There really is nothing like camping. Being able to escape the rush of the everyday world and just get back to nature for a while. You feel more connected to the world around you, and you gain a genuine appreciation for taking the time to pause and enjoy a little peace and quiet now and then. Of course, for the unprepared, a camping trip can turn from paradise to a complete disaster pretty quickly. Most of the time this happens because they haven't packed the right gear for the trip that they're taking. You might be using a camping trip to get away from it all, but that doesn't mean that there aren't things that you need to take with you. To make sure that you get the most out of your camping trips, here are some essential items that you need to pack.
This one is so obvious anyone who forgets it might not be cut out for camping in the first place. Unless you're planning on roughing it under the stars every night, packing a tent should pretty much be your number one priority.
Sleeping Bag and Mat
A lot of people forget this in the age of indoor heating, but it can get seriously cold at night. If you're not properly wrapped up, you can not only end up having a terrible night's sleep, but you could actually do yourself some damage, potentially catching hypothermia. Make sure that you have a padded sleeping bag to tuck into at night. Not only that but make sure to bring a mat as well because you really don't want to spend your nights with sticks and lumps of earth sticking into your back.
Unless you're planning on eating nothing but berries that you find in the woods for the entire trip, then you're going to want to pack a camping stove. That way you can heat up your food as well as boil water for making tea and coffee. Packing a selection of tinned foods is a great idea here since you don't need to worry about preparing anything, just heating it up and chowing down.
You would be amazed at how much of a lifesaver a knife can be when you're out in the wilderness. Whether you're using it to peel fruit, shave wood for a fire, open packages, the list really does go on. Just make sure that the knife is strong enough that it won't go dull after the first use. Something made from A-2 carbon tool steel is always a good option.
First Aid Kit
Sometimes accidents happen when you're out in the world, and you need to be able to deal with them. Packing a first aid kit with Band-Aids, bandages, cause, antiseptic and basic pain medication will help you deal with just about any of the average problems that you might up against while camping.