Tips & Tricks

First Time Camping? Here’s What You’re Probably Forgetting

So you’ve finally decided to try this camping thing out. You’ve got a tent, a sleeping bag, some bug spray, and a dream. But slow down there, partner – you may not be ready for the great outdoors just yet! There’s a fine line between packing too much and not packing enough, and it’s really easy to choose the wrong stuff.

If you’re new to this, or are even just wondering how to prepare like a pro, you will definitely want to look i

Tarpaulins (Tarps)

Unfortunately wind and rain are sometimes inevitable. These bad boys are the difference between a wet and miserable camp and a dry, tolerable camp. You can use them:

  • As a base layer to keep the bottom of your tent clean and dry
  • As walls or a roof for a makeshift shelter or cooking area
  • For keeping your collected firewood dry
  • Lots more…

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Bungee Cords

I don’t know if I could list all the things I’ve used bungee cords for while camping over the years. They are the ultimate utility tool for hanging, securing, wind-proofing, or holding just about anything together. For how little they cost and weigh, it’s definitely worth owning and carrying some good quality bungees of varying lengths in your bag.

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Nalgene Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is one of the most critical parts to camping safely. It’s way too easy to lose track of water consumption while having fun in the sun, and the consequences of dehydration can put a real damper on your trip. That’s why these days it’s hard to find an experienced camper who doesn’t own a Nalgene. They are super lightweight, easy to clip onto a carabiner or your pack, and are virtually indestructible. They come in several colors and sizes, and are also BPA-free so there’s no need to worry about harmful chemicals leeching into your drinks.

Stay thirsty, my friends.

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About Kevin

With over 20 years of camping and backpacking experience, Kevin's passion for the outdoors is only outweighed by his passion for helping others navigate it. His favorite camping location is the Haliburton Highlands Water Trails.