Preparation is the key to a great camping trip. Whether you’re spending time with family at a nearby campground or roughing it on a backpacking trip, our camping essentials checklist can help you get ready for life in the outdoors.
Everyone needs the basics like a tent, sleeping bag and flashlight. Get camping chairs and a fire starter for the weekend getaway with the kids, and pack a survival kit and a hydration system for more serious excursions.
Backpackers will need rugged, dependable gear that will hold up over the course of a long trip. Read our article on how to fit a backpack to make sure you get the one you need. Also, if you’re going “off the grid,” consider taking a portable GPS system and plenty of batteries for your electronic devices.