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What You Need for a Perfect Camping Trip

Mar 18, 2008
Yes, of course, you need a tent and a few sleeping bags, everybody knows that! But to make your trip out in the wild perfect, it is the details that count, which means you have to choose your equipment carefully and you have to remember even the apparently most insignificant utensil. However, your decision of what you will take and what not will also depend on your means of travelling and your idea of a camping trip. You might not want to carry your garden table set on your back while riding your bike!

First of all, you have to choose the right tent, which mostly depends on the number of people travelling with you. Then decide on the kind of sleeping bags you need. Is it going to be cold or pretty warm during the night? Is everybody sleeping in the tent or are some of you going to want to sleep under the stars? If you are all huddled together in a tent you will be warmer than if you sleep in the open. Do not forget to take mats and a big plastic sheet against humidity to put under the tent or to sleep on outside. That is for the basics; let us see about the rest.

Elaborate the menu for each day you are going to be away. Again think about how you are going to travel. I you have your car, you can take your grill or a gas cooker, but if you have to carry your equipment, you should rather take food you can grill on a fire or that you can eat raw, like cheese, ham, fruit, etc. Keep your food in a closed recipient to avoid an ant invasion. And most importantly, be sure to take enough water with you or at least to take a recipient in which you can cook the water you find around your camping site.

Remember to check your first aid kit before you leave. You should always have some disinfectant and some Band-Aid. You should also take some sunscreen and mosquito repellent. You might not have to use those items but as someone wisely said: Better safe than sorry!
Now, let us look at the little details that can come in really handy. Toilet paper is always useful, might it be to actually go to the toilet or just to wipe your hands clean after eating. You should have a piece of rope with you every time you go camping. You never know what you will need it for: to hang out some wet clothes, to hang the food up in the trees to protect it from wild animals or to catch a deer for supper! And do not forget your Swiss army knife, they can be of great help.

As it said at the beginning, think about the details and not only about the obvious when making a list of what you are going to take on your camping trip. The better you plan it, the more you will enjoy it!
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Rachel Nunez is ready to answer your questions about Coleman sleeping bags. For more tips and information about mummy sleeping bags, check out http://www.sleepingbagsforcamping.com .
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