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What Do You Always Forget Camping? (And How to Never Forget Again)



Packing the car to go camping
When you're camping, forgetting the small things (like trash bags)

The anticipation builds, the car is packed, and you're ready to escape the hustle and bustle for a nature-filled adventure. But as you set up camp, a sinking feeling hits you: you've forgotten something crucial. It happens to the best of us - even seasoned campers can leave essentials behind.


So, what are those common camping culprits that seem to have a knack for disappearing from our packing lists? Here are some frequently forgotten items and tips to ensure they never leave you scrambling again:


1. The Little Things:

  • Batteries: Flashlights, headlamps, and lanterns rely on these tiny powerhouses. Pack extras, even if you think you have enough.

  • Fire Starter: Matches, lighters, or a fire starter can be lifesavers, especially if you rely on a campfire for warmth or cooking.

  • First-Aid Kit: Minor cuts, scrapes, and insect bites are inevitable. Be prepared with a basic kit for quick fixes.

  • Trash Bags: Leave no trace! Pack enough bags for all your waste and dispose of them properly.

  • Multi-tool: A handy multi-tool can solve various problems, from fixing broken zippers to tightening loose screws.

2. Comfort and Convenience:

  • Wet Wipes: A quick and refreshing way to clean up after a long day outdoors, especially when access to showers is limited.

  • Camp Chair: Relaxing by the fire or enjoying a meal is much more comfortable with a dedicated camp chair.

  • Playing Cards or Games: Pack some lightweight games or cards to keep everyone entertained during downtime.

  • Sunscreen and Bug Spray: Protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays and pesky insects throughout your trip.

  • Headlamp: Essential for navigating in the dark, whether it's a late-night bathroom trip or stargazing.

3. Food and Water:

  • Water Purifier or Tablets: If your campsite lacks potable water, ensure you can purify your drinking water.

  • Reusable Water Bottles: Stay hydrated and reduce waste by carrying reusable bottles instead of relying on disposable ones.

  • Snacks: Pack enough high-energy snacks to keep everyone going between meals, especially on longer hikes or outings.

  • Coffee or Tea: For many, a hot beverage in the morning is a camping essential. Don't forget the necessary supplies!

  • Dish Soap and Sponge: Pack a small amount of dish soap and a sponge to clean up after meals.

Bonus Tip: Create a comprehensive packing list and check it off twice before you leave. Include specific items for different weather conditions and activities planned during your trip.


By remembering these commonly forgotten items and preparing a thorough packing list, you can ensure a smooth and enjoyable camping experience. After all, the goal is to relax and connect with nature, not spend your time searching for missing essentials. So, pack smart, be prepared, and get ready to embrace the joys of the outdoors!


Next time you'll have to remember: What Do You Always Forget Camping?


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