Camping Gear - The Spirit of Camping When heading out into the wilderness, it is essential to gather all of the proper camping gear first. Of course, the type of camping gear you need depends upon the type of outdoor adventure you plan to enjoy. After all, if you will be heading out into the backcountry with nothing but a rucksack, you will need to keep your gear light and to the minimum while still providing for your necessities. If you are camping with an RV or you are driving to an RV park and pitching a tent, on the other hand, you can easily carry far more camping gear with you while on still enjoying the great outdoors. Exploring the Backcountry If you are going on a hike and plan on camping in the backcountry, there are several things you should take along with you. These include: • Map and Compass • Cell phone • Signal Mirror • Whistle • Flashlight • First Aid Kit • Hunting Knife • Insect Repellent • Sunglasses, Sunscreen and Lip Balm • Waterproof Matches • Waterproof Windbreaker Of course, you will need to add a tent, food, and plenty of water to the camping gear you take with you. It would also be a good idea to take a solar powered battery charger. That way, you can continue to provide power to your cell phone while on your trip. Other supplies that can be nice to have include: • Bandana • Toilet Paper • Binoculars • Disposable Camera • GPS Unit • Two Way Radio • Hand Warmers • Emergency Blanket • Road Flare • Rope • Saw • Work Gloves By carrying all of these supplies with you, you will be prepared if an emergency occurs or if you get stuck in the backcountry longer than expected. Enjoying a Camping Trip If you are planning to go camping at a commercial park, there is still plenty of camping gear you should bring with you. Be sure to check with the park to find out what supplies are provided and what supplies are not. In addition to the supplies already mentioned, some camping gear you should take with you includes: • Sleeping Bag • Pillow • Air Mattress or Sleeping Bag Pad • Plastic Sheeting for the Tent Floor • Tent Seam Sealer • Large Plastic Boxes to Store Food and Equipment • Folding Tables and Chairs • Small Shovel • Can Opener • Portable Toilet • Baby Wipes • Personal Hygiene Items • Hammer or Axe for Pounding in Tent Stakes • Wash Clothes You can take additional camping gear with you depending upon how comfortable you want to be while on your trip. For example, you might want to take some cookware and other items for preparing heartier meals. In addition, you may want to bring along some reading material, some paper and a pen, and some games to play while relaxing at the campsite. Ralph King has been contributing to leading magazines for the past 10 years. He's also an accredited researcher on the subject for leading research institutes in the US.