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You Will Need
- Sleeping bag
- Animal-proof containers
- First-aid kit
- Emergency kit
- Appropriate clothing
- Drinking water
- Water purification tablets (optional)
Find out about the environment
Find out about the environment you'll be camping in. You should know whether you'll be camping in a sandy area, in rocky terrain, or in an area with heavy vegetation. Pack a water-resistant, easy-to-assemble tent suitable for your location.
Pack the right sleeping bag
Pack a sleeping bag that is appropriate for the weather conditions. If you'll be camping at a high elevation, temperatures will drop quickly at night. Pack a sleeping bag that can keep you warm at temperatures as low as -15 degrees Fahrenheit.
Find out about possible hazards
Find out about possible hazards. Know before you pack if you'll need animal-proof containers for food or other equipment to prepare you for environmental or wildlife hazards.
Pack a first-aid kit
Make sure your first-aid kit contains any medication you might need, as well as sunscreen, gauze, antiseptic wipes, calamine lotion, bandages, disposable gloves, a snake bite kit, alcohol pads, medical tape, insect repellent, and electrolyte tablets.
Pack emergency supplies
Pack a kit with emergency supplies, including a flashlight, extra batteries, bottled water, waterproof matches, high-carbohydrate snacks, a whistle, a thermal reflective blanket, a pocketknife, and a compass.
Pack appropriate clothes
Bring practical clothes that dry quickly, clothes that layer easily, extra socks and shoes, hiking boots, rain gear, a well-fitting, wide-brimmed hat, and a rain hat.
Pack plenty of drinking water. A natural water source may look inviting, but it could be contaminated with parasites that can make you sick.
Pack maps of the area or get some from the park ranger's office in case you get lost on a hike. Have fun, be safe, and enjoy the great outdoors.