Camping season will be upon us before we know it and it’s a perfect time to start preparing your checklists and hiking gear so that when the time comes, you will be fully ready to load that truck up and go.
In order to alleviate the potential frustration of stuffing everything into your truck, you may want to have a look at something similar to the Yakima Skybox Pro 2 as a cargo carrier. By the time we get this camping list together, you will see the great thing about having everything stored on top of the car or truck in this big compact rooftop carrier.
Now let’s start with the packing checklist. Of course this will change as your hobbies and likes may be different but we will assume that hiking, fishing and outdoor activities are high on your list of outings that you enjoy doing while roughing it in the great outdoors.
1. Sturdy hiking boots or shoes. This is necessary if any real trekking is likely to occur. Remember that you won’t want to wear a brand new pair of boots without first breaking them in a bit. This is critical because if you don’t follow this advice you could end up with some very sore feet, putting an end to the lovely hiking adventure.
2. Clothing appropriate for the weather and trails you’ll be hiking. If you think there may be rain at all, be sure to bring some good rain gear as climbing in these conditions while wet can get miserable pretty fast.
3. A backpack that is size appropriate depending on how long you will be climbing at a time and if the hikes will include staying somewhere overnight. Be sure that you include food, an extra layer of shirts, minimal medical supplies and water to name a few items.
4. A small first aid kit that includes band aids, antibacterial cream, bug repellent, aspirin and any other medications that you may need while you are gone.
5. A tent if you are roughing it. Also if you are tent camping, of course you will need a sleeping bag, pillow, and items to create your campfire. These bulkier items will fit very nicely on top of the car in your Yakima Skybox cargo storage unit so you need not worry about the kids fighting for room in the backseat of the car.
6. A completely charged mobile phone and maybe a good handheld gps gadget if you will be hiking in low populated areas.
7. Any maps that cover the area that you will be walking in. You might also consider bringing a compass if you want to do it the old fashioned way without today’s technologically advanced gps systems.
8. Depending on what you like to do, bring all your fishing gear, hunting equipment, swimsuits, the canoe…you name it. Bring those items that will keep you, the children and the family pet happy. Hint…don’t forget the dog treats if you are bringing the family pet along.
begin getting your hiking checklist together that includes all of the items that are vital to you and your family. Before you know it, it will be time to pack up the kids, the car and the Yakima Skybox 21 on top of your truck and off you go. We hope that this list will get you started and that you have many memorable camping adventures ahead of you.