Let's Go Camping !
Be sure to take these five camping must-haves
with you to ensure that you have a safe, enjoyable trip:
A Compass - one for
every member of your camping family. One of the
worst and most dangerous things that could happen to you
and your group on a camping trip is to find yourselves
lost in the forest, unable to determine where to go and
how to get there. Have a compass at hand to help
you find your way to your campsite.
A Map - This camping must-have goes hand-in-hand
with the compass. So that you donít lose your way while
hiking to or from your groupís campsite, make sure that
you have a map of the camping area, along with your
compass, to help you find your way. And before you start
your camping trip, be sure to review your map, taking
note of the trails your group must take in order to
reach your campsite.
Be sure to keep yours from getting wet or dirty Ė they
get damaged easily, so cover them with plastic if
possible. You can still read your map through a clear
plastic bag - even in the rain.
A First Aid Kit - Sometimes no matter how
careful we are accidents are still bound to happen,
especially when camping in the great outdoors Ė which is
why the first aid kit is a camping must-have. What
exactly to store in your first aid kit is up to you, but
some common first aid kit items include bandages,
aspirin, and water purifying tablets, and there are a
lot more suggestions on the "Safety Tips" page.
Also, be sure to check the expiration dates on the
medicine contained in your first aid kit.
A Fire Starter - Matches or lighters are
ideal campfire starters, so make sure to have a couple
of them with you when you go camping. Keep matches in a
water-proof bag or container.
In addition to these Must-Have items, there are a few
other essential items to include among your
don't forget to get a police type whistle for everyone.
Set up a code of tweets to use in emergencies or when someone
feels lost, sick, or just wants to let everyone know
( 3 tweets - I'm lost)
Camping News Reports
Shelter is the first category. This
should always include a tent with poles,
tent cover for rain, and ground cover or
insulated waterproof pad. Always include a
repair kit for the tent.
Next is Kitchen type accessories. Stock up
on a stove, windscreen, fuel
containers, matches or lighter, and of
course a repair kit. Be sure to bring good
cook gear like pots, pot holders or hangers,
pot scrubber, and cooking utensils.
Survival accessories. Include a Knife or
multi-tool, small saws, and shovels. To be
safe, have Insulating layers, long
underwear, jackets, fleece sweater and
pants, or a down vest or jacket. Include
Wind and rain gear. Be sure to buy good
insulating footwear for hiking and camping
shoes. Buy good gloves, a sun hat or
bandana. When near bodies of water, take your swimsuit.
Sleeping Gear is also an important category.
Campers should always have a Sleeping bag
and an inflatable foam pad.
miscellaneous items are flashlights, extra
batteries, and a pair of good sunglasses.
Always take care of your personal hygiene by
packing a toothbrush, toilet paper, sunblock,
and lip balm.
Camping Stoves - The smell of
sizzling bacon, frying eggs and freshly
brewed coffee is a welcome way to start your
camping day. A good camping stove is
the way to make this happen.
The best camping stove is the
kind that has 2 burners. Camping
stoves are fuelled differently.
Some use inexpensive white gas,
which is environmentally
friendly. Others use propane
bottled gas. If your hiking
includes mountain sites, select
a camping stove that will work
in high altitude conditions
(places above 10,000 feet).
Camper's Toilets - Many
developed or commercial camp sites have quite
adequate, though sometimes primitive toilet
facilities. For those situations when
you must provide your own, there are a
number of manufactured portable toilets like Portaloos and
composting toilets available in the market.
The reason why some people are reluctant to leave the
comforts of their homes and opt for a
camping adventure is that the availability
as well as the overall cleanliness of
toilets weighs heavily on their minds.
For people who want to have the comforts of home when
embarking on a camping adventure,
portable toilets can be purchased. One such toilet
is the Luggable Loo. It is made of lightweight plastic
with a detachable 5-gallon bucket which is easy to clean
especially when using a garbage bag liner. The snap on
toilet seat makes the user feel like they are at home.
It also comes with an enzyme deodorant packet which
chemically treats human waste. It is indeed convenient
to carry because its handle has a hand-contoured grip.
There are also other portable toilets in the market. The
OutBack Pack can easily fit under a car seat and is very
easy to pack. It can also be crammed in a small backpack
or carry bag. It includes a built in seat function which
can easily become a comfortable seat. Even on water, it
is safe to use because it comes with a re-sealable
storage bag. The Reliance Hassock is made of two
buckets. The inner bucket can be lifted out for
cleaning. It comes with a molded seat and the top can be
used for tissue storage.
On the more expensive end, the
Phillips Environmental PETT can be stored as small as a
briefcase and is only as heavy as 7 pounds. However,
this requires WAG Bag kits which include a waste bag, a
zip bag for storage, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. It
chemically treats human waste with a powder which
changes it into a stable gel for safe discarding.
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