Camping Necessities Everyone Should Have

Camping necessities come in all forms, however, you need one form or another to survive a camping trip.  Okay, you might survive without some of these things but it wouldn’t be comfortable. So, let’s take a look at what camping necessities you should bring along on your next camping trip.



Yes, you will need some form of shelter. This can be a simple tent that are reasonable enough or a camper or RV.  Someplace to protect you from the elements at night when you sleep as well as to store your things. Some tents can get massive and complicated with rooms and dividers or a two-three person tent can be simple.  It doesn’t matter what your flavor is, just that you have something to cover up you and your things at night.



This can be in the form of bottled water.  Or you can bring a cooler of water. Maybe the campground offers a water supply instead.  Just make sure you have enough water to get through the trip. There are even fancy water purification systems out there that can purify on the fly.  Never the less, you need a source of water.


Food and Food Storage

Bring along food that is easy to make on whatever type of cooking device you have.  There are some fancy cooking devices out there. And, there are some simple propane grills or burners or use the fire pit.  And, sometimes prepping the food can make this easier during the camping trip. Try cutting up the veggies and putting them into the foil packs at home to save time when camping.  Bring along a cooler to keep things cold and ice. Ensure you can get more ice when needed as well.


Sleeping Bag or Blankets

Check the weather of where you are going and bring along a sleeping bag that is appropriate for that weather.  Don’t have a sleeping bag? Then a few blankets would do as well. And, be sure to take along something to put down to keep the sleeping bag up off the ground.  This can be something as simple as an air mat or even an extra blanket. Cold ground can literally suck the heat right out of you and that makes for a long night.


Other Essentials to bring along while camping

Bring along proper clothing and rain gear just in case.  This can be something as simple as a large garbage bag to go over your clothing to keep dry.  The most important thing is to keep dry if it’s chilly outside. The, of course, have special rain gear and ensure that your tent is sprayed to keep everything inside it dry as well.  And, sunscreen, clothing to layer, bug spray are some of the personal items you should consider.



Plan to have a fire?  Ensure you have enough firewood, or ensure where you are going will offer firewood.  The fire is a camper’s friend. It can provide heat and is a great place to cook as well as dry out wet clothing.  Don’t forget simple tools that you might need to split up the firewood or dig a pit. And, something to start the fire would be helpful.


The most important thing to bring along on your next camping trip is common sense.  Think about what you personally will enjoy and need when you are out. Over packing the first few times is better than getting there without something.  And, the more you camp the easier it will become.


Jim Sabellico

Jim Sabellico

Jim Sabellico is the founder of, and an avid outdoors fan who loves traveling the world with his family, cooking over an open campfire and all things outdoorsy. When Jim isn't camping, he's running his marketing agency J. Louis.

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