Road trips allow us to step away from the city for a while and leave our troubles behind. What we shouldn’t leave are essential items that we will need to enjoy our camping trip.
When you make plans to be away from home for at least a few days, you get the urge to pack everything you possibly can with the mindset: “Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.”
Now, that line of thinking is good. However, there are instances where people tend to take it too literally and end up taking too much. That’s when they realize that they should have put more thought into their luggage.
To help you avoid this conundrum, check out this guide on what you must have with you for your trip to ensure a more comfortable stay:
When you’re away from home, anything can happen. That is why it is essential to keep a replenished first aid kit nearby. Make sure it is complete with medication for anyone’s allergies, instant cold packs, and bandages, among others.
It’s also a good idea to keep an emergency toolbox in your car, especially if you will be taking a long drive. It must contain the following:
- Tire iron
- Tire jack
- Spare Tire
- Jumper cables
- Warning triangle
Having emergency kits in your car prepare you in case of an emergency. Aside from the tools mentioned above, it is also ideal to keep a Swiss Army Knife or an all-purpose tool in your pocket at all times. They can be used in a variety of ways and is very useful.
Food and Cooking Equipment
Unless you’re planning to live off the land, remember to pack enough food for your stay. But, before you do, consider how much you need and what kind of food items are best for the outdoors.
As for cooking equipment, a frying pan or a saucepan is typically ideal for preparing your meals over a campfire. But, if you aren’t planning to cook, you can always prepare food at home and pack that for your trip.
Some favorite camping food includes dry biscuits, bread, sliced fruit stored in ziplock containers, and fried or roasted meat. They tend to last long enough during your stay and offer a taste to satisfy your taste buds. Finally, don’t forget to stock up on drinking water to avoid dehydration.
Sleeping Bags and Toiletries
To ensure a comfortable night’s sleep, don’t forget to pack your sleeping bag, travel pillow, and a travel blanket. As for shelter in case of rain, you will also need a tent.
Finally, you must bring a bath towel, toilet paper, and your hygiene products to enjoy your stay.
Enough Clothes for the Trip
If you’re planning to stay at the campgrounds for at least a few days, then it’s best to check the weather forecast for those days. That way, you can have an idea of what type of weather to expect and what kind of clothes you need to avoid overpacking.
While preparing your belongings, pack a few extra clothes just in case. That will serve as your cushion should anything happen.
The advice above is not only for the typical adventurer but also for families looking to expose their children to the joys of the great outdoors.