Camping was really never my thing. Well, let’s say I love my bed and am no friend to the bug world. In fact, that is probably an understatement. On the other hand though, my beloved (and little ones) love to camp and anything outdoors related. Well, that too may be an understatement of how deep his love for the outdoors is. It is a real relationship!
So, what is a gal to do? Give in but find a way to make camping or rather the outdoors somewhat acceptable.
Perhaps a few items to make that happen;
- Tent; it has to be real good and reliable just in case the weather goes south.
- Tarp – don’t forget to put your tent on a good size tarp. Not too big or you will get rain between your tarp and your tent floor.
- Sleeping bags – Depending on where you camp, we would recommend a 20deg bag.
- Camp Cot or Air Mattress – If you want a good night of sleep this is a must. The ground is hard and lumpy but it also will always be cold and you need something to insulate you from the cold.
- Air pump – A lot of air mattresses have them built in but a backup does not hurt.
- Tent Light – It seems like a waste till you have one. It is handy to have a dedicated light in the tent.
- Lighter and Match box for back up.
- Emergency weather radio
- Hatchet – whether you take firewood or not, you need to chop up some small pieces to get the fire going well before you put the large pieces of wood on the fire. you will also need to pound in the tent stakes.
- Pepper spray – just in case….
- Pocket knife
- Dutch oven
- Charcoal briquettes (optional) – Despite the fact that you can use coals from the camp fire for Dutch oven cooking, you will get a lot better temperature control with charcoal briquettes.
- Camp shovel
- Channel lock pliers or Dutch oven tool
- Camp chairs
- Portable potty; this is a necessity for me.
- Water jerry can
- Wash tub and dish soap
- Food – Bring more than you think you need (smores fixins)
- Ice chest
- Camp stove
- Camp Kitchen
- Camping utensils – you may think you can borrow from the kitchen but trust me, you will forget them and be stuck stirring beans with your pocket knife above.
- Salt and pepper shakers – dedicated plastic ones that seal are the best. Scrambled eggs with no salt are not very good.
- Lantern – Gas or electric, for a long time, the gas was always the best but with LED’s now, a nice battery option will last a long time.
- Marsh mellow/hot dog rosters
- Cookware – We use cast iron both in the home and camping. It’s easy to clean and handles the open fire well.
- Coffee pot – coffee never tasted better than over an open fire. This coffee pot is a must.
- Sealed Rubbermaid tubs – if you’re camping in Texas like we do, you don’t have to worry as much about bears and such but a good container that seals tight will keep the “locals” out of your food in the middle of the night.
- Camp wagon – depending on where your vehicle is parked for unloading, from experience and some good back pain, this expense will pay for it self and you will never regret it.
- Cell Phone charging battery pack – Most camp sites in Texas have no issue with cell phone reception. So keeping it charged for emergencies is great idea. We have one and have loved it.
If you are new to camping, this list may look like a lot and certainly has a cost associated with it. You can buy things slowly when they are in your budget and make due. As long as you stay dry, warm and well fed it is a nice time to be out with your family and enjoy peace and quiet.
P.S This list maybe missing a few things just like we always do whenever we go out camping. So feel free to share more ideas of what you usually take with ya.