As a seasoned camper, there’s no holiday I cherish more than an immersive camping trip in the wilderness. It’s a golden opportunity to commune with nature, breathe fresh air, and revel in the satisfying simplicity of life outdoors.


For me, camping is not about renting a spot in a manicured campground with running water and WiFi. Rather, it’s about venturing into the wild, finding a serene clearing, setting up my tent, gathering wood, and the smell of a campfire.
For this kind of authentic camping experience, a few extra supplies can make a significant difference. So let’s prepare together for an unforgettable adventure.

Pack the Perfect Food


The choice of food you take can make or break your camping experience. Keep in mind that the food should stay fresh in a cooler for the duration of your trip. A portable propane stove can be a lifesaver for rainy days when cooking on an open fire isn’t possible. Canned goods are a great option, but remember the can opener, or else you risk a frustrating trek to the nearest fast-food joint.


My go-to breakfast includes eggs, butter, sausage, and orange juice. Lunch is typically simple – sandwiches, hot dogs, or hamburgers. The same is true for dinner, with the addition of foil-wrapped meals that I prepare beforehand. My favorite is chicken with potatoes, carrots, onions, and Italian salad dressing, all bundled up in foil. This is an easy dinner to prepare before you even leave for your camping trip.

Hygiene Essentials

Cleanliness might not be your top priority when camping, but feeling fresh can boost your mood. If you’re not camping near a lake or stream for a natural bath, baby wipes can be a real game-changer. No matter the duration of your camping trip, always remember essential items like toilet paper. Also, consider packing a fire starter or newspaper for times when kindling is hard to find.

Must-Have Items

Don’t forget to pack utensils, plates, and cooking pans. Opt for paper ones for easy cleanup by throwing them into the fire after use. Flashlights, lanterns, and bug spray are also essential. For bug protection, I recommend bringing along a citronella candle and spraying your tent with bug spray.

Engaging Activities


Planning activities in advance helps enrich the camping experience. For me, fishing tops the list. Even when I don’t catch anything, the anticipation is enough to fill my day. If you’re camping with a group, consider bringing cards or board games. Otherwise, hiking, exploring trails, and reading a good book offer engaging solitary pursuits.

Weather Preparedness


Always be prepared for unexpected weather changes. Bring a tarp that can serve dual purposes, as extra padding for your tent or as a protective cover in case of rain. Also, consider plastic bags to keep your belongings dry and to collect any non-burnable trash. Let’s respect our beautiful wilderness and leave it as clean as we found it.

Have a Blast!

With the right preparation, camping can offer one of the most rewarding and enjoyable vacations imaginable. Free from electronic distractions and surrounded by the soothing sounds of the woods, you’ll sleep more soundly and wake up feeling refreshed and energized.

Camping offers an affordable alternative to hotel-based holidays, and with a little foresight, it can be just as much fun, if not more. Get ready, a memorable adventure awaits!