Camping Kit Essentials for Beginners

By on August 5, 2021

Heading out to the mountains for the first time? Getting out into nature is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have, but it can also be a disastrous situation if you are unprepared for the elements. Instead of potentially having a hard time and swearing off the great outdoors forever, here are a few tips and gear to be sure to have for the uninitiated to have a great first camping experience.


The irst and probably most important piece to your camping gear puzzle: a tent. Your tent is going to be your main shelter from the elements. While your tent does not need to be extremely big, it does need to at least fit you and whoever else you are camping with to be able to sleep comfortably. However, probably the most important thing to ensure is that your tent is waterproof. Many camping nights have been ruined by waking up to a rainstorm with a soaking tent. When pitching your tent, make sure you are on a high piece of ground that would not flood in the case of an evening thunderstorm. 

Sleeping Bag

Your sleeping bag is also going to be a really critical piece of equipment in your camping kit. Depending on the time of year you are camping and where you are, the temperature can dip way below freezing, so you’re going to need some extra protection to be able to make it through the night, let alone be able to sleep comfortably without your teeth chattering. There are a lot of different types of sleeping bags out there, so make sure to pay attention to the temperature rating of the bag and its dimensions. Certain bags are better than others for particular times of year and settings. 

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Unless you intend to make it through the night by simply the light of the moon, having some extra light on hand for when the sun goes down is going to be essential for moving around and seeing your surroundings after dark. Choose a rechargeable headlamp for easy, hands-free use when out and about searching for firewood or while on a night hike. Or, maybe for the more eager camper, you might go for a tactical flashlight that can quickly change between modes at a moment’s notice. 

First-Aid Kit

Finally, in case of emergency, it is always a good idea to keep a first aid kit on hand. When out in nature, you might be relatively far away from the nearest hospital or urgent care center. Therefore, should one of your fellow campers get injured, it would fall on you to get patched up enough to make it back to civilization. While you do not need to be a full EMT, it is good to have some basic understanding of first aid and wound treatment in case someone got hurt. Overall, with these basic camping tools, you’re sure to be a great camper in no time. 

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Camping Kit Essentials for Beginners