No matter how many times you've traveled, packing can still be a difficult feat. You're always bound to forget something or you over-pack and waste too much space. Unlike many other trips, a camping trip should be the easiest and simplest to pack for. Forget about the superficial products such as hairspray and eveningwear. On a trip to the outdoors, you only need the essentials for survival. The most important packing items should include tents, blankets, lights, food and medicine. Consult the following list of supplies to ensure that you don't forget the bare essentials for your next camping trip.


Perhaps the most important item to pack for a camping trip is a proper tent, or multiple tents if necessary. This will be your source of shelter for the duration of the trip, so you want to ensure that you find something reliable in order to avoid disaster in the middle of your trip. Whether your tent is made of cotton, nylon or polyethylene, it is important to make sure that the material is waterproof and fire resistant. If your budget permits, purchase a tent with windows for proper ventilation as well as a rain fly for protection from the rain. Also, look for a tent with aluminum tent poles rather than fiberglass because they are more durable.

Sleeping materials

The best way to keep warm on a cold camping night is bring a reliable sleeping bag. For the highest quality sleeping bag, look for shell material made out of nylon, microfiber or Gore DryLoft fabric. Also look for a sleeping bag with natural down fill material, unless you are allergic to such material. The greater the sleeping bag's fill power, the warmer it will keep you at night. But if you can't break the tradition of sleeping under a blanket, you may want to opt for an air mattress and blankets. But be sure to layer up the blankets because the nights can get pretty cold.


When camping in the wilderness, there is no natural lighting other than the sun. Therefore, you will be left in the dark once the sun sets. Be sure to bring flashlights to see at night. Kerosene or electric lanterns are most helpful with lighting up the entire campsite. And don't forget to stock up on batteries.

First Aid Kit

A first aid kit is crucial. This should include any prescription medications you may need, as well as standard medication for common injuries. A basic first aid kit should include Band-Aids, antiseptic wipes, Neosporin and aspirin.

Food and water

You can never have enough water. Be sure to pack extra water to prevent the risk of dehydration. If your trip is only a few days in length, store food in coolers so they are able to last throughout the entire trip. Also consider bringing a portable grill for cooking fresh meals.


These items are crucial to personal hygiene. The purpose of camping is to get back in touch with nature, but that doesn't mean you have to smell like it. Don't forget to pack a toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant. You might also need extra rolls of toilet paper.

Author's Bio: 

Joseph Fournier is a person who enjoy outdoor activities such as camping and hiking because he finds it as a way to relieve stress.