Gadget and Gear Checklist for a Camping Trip

The outdoor is an adventurer’s playground. If you love being one with nature in its wildest, purest and rawest form, then you’re surely into outdoor hiking and camping. If this is your first time, you’re probably clueless what bring. Provided below is a checklist of essential camping gear (aside from a backpack) you need to bring for an overnight in the wild. (Reminder: Undergo basic mountaineering course or BMC for in-depth knowledge.)

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Shelter

This is important because you’re going to spend your sleeping hours here. A shelter is going to be an outdoor extension of your home. Depending on your trip, a portable, foldable tent is usually the best form of shelter for the wild outdoors. For the more adventurous, they can use a hammock or a tree tent. Aside from the main shelter, bring bedding such as sleeping bag, inflatable pillow, earth pad and blanket. Sleeping bags come in many sizes and design. Some are built for the cold weather while others are built for tropical weather.

Cooking

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In the outdoors, you are your own cook so you need to bring a cookware that’s lightweight and dependable. Most of the burners fold and compress into a tin-can-size container and are fueled by butane, propane or denatured alcohol. Match your burner with stackable cookset, chowset and multi-tool with knife and your outdoor kitchen is complete.

Clothing

Ideally, you should bring three types of clothing: trekking clothes, bedtime clothes and homebound clothes. Trekking clothes are lightweight and appropriate for the outside weather – cool enough during a hot, sunny day trek;  warm enough during a snow trek; or waterproof for rainy weather. Also wear appropriate shoes, socks, gloves and headwear (bonnet, bush hat or cap).

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Personal Effects

Toiletries are essential for surviving the wild without compromising hygiene. Bring eco-friendly soap, shampoo and toothpaste. Also bring wet and dry tissue, alcohol and mild-scented deodorant.

First Aid

The wild can be a dangerous place. It is important that you bring first aid kit complete with all the essential medicines to administer first aid to injuries, illness and wounds.

Survival Gear

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These include other survival essentials such as multi-tool (Swiss knife), headlamp and flash lights with extra batteries, multi-function watch (GPS, weather and temperature function), water container/canteen, trail food, instant and lightweight meal portions, map, and satellite phone. You may pack other non-essential things but they are simply excess baggage that impede a rather fun time outdoors.

Photos by: Matt HosfordRay DumasMatt MatchesRoss Harmes

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