There are some who love the outdoors, and there are some that can't stand the thought of sleeping anywhere but under a roof. Then there are the ones who are somewhere in the middle. They like the idea of it, but they always end up being miserable when they are camping. Those who want to go, but they aren't sure they can do without their coffeemaker, should take some time to get the right outdoor camping equipment so they can have some of the things they will miss when away from home. This makes camping tolerable, and even fun for these people.
The Most Important Piece of Camping Equipment
The most important piece of outdoor camping equipment is the tent. If you buy the wrong tent, the entire trip is going to be miserable. I found this out the first year I went camping. The tent we had barely fit the two of us, and when it rained, we found out it was not water proof. This made us miserable, and we ended up leaving in the middle of the night. When buying a tent, make sure you find one that is bigger than you need, and find one that is water resistant or water proof so you don't have to worry if it rains.
When considering camping equipment, you have to think about the things you use each day that you just can't do without. You can find many things to make your stay in the woods or at a campground more fun. If you need coffee in the morning, get a travel coffee maker or one made for camping. If you need to have a pan to cook in rather than just a grill, you should get one. One popular piece of specialty equipment is the camping shower. If you are going to be out in the elements more than a couple of days, you will appreciate having this with you. There are models that will soak up the sun's solar energy providing you a nice warm shower at that. You might also want to consider an air mattress. A good night's sleep will make your stay out of doors much more enjoyable.
30 Things To Remember For Your Next Camping Trip:
1. Gather all your camping equipment in a corner of a room and keep adding to it as you think of it.
2. Use basket shelves in your car for easy storage.
3. Store your clothes in sports bags.
4. Make sure all heavy items are secure and are packed at the bottom of your car boot with lighter items on top.
5. Take one prepared meal in a freezer meal that can be easily reheated on arrival at your destination.
6. Make sure you have everything you need for a drink stop like tea bags, instant coffee, sugar, condensed milk, cordial, powder, biscuits, a two litre bottle of water, matches, kettle, wet wipes and tea cloth
7. If you are going away for a short trip prepare your hot dishes so that you have more time to relax at your camp site and enjoy yourself.
8. Stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables at every chance.
9. List everything you will eat on the number of days you are away.
10. Keep extras always on hand which includes flowers for cakes and breads, noodles, rice, beans and lentils.
11. Remember long life milk (two to three cartons of long life milk per day should be sufficient for a family of two children and two adults as a guide).
12. Try camping in your backyard to see how you feel about your tent and sleeping bags etc.
13. Your first camping gear does not have to be expensive. It is more important that it is durable and keeps you protected from all weather conditions. Bring a piece of ground cloth with you, a piece of plastic that goes under your tent. Tuck the edges neatly underneath the tent. The first thing you must consider when choosing the tent is the size ie the number of people your tent is going to house.
14. Take cutlery with you that is old and definitely won’t be missed if it doesn’t come home with you.
15. Keep cutlery separate from crockery by placing them in plastic containers with lids or in a tea towel in a plastic bag.
16. Here is a list of items of cutlery and crockery that may be useful for your next camping trip. A fork, knife, teaspoon and dessert spoon should be enough for each person. 17. Have a serrated edge knife that can also be used as a bread knife.
18. Vegetable peeler and knife.
19. Metal egg lifter.
20. A large aluminium coffee pot, the larger the better.
21. Barbeque tongs.
22. Egg rings.
23. A small meat mallet.
24. A sharp knife and sharpener.
25. Can opener.
26. Large serving spoon and wooden spoon.
27. Make sure you have an enamel cup, bowl and plate for every person.
28. Use an enamel plate next to the fire to warm food.
29. Use an enamel plate as a base for food in your camp oven.
30. Bring paper plates in case you are in an area where water is scarce, and be sure to take your rubbish with you.
However, you also have to remember not to go overboard when you are buying camping equipment. You can't get more than you can carry with you or store in your vehicle when you go. If you have an SUV, you may be okay with whatever you buy, but even then you have to remember that you need room for things like food, firewood, your clothes, blankets, and other supplies. If you aren't driving and are planning on a hike, you may have to cut what you take with you way down. Keep that in mind before you start shopping!