With the official start of camping season just around the corner, you should start planning with the reservation of campsites. Make sure to find out what Covid-19 regulations they have in place and what you are allowed to have and not have.
Are you using a tent? If so, make sure you know how to set it up by practicing before you leave. If you’re traveling with an RV or motor home make sure you know the length and height. Some parks restrict the size of the RV or motor home.
Are you bringing your pet with you? Make sure the campground you choose allows pets first. Make sure you keep your pet on a leash. Some people might not be as happy to have Rover join their campground as you are.
Bring board games along in case you have a rainy day and can’t go for a nature walk/hike, fishing, or anything else.
With any luck, each camping trip proves to be a unique experience. There are many wonderful things that nature has to offer. No matter where you’re headed, a few things should always come with you. Below is the “short list” of camping essentials that should always be packed.
- A Tent, Tarp, and Sleeping Bag
- A pot, pan, dishes, utensils, and fire-starting materials (preferably waterproof matches or a butane lighter)
- A utility knife and length of rope
- Plenty of water (get gallon sizes for cooking and cleaning)
- Energy rich, easily prepared foods and snacks (think items like pasta, beans, ground beef, peanut butter, chicken, trail mix, and oatmeal)
- Plenty of clothing (a good rule of thumb in temperate areas is enough for two to three layers daily)
- A tight-closing cooler to store your food items in
- Hand sanitizer and soap
- Optionally, outdoor gear like fishing poles and hiking equipment
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