Why You Need A Camping Checklist

September 20, 2008 | By Greg | Filed in: Camping Planning.

What do you do when you know you want to go camping but you have no idea what to take with you? You know you should probably go to the camping supply store but how will you know what you really need? Maybe you have a limited budget and you don’t want to be so weighed down with equipment that you have a miserable time, especially if it’s really hot outside. The best way to keep from overspending and overbuying a bunch of equipment is to keep a camping checklist. A camping checklist will help you get only the supplies you’ll need, and it will also provide a way of planning your camping trip so that everything goes smoothly once you’re actually at the camping grounds.

Camping Supplies

When making your camping checklist, take an inventory of any supplies you may already own. This is going to help you save money. Sure, it’d be nice to get all new stuff but if your current equipment isn’t defective, and it all works perfectly, whether it’s new or old isn’t going to matter once you’re actually out there camping. If you need to buy supplies, the checklist will help you keep to your budget.

Your Camping Budget

Once you know how much money you have to spend, it’s a good idea to go online to begin pricing the equipment you know you’ll need. Even if you’re not going to be shopping online, looking at the pricing online will give you a good idea of what you’re likely to spend. Don’t be tempted to buy a bunch of equipment because you think you’ll use it. The rule is to buy it only if you need it. The main things you want to worry about when buying camping equipment are the necessities. Those are shelter, food and water, or any equipment that helps you acquire and use any of those things. Pots, pans, stoves, water purifiers, a tent, blankets, and things along those lines are the items that should comprise the bulk of your camping checklist. Anything beyond that is extra.

Keeping To A Schedule

You can wing it, of course, but some people choose to stick to a schedule once out at their camping spot. They, for instance, may put on their checklist things like starting a fire as soon as they’re out there, cooking food at a certain time, or anything else they may forget to do. This helps your camping experience run a little more smoothly. You can make your camping checklist any way you want, it’s your camping trip.

Camping is all about enjoying nature and relaxing far away from your typically hectic lifestyle. By keeping a camping checklist, it will allow you to more thoroughly enjoy your camping trip while saving you lots of money and time in the process.

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