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How to Pack the Right Outdoor Gear for Camping

If you often take more than you need for a camping trip, this guide will narrow down your list to some important essentials.


  • Step 1: Bring a lightweight nonstick pan and unbreakable plastic containers with resealable lids. Plan one-pot meals ahead of time and pack accordingly.
  • Step 2: Plan for adverse weather with insulated and waterproof hiking boots, a hooded rain jacket or poncho, hats and gloves, and a thick winter jacket.
  • Step 3: Protect yourself with bug repellent, sunscreen, a rugged knife, and a first aid kit in case of an injury. Plan right and be prepared to have a fun and safe camping experience.
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  • TIP: Place any wet clothes in plastic baggies to keep them from contaminating your other provisions.
  • Step 4: Wear clothing made of wool or polypropylene to stay warm and dry. A quick-dry sports bra and wool or fleece underwear are also good choices.
  • TIP: Always test and get packs fitted with 30 to 40 pounds of gear loaded in them.
  • Step 5: Pack a tent large enough to hold both campers and equipment should a storm break out. Remember to bring the ground cloth and rain fly to stay nice and dry.
  • Step 6: Stock up on lots of plastic baggies of different sizes to hold toiletries, matches, liquids like toothpaste and sunscreen. They will also help to keep your clothes dry.
  • Step 7: Find a large, sturdy backpack that is between 4,000 to 5,000 square inches. An internal frame will help with balance over rugged terrain in the great outdoors.

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