A Few Camping Essentials for Survival This Weekend

If you’re going camping, whether it’s at a nearby state park or in your backyard, here are several things you’ll need to take with you. They’re not necessarily in order of priority.

* Map(s)
* Compass
* Water filter or disinfectant
* Shelter such as space blanket, poncho, or light tarp
* Rope and cord
* First-aid kit (including extra medications you take)
* Knife
* Extra food and water
* Matches and fire starter
* LED Flashlight
* Extra clothing
* toilet paper
* Whistle and mirror (perhaps flares, too)
* Sewing kit
* Insect repellent
* Sunglasses
* Sunscreen
* Boat repair kit (if you go canoeing or kayaking)

The list above is sparse, but it’s ment for light traveling.

Someone has suggested you augment your fire starting supplies with trick birthday candles that won’t blow out

You’ll notice a GPS unit isn’t mentioned. Take one if you want, but how good are your direction finding and orienteering skills without one? Perhaps a family hike would make a good direction finding exercise.

You might want to take along a propane cook stove, a few rugged pots and pans, cots and a tent.

Camping is good survival training. It helps us get outdoors. And it teaches us how to live on less.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

4 thoughts on “A Few Camping Essentials for Survival This Weekend”

    1. That’s open to debate. Is a Blackberry essential for camping? Not likely. Boil it down to what you can get along without and what you absolutely have to have for survival and personal safety.

  1. A good list of things we need for the camping trip.Take notes of it in case of need.Also take the weather into consideration.

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