After being cooped up, many of us are craving an escape and for some that involves the great outdoors to feel almost normal again.
So, before you set up camp, there are some essential steps to take in advance of reaching your destination. The best camping trips start with preparation and our guide below is here to help you get on your way.
What do you need to go camping?
There’s always something that may be forgotten when you pack for that much needed camping trip. That said, having an organised camping checklist can prevent this from happening. Below, we have added our recommended camping essentials to take on any trip:
The basic camping gear checklist:
- Tent – they do come in all shapes and sizes, but a good rule of thumb is to aim for one that sleeps one or two more people than you need
- Tent Pegs – you will get these with your tent, but don’t forget to take them!
- Sleeping bag – it can get particularly chilly at night, even during the summer months.
- Sleeping Mat, Air Bed or Camp Bed – air beds are cheap and comfortable, so that’s always a good place to start.
- Pillow – so easy to forget, but trust us, it will make a huge difference to a good night’s sleep!
- Camping Stove – a must! How else are you going to cook your meals? Don’t forget to pack the correct type of fuel either.
- Cooking Pans and Utensils – time to get your master chef on!
- Portable Camping Table and Chairs – it may be obvious, but the best way to relax is on a comfy folding chair or lounger.
- Torch, Head Torch or Lantern – you’ll need some light making the toilet trip at night! (Don’t forget extra batteries!)
- Bin Bags – it’s necessary to keep your tent clean and tidy.
Camping Tools and essential gear repair items:
The below are useful must-haves for any camper and shouldn’t be overlooked.
- Mallet – This to help you put the pegs in, especially on those stony grounds!
- Duct Tape – Every camper should have this to hand. It’s a real lifesaver when it comes to simple, on-the-go repairs.
- Penknife – we recommend one that also has pliers.
- Extra guyline or string – this is particularly useful for binding, adding extra guylines in bad weather or can even be used as a washing line.
There are plenty of other items you can add to your set up from camping kitchen extras (kettle, tin opener, cleaning equipment etc) to items to help make your stay more comfortable and relaxing (windbreak, cupboard and storage cupboards, tent carpet etc). For more ideas visit here.
Looking after your camping equipment
The great outdoors is calling but before you leave for your first trip of the year, it’s vital to ensure your gear is ready for your camping adventure. So, first things first, it’s time to bring some life back into your outdoor gear by following some valuable care and maintenance tips below:
Camping Tent Repair
This may seem an odd step to take before you set off, but in order to ensure you will have protection over your head when you sleep (and a place to store items) it’s very important to test your tent before you set off. Check all the zippers, look for rips or tears in the walls or floor, and check for bent poles. You will need to check for leaks too – some experts recommend using a hose to simulate rain.
Tip: When you’ve opened up your tent for testing, we recommend you spray WD-40 Multi-Use on the joints of metal tent posts to stop it from creaking when the wind kicks in on your trip.
Fixing Your Sleeping Bags
As your sleeping bag has been in storage, it’s important to wash it in advance of your trip and air it out for a couple of days to dry. Be sure to check it for any holes or tears which can be easily sewn and don’t forget to spray some WD-40 Multi-Use on the zipper to ensure it zips effortlessly during your trip.
Tip: No one likes a stuck zipper! WD-40 can be used to fix any broken zippers on sleeping bags. It can also be applied to the zippers of any other storage bags you make be taking. The fast-acting formula quickly lubricates the zipper allowing it to move up and down in a smoother motion.
Cleaning your camping equipment
Camping tools and equipment can last a lifetime if the right steps are carried out to keep them clean and rust-free.
Cleaning and protecting your equipment with a lubricant such as WD-40 will significantly extend the working life. From removing rust from pots and pans to cleaning rust from the stove burner, WD-40 forms a protective coat from unwanted residue and elements, ensuring they last longer.
So, what you waiting for? Now all the necessary steps have been taken thanks to the help of WD-40, it’s time to get on your way and embrace that camping adventure! If you’re looking for other ways to enjoy the great outdoors, why not take a look at our guides to winter walking or get learning how to inflate your bike tyre!