The spring semester ends quickly, which means the warm summer days are just around the corner.
Students hand in their textbooks and homework for pool noodles and – for adults – a drink.
Summer is a time to get outside and enjoy the nice weather. Go swimming, boating, fishing, and more.
Now the thing that everyone is talking about but never doing – except for a young couple with children under two, so as not to be stereotypical – camping.
It is not for everyone. There is a lot of sleeping on the floor and being in nature. For others, they enjoy the fresh air and rough it.
I like camping. I love going out into nature, sleeping on the ground and just being one with the trees.
For someone who grew up with a Boy Scout Leader dad and a Boy Scout / Eagle Boy Scout brother, learn what and what not to pack when planning a camping trip.
Let’s start with what needs to be packed – the necessities and the “don’t need, but nice to have”.
- Tent as a shelter
- Sleeping bag – pretty self-explanatory
- Blankets for extra warmth at night
- Sunscreen – If you don’t need skin cancer later in life, lather up
- Bug spray – these bugs are especially nasty after a nice warm day
- Utensils – you need something to eat
- Paper plates / bowls – easy to pack and even easier to clean
- Napkins – clean yourself up
- Garbage bags – do not leave any traces of garbage
- Lighter – you need something to light a fire with
- Lighter liquid – could help in starting the fire
- Map – if you don’t want to get lost in the forest, I’ll bring a map
- Clothing – long pants, shorts, tank tops, t-shirts, sweatshirts, long socks, and whatever underwear
The most important thing when camping is not to leave any traces. By that I mean that you leave the campsite as you found it, which should be clean.
When it comes to clothing, you’re going to want to pack two of everything. You never know if you will slide into the river or the lake. If you’re anything like me, you won’t like wet socks. It gets colder at night too – much colder than you think.
Now on the subject of “Not necessary, but nice to have”:
- S’mores sticks – branches will do, but sometimes a s’more won’t bark enjoyable
- Phone Charger – Often times, you’re in a place where there isn’t much Phone service, but a charged phone is nice
- Recreational activities – these include a badminton net, volleyball, etc.
- Schoolwork – no, leave this at home, you won’t need it
- Friends – go with friends, have fun, and hang out together, but if you’d rather go alone, that works too
Camping doesn’t have much to offer.
It’s really like hanging out in an apartment but outside. Pack your bags and jump in the car with friends.
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