Camping is a cherished activity that many people have enjoyed over the years. Seeing nature in an unrestricted environment, surrounded by fresh air, and watching the night sky are all included in this family fun activity.

Although you will not be roughing it at a Jellystone Park, in case you venture into area attractions like Yellowwood Forest or Brown County State Park, having essential camping equipment and gear is important, so we’ve come up with a list to help your adventures safe.

Obtaining proper camping essentials can also increase your budget, so it may be a good idea to add these items over time. In 2014, $1.5 billion was spent on camping equipment, a large amount of which went towards backpacks and sleeping bags! For this list, we are just going to provide some of the essentials. So, when you go camping in the woods or exploring, we recommend that you have have these items.

  • First Aid Kit: Without a doubt, a first aid kit is one of the most important things you should always have on you. Whether you’re hiking or relaxing at the campgrounds, it should stay by you at all times.
  • Matches or Tinder: Rubbing two sticks together to make a flame is not as easy as they make it look.
  • Map and Compass: One of the most terrifying things that could happen is getting lost in the middle of the woods.
  • Light Source: Whether it’s a headlamp, crackable survival glow sticks, or a flashlight, be sure to always have a good light source near you.
  • Pocket Knife: An extremely versatile tool with many uses, it can be used to get you out of plenty of troubles you may run into.
  • Rope: A good, sturdy rope is another tool with many uses. Whether to help set up a shelter or make a clothesline at your campgrounds, always have a rope.
  • Tarps: A strong, waterproof tarp can be used to add an extra layer to the bottom of a tent or can be fashioned into a shelter in a bind.
  • Extra Clothes: The weather can be extremely unpredictable. If you get caught outside when it starts raining, you will want to switch into a pair of dry clothes when you can.
  • Peanut Butter: A great source of protein, peanut butter’s long shelf life makes it an essential food item for camping.
  • Spice Rack: A portable spice rack is good to keep in your bag on the off chance you just can’t stomach a bit of food that’s exceedingly bland. Keep it at your campgrounds to spice up your food.

Camping is extremely fun and incredibly rewarding. But like any hobby, it’s important to be prepared. Make sure you always know where you are, have plenty of drinkable water, and bring these ten essential things with you. Of course, if you’re spending time camping at a Jellystone Park, these items can be purchased at most of our camp stores, so you and your family can focus on a great and safe family vacation.