10 Basics Every Man Should Have in His Camping Gear

Camping is fun if you have the right camping gear with you. This is the most important part of camping as you are going to be away from the comfort of your home and will be independently living from your campervan or RV, therefore, you need to ensure you have everything that is important to survive and make the best of your trip.

I used to double check my gear every time I started my journey as forgetting any part of my essential camping gear would lead to making my trip a disaster. If you are thinking that other campers may lend you their stuff then remember this that people hate the people that borrow stuff, so just don’t be that guy.

Based on my experience I managed to make a list of essential camping gear equipments that I think are really important to carry along on every camping trip.

Here are 10 basic things that your camping gear should have:

1. Food

Everyone has to eat! Your choices vary from freeze-dried food to preparing your food prior to your trip and making the meal at camp or doing it as you do at home and prepping and cooking a full-scale meal at the campsite.

I normally carry raw vegetables and pack sandwiches for the trip along with that I also pack canned beans, peanut butter, beer, soda, and energy bars.

The quantity of food depends on the number of days you plan your camping trip so accommodate your food accordingly and make sure you put the perishable goods in the refrigerator and store the rest in a cool dry place.

2. Tent

Your method of shelter can be as simple as a tarp and a piece of rope tied between two trees. Tents should be functional in serving your needs while camping, not too big yet have enough room to protect your gear from the elements. Here are some guidelines for buying your next tent.

Tents are advertised by how many people can fit “cram” into a tent without and gear, usually, two men, four men, six man, and eight-man tents are the norm. there are those that are larger, but for our example, these will work. For example, a family of four will find it rather confined in a “Four Man Tent” you will be walking all over each other and would probably frustrated with your purchase. Usually, it is easier to think in terms of a minimum of 30 to 40 square feet per person. a 10′ by 10′ tent is ideal for two people and gear. A 16′ by 10′ tent will accommodate a family of four and feel spacious. You will be able to put two queen size inflatable mattresses and have walking space between. This is what I use on week-long trips.

3. Sleeping Bag

Start with choosing a comfort rating for the type of camping you will be doing. The rating is the minimum temperature a sleeping bag will keep the average person comfortably warm at night. Generally, sleeping bags have a rating of +10 degrees to +50 degrees. You may choose to have a couple of sleeping bags, one for winter and summer camping. Use this as a guide only, individual preference and metabolism can change the rating you might find comfortable. Also take into account whether or not you will be sleeping on a sleeping pad, a cot, or an inflatable mattress or just on the ground. In Arizona, during the summer months, you may find yourself unzipping the bag during the night just to stay cool.

4. Water

Water is essential to life. If the campground you are planning on staying at does not have potable water, you will need to either bring it or sterilize water found at the source (i.e. a stream, lake etc.). Iodine tablets bought at the local outdoor store will effectively kill most biological elements. When using Iodine tablets, remember to wait at least one hour before consuming the water to allow the iodine to work. Persons with thyroid problems or on lithium, women over fifty, and pregnant women should consult their physician prior to using iodine for purification. You can add vitamin C to the water for better tasting water.

5. First Aid Kit

Getting minor bruises, motion sickness and burns are normal therefore you need prepare of these things in advance. Let’s face it, you are not Hulk so make sure you have a first aid kit in your campervan or RV at all times.

Things to consider adding to your first aid kit. There are several prepackaged First aid kits.

  • Bandages
  • Scissors
  • Personal Medication
  • Tweezers
  • Hydrocortisone Cream
  • Thermometer
  • Aspirin, Tylenol, Ibuprofen (to reduce swelling)
  • Eye Wash
  • Gauze Pads
  • Sun Block with a high SPF & UVA, UVB
  • Medical Tape
  • Snake Bite Kit
  • Antiseptic
  • Wipes
  • Neosporin

I just checked my first aid kit before making this list so now you know what my first aid kit contains and yours should too. If you have any allergies or medical condition do carry those medications along with you.

6. Lighting

If there is one thing that has changed in camping gear in the past decade, the flashlight is it. virtually gone are the bulb flashlights of the past. LED technology has taken your old standby and souped it up all while increasing your battery life by leaps and bounds. Headlamps are in and there are a plethora to choose from.

7. Clothing

One of the most overlooked items on the list, the proper clothing can save you from a desert storm, which can roll in without warning and put a damper on all activities around the campsite.

8. Camping Stove

We all want to cook over the open flame of the fire but not all things cook well that way. Take scrambled eggs or pancakes when you need to control the heat, nothing beats a camping stove. Oh, don’t forget the fuel.

9. Cooking Utensils

You have to cook in something when using a camp stove. Your options are virtually limitless. From stackable pots, pans and plates to plastic ware and paper plates to gourmet cookware, what you bring with you is totally up to you and the way you roll when cooking at the campsite.

10. Multi-Purpose Knife

If you are the backpacking type, a Swiss army knife can be your best friend. For those who choose to tent camp, a multi-tool is the Rolls Royce of swiss army knives. Much more versatile and rugged, this tool is your one-stop toolbox.


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