When going camping there is a long list of things to pack so it is no surprise that a few things are often mistakenly left behind. But in addition to simply forgetting to pack a few things there are items which are not even considered despite being a stand out piece of equipment for camping trips of all types. In this article we look at a selection of these overlooked items which you should add to your list and take double care not to accidently leave behind before your next camping adventure.
It is mind boggling that so many people still don’t understand that walkie talkies are undeniably a camping essential. Our reliance on our mobile devices may be sustainable day-to-day but once you set off on a camping trip and your phone signal disappears staying in touch can become increasingly difficult. Given that hiking, fishing, and other activities you do when camping could potentially put you in a spot of trouble having a way to contact other members of your group is crucial and that is where walkie talkies and two way radios come in.
First aid kit
As already mentioned when camping you can get into a spot of trouble and this can sometimes come in the form of injuries. Whether your injury is minor or a little more serious having a first aid kit on hand can make a big difference. More experienced campers, especially those that like to explore and take on adventurous activities, can testify to the essentiality of a first aid kit but many first-time campers overlook this crucial item.
Something to tie your hair back
Item number three on this list is something to tie your hair back. It may not seem as important as the above two options, but it is still important and certainly overlooked. For anyone with long hair losing or breaking your only bobble is the pinnacle of first world problems. If you are looking to take to some white-water rafting, for example, you are going to have a hard time and maybe find yourself spending more time in the water than your kayak as you try to waft your hair from your face to clear your vision. But its not only your hair that can obstruct your vision, it is a good idea to make sure you take some sunglasses or a baseball cap with you too in order to keep the sun from your eyes.
It may seem obvious to take a torch with you when you go camping yet many campers will set off from home without one. A torch is an essential camping tool. After dark activities are difficult to do without a source of light and without mains electricity you won’t have many options available to you. Could you light a camp fire? Absolutely, but you can’t take a campfire with you to explore the woods at night – a common activity for nature lovers wanting to get up close with nocturnal animals.
It is easy to get caught up in the moment and in many ways that is the best way to experience life but now and then its nice to be able to stop and take a photo you can look back at for years to come. If you are an avid camper the you are likely going to have a great time and this is something you may want to capture. Photos offer the perfect way to do this and once again your phone may not be up to the job. Firstly, your phone is unlikely to be waterproof unlike some cameras. In addition to this if you are looking for a higher quality picture a professional DSLR (and maybe even a tripod) could be the best option. If you plan on making your trip an active one, then a GoPro camera could be perfect for capturing video as well as images. It depends on your needs, but a camera should almost certainly make your list of camping must haves.
Which of these do you never forget when you go camping and which have you always overlooked?
Whether you are going camping for the first time or are an regular camper there is a high chance you will have a list of things you overlook and don’t take with you but hopefully this article has helped you to shorten that list by at least a few essentials.