necessary things for camping

Necessary things for camping

Are you ready for camping?

Are you eager to go camping, but don’t know what to take with you? We can help you figure out what are the necessary things for camping and how to better organize yourself for the trip to have the best experience. Camping is something everyone should try at least once in their lives. It is a great way to get a little bit more active, get some fresh air and reconnect with friends and family. If you wish to go camping here are a few tips to help you get ready.

Necessary things for camping


Camping shelter - tent - Necessary things for camping

A tent is a great way to shelter yourself during camping. It is one of the essential tools needed for camping. If you are planning a trip for a bigger gathering of friends and family members and need more space, then bringing a trailer or something such as a minibus or a minivan is also a good idea.


Food is definitely one of the essential things to bring camping. It isn’t a bad idea to have a few meals already prepared at home before you go. Making a list of all the necessary supplies and meals will make it easier for you to keep track, depending on how long will your trip last. Whether you will make some sandwiches, burritos, fruits, take some food to cook on the road, like meat, marshmallows (the basic standard food for camping ofc.) or just bring simple snacks for the kids as well, make sure you always keep it cool so it doesn’t go bad.

Portable Fridge / Cooler

Speaking of cooling, if you are planning to go on a few days trip or longer, it is not a bad idea to have one of these portable fridges to help you keep your food and beverage nice and cool. It does not take up to much space, and it is very useful during longer trips. Nothing is worse than spoiled food. So if you don’t want to take a cooler on a longer trip then you may want to opt for canned, packaged or dried food.


What trip is successful without water. Staying hydrated and fresh is one of the most necessary things for survival. So whenever you go camping or on any other trip make sure you take some clean water with you, as much as you think you will need. There are some alternatives to purify water (from a creek/lake etc..) but even then you need to have access to those types of water where you are camping, so it is probably best to bring water and only use those water purification options for an emergency.

Cutlery, crockery & cooking gear for camping

If you are only bringing sandwiches then you may not need cutlery, crockery & cooking gear for camping. But if you do proper camping then you are going to want to bring this stuff. There are some specifically designed cutlery, crockery and cooking gear specially designed for camping that you can buy to make this easier.

Sleeping bag

No camping is complete without a sleeping bag. If you want to make your trip much more comfortable and relaxing then do not forget to bring your sleeping bags with you.

Fire Starter

What is camping without a real campfire? If you are having trouble making a fire outside on your own, then it would not be such a bad idea to take some things with you to help you start one such as: matches, unusable paper, a lighter, some cotton balls with a smear of petroleum jelly or some commercial fire starters.

Bug Spray

If you are planning to go on a camping trip in nature especially on hot days, taking some bug spray would not be a bad idea. It is not expensive and it can make your trip a lot safer and more comfortable.

Camping First Aid Safety Kit

And last but not least important is the First aid safety kit. No matter what kind of trip it is about you must never go anywhere without your first aid safety kit. It is very useful and reassuring for all trips, so always bring your safety kit with you, for you never know when and if you may ever need it.

Keeping safe is the MOST important thing. See the National parks service tips for safety.

Camping chairs

Need a place to rest? Make sure you bring a few of those portable camping chairs on your camping trip. They are very practical and do not take up to much space, so you can take them anywhere with you. They are great for trips like that, especially camping. Setting them up by the nice warm fire or near the river while doing some fishing is a great way to help you relax and enjoy yourself.


If you want to feel a lot more comfortable while being on your trip it is never a bad idea to bring more pillows for everyone. They are very easy to carry and what are sleeping bags without pillows really? So next time make sure you bring a few pillows if you want to make sleeping more comfortable for yourself and the others.

Extra blankets

If you are planning to spend a few nights out in nature then you should definitely not forget to bring a few extra blankets, for you may never know who might need a few extra to keep themselves warm. Sometimes even with a fire by your side some nights can be quite chilly so it is best to make sure you keep yourself warm and cosy.


Whenever you are planning to go on any kind of trip it is always a great idea to take a flashlight with a few extra batteries just in case. Yes there is the fire to keep you warm and the light on, but you can never be too sure when and if you will need a flashlight also. So it is a good idea to bring one and do not forget the extra batteries as well.

Maps, area information

map for camping - Necessary things for camping

No matter what kind of trip you decide to take on, having the right maps or the right information of the place would be a smart idea. It will help you better orient yourself and find your way back in case you lose track or get lost. So having a map by your side or doing a bit of research of the place that you are about to visit is not such a bad idea. Just make sure you do a little bit of research in reading location maps as well, which is not such a difficult job, but you can always do with a little bit of extra information just in case.

Fun Things to Do While You’re Camping

There are some fun activities you can do on your camping trip such as swimming, fishing, dancing, playing soccer, go hiking, having a barbecue, animal or bird watching, or even hunting.

There are a couple of things you can bring with you to make your trip a bit more fun, exciting and enjoyable. Here are some of the things you can take with you on your camping trip:

  • chessboard
  • football
  • frisbee
  • playing cards
  • books
  • guitar (any musical instrument)
  • fishing rod

You can find a list of fun things to bring camping here.


I hope you found our list of necessary things for camping helpful. If you follow these few tips, you will have a great and enjoyable camping time with your family and friends. Stay safe and organized and most important have a great camping trip!

Did we miss something out? Let us know your opinion, and if you have any other must take camping stuff, please make sure you let us know in the comments below.

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