For families that are struggling to afford a trip overseas, camping while abroad is the perfect option. Whether you’re exploring the Yorkshire Dales or soaking up the rays of Lake Garda in northern Italy, camping is an easy way to enjoy every moment of your trip (without breaking the bank). Before you go, check off this packing list to ensure you don’t forget any outdoor essentials:
1. & 2. Tent & Bedding
However obvious this may sound, a tent and proper bedding are essential to your comfort when sleeping under the stars. When investing in a tent, consider aspects such as size, weight, whether it is waterproof, and how it is assembled. If there aren’t many of you, a pop-up tent will do, but if you have a larger group, a sturdier tent with sections will probably be more useful (and help keep all of you sane)!
Fingers crossed you will have a great time, but in case you do get ill at all, always carry essential medications and materials that would usually be found in a basic first aid kit, such as plasters, bandages, and sterile gloves. Soap, antiseptic, and adhesive tape are also advisable to have on hand. As far as what instruments to take with you, scissors, tweezers, and a lighter are really handy to have for health reasons, as well as for any other odd jobs you may need to do during your trip.
4. Personal Hygiene
Whether you have power or not while camping, there probably won’t be enough sockets to go around. You can buy most grooming products in miniature bottles and cans, as well as DIY showers that don’t require a power source, so you can smell fresh(er) for your entire trip.
Waterproofs, summer shorts, and thermals are all worth considering for your trip, as camping, wherever you are, is extremely unreliable weather-wise. Packing changes of clothes in carrier bags or plastic wrapping of some sort can save y0ur clothes from becoming damp. There’s really nothing better than being able to get out of a damp tent wearing clean, dry clothes.
6. Directional Tools
For any romantic wanders or family hikes, it is always safe to have a compass, map, or some form of GPS with you. These range in price, and depending on your confidence with being one with the outdoors, may not mean adding many more items to your ever-expanding luggage.
Whether you need to boil water to cook your evening meal, enjoy a hot chocolate under the stars, or take a warm shower, water is essential for your trip. Stock up on large storage containers for easier usage and transportation.
8. Tool Kit
These come in handy for putting together tents, as well as mending emergency bbqs, getting stuck in a muddy field, or trying to adjust the gas cylinder or electrical sources. Don’t think you’re cutting corners by leaving these bits at home. They may be a bit bulky to travel with, but when the tent starts to lean to far to the left, you will have everything you need to rectify it.
Another home comfort that is readily available and inexpensive — but makes a huge difference when you’ve had a hard day hiking — is to sit in a real chair, snuggle up with a blanket, and toast marshmallows over the fire (rather than getting cold and muddy sitting on the ground).
10. Food and Cooking Supplies
Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you should sacrifice good quality food. With a stove, grill, or smoker, you can cook anything you fancy. Be sure to check the regulations of your camping site in case you are not allowed to store gas canisters to cook with — so you’re not left with beans on toast for your entire holiday!
This article was written by Kathryn Thompson, a freelance writer, mum to three young daughters, and very happy camper.
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