If we want a cheap and fun activity the whole family can do, it’s going on weekend camping trips. However, there are quite a few supplies that we would have to pack if we are to manage life in the outdoors without making everyone regret coming to the family activity. For everyone to have a really great time outdoors on weekends, we should make sure we have the following ready:
Shelter and living essentials
The whole point of weekend camping is enjoying the outdoors and being one with nature for the weekend. Unless campers own an RV or camper or intend to sleep under the stars, a tent should always be part of the camping equipment we own. The needed stakes, poles and rainfly should be undamaged and ready for use. The tent/s should fit as many people as are coming for the trip, with room to spare for other camping essentials. We can also bring sleeping bags or cots, camping pillows, sleeping mats or air mattresses. We should also bring several flashlights, some camping lanterns or perhaps an emergency radio. Camping or beach chairs, camping cookware, plates, cups and flatware, cooking utensils, and camping stoves are also essential.
Everyone should be wearing good hiking boots or footwear. Sunglasses can keep our eyes protected from the rays of the sun. Waterproof gloves are sensible but not necessary. A wide-brimmed sun or rain hat is good if we intend to go exploring. Everyone should have their own jackets or sweaters, vests, hiking socks, quick-dry swimsuits or pants and shorts, standard underwear and shirts, depending on the location and the planned camping activities. Plastic garbage bags are a smart way of keeping the campsite clean.
If we plan to do some fishing, we shouldn’t forget to bring fishing equipment such as fishing poles, bait and tackle gear. For hunting trips, we can choose from hunting bows and hunting rifles or hunting pistols. Treestands and blinds may also be needed. A hunting knife can come in handy for kitchen duties, rope cutting and other purposes. We just need to make sure any weapons we take along won’t be within easy reach of our children. We should bring a camera and film if needed, batteries for our portables, cell phones, water bottles and water purifiers, toiletries such as facial cleanser, soap and shampoo, etc., insect repellent, personal hygiene items such as shavers or razors plus shaving gel, toothbrush and toothpaste and others. A GPS, fish finder and fishing boat can be helpful as well.