Packing - it’s a daunting task, and even more so when you’re headed on an outdoor adventure. In addition to clothing and personal effects, you’ll need to pack your shelter, meals and everything you’ll want on hand if Mother Nature sends any challenges your way. If you’re prepared, you have a greater likelihood of enjoying the great outdoors to the fullest.
We gathered this information from the industry experts including the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Lonely Planet and Real Simple, so check in with these sources for more detailed lists.
As you’re preparing for your trip, make sure you have these items:
- Rain tarp
- Extra tent stakes
- Sleeping bags
- Cooling towel and/or fan in case of extreme heat
- Cooking utensils
- Can openers
- Food - enough for everyone, plus some extra
- Sunscreen and aloe vera
- Bug spray and cream
- Personal medications (plus a little extra in case you drop or lose any)
- Tweezers in case you get a splinter
- TUMSⓇ and Pepto BismolⓇ or comparable products
- Bear spray
- Personal alarm
- Pepper spray
- First aid kit
- Backup glasses or contacts
- Pocket knife
- Life preservers
- Clothing - research your destination and pack accordingly
If you or people you know are going camping in an area protected by the National Park Service - along with about 3 million other people - this year, refer to this list as you pack for your trip.
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