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Camping: The Great Outdoors and the Basics

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If you are an avid camper, then you probably have everything set in stone regarding equipment. And better yet, you probably have a routine down pat. However, for those new to camping, here are some of the essentials and some things that you may not have thought of or remembered.


The most important thing to have for your camping adventure is shelter. Shelter from the possible extremes is essential. Even if you are not surrounded by inclement weather, things such as spiders and snakes do exist and the need to protect yourself from them is all-important.

Of course, a little research goes a long way when first purchasing your tent. Go to many of the different sporting goods stores and even shop around online a little bit before settling into any one choice. Ask your friends and family who have camping experience which brand they use and prefer.

Camping tents come in various shapes and sizes:

Woman in a blur while holding a marshmallow above the camping fire
Woman in a blur while holding a marshmallow above the camping fire

A great idea is to look into food tents once you have made up your mind which sleeping tent you want. Food tents can protect and preserve food against weather and animals as well. Keeping your food safely tucked away and far away from your sleeping quarters is an excellent idea.


Once you have selected what size and style of tent you desire, it is a good idea to purchase sleeping bags that are warm and waterproof. Also, think about buying a single blow-up mattress for those in your party who do not like roughing it. Pillows are another thought for comfortable sleeping.

Make sure to take extra thermal blankets and sleeping bags to cover up. It can get extremely cold up at many campsites, especially those surrounded by mountains.


The location of your campsite will dictate how much and what to bring. You can pack a little lighter if you are close to a food supply store. However, if you are roughing it, you can always bring canned and dehydrated food just in case.

  •  Camping stove with fuel and lighter, or if you are bringing your barbeque, then charcoal, matches, and lighter fluid
  •  Frying pan with a lid
  •  Pot with a lid
  •  Cooking skewers
  •  Can opener
  •  Tongs for turning sausages and hot dogs
  •  Spatula for flipping burgers

Of course, paper plates, napkins, utensils, and cooking foil are a must, along with plastic cups. Don’t forget to bring tons of water.


You will also need to bring some extra miscellaneous items with you that you may not have thought of initially:

These are just the basics to get you started on your camping adventure.

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