Most of my childhood vacationing memories were of my family and my parent’s best friend’s family setting up camp together and roughing it for the long holiday weekends. We would go rafting, roast marshmallows, play on the playground, and as Andrea and I got older (Andrea was my dad’s best friend’s oldest daughter) we would walk the campground snickering over the cute boys. Needless to say, while I am definitely a city girl, I can hold my own in the woods. And NO, I don’t prefer an air conditioned cabin, I actually like sleeping right on the ground!
From all of my years camping, there are 5 items that I recommend as MUST HAVE ITEMS when taking a trip to the woods.
5 Must Have Items for Camping in the Woods
You don’t have to sleep uncomfortably when sleeping outdoors. As a matter of fact, an entire camping experience can be ruined if you do not have the proper sleeping gear. I recommend outdoor sleeping gear from Klyimt. Klymit has a very wide array of sleeping arrangements for both cool and warm weather conditions.
My Klymit double person, down sleeping bag is not only super cozy, but is very convenient and lightweight for travel. It can be easily rolled into a drawstring carrying bag for easy transportation. This sleeping bag was designed for 3 season comfort to keep you and your significant other sleeping sound through the months of March – September. While it is made for two humans, it is not recommended for canine companions…at least Harley, my pup, didn’t take kind to being put in it!
Blade with Fire Starter
I can’t tell you how many times a knife comes in handy when camping and you can’t cook without a fire, so a knife/ fire starter combo will keep you in check while camping. I like to use the ParaKnife Magnesium Fire Starter. It is super easy to get the “out door oven” going when your tummy is rumbling with this handy tool.
Yes, these boots ARE made for walkin’. There are many brands out there but I have found that the most durable boots for a camping female are of the Timberland brand. They are quick to clean, protect the ankles when searching for firewood or hiking, and are not easily damaged. Also, the 90’s fashion statements have made a come back, so lucky for you and your boots, they can be worn on more than one occasion. I duo my Timberlands as camping shoes and edgy fashion boots. Two birds with one stone!
Nothing is worse than drinking hot beverages on a hot day. Bringing a cooler that can keep ice in it’s frozen state for longer periods of time will help when it comes to brewski time an preserving food! I love Coleman coolers and all of their other camping products for that matter. I have doubled up on my cooler as a beverage and food storage, as well as a seat for chilling around the campfire.
A Furry Security Alert
While a furry companion is not a must have when going camping, it sure does make for some extra security. A dog can smell, hear, and sense things that humans may not sense until it is too late. Having a dog in your tent can help to alert you of unwanted animals or visitors in the night. Harley is very alert and is also very good at waking me up when he feels something isn’t quite right. I am not saying it is OK to camp without other folks, in fact, I NEVER recommend this, just suggesting that you bring your canine to help protect the group. I sleep sounder when Harley is my tent-mate, as I know he has my back.
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