If camping makes you think of bugs, grime, and sweat, then these camping essentials are for you.
I can’t guarantee that this list will eliminate all of the bugs, all of the grime, or all of the sweat, but packing them definitely help get rid of some of the discomfort of camping – provided you don’t leave home without them!
The first part of this list has to do with all of the dirt, grime, and bugs – mainly keeping them off!
Sure, the campsite you’re staying at has a dumpster, but it’s probably at least a 5 minutes walk from your campsite. So, to save yourself from endless trips to the dumpster, and precious time wasted, pack garbage bags and plastic bags like the ones you get from Walmart. Besides trash, they’re great for packing up stinky or wet clothes and shoes so they don’t make a mess of everything that’s still clean.
These are great for everything from cleaning your hands without running water, to giving dishes a once-over, to diaper changes and even baths. Personally, I love to use them a few times a day to wipe the grime/sweat off my face. It’s amazing how much better just one wipe can make you feel.
Also good for hand washing.
No one likes itchy, unhappy kids, now do they? I suggest the aerosal kind, because environmental concerns aside, that kind is much easier to spray on squirmy kids. Make sure you pick up the “family” kind, so as not to irritate sensitive skin.
Again, no one wants a kiddo – or adult with a sunburn – that’s no bueno. Pick up sprayable sunscreen 30 spf or higher and make sure to reapply every 30 minutes.
I have yet to visit a campground with tasty tap water – and I actually like tap water. In fact, I really detest bottled water, but once you’ve had campsite water that tasted like sulfur, you’ll never camp without bottled water again. As a rule of thumb, plan on at least 6 bottles of water, per person, per day.
Bodreaux Butt Paste
My daughter is currently out of diapers, but regardless of whether or not you have little ones that are in or out of diapers, pack some of this stuff! It’s seriously a cure-all for heat rash, general *ahem* rubbing, and discomfort.
A Welcome Mat
Seems luxurious, no? Actually brining a welcome mat along with you is really practical. Set it up at the door to your tent, and you have a place to scrape the dirt off your shoes before entering the tent.
Whether you’re a seasoned or newbie camper, make sure you’ve added these essentials to your packing list to make camping easier and more fun for everyone!
Til Next Time,
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