With the summer season in full swing, many people are looking forward to vacations that focus on the outdoors. Indeed, throughout the UK and Europe, the warm summer months are the perfect time to get outside and enjoy wilderness destinations during a weekend away or a full summer vacation. Specifically, many travellers will be looking for places to go camping in the next few months.
Finding a great camping destination, however, is only a small portion of what goes into designing an excellent summer trip outdoors. Another essential part of any great camping and fishing trip is what to pack to take with you. With that in mind, here's a general checklist of a few fun things to remember (in addition to the established basics).
- Bedroll - Sleeping bags are great, but a bedroll is essential if you're sleeping in a tent. The ground can get cold at night, and that cold will seep up through a sleeping bag if you don't have a bedroll laid out as well.
- Thermal Garments - Also great for dealing with the cold, thermal socks and underwear can keep you comfortable and relaxed on your camping trip. A quick stop at Marks and Spencer for a few pairs of socks and underwear should do the trick.
- Fun Foods - Camping, in many respects, is about simplicity - but don't assume that means you can't enjoy your meals! Bring equipment and ingredients to make a few fun campfire meals, whether it's morning eggs and sausage, or toasted marshmallow treats at night.
- Fishing Equipment - It's not unusual while camping to come across picturesque rivers, lakes or a beach just perfect for fishing. Make sure you have fishing tackle and equipment handy so you can take advantage of this natural recreation.
- Writing Materials - Many people like to journal while camping, or write down a few observations and events from the experience. Consider purchasing a weatherproof notebook and set of pens so that you have this option.
- Headlamps - Flashlights are pretty standard for camping trips, but headlamps are the better options. When you're putting up a tent or cooking in the dark, you'll need your hands free, so a flashlight that sits on your head is ideal.
- Hammocks - Hammocks may seem like unnecessary luxuries for camping trips, but they're actually quite convenient. They collapse and are easy to pack, and can enhance your campsite with additional, comfortable seating for when you're lounging at night or in the morning.
Naturally, there are many essentials for camping trips outside of this list. Things like proper hiking shoes, tents, sunscreen and skin protection, cooking equipment, etc. are absolute musts for your outdoor experience. But if you're looking to make your camping trip just a bit more comfortable and enjoyable, this checklist can help!