Top 10 Camping Essentials

May 09, 2019 Camping Gear

At Sommerfeld Outfitters we have compiled a top 10 list of camping essentials to help you get started camping. This list is not exhaustive, by any means, but it is a great place for the novice camper to get started.


1. Canteen & Water Filter

While camping, your physical exertion is probably increased from your standard routine. So you are likely to lose more water through perspiration. You need to replace that water in order to remain fully functional. Additionally, potable water is essential for cleaning your cooking equipment. If you are planning to use water from streams, rivers, lakes, or ponds, be sure to also pack a water filtration system.


2. Clothing & Rain Gear

You will want to ensure that you bring appropriate camping clothing that is durable, insulative, and breathable. Remember, you will be exposed to the elements while camping so you want clothing that will keep you warm and can be worn in layers if necessary. Your clothing choices should include a sturdy pair of hiking boots, work gloves, a hat, and rain gear. All of these items of clothing will serve to reduce your exposure to the elements.


3. Tent & Tarp

You are going to want some sort of shelter in which to sleep at night. A good tent will not only protect you from condensation and rain but will shelter you from wind and help to trap some of your body heat in. A tarp can be placed underneath your tent to prevent any moisture in the ground from seeping up into your sleeping gear. Further, a tarp can be used to capture rainfall or even provide additional shelter in a pinch.


4. Fire Starting Kit

Fire has many uses including cooking, warmth, and light. While camping you will need a way to start a fire. This can be as simple as a flint and tinder kit or waterproof matches. There are many fire-starting options available to the modern camper. Just be aware that fires are also dangerous. A fire should never be left unattended and you should ensure that your fire is fully extinguished with no smoldering coals before leaving it.


5. Knife & Machete/Hatchet

A knife can be useful for shaving tinder, marking your trail, or cutting meat. A good wilderness survival knife can come in handy in ways that are difficult to imagine until a situation arises. Similarly, a machete and/or a hatchet can be an invaluable tool for clearing a campsite, or for collecting firewood. Remember that these tools are sharp and need to be used wisely and safely.


6. First Aid Kit

A first aid kit is a necessity on any camping trip. A person can get injured while camping and there is no easy access to medical help. A first aid kit is a great way to treat minor injuries sustained while exploring the wilderness. However, for more serious injuries, campers should seek out medical help.


7. Food & Cooking Gear

You will need to eat in order to keep your energy levels up. Campers should think carefully about how they plan to eat while camping. Whether you plan to bring your own food or hunt and fish for food, you will likely need a portable camping grill, pots/pans, and utensils.


8. Sleeping Bag

A good sleeping bag will not only insulate you while sleeping but can resist condensation or moisture that may occur while resting.


9. Map & Compass

A map and compass are essential if you plan to do much exploring. It is easy to get turned around and lost while in the wilderness. A local map and compass can be an invaluable tool for experienced campers. However, if you have little or no experience with a map or compass it is advised to stay close to your campsite.


10. Flashlight, Lantern, or Headlamp

A fire produces light, but it is limited to only a few feet surrounding the fire. It is highly recommended that campers take a more portable source of light.


Certainly, there are lots of other camping gear that are extremely useful, but with the above gear and advice, campers should have an enjoyable outdoors experience. Check out our shop for high-quality outdoors gear of all types. You can shop online or visit our store. And of course, we are always available to answer any questions you may have.





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