Camping vacation: pack the essentials and nothing else

An outdoor camping holiday in the great outdoors will surely be a pleasant break away from the hustle and bustle of the city. While many campsites don’t have to walk much further than your car, they don’t give you the isolation or adventure of hiking to more distant campsites. The downside to hiking to secluded campsites is that you have to carry your belongings and camping gear on your back. Here are some tips to reduce your load while making sure you have what you need.

First, do your research and see if your campsite has running water and showers. The more distant rarely do. Even if there is water, it may not be suitable for drinking and cleaning up cuts and scratches. Bring enough bottled water with you for your hike if needed, or consider cleaning tablets.

Check the climate and weather before you set off and pack your bags accordingly. Even if the weather report doesn’t predict this, be prepared for the rain with at least a light poncho or rainproof jacket.

Bring a sleeping bag that suits the climate and conditions of your campsite. If it’s a hot weather destination, a lightweight sleeping bag can be cheap and easy to find. If you are camping in a cold climate, it is advisable to invest in a light, but well-insulated and waterproof sleeping bag.

A lightweight tent made of durable material is essential for camping. While it’s nice to have a huge tent, you don’t have to and less is more. In remote campsites you can change clothes and store your belongings outside your tent. You can also buy a tent that is self-erecting and takes very little time and effort to set up and take down.

A well-stocked first aid kit is also essential for camping. Make sure you have different sized bandages and disinfectant spray or ointment. Also have antihistamines and pain relievers. Bring small scissors or Swiss Army Knife and tweezers that you can use to bandage wounds and do a variety of tasks.

Your fully loaded backpack weighs no less than 20 pounds (9.07 kg) and should not weigh more than 40 pounds (18.14 kg). It may not sound like much, but if you have hours of hiking, after an hour or two you will surely feel twice.

Camping in more remote areas may be the adventure and seclusion you’re looking for, but it does require hiking with your gear. Pack wisely and bring only the bare essentials.

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