One of the best trips you can go on is within your own country – camping. It does not matter if you have done it a million times before or if this is your first time. Having the right camping equipment is crucial to having a great trip in the wilderness. When you are preparing to go camping, it would be a smart idea to make a checklist of the necessary items you will need for your camp out. Being prepared is an important aspect of being far away from a major town or city.

Plan your packing
Packing is the first step to a great camping trip (well, besides planning). Once you are ready to start packing for your camping trip, make a list of the items that you want and need to bring with you. As you pack them, check them off to ensure that you are not forgetting anything. This is the best system for remembering everything before you leave your home.

Shelter and bedding
Shelter for camping and the bedding you will need for sleeping is very important to any camper. Make sure that you pack all your blankets and tents if you are planning an overnight trip. It is best to have some sort of shelter for sleeping to protect you from not only the weather, buy to also make you feel more secure. You need the blankets to keep you cozy and warm at night.

Personal effects
Make sure that you pack all of your personal hygiene items for you trip. Chances are you will not need makeup or hairspray. You will however need toilet paper, soap, shampoo, a hair brush and toothbrush. Bring along a few washcloths and towels to freshen up in the mornings.

Make sure that you pack enough clothes for your camping trip. You will not be able to wash clothes so pack at least one outfit for everyday. You will need pants, warm shirts, warm socks, and underwear. Have some rain gear on hand too in case Mother Nature throws a shower or two at you.

Cooking gear
You will need to be able to eat while you are in the woods. Make sure that you have your grill packed as well as a few other things. Bring along your cooking utensils, cutting board, paper plates, cups, silverware, aluminum foil, dish soap and wash clothes and towels. These are some of the important items that you will need in the woods. Do not forget the garbage bags to put your trash in while camping.

Survival Gear
Of the most important things to remember, be sure to bring along your cellular phone if you have one. This can save your life in the case of an emergency. Always remember to bring along a first aid kit, sharp outdoor knife, sunscreen and insect repellent. These are things that you use on a day-to-day basis and you will defiantly need in the woods. With the right gear, it is quite possible for you to survive for weeks or more without any supplies.