Overnight in the woods: Some camping necessities

All over Colorado, there are plenty of places to get out and enjoy a night in the woods. Camping is a great way to get out of the house or the office and spend some quality time with the family and get in tune with nature. Whether you hike and camp on the mountain or find a campground near the lake, camping can be fun for everyone.

Preparation is essential for any outdoor adventure. You want to make sure that you have the right supplies and equipment to ensure that your experience is an enjoyable one. A checklist is a great way to stay organized but depending on your goals and type of experience you want, that checklist may vary. Listed below are some common items that you’ll want to include for any overnight expedition in the great outdoors.

  • Shelter – This includes a tent with stakes, tarps (for shade, tent footprint, and rain cover), extra stakes, rope, and a hammer. These are just some basic items to help you make sure that you are prepared to have proper shelter.
  • Bedding – These are items like sleeping bags, pillows, sheets/blankets, air mattress (with pump and repair kit), and whatever else you need for sleep comfort. Sleeping in a tent can be a fun experience but can also be difficult, so make sure you have what you need to be comfortable.
  • Clothing – These include the right shoes/boots, pants, shirts, jackets, extra socks, hats, and whatever else you need to feel comfortable. Be sure to check the weather and make sure you have the right clothing for the environment you’ll be encountering. Bring moisture wicking clothes and synthetic or wool socks to stay dry and sweat-free. The weather can change rapidly too so bring along rain gear and extra layers for sudden weather changes.
  • Cooking – Know how you’re going to cook you meals so this includes things like: matches/lighter, cooler, ice packs, stoves, charcoal/wood, campfire grill, cutlery, plates/bowls, paper towels, trash bags, and a can opener. Always plan your meals ahead of time so you can easily make sure you have the right ingredients, the right cookware and utensils, and the right way to prepare everything. Simpler is usually easier and it helps to take fewer things because if you forget something, it’s a real hassle to try and substitute an item when you’re out in the woods. Also, it allows for easier cleanup and you should always leave the camp site cleaner than you found it.
  • Personal Items – These are things that will help make your time camping more enjoyable. Things like sunscreen, sunglasses, first aid kit, toilet paper, feminine products, toothbrush & toothpaste, water bottles, bug spray, flashlight, rope, binoculars, and a GPS or compass. These are only a few examples but try and determine what activities you’ll be doing while camping and plan accordingly.

Each person or family may have a different idea of what makes camping fun but you can always plan ahead and make sure you’re prepared to ensure your trip is enjoyable. Camping can be no fun if you’re not ready for the elements. Franklin D. Azar & Associates are prepared to fight for you if you or a loved one has been involved in an accident. We get our clients everything they deserve so call us today for a free consultation.