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Survival Gear and Essential Tools To Make Your Camping Trip Easier | Duluth Pack

Survival Gear and Essential Tools to Make Your Camping Trip Easier

Spending time outdoors camping can be an incredible adventure. However, camping can also turn into a person’s worst nightmare if not prepared. In fact, knowing what items to pack can make your camping trip much easier.


When it comes to camping, there are a few camping essentials that you should always pack with you. And with a few survival tips, you can be rest assured that your trip will be a huge success. In truth, without these crucial items, your trip may turn out to be a big disaster.


Appropriate Shelter

It is important to have appropriate shelter when you go camping. A quality shelter like log cabins helps protect you from the various elements, from animals, and it also offers privacy. If you don’t own an RV or a large van, the next best camping shelter is a tent.


The size and type of tent that is necessary for optimum comfort depends on the amount of space that fits your needs. For instance, a couple can get by with a 2 man tent whereas a family will require a much larger space.


When selecting a tent it should be waterproof, well ventilated, and durable. There are also a variety of styles such as canvas, cold weather tents, and survival tents.


To be super prepared, a good emergency shelter backup includes a hammock, bivy sack, or survival blanket.


Sleeping Bags

Sleeping bags are an essential item for camping. The proper sleeping bag provides comfort and allows you to sleep safely. The biggest advantages include protection from the cold, shelter from precipitation and biting winds, protection against water, and padding.


Having the proper sleeping bag is also very important. There are bags for warmer climates that provide excellent ventilation. Equally, sleeping bags for colder climates need to be well insulated to keep them warm.


Oftentimes people go camping in higher elevations where there are a lot of trees. Typically, the weather is much cooler in higher elevations. In fact, temperatures can drop quite a bit during the night. Unfortunately, many people are unprepared and often wake up in the middle of the night freezing. Even worse, there is a possibility of hypothermia. According to WebMD, hypothermia doesn't just happen when someone is exposed to very cold weather for extended periods, it also happens indoors. Hypothermia sets in when the body's temperature goes below 95°F (35°C). Once the body loses a lot of heat, conditions can become quite serious and even life-threatening.


Be prepared to bring the proper sleeping bag and camping tents if you plan on camping in colder climates.


Weather Appropriate Clothing

One of the most important items to bring with you when camping is appropriate clothing for the weather. In truth, you should always be prepared for everything. For example, warm clothing such as a wool sweater should always be packed, even if the forecast promises hot and sunny weather. Higher elevations often drop in temperatures at night; extra layers of clothing will ensure comfort. You also want to bring clothes that will protect you from moisture and rain.


It is also crucial that you pack appropriate shoes. Sandals or flip flops at the campsite are fine, but they are not sensible if you plan on hiking. Make sure to pack hiking boots or supportive tennis shoes, especially if you plan on exploring the area where you’ll be camping.



Water is vital for survival, even when camping. In fact, the risk factor for dehydration is high, especially if you are hiking. Conferring to the American Hiking Society, dehydration can cause a hiker to become disoriented and confused. In turn, a dehydrated hiker can easily get lost.


When camping, make sure to bring a container that can hold water or a portable water purifier. As well, water bottles are a good idea if you plan on hiking. In addition, make sure to check the water situation where you are camping prior to leaving. You will need water for drinking, cleaning, cooking, and dousing the campfire. Keeping your gear clean and maintained is important for a longer-lasting lifetime.


Solar Lantern

A solar lamp is an important item, particularly if there is a fire ban. Although natural lighting from the moon and stars is nice, not all night skies are clear. It is always best to be prepared; otherwise, you'll be stumbling in the dark.


Solar lanterns come in many styles and are extremely durable. One of the best types is collapsible, making it easy to pack. If you don’t have a solar lantern, then make sure to bring a flashlight.



The reason why having a compass is so important is because they help point you in the direction you're headed. For example, if you're in the middle of a forest and you start to lose sight of land you should be able to use the compass to find your way back home. On top of that, it can also point you to where you need to go to make your way into the woods


So the next time you're out in the wilderness to make sure that you get yourself a good quality compass. You should always carry an extra set just in case, you’ll be glad you did. If not, make sure you know how to navigate without a compass or map.


Emergency Radio

An emergency radio is a very useful technology, which could be very helpful to the citizens in case of any calamity. It is indeed a wonderful invention, but there are some limitations to it. For example, it can only be used by a certain frequency band like the amateur radio, and it is only a short distance from the nearest power grid.


It is also not very effective in the case of storms and hurricanes because it does not have a good enough signal to transmit effectively. It is also not able to communicate with the weather satellites which is a necessity in a case of emergency. It could also not send a message to the police in case of an accident or a fire.


Food & Gear

One of the hardest things about packing for a camping trip is deciding on what food to bring. A few essentials include trail mix, dried fruit, dehydrated foods like dried beans or meal kits, mac and cheese, chili, sandwich makings, bagels, and cereal. Sometimes you just want to bring it all with these outdoor packs that not only looks good, but feel comfortable to wear when traveling.


In addition to a good supply of food, you want to bring airtight containers. Never leave food out in the open. Instead, place all your food in an airtight container to keep smells in and animals out.


A Camping Stove

It is never a good idea to rely on just a campfire for cooking. Sometimes campers are not allowed to build a campfire due to extremely high wildfire dangers. In this case, you need to have a camping stove. Some of the best brands are Coleman, Everest, Camp Chef, Primus, GSI Outdoors, Eureka, and many others. Additionally, make sure to bring a couple of portable propane gas tanks so that you don’t run out of cooking fuel.



One of the most forgotten items for camping is matches. In fact, many people get to their campsite, unpack, set their tent up, and begin to cook dinner only to realize they have no way of lighting their stove. The best matches are the long wooden type, making it easy to light your stove without getting burned.


Make sure to put your matches in an airtight container. When matches get the least bit moist, they are hard to light. Other alternatives to matches are lighters, a permanent matchstick, or an old fashioned fire starter (only for campfires).


High-Quality Cooler

A cooler is definitely a necessity when camping. It keeps food fresh and cool plus away from wild animals. Make sure to buy a high-quality cooler to keep your food from spoiling. Generally, a top-performing cooler will keep food cold and fresh for at least three days after a product is open.


A great way to keep a cooler staying cold longer is by using a frozen water jug. Also, make sure to place the cooler in a shady spot and keep it out of direct sunlight.


Other Essential Items for Camping

According to Survival Techie, other essential items for camping include reusable utensils such as pots and skillets, bowls, plates, silverware, and other cooking items. Additionally, make sure to bring a high-quality survival knife for small tasks like filleting fish, cutting rope, etc.


Most importantly, make sure to pack a medical kit for emergencies like bee stings, insect repellent, cuts, or other issues. Likewise, before you leave for camping, check to see if the first aid kit is well stocked.


Other important tips include

-Know where you are (GPS may not work in remote areas)

-Burn sage or citron to keep mosquitoes and gnats away

-Know how to recognize poisonous plants like poison oak and ivy


Make Camping Fun

Camping can be a lot of fun, especially if you are prepared. If you're still unaware, you can check out other resources for items that may help or make your trip easier. Whether you camp remotely or at an RV Park, having the essentials for camping will make your trip a lot more enjoyable. Why not set a getaway date to enjoy your next camping trip? In truth, camping builds unforgettable memories.


Happy camping, friends!


Guest Post Submission By: Barry Ok