In 2020 alone, nearly 50 million Americans went camping.
If you consider yourself a camping enthusiast, we don't need to tell you how important the right camping gear is. For beginners, there's a lot you need to think about if you're going to be prepared to brave the elements. Summer camping can be amazing fun, but it can also be unforgiving if you don't have the right stuff.
Wherever you're going for this summer trip, you need the right summer camping gear. In this post, we're going to give you a few ideas for what to pack for a week trip in the summer. When you know what to take camping, your mind can be at ease and you can enjoy yourself all the more.
Some of these items are essential, while others are luxuries that make your experience a bit easier. Consider this your camping checklist and get ready for an amazing week at the campsite.
For the Car Ride
The first thing you need to think about is the trip to the campsite. If you've got a few hours of driving to do, you're going to want to fill the car with gas, but consider filling up a canister with gasoline as well. You never know how remote these campsites are and you don't want to leave yourself stranded.
You're also going to need to make sure you've got your GPS to get to the campsite. For most people, this is Google Maps on their smartphone, so having a good car charger with you to keep your phone juiced up for the duration of the ride will be essential.
For just $34.99, you can get yourself a Baseus USB-A+2 USB-C car charger to preserve your phone battery. With 160W of charging power, you can get a quick charge on your phone and even your laptop if needed.
The car charger works best with really great charging cables. Baseus offers a wide variety of charging cables, including our 100W USB-C to USB-C charging cable that can charge up any applicable device as fast as possible. They come in 3.3 feet or 6.6 feet models, making them perfect for a long car ride.
You can't go summer camping without proper sleeping gear. You'll need a good waterproof tent that fits you and whoever else is sleeping in it with you. You'll also need sleeping bags that are suitable for the summer evening weather, so don't bring anything too heavy-duty if you don't want to sweat while you sleep.
Even the best places to camp are going to present rough sleeping surfaces. Get yourself a sleeping pad to put your sleeping bag on and don't forget to bring a comfortable pillow. If you're into a more luxurious rest, consider an air mattress and an electric pump.
Summer Camping Clothes
When it comes to summer camping clothing, you'll need to check out the weather forecast and prepare for all eventualities. Bring moisture-wicking underwear and T-shirts in case it gets hot, but don't forget a waterproof jacket for the possibility of rain.
Even on the warmest summer days, the temperature can dip when the sun goes down. Make sure you've got warm clothes for sitting around the fire at night. Long sleeves and pants will also help keep the insects at bay.
If there's a lake or river nearby, make sure you've got your swimsuit. Bring a few different types of footwear, alsoboots for hiking, sandals for getting in and out of the tent, and running shoes for comfort.
Campfire Cooking Equipment
No summer camping packing list is complete without a thorough rundown of campfire cooking equipment. The days of roasting a hot dog on a stick are over, especially when you're going camping for several days. You can make borderline gourmet meals with today's camp cooking equipment.
Here are a few of the things you should bring on your trip:
- Camping stove and small propane tank
- Pots, pans, and cooking utensils
- Plates, bowls, and eating utensils
- Cups and mugs
- Sharp knives for chopping
- Cutting board
- Cooler and ice packs
- Tub for washing dishes
- Soap, sponges, and drying towels
- Grill rack for fire cooking
- French press
- Roasting forks
- Food storage containers
- Water jugs (in case there's no clean water)
What you decide to cook will depend on personal taste and how willing you are to spend time cooking. It can be beneficial to prepare some meals ahead of time to keep in your cooler. When you're ready to eat, you can just heat them up over the fire for an easy meal.
Failing that, try to focus on making simple meals. Eggs in the morning are a great option. Hot dogs and hamburgers are good for a meal or two, but there are plenty of other options.
Veggie wraps and burritos, for instance, are easy to make and nutritious on a hot day. Salads and sandwiches are also simple and nourishing, but if you want to go a step further, you can cook pizza, meat, and vegetables on your campfire grill.
Don't forget to bring tea and coffee for the morning and alcoholic beverages for the afternoon and evening.
Health and Hygiene
It can be tricky to stay clean and healthy on a summer camping trip. It's a good idea to bring hand sanitizer in case your campground doesn't have a shower. Always bring a toiletry kit complete with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
One thing that a lot of new campers forget about is a first aid kit. You never know what could happen out there, so it's a good idea to have bandaids, gauze, tweezers, and antiseptic wipes on hand.
Make sure you've got plenty of toilet paper. Don't forget personal hygiene products if they're needed.
Starting Your Fire
Not everyone is an expert at starting a fire, so it's always smart to bring a few tools to help you out. First, you'll need to check that the campground has firewood for sale and buy some if they don't. You're going to need a hatchet to chop the wood for kindling as well.
If you've got newspapers laying around, it can be really helpful for starting the fire. Bring a few barbecue lighters to get the fire started. You can also purchase firestarters from camping stores that'll get the fire going when you can't do it on your own.
Seeing in the Night
Whether you're walking around the campground after dark or you're getting up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, it's going to be tough to see. Pack a flashlight, a lantern for the campground, and even a headlamp so that you can have your hands free and see in the dark.
You'll also have the flashlight on your phone, but this will drain your battery quickly, which brings us to our next point...
Charging Your Devices
These days, people tend to bring a lot of devices camping. Whether it's your smartphone or you're bringing a tablet to keep your younger children occupied, you'll need to keep these items charged somehow.
The Baseus Blade portable charger is a slim power bank that can keep phones, laptops, or tablets charged while you're in the wilderness. Having this extra bank of power is essential when you're out on excursions with no access to power.
Many campgrounds have power, but if you're off the grid completely, there are other products that can keep you connected to the world. The Baseus Portable Power Station is built to give you power while camping.
It's a solar-powered backup battery with fast charging, 2 AC outlets, and 8 ports in all. You can literally charge all of your devices at once with this 420W powerhouse. Even better, it's equipped with an LED screen telling you exactly how much power you've got left, so you can conserve power and put it back in the sun when necessary.
Other Important Camping Equipment
We've covered almost everything you'll need for your camping trip, but there are a few other odds and ends you may want to consider bringing along:
- Tarp and rope
- Duct tape
- Mattress and tent repair kit
- Camping chairs and a table
- Field guides, binoculars, and maps
- Dry bags for food
- Games and toys
- Sunscreen and bug spray
Cleaning Up the Site
After a glorious week of summer camping, you'll need to tear down your site and leave it the way you found it. This is easily the worst part of camping, but it can be made easier when you have the right tools.
For instance, after a week of use, your tent is going to have accumulated some dirt and debris. If you have a Baseus A3 Car Vacuum Cleaner, you can also use it to tidy up your tent, in addition to cleaning your car once you get home.
Make sure to bring garbage and recycling bags to clean up whatever trash you have lying around. You don't want to accrue any fines because you failed to keep your site clean.
Get Ready for Summer Camping in 2023
Go over this thorough summer camping checklist and you'll be ready for all your summer trips in 2023. No modern camping checklist is complete without items that keep you connected to the real world. Camping is all about connecting with nature, but it's important to have a foot in the real world as well.
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