There are many types of camping gear to choose from depending on the camper’s destination, length of stay, weather, activities, and budget. Essential gear includes a sleeping bag, tent, air mattress/cot/sleeping pad, tarp, rope/bungee cord, tent pegs, water bottle, first aid kit, torch/lantern, matches, mess kit, and knife/ax/saw. Other useful items include a backpack, camp grill, compass, insect repellent, map, and sunscreen.
Ready to go out into the desert? For those looking for adventure in the wild, there are many different types of camping gear to choose from. The specific pieces of camping equipment chosen and their level of quality depend on where the camper is heading, how long they intend to stay, what the weather will be like, what they intend to do and how much they are willing to spend. Some different types of camping gear are as follows:
Sleeping bag. The sleeping bag is the quintessential camping gear. It is a kind of zipped blanket that keeps the camper warm when he sleeps. Sleeping bags are rated for use within specific temperature limits. Some campers only use a sleeping bag and possibly a tarp when camping, but most others rely on additional equipment.
Curtain. A tent is a portable shelter made of fabric and other materials. It’s where most campers choose to sleep, and also where they store many of their belongings when at camp. Tent sizes are usually defined by how many people can sleep in them. People who are not used to sleeping in confined spaces may want to use a tent that is larger than the number of people they are expected to sleep in. For example, a family of three staying in the same tent might prefer one that sleeps at least four people, if not more.
Air mattress, cot or sleeping pad. The terrain in the wilderness is often less comfortable than what a person is used to sleeping on. Air mattresses, cots and airbeds provide extra comfort for campers and can keep them dry if their tents leak. An air mattress is simply a large mattress filled with air and usually requires an air pump to fill. A cot, or camp bed, is a type of mat or piece of fabric suspended from a frame. A sleeping pad is a padded object of the general size of a person that is placed on the floor and slept on.
Harp. A tarp is an all-purpose item found on nearly every camping trip. Specifically, it’s a large piece of water-resistant material that can be placed under or over things to provide protection from the elements. Tarps can be used to make simple tents, pulled over existing tents to protect them from rain, put under tents to protect the floor from damage, and other protective activities.
Rope and bungee cord. These pieces of camping gear are used to protect just about everything, including tents, tarps, equipment, and people.
Tent pegs (pegs). Tent pegs are used with ropes or bungee cords to secure tents and tarps at a campsite. Without them, wind or sloping ground could cause the blinds to move.
Water bottle or water bottle. Water is not always available outdoors, so campers should bring some with them. Filled water bottles and canteens provide a portable water supply when you leave the campsite.
First aid kit. Injuries can occur while outdoors. The problem is that medical assistance is often not very close. Carrying a first aid kit to treat minor injuries, stop severe bleeding, and get medicine for various bites is very important for any camper.
Torch and Lantern. It can get dark in the woods since there are no street lights. Flashlights and lanterns allow campers to see at night. Lanterns come in many varieties, including battery operated and powered. Flashlights also come in several styles, including those with tinted lenses to prevent night vision damage and headlights that allow campers to use their hands.
Matches. Some people can start a fire with a flint; most people need something more. Waterproof matches are useful for lighting lanterns in the rain; wooden matches, however, are the standard.
Mess kit. This is a portable, foldable device that holds a small pan, pot, cup, and plate. Some also contain canteens.
Knife, ax or saw. Outdoors, things often have to be cut. Knives are useful for cutting through ropes, tarps, food, and stuck-on clothing. Axes and saws are needed to cut larger things, like tree branches for firewood or fallen trees to unclog roads.
Cooler. Coolers are large, insulated storage devices usually used for food. On short trips, ice can be placed inside a cooler to keep food cold. On longer trips, coolers work well to keep pests like ants and flies off the food.
In addition to the camping equipment listed above, the following items may also be useful: a backpack, a broiler basket, a camp grill, a camp plate, a camp stove, a camping mirror, a can opener, a compass, flint and GPS tracker, ground cloth, hammer, iron pan, insect repellent, map, plastic bag, rubber mallet, shovel, sunscreen, and a tent mat.