Your comfort and convenience at a campsite depend mainly on the gear and other essential items that you packed for your trip. But deciding what to bring isn't always easy. It's about finding the right balance between bringing all the essentials and not packing too much because most of the time, weight and space is an issue, especially if you're hiking.
Follow these 5 simple packing tips for camping:
Make a list
Making a list of all the essentials is sure to be of great help when you're packing for any trip, especially if you're a camping beginner. To make the list more organized, divide the items into categories such as camping gear, cooking tools, toiletries, personal items and so on.
Tick these items as you pack to make sure you don't forget anything important. If you have no idea what to pack, there ae plenty of lists online that you can use as reference, then add or subtract items depending on your preference.
Use clear plastic bins
It's ideal to pack items separately into categories so you save time once you arrive at the campsite. Plastic bins are really useful – it would be easier to find anything you need from the boxes because they're transparent.
Label each box according to category. Camping gear (tent, tent accessories, sleeping bag, pillows, etc.), clothing ( depending on the season), cooking tools (pans, pots, plates, utensils etc.), dry food (snacks, canned goods etc.) and toiletries (shampoo, soap, sunscreen, insect repellant etc.) are some categories you can start with.
Check the weather forecast
Consider the date of your camping trip – what season it will be in and what weather you are likely to experience. The weather should be your basis of what to pack (especially in clothing and sleeping gear), that's why it's paramount that you check the weather forecast ahead.
You don't want to be bringing tank tops and short sleeves and end up feeling really cold because the weather is rainy!
Plan your meals
Food is one of the most important things to bring to your trip. It will be way less of a hassle if you plan your meals ahead and do the prep work at home beforehand. Be sure to opt for easy to cook meals and to bring extra in case of an emergency.
When packing snacks, remove carton packaging to save space!
Follow the first in, last out rule
When loading your stuff in the car, load the ones that you'll need immediately last so that they'll be easily accessible once you arrive at the campsite!
Follow these simple packing tips to have an easier time at camp!