Clutter Free Camping
For a great many people, a camping trip involves a long list of things to bring – everything from nailclippers to your notebook computer. However, real honest-to-goodness camping actually requires very little. If you are seeking an authentic camping experience, there are definitely some essentials that you need to pack – but a great many things that you can very easily leave behind.
Of course, camping does have a minimum requirement as far as what to bring and what to pack. Even so, you’ll probably be surprised by just how much you can pare this down if you really want to.
The first time that you try it, real, minimalist camping will require a bit of bravery and determination to pull off. But once you have tried clutter free camping once, you may find that you never go back to long lists and bulging backpacks again.
Sleeping Gear For Camping
This type of camping requires very little in the way of sleeping gear. A tent and a sleeping bag should be sufficient. Of course, if you are camping in the dead of winter on top of a mountain, common sense prevails and you need more than just that.
However, if you are going to try camping with a minimal approach, then a tent, a sleeping bag, and perhaps a foam mat to sleep on will keep you warm enough in most conditions.
Food and Water
Camping in this way does not require much in the way of food. Some simple recipes such as chili, hot dogs, rice, and beans should suffice. There are tons of ways to bring along dehydrated foods as well. Dehydrated foods have a long life, taste just fine – especially when the outdoor air has given you an appetite – and you can find them in many places.
For real basic camp food, however, fishing and eating your catch is the a great way to go. Of course, if you are not experienced in fishing, you may want to bring your dehydrated supplies and canned chili along for the ride.
Cooking over the campfire without the use of a camping stove or barbeque gives the real effect of down-to-earth camping. Water is something that you should bring along in excess. You never know if you will need it for drinking, cooking, or washing up. Never go camping without extra water.
Hiking boots and lots of layers of clothing are necessary. Even if you strip down the layers as you go along your day, it is better to have multiple layers than bulky camping clothing that is too heavy for daytime use.
If you want to feel like a real camper, matches for your campfire, newspapers to help get it going and lighter fluid are necessary. Keep some flashlights and extra batteries in your vehicle just in case, but leave them there in order to get the full effect of camping.
Homemade materials such as oatmeal and aspirin for bee stings and bug bites are great to have around. Bring some rope; you never know when you might need it. Other essentials include toilet paper, bug repellant, sunscreen, and an axe for wood chopping.
Even if you want to travel light, you should take a basic first aid kit with you. Bandages, painkillers, insect repellant and your favorite stomach upset medicine should be on your list. Obviously, if you take any medicines on a regular basis, you should take plenty with you – more than you would need if your planned trip finishes on schedule.
There you have it – the basics for real honest-to-goodness camping.