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Deciding what to take on a camping trip can be difficult. Your decisions will depend partly on whether you are roughing it or“glamping.” The word is a portmanteau for “glamour camping,” and describes a type of camping in which the campsite provides amenities and services akin to those of a resort. Campers thus experience a lot of the fun of camping without the discomforts.
Portability will always be a consideration. You will be limited to things you can carry yourself or in your car. With that in mind, there are some items campers always need:
1) First Aid kit
No matter how cozy the campsite, you can still get hurt. A basic First Aid Kit should include wound coverings like bandages and gauze, ointments for bug bites and/or poison ivy, antiseptics to prevent infection, pain relief medication, ointment for burns and a manual. Consider any known hazards of the site when stocking the kit, and add the appropriate treatments.
2) Insect repellant
There are few things that can ruin a camping trip as quickly or thoroughly as a “visit” from the resident mosquitoes or other insect pests. Do some research on the type of bugs most likely to be present, and buy the appropriate repellant. What works on ticks may not work on mosquitoes and vice versa.
3) Portable lights
Camping can get very rough or even dangerous when you can’t see. There is a wide range of portable lights you can choose from: flashlights, headlamps, lanterns, etc. The lights should be strong enough to let you pitch a tent in the dark if you reached the campsite late. There should also be at least one light per person.
4) Water bottles
Dehydration can also ruin a camping trip. You will quite likely work up a sweat hiking, and you will need to replace that water. As with the lights, every camper should have at least one water bottle they can carry.
5) Sleeping bag
A few of the coziest glamping campsites actually provide beds, but many do not. There are many types of sleeping bags, and they are often categorized by the lowest temperature at which they can still keep you warm. Those ratings do assume that you will be wearing long underwear to bed, though. There are bags for children and bags that can accommodate two people.
6) Foul weather gear
Unfortunately, the weather does not always cooperate during a camping trip. Make sure everybody has waterproof boots and rain ponchos. Similarly, make sure everybody has waterproof bags to keep their spare clothes dry.
Some campsites do provide cabins, yurts or tipis. Many do not. There are many types of tents and they are generally categorized by size, e.g. “four-person tent.” There are also popup tents that are much easier to pitch than traditional tents. Get a tarp for each tent to protect the floor and keep it dry.