10 Camping Essentials to Bring on Your Next Trip

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Camping is a fantastic way to escape from the hustle and bustle of life for a few days.

However, camping may not always be as enjoyable as you would hope if your camping trip does not go as planned. Bringing the right camping equipment along to your camping trips can be the difference between a memorable trip and one you'd rather forget.

Imagine if you're out in your favorite national park and you've spent a fantastic day hiking, exploring nature, and taking photos. It's been absolutely magical. After having a spectacular meal by the campfire you're ready to go to sleep.

Then you realize you don't have a sleeping pad for your sleeping bag. And it’s freezing.

Not the most ideal situation right?

However don't worry, we've got you covered to make sure that doesn't happen.

We've put together a list of what we believe are some of the best things you can have with you on your next camping trip to make it a success. Whether you're a well-seasoned camper, a novice looking to get started, or a parent wondering where to take the next family trip, there'll be something here for you.

Let's get stuck in!

Camping Tent

Now look, I know you probably think we're stating the obvious here (we kind of are), but a good quality camping tent cannot be underestimated when push comes to shove in the elements.

If you've been camping with a good quality tent when the conditions aren't the best, I'm sure you've felt pretty thankful to be warm and dry when the strong wind and rain is beating against your tent.

There's nothing more valuable than being warm and comfortable to get that good night's sleep in the outdoors.

When choosing a camping tent, be sure to select one that is of good quality and that is designed for the type of camping trip you will be taking. 

For example, if you will be camping in cold weather conditions, then make sure to take along a camping tent that is rated for colder temperatures.

Sleeping Bag

A sleeping bag is an essential piece of camping gear – it will keep you warm and comfortable during the night. When selecting a sleeping bag, be sure to choose one that is appropriate for the camping trip you will be taking and the weather conditions you will be experiencing.

If you're camping through unfamiliar territory, there is always the chance that you may be unprepared for major changes in weather or temperature.

That's why it's a really good rule of thumb to have a sleeping bag rated for colder temperatures than what you normally experience indoors. 

Sleeping bags will usually have information on the temperature they are most suited for, with some sleeping bags designed for sub-zero temperatures, while others are ideal for summertime camping.

So finding the right sleeping bag will ensure that you'll be comfortable for the evening, and it will ultimately help protect you from hypothermia and other potentially dangerous conditions resulting from extended exposure to cold temperatures.

Also, they can prevent you from sweating like crazy if it's too hot!

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Sleeping Pad

Now if you're camping in cold weather conditions, a sleeping pad is an essential piece of camping gear. A sleeping pad will provide insulation and protection from the cold ground.

If you're camping in warm weather conditions, then a sleeping pad may not be as necessary for protection from the cold, but it's still helpful for providing comfort and cushioning.

When selecting a sleeping pad, there are a few things to consider: the size, the weight, and the insulation rating.

Choose a sleeping pad that is appropriate for your camping trip and the type of camping you will be doing.

For example, if you will be camping in cold weather conditions, choose a sleeping pad with good insulation. It's going on a backpacking camping trip? Then choose a lightweight sleeping pad.

Fortunately, you can find some fantastic quality sleeping pads here

First Aid Kit

A first aid kit is an essential item for any camping trip – it can help you treat minor injuries and illnesses while camping. Be sure to pack a first aid kit that includes items such as bandages, gauze, adhesive tape, antibiotic ointment, pain reliever, and a thermometer.

Also, you may consider taking along some basic camping first aid instructions.

If the camping trip you're considering is longer in duration and will lead into more remote areas, then it would be wise to pack additional camping first aid items that are specifically designed for wilderness survival situations. 

It’s always better to be safe than sorry!  

Camping Chairs

A camping chair is a must-have camping trip essential – it's always nice to have a place to relax after a long day of camping and hiking! 

When selecting camping chairs, make sure that they are comfortable enough for you to sit in all day – if not, then bring along additional camping pillows or blankets as well! 

Which brings us to our next point… 

Camping Pillow

If you're like me you probably take camping pillows for granted. 

If you do not know what a camping pillow is, it’s simply a small pillow that can be used anywhere at any time including when you are on an outdoor trip. 

Out of all the things you need for your camping trips, this little guy might be one of the most important ones.

If you seriously want to experience sleeping outdoors comfortably, this is something you need to have. Not only will your camping trip be more enjoyable with it but your sleep will also feel much better than before which is definitely an added bonus.

Find our top quality camping pillows here

Camping Stove

Camping stoves are an important piece of gear for any camping trip. 

They provide a way to cook food and heat up water, which is essential for keeping warm and preparing meals. There are a variety of different camping stoves available, each with its own set of features and benefits.

When choosing a camping stove, it is important to consider the type of trip you will be taking. If you will be camping in a campground with electric hookups, then you can choose a stove that runs on propane or butane. 

However, if you will be camping in more remote areas, you will need a stove that runs on liquid fuel such as white gas or kerosene.

Think about what type of trip you’ll be doing and shop around for the one that suits your needs most.

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Now we all know that being able to see in the dark is important. 

That’s why torches are an essential friend to bring along on your trip. They provide light when it's dark, which can be essential for safety and security. Additionally, they can be used to cook food or start a fire.

The best camping torch will need to be dependable, durable, and lightweight.

One type of camping torch is the gas-based torch, which can be used to start a fire or cook food on an open flame. These torches are extremely versatile because they're capable of burning through many different mediums. They're also relatively safe and easy to handle.

Shop around and find the right torch for you. 

Suitable Clothes

There’s nothing worse than going out on a camping trip and not having the right clothes for the environment you’re in. 

The weather can change super quickly, so it’s best to be prepared for a rapid change in temperature. You don’t want to be caught out sweating or shivering your clothes off! 

An efficient method is to start with a base layer of clothing that wicks away moisture. This could be a T-shirt or a tank top made of synthetic materials.

Then add a layer of insulation to taste, such as a fleece jacket or sweatshirt.

Top it off with a waterproof and windproof layer, such as a raincoat or a windbreaker and you’ll be ready to take on the world (or at least the elements).

Cell Phone

Never go camping without your cell phone. You may think that there won't be any service out in nature but you will be surprised how many carriers have signals out in the wilderness.

If you do happen to get lost or need help, having a working phone will allow emergency responders to quickly locate you and come to your aid.

Also, consider taking along an old smartphone or tablet that does not have service if its battery has enough power leftover from when it was last charging. That way, you can use this phone to help start a fire with the help of a few dry sticks and some very fine kindling.


I hope this list was informative and that you can take on your next journey knowing that you’ll be sorted to experience the outdoors to the fullest. 

We’ve got a range of great equipment at our online store to ensure that you get a good night’s sleep for your next adventure.

See you over there!