What To Bring For Your First Overnight Camping Trip

Posted on: 14 March 2017

If you have never been camping before, but are getting ready to head out into the woods for a fun excursion, then you need to get your stuff in order. Camping might sound like a super fun experience, and it is, but it's not something you should be cavalier about. Heading out to the woods without the proper equipment will result in an unpleasant, if not miserable, time. So, to make sure your trip is as successful, and fun, as possible, make sure you have everything you need.

Toilet Paper, Bug Spray, Flashlight

These are simple things, but they are essential. If you're camping really rough (not near a site with access to a bathroom) then you need to bring toilet paper. You can buy biodegradable toilet paper from most camping supply stores. In addition to the toilet paper, you will need to bring bug spray and a flashlight. The bug spray is important to ward off ticks, so this one is vital. You should spray yourself when you're out hiking, but also spray the exterior of your tent so the bugs don't try and get in while you sleep. Finally, a flashlight is important because there won't be any light at night, save the moon, so you will want to be prepared.

Sleeping Bag

You might be planning on camping in the warm weather and think you don't need a sleeping bag, but that is not the case. At night the temperatures can drop quite low, so you will need to be prepared.


The size of tent you get depends on how many people are going with you. If you are camping solo, you can get away with a small one person tent. If it's just you or your boyfriend/girlfriend, then a two person is fine. The other important decision is to decide which style of tent design: pop-up or pole. The pop up designs are best for small tents. The advantage to them is that you won't have to spend a lot of time assembling them. You can just take them out of a bag and toss them in the air and they "open" up and land. The pole ones are better for large, multi-person tents. They do take some skill setting up, but if you're with a group of people, everyone can pitch in and help. It's part of the camping ritual.

Portable Cooking Stove

You need to eat while you're at your campsite, and unless you are going to eat chips and sandwiches, you need a buy camping cooking supplies, like a portable stove. This will allow you to cook coffee, heat up steaks, or fry fish you catch while you're out there. The best design is a small, portable, propane or butane stove that is designed for campers. These cookers use tiny fuel canisters, not the large propane tanks you might be familiar with from backyard BBQ systems. They can all be folded up and packed into a suitcase like carrying case, which makes them super easy to bring to the campsite.