Whether you are planning a great hike up a mountain or a quiet stay by a stream, camping can be made even more enjoyable with the right camping accessories.
Use this checklist to remind yourself what camping accessories you need to pack.
1. Hat and a bandana
These will help keep the hot sun off your face and protect you from a nasty sunburn.
A wool toque
It can get really cold at night, even in the middle of the summer. And while the rest of you can snuggle under a sleeping bag, often your head can’t. A wool toque will keep your head toasty warm.
A good pair of polarized sunglasses can make a big difference, especially if you’re out on the water for the day.
3. Water-resistant watch
Take a digital vacation as much as possible and go old school by using a watch instead of your phone to tell the time.
4. Waterproof gloves
Camping can be rough on your hands, especially if you are kayaking, climbing or canoeing. A good pair of gloves will prevent blisters and chaffing.
5. Hand warmers
If it gets cold, slip some hand warmers into your pockets or gloves. You’ll be glad you have them.
6. A good book
Take advantage of the fact that you are far away from your TV and computer and grab that book you’ve been meaning to read. When you’re camping you’ll actually have time to read it.
7. A map and compass
You probably know where you are going, but just in case you don’t, or your phone battery dies, it’s always good to have a map on hand.
8. Travel towel
Nobody likes to drip dry. A small, quick-dry towel is an essential luxury.
9. Day pack
If you aren’t planning to stay at your campsite all the time, bring a daypack for short hikes. This way you won’t have to lug all your gear around.
10. Extra eye glasses and contact lenses
Camping isn’t kind to the visually impaired. Dirt, ash and other debris can cause all kinds of problems. Be prepared for the unexpected and bring extras.
You should always bring rope as it has multiple uses, but if you’re camping for a few days, a good clothesline will help you stay fresh while out in the bush.
12. Head-mounted flashlight
A flashlight is obviously a must-have, but a headlamp will keep your hands free so you can see around camp and read that great book you brought.
13. A sleeping pad
If you have room, a sleeping pad will help you get a good night’s sleep. Look for an insulated one if the nights are getting cooler.
14. Baby wipes
There are a ton of uses and will help you keep your water for essential uses.
15. Fire starter kit
These kits are a winner if you run into an emergency, and come in handy on an evening when you’re not in the mood to start your own fire from scratch.
These little extras may not seem like much, but they can make a big difference when you are out in the wilderness. Before you head out, it never hurts to write out a checklist to remind yourself what camping accessories you need to pack.