The great outdoors has a rejuvenating effect on me. You can hold beneath the stars or a sky, take a deep breath, and feel your worries float away, no matter how overwhelmed or difficult your day has been. Perhaps this is why camping is becoming more popular. According to Condor Ferries statistics, the number of people camping has increased by 72 percent since 2014. It is trendy among younger generations, with Millennials accounting for 56% of campers.
If you’re one of the many people who want to give it a shot, here’s what you should bring.
1. A technological survival kit
Camping is appealing because it allows you to disconnect from the modern world. However, it is 2022, and technology can be helpful. While it is entirely up to you whether or not you use it while away, it is a good idea to have some necessities with you in case of emergency.
On its website, ExpressVPN has a chart outlining what to pack. A power bank, a pocketknife, a satellite phone, and an analog watch are among the items on the technology list. If one of your team members gets hurt or something terrible happens to you, you’re not entirely out.
2. Sleeping equipment
Most people remember to bring a tent, but they frequently underestimate how cold it can get when sleeping outside. Temperatures can drop dramatically overnight without a house’s shelter and residual warmth, so make sure you have all you need to stay warm and comfortable.
If you need it, REI has a handy camping checklist with essentials like sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and a camping pillow. These will help you get a good night’s sleep. If you’re concerned about staying warm, you can always throw in an extra duvet or cover yourself with your coat overnight for extra insulation.
3. Food and eating utensils
Some people go camping to live in the countryside. If the thought has occurred to you, reconsider! It’s far better to bring your food than to forage for unknown fruit and mushrooms (which could be toxic or inedible) or hope to catch fish.
Pack something easy to prepare that won’t spoil if left out of the fridge for too long. Tins are an excellent choice, even if they aren’t the most nutritious snacks. You should also bring camping chairs and a table, so you aren’t forced to sit on wet earth if the heavens open.
It gets pretty dark out in the country at night, and while many imagine lighting a campfire, it’s not always as simple as it appears. As a result, choose a fuel that is easy to light. A box of matches will also come in handy. If you want to be prepared, bring a lantern to hold outside and light the way at night. Torches are another option.