May 01, 2019
1. Bug spray & sunscreen
2 basic items you definitely don’t want to forget!
Another essential. What’s better that sitting around a nice campfire to end the day? Make sure you have plenty on hand.
3. Cooking pot & utensils
Whether it’s for a few days or a couple of weeks, or you’re a novice or expert camper, you’ll need some cookware! Jet Boil and Stanley are two awesome brands offering pans, pots, utensils and more. Also available on our site are JetBoil’s amazing portable cooking systems, which allow you to cook an unbelievable meals, fast.
**Looking for a super easy, but delicious idea for camping meals? Check out this recipe for ‘Camping Quesadillas’
4. ENO hammock
A hammock is the perfect way to truly relax and enjoy your current surroundings. We have a wide selection of ENO single and DoubleNest hammocks, including the Sub6 Ultralight.
Your tent choice can mean the difference between a good and bad night’s sleep. We offer options from The North Face & Eureka, 2 trusted brands.
6. Sleeping bag
Like your tent, a solid sleeping bag is essential for an restful sleep and enjoyable camping trip. We love the line from Big Agnes and have a huge selection available online.
7. Compass & Map
You’ll want to bring a decent compass on your travels. It doesn’t require any electrical power to work. You shouldn’t rely solely on anything involving electricity. Using your map and compass together isn’t as hard as it may seem.
**This article on why “Why Every Adventurer Should Carry a Compass and Map” is a great read to begin to acquaint yourself.
8. Ready to eat meals
You’ll want a few fast, ready to eat meals on hand, especially if you have hiking plans or other excursions where you’ll be away from the camping site for extended periods of time. We have some good options in store!
9. Water purifier
A water purifier, like the Classic 3 UV Water Purifier by Steripen, uses UV technology to help clean your water. Learn more about this system here.
If you’re not ready to spring for one of these systems, carry iodine tablets- to use in the case of emergencies only!
10. Portable charger
We encourage taking a nice, long break from your phone, but you don’t want to be in a position where there’s an emergency and you’re unable to call for help. A portable charger should definitely be on your list!
“Leave the roads, take the trails.”