You know me, always dreaming about camping with my family! And plans are already underway for next year.
I thought I’d share some items that no camper should leave home without, and of course, this list will likely vary from camper to camper, but this is what my family agrees on:
Seriously… with the name of the blog and all, it goes without saying. Our youngest would flip out if we forgot smores ingredients!
While you can go with the traditional graham crackers, chocolate bar and roasted marshmallow way, it’s fun to shake things up a bit. We sometimes buy LeClerc Celebration Cookies, or a no-name brand similar. The chocolate is already on the cookie, so all you have to do is “sandwich” the roasted marshmallow between two cookies. We find it really simplifies things.
You can’t always rely on a fire to cook your food. Buying a quality camp stove and having sufficient propane is definitely going to make your trip more enjoyable (especially if it’s raining and soggy).
This is what I’d consider an investment piece, but you definitely shouldn’t forget a camp stove.
Speaking of campfires, having dry supplies to start and feed your fire is key to a good camping vacation or weekend. There are several firestarters you can make yourself, here’s an example:
Dry, clean socks are a lifesaver on an unpredictably wet trip, so be sure not to forget them. Throughout my blog, I often mention bringing extra pairs of clean socks when packing for a camping trip, because they truly can put a smile on your face when you’re miserably soaked!
There are camping socks too. Many are moisture-wicking and perfect for a camping trip. Here’s a great example.
With so many great sleeping bags on the market these days, it’s so easy to find the perfect one for you and your family. Questions to ask before buying: what season will you be camping in and how low does the overnight temperature dip?
It’s really difficult to get a good night’s sleep if you’re freezing your buns off. Make sure to check ratings if ordering online!
Just like the socks, tarps will make you smile when things are soggy outside. They add another layer of moisture barrier to your tent/camper, and will help prevent leaks. Forget a tarp and you’re taking some big chances on your trip’s success.
This tops Caleb’s don’t forget list. Some years are better than others for bugs, but if the season is overall damp and wet, the mosquito population will be abundant. I talk about bug repellent in this post.
There’s our list! Do you think we forgot anything important? Let us know in the comments!