Camping 101

Camping Trip Essentials

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Have you ever begun your camping  trip by realizing you forgot the tent at home? Whether you're hitting the trail for a few days, or just spending the weekend at the campground, being prepared is essential. 

We have compiled a checklist of items (mostly) available at Escape Outdoors, so you can focus on relaxing around the fire or deciding where your next destination will be. (You may need more or less items than listed depending on when and where you'll be camping.)


Equipment:

  • Tent
  • Spare tent pegs
  • Groundsheet
  • Tarp
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Sleeping pad or air matress
  • Flashlight and lanterns
  • Rope
  • Duct Tape
  • Stuff sack
  • Extra batteries
  • Fire starter
  • Axe or hatchet
  • Pocket knife
  • Compass
  • Backpack
  • First-aid kit

Kitchen Gear:

Camp stove
Fuel
Utensils
Plates, bowls, mugs, etc
Thermos
Pots and frying pan
Dishpan
Biodegradable dishwashing soap
Oven mitts
Food cooler
Aluminum foil
Garbage bags
Papertowel
Animal resistant food storage containers
Water jug and filter
Corkscrew or bottle opener


Personal Gear

            Biodegradable Soap 

           Biodegradable Soap 

                                        Buff 

                                       Buff 

                                Bear Spray

                               Bear Spray

Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Buff
Toothbrush
Toilet paper
Bug spray
Hand sanitizer
Bear spray or bear bells
Biodegradable shampoo & soap
Water bottle
Deodorant
Power bank for electronic devices
Medications
Ibuprofen/Aspirin/Tylenol
Towel
Shower bag
Pocket mirror
Whistle 


Food

How much food you bring and what kind will depend on where you are going, how much you can carry, what you have for cooking on, and where you can dispose of trash. 

        Backpacker's Pantry freeze dried meal

       Backpacker's Pantry freeze dried meal

If you'll be backcountry camping, it's important to think about weight and how well your food will stay fresh. Freeze dried meals and granola bars are a hiker's best friend as they are quick, light and easily packable.  

If you're pushing your body to the limit, remember to provide yourself with plenty of calories and protein to maintain your strength. Some people choose to prepare their own freeze dried meals, but they can also be purchased pre-made by companies like Backpacker's Pantry. In our opinion, you can't beat these meals. The variety of meals is incredible ranging from items like omelettes for breakfast, to potatoes and beef for dinner and even cheesecake for dessert. 

If weight and packability isn't an issue, check out this list of food items:

Coffee/tea
Milk
Cereal/oatmeal
Eggs
Salt/pepper
Pancake batter & Syrup
Bread/bagels
Peanut butter/jam
Meat (fresh and jerky)
Energy bars
Cooking oil
Fruit & veggies
Rice
Hamburgers
Hot dogs
Wine/bottled drinks
Cheese
Crackers/potato chips

 

                   Ol' fashion campfire cooking

                  Ol' fashion campfire cooking


Clothing

When packing clothes, choose lightweight fabrics that are moisture-wicking. When you're adventuring outdoors, it's okay to reuse clothing especially when backpacking. Below is a list of clothing that are great to consider packing in your bag.

        Smartwool base layer

       Smartwool base layer

 

Base-layer clothing - Clothing with synthetic material is highly recommended, as it will wick moisture away from the skin, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter.

 Columbia convertible pant

Columbia convertible pant

 

 

Convertible pants - Pants that can quickly zip off into shorts are great to have in your bag for temperature changes. 

                Olukai sandals

               Olukai sandals

 

 

Camp Footwear - A good pair of hiking boots or shoes is essential, but don't forget to pack lighter shoes that you can quickly slip on for exploring close to camp.

              Patagonia Torrentshell Pullover

             Patagonia Torrentshell Pullover

 

 

 

 

Weatherproof Jacket/Outer layers - Whether you're camping in the Summer or Winter, it's key to have weather resistant outer layers. Look for items listed as weather-proof or designed with Gore-Tex. Gore-Tex is a breathable waterproof laminate that will help with the product's ability to shed water. 

 

 

 

 

 

             Darn Tough Sock

            Darn Tough Sock

Quality pair of socks - Darn Tough socks are one of the best brand of socks for camping or hiking. Not only are they guaranteed for life, they help prevent blisters and provide great comfort during a long trek. 

 Womens Vasque Breeze 3.0 GORE-TEX Hiking Boot

Womens Vasque Breeze 3.0 GORE-TEX Hiking Boot

 

 

Hiking boots or shoes - Wearing the right boot or shoe can make or break a camping or hiking trip. It's essential to find the proper boot or shoe for your foot. We recommend trying on a few styles and putting them to the test before departing on your adventure. 

 

 

 

 

 

                                Tilley Hat

                               Tilley Hat

Hat and gloves-  Even during the Summer months, the evenings can become cool, so packing a little pair of winter gloves and a warm beanie is often a great idea. We always squeeze a baseball or tilley hat in our packs as well. 

 

 

 


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