4 Essential Items For Camping

by Jon DeMeo

Some items are just necessary for camping.  The problem is, we don’t always remember them until we’re out in the middle of the woods setting up for the night, when you need it most.  Unless you are headed on a serious multi-day backpacking trip, these items should fit nicely in your bag…or at least in your trunk!

One of my main priorities when I establish my campsite is to keep as much of my gear off the ground. There are few easy ways to do this for cheap. As I begin setting up my tent and other items, I don’t want to set my bag directly on the wet ground. One of the easiest ways I have found to avoid this is by keeping a few carabiners with me and attached to my bag.  All it takes is a tree branch to hook onto the top of your bag to keep it from getting wet or dirty on the ground. You will want to find the right carabiner that fits your weight capacity need.

Another solution for a common problem is where to put your portable light and trash when not in the tent. A very quick fix to this problem is to bring 20+ feet of paracord with you and string this between two trees. Use carabiners or just tie it straight to the line, and now you have some “shelf” storage for items you need off the ground.

When heading to bed, something many people may overlook is how uncomfortable it can be to sleep without a pillow. The good news is companies have now not only made a comfortable pillow for you to take with you, but it is now more packable than ever. There are even camp pillows that you self inflate or fold down so you can pack them in your bag more conveniently. There are multiple options that vary in price but each is a great option if you are looking for a tad bit more comfort when heading to bed.

One last item you may want to consider is a camp chair. Gear Patrol did a great article on some of the latest packable chairs that are on the market today. These chairs on not only packable, but some are quite comfortable. I do suggest heading to an outdoor store and sitting in one before purchasing, because depending on your height, some may be more comfortable than others.

Use these items to help you be comfortable and get outdoors with your friends and family to make memories!

Happy adventuring!

IMG_1163-2ABOUT JON: 
Originally from the great state of Pennsylvania I now currently reside in Lakeland, FL working for Southeastern University. I have a love for the outdoors including camping, hiking and fishing. Some of my other passions include, staying up to date on the latest technology, traveling, biking with my family, photography, graphic design and video work. I love helping individuals and organizations tell a compelling story and see it from start to finish. My family has a passion for serving people and trying to show hope in areas that need it most! I am married to my best friend Elaine and have one son.
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