and wake up just before sunrise, it would be a good idea to bring some lanterns with you anyway. Just in case!

Folding Chairs

While it’s true that most people prefer sleeping on the floor when they go camping, when it comes to comfort, having a folding chair is better. They are very easy to carry around, and they are great for sitting around the campfire!

Extra Batteries

This goes without saying. Camping requires some light, and that means using batteries and flashlights during nighttime. Therefore, make sure you bring extra batteries with you before leaving home and keep them ready in your bag! However, don’t forget about other important things, such as getting an outdoor charger.

Warm Clothes

Camping is undoubtedly a great way to get away from the city and enjoy nature. However, you need to remember that there will be nights when you will need warm clothes and rain gear to protect yourself from the weather outside and stay warm. In fact, it’s even more important to make sure that you have clothes for cold weather conditions when planning to go camping in the winter season. Even if there isn’t any snow, it can get quite chilly at night!

Another way to keep your body warm during hiking and chilly nights is by wearing layers. This means you should wear several clothing items at once, as it will be easier for your body to adapt to the changes and stay warm. If you’re planning on hiking, for example, don’t forget to bring a warm jacket and a raincoat. This way, you will always be dressed weather-appropriate.

Good Shoes

When going camping, it’s vital to have good shoes with you. In fact, this is one of the most critical points of preparation for any active trip. Even if you plan on staying inside a tent all the time, it’s still good to have some good shoes with you. That way, your feet will be ready for all kinds of situations!


If you’re planning on going camping, then you definitely need a backpack with you. In fact, it would be even better if you had more than one backpack. This is because when camping, there are many things that are good to have with you. However, make sure that each one is big enough to carry everything you need!

Waterproof Bags

Camping isn’t just about sleeping outdoors; it’s also about having fun! Therefore, make sure you bring plenty of swimming stuff with you. This includes waterproof bags that are great for keeping your swimming gear together. They’re essential if you want to keep your other items safe from water, too.

Portable Camping Grill

If you’re planning on cooking, make sure you bring a portable camping grill with you. This will make your life so much easier because it will be very convenient to make food without using a stove. In fact, it can also be beneficial if you want to cook right in front of the campsite.

Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer is essential because you will be spending time outdoors, which means there are plenty of germs around. Therefore, make sure to wash your hands regularly, and don’t forget about carrying some hand sanitizer with you. Before leaving your home, it would be a good idea to buy hand sanitizer from your local pharmacy. 


Before going on a camping trip, it’s essential to prepare your stuff beforehand. This means that you should check out this checklist and make sure you have everything you need with you. If you don’t, you can always buy something you might have forgotten before leaving home. The most crucial point is to be well prepared and ready for everything.

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