Nine Must-Bring Tools When You Go Camping
If you’re a nature lover, you probably take great pleasure in camping. There’s always that excitement of planning, provisioning, packing up, stashing your gear, and driving away.
However, you do need to take stock of what you’ve packed up well before you go. Sometimes, taking five minutes to inspect your stuff can help you avoid the stress of getting to your campsite only to find out that you forgot something essential.
This article discusses some of the essential basics that can make camping a better experience.
- Motorcycle tent
If you are using your motorcycle to travel, it’s always a good idea to bring a good motorcycle tent with you. You never know when you will experience a sudden heavy downpour. If it rains while you’re bedded down for the night in your tent, you can rest assured that your motorcycle will stay dry in the rain. This increases your pleasure and helps you truly relax during your camping trip.
- Motorcycle toolkit
Some people like to ride their motorcycle into the wilderness. If you do this, always remember to bring along your motorcycle toolkit. You will never know when the bike may break down and will need repairs. The last thing you want is to get stuck in the middle of nowhere just because you can’t repair your bike.
- Waterproof sleeping tent
Even if you’re not going that far into the wilderness, the right tent is always important. You should choose a tent that is waterproof and a lining that cushions you from any uneven ground. The tent you choose should also be easy to disassemble in case you want to quickly move to another site. In case you get lost somehow and need to be rescued from a remote location, choose a tent in bright colors so that it can be seen from a distance.
- Sleeping bag
The nice thing about modern sleeping bags is that they can keep you warm and dry while you rest. This is very important when you’re asleep in the wilderness and it suddenly starts raining or snowing. Hypothermia is a real concern among campers. Choose your sleeping bag well.
- Hunting knife
It cannot be overstated that having a hunting knife with you during a camping trip is a real necessity. This kind of knife is very useful. It can be used to cut dry branches for firewood, gut a fish that you caught from a stream, or cut up meat for your meals. You should choose one for quality and dependability. The knife has to come with its own holster or hard case so that it won’t slice through your bag or harm you.
Having an ax around can be optional but it is quite practical and convenient to have with you, particularly if your knife can’t cut that much into branches meant for firewood. Be sure that you have a casing for the ax head. Always check and make sure that the ax head is securely fastened to the ax handle. A flying ax head is a bummer as well as a danger.
- Heavy-duty LED flashlight
It is always necessary to bring a heavy-duty flashlight with you, particularly if you will be pitching your tent in the evening or cooking your food at night. Any LED battery-powered flashlight is a good option because it can provide strong illumination for hours. Be sure to pack extra flashlight batteries in a watertight case so that you can simply replace batteries when the previous ones die on you.
- First-aid kit
If you’re the type who likes roughing it outdoors, this can be a lifesaver for you. You never know when accidents can happen. A good first-aid kit should have the following:
Skin antibiotic ointment
Medical scissors - Choose the heavy-duty type that can literally cut through cloth
Sterile gauze pads
Pain reliever pills
- Emergency survival kit
You should always plan for the worst-case scenario because, in the wilderness, anything can happen. If an accident happens, you know what you can do. Assemble a survival kit that has the following:
Flares: This is very important, particularly if you get lost in the wilderness and you don’t have any way of contacting civilization. Be sure to keep this in a waterproof container. These flares may literally save your life.
High-calorie food rations: You need these in case you have an accident and cannot catch animals for food or search for edible plants. Be sure to pack enough for at least three (3) days so that rescue teams have sufficient time to search for you before you run out of food.
Portable water purifier: As much as possible, you want to avoid getting to the point that where you need to drink water straight from a river or stream. This is because many pathogens live and breed in outdoor water sources. Having a water purifier with you will help you avoid dehydration.
Map of the area: You should always keep a spare map in your survival kit so that you can find your way back to civilization. Before going on the trip, make sure you mark the areas where you may expect humans to live so that you can ask for help when you get lost in the wilderness.
A camping trip should not just be fun but educational. Even if you’re going alone, learn how to survive in the wilderness. Always anticipate worst-case scenarios and bring along suitable emergency survival kit just in case. This allows you to relax and unwind on your trip so that you can enjoy the great outdoors in all its splendor.