Every year we would drive south to find our so-called “place under the sun”. And we always found it. In a way you can say that camping is sort of in my blood. I like going to five star hotels (which I do and have done a lot for the work I do), but going minimal on a campground cannot be beat by any five star hotel (do take this statement with a grain of salt though).
Then What are the five most important things to take along when you go camping?
The obvious things I won’t mention, like a tent and an air matrass. These things are standard. Here’s my list:
- A lighter
- A good knife
- Nylon rope
- Plastic Bags
You might think that lighter only make sense for people who smoke. But even when you don’t smoke, taking a lighter along when you go camping makes good sense. Not that I want you to start smoking. It is just that there will be situation where you definitely will benefit if you have one. Here are some examples.
- Light a fire. Not even a wood fire (although that would work as well), but possibly more a gas stove that you brought.
- Melt the ends of a nylon wire that you’ve just cut.
- To actually have some light when your torch fails.
A Good Knife
In a way it doesn’t really matter what kind of knife you bring, although picking a good one will make your benefits a lot bigger. You could opt for a good quality pocket knife, but for me that would be my bear minimum.
Personally I would go for something that is called a “Tactical Knife”. These knives are very sturdy and multifunctional in their use.
Yet another one of these things that make good sense to bring along. Bring at least 30 feet in length, and ¼ to ½ of an inch in diameter.
Nylon rope is very handy to hang stuff that you cannot leave on the ground (think of bears if you’re camping in an area that has bears).
Pegs are handy to close bags of any kind. I would say, bring about 10 extra. You will thank me later! Usually wood is better than plastic, because plastic might break.
My suggestion is to bring at least 3 sizes of plastic bags. They are very handy to keep food that you have left over, or for keeping things dry in case you’re struck by lots of rain. Big advantage is that they don’t weigh much, so carry three variations will not be difficult.
No doubt there are more essentials to bring. But with these I have always managed to safe the day in times of trouble.
If you have any other suggestions, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I’ll be happy to add them to this article.
A big Thank you!
image by Ross Harmes