The excitement of doing outdoor activities begins at home. When you choose your destination suddenly your mind is all-around that place and its features!
After you decided where to go then the research phase begins …
What is the weather like? What kind of maps are available on the destination? And the list goes on …
In this outdoor article however, I’m focusing on the camping gear checklist.
This small adventure report shall give you a comprehensive idea about:
- WHAT IS CRUCIAL;
- WHAT MAKES CAMPING a joyful experience out in the wilderness!
As you get more information on your upcoming adventure, you immediately start considering whether you have the tools and special equipment to tackle the outdoor challenges, in the scenario where mother nature goes mean on you out in the wild.
After nearly a decade of outdoor lifestyle, I can say …
… without any wishy-washy egoism, that the below written camping checklist will come handy, pretty much wherever you take your mobile-home (tent)!
Of course, you may not have the same need or opportunity to get all the gears to your next trip as of your weekend getaway.
But I try my best to give you an essential outdoor camping list on ‘what to take’ with you to your next journey, when you leave your home to get closer to nature, using your camping equipment.
I have taken the list into sections based on categories such as:
SLEEPING, COOKING, FIRST AID and ROUTINE!
Let’s begin, at first:
- Ground sheet
- Spare stakes
- Poles (if you need extra shelter)
- Axe or hammer (only if you expect nothing to use instead-e.g.: rock, wood, etc.)
- Dust brush / used cloth
- Sleeping bag / sleeping blanket/ sheets
- Sleeping mat / air mat
- Pillow (if weight is not an issue)
- Torchlight (spare batteries too)
The next thing you have to consider, when you do outdoor adventure is the everyday routine stuff. For this, follow the next section:
- Toilet paper
The next for your outdoor adventure check list is cooking. It’s a bit tricky since the things you may need depend on a bunch of variables such as:
- the length of stay;
- distance from ‘civilization’;
- the level of adventure;
- the quality of comfort and so forth …
Therefore ... I’m providing you the minimalist check-list, which will SAVE YOU the EXTRA KILOS!
- Pocket knife / Swiss army knife
- Lighter / matches
- Cooking pot (used as serving plate too)
- Food you want to consume/cook
- Gas cylinder(s), burner
- Water purifier
- Cloth to clean the dishes/cutleries
- Mug / vacuum flask (my personal preference)
- Tea bags / coffee
- Salt / sugar
Now many of the recent outdoor camping checklists add stuffs like:
togs, charcoal, firewood, grill forks, Dutch oven and the list goes on.
I personally think that if you can’t find firewood or can’t stir the noodles with a branch or using your cutlery, then you shouldn’t leave home in the first place! 🙂
⇒ Your average backpack shouldn’t exceed 25 kg if you are a solo camper!
⇒ Or 30 kg if you are a part of a family camping experience, where you carry your children’s needs too!
I have also chosen to exclude clothing for ONE simple reason!
There are so many variables in that group that the list could go on forever.
I personally aim for light weight whenever I pack my bag and head out to the nature.
For me, outdoor adventures are experiences that last for weeks. Yet I take maximum: three boxers, three T-shirts, one pullover and two pants.
You can always find some waterways to wash your clothes!
Let’s face it fellow backpackers, campers and adventurers:
You all do camping, because you have a certain desire for adventure. That will never happen if you aim for the Hilton’s comfort level!
Now the last one is the most important and let’s hope you’ll never need to use it. It’s the first-aid kit! This is a pretty standard list, which is seldom changed unless you are heading out some special terrain.
- The first-aid kit from the pharmacy
I chose not to over-complicate it because I hardly ever take any special first-aid kit with me. All I take is a small pack of medicines …
… a combination of pain killer, anti-inflammation, anti-diarrhea and plasters/bandages!
If you want to play safe then just take the simplest packed kit from the nearest pharmacy and check what is inside before you leave home.
If there is an emergency situation you most likely will call the ambulance or leave the site as soon as possible (fire, avalanche etc.) …
… and your extra bandages wouldn’t make much difference anyways!
Doing outdoor is a learning process, no matter what! You will hardly ever get the perfect camping gears packed when you leave the city.
However, if you do backcountry experience then soon you will learn what are the camping gears that suit you most. The more you do the better you end up packing next time.
This comprehensive list is just the basic one. If you are a needy person, then you obviously need more than just cutlery and a mug to be able to get satisfaction.
At last! Whenever you go for an adventure far from civilization or doing something on your own…
… You should then always let someone know about your plans …
… such as where you go and when you are expected to get back or get in touch with someone!
To read about who I am to say all this written above, check out this link!