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Top 8 Must Have Camping Gear for a Beginner

Posted by on 5/18/2017 to Recreational

If you are new to camping, you will always tend to visit a camping store looking for ideas about the best gear to buy for yourself. The problem is that at the camping store you get to meet all kinds of tools and gear. Not all of them might be necessary for your trip, but some people end up getting them anyway.

As a beginner, you have not learned most about camping, so your first gear might not be a lot. The list will build over time, so no need to rush things. Below is a list of the top tools and gear you need as a beginner in the camping world.

1. Get a good quality tent for the trip

The shelter is important whether you are a beginner or a veteran in the field of camping. You always want to make sure that you are protected from the weather elements at all times. You can come up with a list of the top tents you have seen on the market and get to choose the one that shows the best features. What is important is that you always get the best quality tents. The waterproof feature can be a nice addition making sure that you always feel protected whenever it is raining, and you are outdoors camping.

2. Source of light for the camp

For any beginner into camping, you might be shocked by just dark it can get while outdoors in the wilderness. You might want some light around you to feel comfortable while sleeping. You can have a propane generator for lighting up the camp if you are many or just a flashlight for a single person or a couple. Some might rely on the campfire for light. Well, it is great for lighting up the campsite and warmth, but the light does not go far. When you move a few meters from the campfire, it is already dark again. The same cannot be said when using a bright camping flashlight.

3. A shovel

A shovel comes in handy when you have to do some digging while at the camp. You might use it for digging some holes for burying stuff, banging the tent pegs into position, clearing the campsite and many other applications. For those who might need a temporary toilet facility while in the woods, you can use this type of tool to make it. It is important that you get to buy a high-quality shovel, as the applications for it never end.

4. Never forget the first aid kit

The first aid kit is an important gear you can never miss. It will help you deal with injuries before you can get to a hospital. A lot can happen while outdoors, so you want to be prepared for any eventuality that might happen. No need to buy the biggest first aid kit you see, even the small one will just do the job correctly. What is important is that you get to know how to use the supplies in the kit. Also, make sure that the supplies are updated by replacing the expired medication.

5. The type of bedding

If you are a workcamper then you can buy the most expensive type of beddings, as you will always be on the road. For a beginner, get something you can afford, but still will provide the right comfort when sleeping. You can get an inflating mattress, a stretcher or a sleeping bag depending on the season of camping and where you will be camping. For someone who does not like lying close to the ground, then camping stretches can come in handy. Most the time it can get quite cold while outdoors, so make sure you have enough beddings to keep you warm.

6. Portable cooler or fridge

As a first camper, chances are that you are going to carry most of the food to be eaten while camping. The food will only remain viable for eating when kept in a cooler. Unless you want to end up with food poisoning, then you have to get yourself a portable cooler. The same thing goes for the drinks. Most people want that after taking a hike in the hot sun, they can sit down to enjoy a cold drink. That can only happen when you have a portable cooler with you on the camping trip.

7. A reliable cooking device

When it comes to cooking at the campsite, you have various methods to opt for. What is important is that you get to choose the most reliable way of cooking. At the camping store, you are likely to see various devices and stoves for camping. Depending on the number of people attending the trip, then you have to choose correctly the type of device to buy. Look for a device that would be easy to set up and still provide a great cooking experience.

Some might say that they will use campfires for cooking. It is not a bad idea, but remember that in some places campfires are banned, especially during the summer season. The reason is that most of the cover is dry and can lead to spreading of the fire quickly into the wilderness causing more havoc.

8. A water filtration system

You do not just some water from a stream and start drinking. As much as it might look clean, you have to be sure it is the best water for drinking. A water filtration system does not cost a lot and it will help filter the water so that you do not spend a lot of money treating yourself later. Boiling the water is still another great option of making sure that all the pathogens are killed.


For those who might have thought camping was too hard, by now you have an idea what it is all about. You do not need a lot of fancy stuff to enjoy the outdoors. You can buy only the stated gear above and you should be good for a weekend full of camping fun. With time, you will get to add more things to your gear list depending what you need as a camper.

Autho Bio - Warren Kuhn

Warren Kuhn is an outdoor and camping enthusiast, always out to seek for the thrill and adrenaline that only nature gives. He even took up survival training to prepare him for the worst- case scenarios while outdoors.With his background, you can learn a lot from him so you can get the most out of your camping trip at TheCampingTrips.

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