Are you a first-time camper? Or maybe you've camped plenty, but time and again find yourself lacking on the essentials.
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This is your go-to resource for all things camping. Use it as an easy reference guide for the more important items on your camping list
, or as a source for word choices on your next scrabble game. Regardless, here is one more tool at your disposal to help you prepare and make your next camping trip memorable for all the good reasons.
These are for your car to charge electronics such as a cell phone, mp3 player or other mobile devices.
To power your flashlight, camera and GPS. Consider the rechargeable kind and save money on extra batteries and time worrying whether you'll have enough juice.
. Important for knowing which way is north and south. Though not difficult to use, be sure to have a basic understanding of orienteering before relying solely on this to get you around.
. Not a life or death element to your camping experience, but it is a must for quick and easy sharing of those moments you'll want to capture.
Emergency first-aid kit. Not something you want to forget. Although rarely used beyond aspirin or insect sting ointment, it never hurts to be prepared.
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Food, flashlight, firewood.
Where would we be without food--not camping, that's for sure. Without a flashlight or firewood
, how are you going to see at night?
Guide or trail maps
—both are key. Whether you're car camping or backpacking, knowing where the restroom is located can be just as important as finding your tent site on the trail.
Hats. These are not only good to shelter you from the sun, but can also be useful in the rain and increase your visibility by others from a distance.
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. There is no substitute for a cooler at proper temperature. Pack plenty of ice and ice packs that will help keep your drinks and food from getting warm.
Jug or juice container
. For what, you might ask? Freeze water in one and use as large ice blocks for your cooler. And when it thaws, use the water to clean the campsite or wash your hands.