For those who are just starting out in the field of camping, some essential gear is required to make your outing a success. While having a full lineup of gear maybe not be possible due to budget constraints, there are three items everyone needs to have.
The first item is some type of shelter.
This could be anything from a backing tent to a full blown family camping tent, or a screen house to a lean-to made with a tarp from your local hardware store. Choose your shelter wisely, if you don’t know that this will be an on going activity for you, do not invest heavily into gear you may never use again. You can start light by choosing a smaller tent or even rent one for the weekend to see if you really like camping.
The second item is personal protection from the elements.
Now that you have your new shelter, it’s time to take a look at couple of personal items that offer additional protection. Although this may include more that one item, such as a sleeping bag, blankets or air mattress to sleep on and keep you warm, you will want to incorporate them into your first outdoor adventure. Having the proper equipment to get a good nights rest can make or break your first time camping trip.
And the third item is:
After much consideration, I came up with a list. This list included several items because it just can’t be narrowed down to just three items that would be correct for everyone. Some will need additional lighting such as a flashlight or lantern because a campfire may not be enough available light. Others will need a hatchet to get their firewood, some may need a folding chair because they just can’t stand to sit on the ground.
As you can see, no three items are just right for everyone. Go light on your first camping trip, choose a park or campground that is close to your home, and go spend a single night under the stars to see if camping is right for you. Once you establish the great outdoors is for you and come home happy like most campers do, then adding to your equipment lineup as budget allows is the proper path to follow. After spending a couple of weekends out in your local area, then you can start exploring parks and other campgrounds further from home.