Last minute plans can really be fantastic in a lot of ways, especially a last minute camping trip. Looking at the various campgrounds that are nearby, deciding what activities will be on the agenda, and getting your gear all packed up; it can all be very exciting, but at the same time, there is a lot of room for error as well. If you’re not careful, your last minute trip could turn into a disaster if you forget an important item. Here are a few things you should make sure you have before you leave.
A Place to Sleep
Forgetting to book a cabin or bring your tent sounds like it might be impossible to some people, but I can say for certain that it’s not. In fact, my wife recently went camping and didn’t realize that her tent was not in its bag until she had already arrived at the site. Always take your tent out and make sure it’s in good working order before you leave, and double check that it’s in your car as well! There are many things you can do without, but a place to sleep is not one of them.
A Way to Cook
Some people bring canned and pre-cooked food, but for the most part, you will definitely need a way to cook. Even if you don’t plan on doing much cooking, it is good to bring a grill or stove of some sort so that you will be prepared if something happens and you are not able to leave the wilderness for longer than you had anticipated. On that note, you should also bring…
Lots of Propane
It can be surprising how many different uses there are for propane while camping; it’s certainly not just fuel for your camp stove anymore. Keep warm at night using a buddy heater, light up your campsite with a lantern, or even use it for your campfire. Propane and camping go hand in hand, so make sure your tanks are filled to the brim before you leave. And yes, I definitely mean fill them as opposed to exchanging them. Filling is always cheaper.
Last but not least, think about what activities you’ll want to partake in while you’re out camping. Is there a lake nearby? If so, will you be fishing? Do they have a bait shop at the campgrounds, or should you stock up on that beforehand? By thinking these questions through you will cut down the likelihood of forgetting something important. Camping will be fun no matter what, but by stocking up on the right equipment, you can really make it an unforgettable experience.
What do you think is crucial to remember when getting ready to go camping? Tell us in the comments!