There are just a few precious weeks of summer left before fall will be ushered in and the long days of sun, sand and swimming will be behind us. But there is one summer activity that seamlessly transitions into the slightly cooler weather: camping! Whether you take an annual family trip outdoors, use it as a romantic escape with your significant other, or plan to meet up with a bunch of old college buddies, camping is and always will be a fun-filled and memorable outdoor adventure.
Before you start daydreaming of roasted marshmallows and camp fires, take a look at this packing checklist to make sure you’ve got all the gear you need!
One of the first things that comes to mind when readying for a big camping trip is a tent. If there’s one item to spend a bit more on, this would be it. Even if the idea of roughing it sounds appealing, come nightfall you’ll be grateful to crash in a roomy, well-ventilated space.
Vacuum Infuser Mug –
For the caffeine addicts among us, a camping trip is not complete without a healthy dose of coffee or tea. Luckily, there are some excellent infuser thermos on the market that keep your beverage warm or cool, for hours on end. The best part: this convenient travel mug has a filter inside so you can steep your tea or coffee with no muss or fuss.
Whether you’re planning an evening hike or need a prop for ghost-story telling, a flashlight is your best friend on any camping trip. The Fenix TK15 model is a high power model with a long lasting battery, so you’ll be able to light up the night without a care in the world.
Sometimes a simple camping trip doesn’t offer up enough excitement for the adventure-seekers out there. Paddling out to the river on a spacious, well-made canoe can provide a relaxing diversion from the monotony of nature. Take your whole family out for a casual ride and enjoy the scenery.
Air Mattress –
When you’re out and about exploring the great outdoors, you may be tempted to stick with a traditional sleeping bag when you’re ready to retire for the night. But these days you don’t need to skimp on comfort to have an authentic camping experience. With a durable air mattress you can sleep comfortably and wake up ready to take on the day’s adventures.
Swiss Army Knife –
One of the most handy, essential items to bring along on a camping trip is a pocket knife. A Swiss Army knife is a classic tool, long admired for its precision, high quality craftsmanship and comprehensive set of gadgets, ensuring you have everything you need to get you through any outdoor situation.
Roasting Forks –
A true camping trip wouldn’t be complete without a night of roasting weenies and marshmallows around an open campfire. With a pair of stainless-steel forks and handles, you can comfortably sit back and cook your food without any risk of burns or injuries.
Travel Stove –
When you’re spending time in the open outdoors, food preparation may be cause for concern. Nobody wants to lug around heavy pots and pans and bother with complicated cooking tools. With a lightweight, compact travel stove, you can leave your worries at home! The Pocket Rocket has easy to use buttons and creates a fully-adjustable flame -- all in a conveniently small package. You can throw it in your backpack and not think twice about it ‘til dinner time.
After a long and grueling day hiking, camping and exploring nature, you want to rest your head on a comfortable pillow and relax; but when space is limited, this can be a challenge. All of that will be a problem of the past once you try a Therm-A-Rest pillow. It packs to an amazing fifth of its normal size and expands to regular dimensions immediately upon opening it.
First Aid Kit –
When you’re spending time in the great outdoors, a first aid kit is key for those unexpected emergencies. With a Backpacker Extended kit you’ll have enough supplies for as many as six people! Includes: ointment, iodine wipes, burn cream, gauze pads and more. You’ll have everything you could possibly need to keep you safe and taken care of.
Another classic staple of any camping trip is a handy compass. Ideal for hikers, climbers, rescue teams and wanderers, this apparatus will keep you out of harm’s way each and every time you visit the outdoors.
Fire Starter –
Gone are the days of fumbling around with logs trying to get a blaze going. With a fire starter tool you will enjoy convenient, high performing ignition each and every time you use it. What’s best, the tool comes with an emergency whistle, so you can send out an alert for help if the need arises.
Insect Repellent –
One of the quickest ways to turn a camping getaway into a full-on disaster is to get attacked by a swarm of pesky mosquitos. Spare yourself the discomfort with a heavy-duty insect repellent and keep the bothersome bugs at bay. The repellent featured below is designed to treat clothes and gear and tents, so you will be thoroughly protected.
At REI, we are dedicated to providing the outdoorsy set with everything they need to make their next camping trip a smashing success. Check us out online at http://www.rei.com/ to see all the great gear and clothing we have to offer. We look forward to taking your next camping trip to new heights.