Anyone who has been camping at least once or even seen a campsite knows the basic gear list:
Of course there are the more obscure items that are common, but may not make it into your gear:
But there are some items that most people don’t think to take on a camping trip that make things a lot easier.
Work gloves are not just for day laborers. At some point you will want to pick up a big log or move some thorny branches out of the way. Work gloves will protect your non-calloused hands from precarious tasks.
True, you won’t be doing any forest vigilante work and need to detain that rascally raccoon, but zip ties make short work of quick lashings.
Need to hang a trash bag and don’t want to mess with your rope? Zip tie.
Need to secure that tarp to a pole? Zip tie.
Need to make a temporary lock to keep critters out of your tent while your out on a hike? Zip tie through the zipper holes on your tent.
I know yard work is the last thing you are thinking of when you go camping. But the last thing you want is a lumpy sleeping area.
Before you pitch any tent, always make sure that you clear out any debris under your floor tarp. A rake makes this super easy. Get one of the sturdy rakes, the kind that can move a rock if need be.
I’m not talking about the small food containers, I’m talking about the larger storage bins. Preferably the kind with locking clasps on the lid.
Larger tupperware containers are perfect for storing gear that you use on a regular basis, but don’t want exposed to the elements.
When I go car camping, I use larger tupperware bins for kitchen gear and dry foods.
Glow sticks in the woods? What is this, a light-switch rave?
Although the idea of a dub-stepping bear makes me giggle, glow sticks make the campsite a lot easier to navigate in the dark.
Use glow sticks to mark important areas in your camp that may not have ready light. Your tent, the path to the latrine/toilet, water jug/spigot, etc, etc.
Be smart and be safe.