We’ve spent a lot more time indoors and at home than we’ve probably ever had these past couple of years. So, it’s not surprising that we’re itching to spend time in nature as the warm weather hits. Even if camping has never crossed your mind in previous years, we’re collectively now dreaming about sleeping under the stars and leaving #WFH life behind. Luckily, if you’re thinking camping is all about roughing it out in the shivering cold with a can of baked beans, camping culture has become a lot more stylish. Whether you’re a seasoned camping pro or new to glamping, here are the necessities to pack, plus the gear that will elevate your experience.
Whether you have plans to camp it old school in a tent or try the more accommodating van camping trend, you’ll need some necessities to ensure you can enjoy your time in the great outdoors. Use this list as a handy camping guide and keep in mind your specific campsite location as you pack.
- Tent (or a van, camper, etc.)
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping bag pad
- Camping table (if your campsite doesn’t offer a picnic table)
- Firewood for cooking and campfire
- Camp chair
- Tools for setting up your tent
- Camping stovetop or accessories for cooking over an open fire
- Cups and mugs
- Dishware, utensils, and napkins
- A sharp knife
- Trash bags
- Portable pots and pans
In addition to these items, you might want a bottle opener, can opener, Swiss Army Knife, and other items required for specific plans (such as skewers for roasting marshmallows!).
Below are our top picks for stylish accessories to take your experience up a notch.
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