10 Camping Essentials

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With the warmer weather coming, so is camping season. Here are Ten Camping Essentials you will want to have ready for a successful camping experience!
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1. Maps/Handheld GPS

Don't get lost on the trail. If you aren't planning on a lot of hiking, a map and compass is probably sufficient, but if you are hitting the trails, a reliable  handheld GPS is a must have. However, a traditional map and compass is also highly recommended - the don't run out of batteries! Be sure to bring them as a back-up!
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2. Shelter

Sleeping under the stars is great, but you never know when the weather might change for the worse. Be prepared and have a  tent that will hold all of the people on your camping trip.
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3. Torches/Lamps

Do you know how many different types of torches there are out there? There are head lights, travel lamps, crank flashlights (no battery required). Whichever you choose, be sure to bring some extra batteries so you are not caught in the dark!
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4. First Aid Supplies

Always be prepared...isn't that what the Boy Scouts say? A  first aid kit is a very important thing to have with you when camping. Expect the best...but be prepared for the worst!
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5. Fire Starting Supplies

The one thing you don't want to be without while camping is fire....I mean, how would you make your s'mores? But seriously, if you have ever watch Survivor, my good friend Jeff Probst says that fire is life. Make your fire starting task a bit easier and forgo trying to start it on your own and use some of these handy  fire starting supplies! Don't worry, no one will think less of you!
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6. Multitool/pocket knife

multitool or pocket knife will for sure come in handy for gear repair, food preparation, first aid, making kindling or other emergency needs.  
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7. Extra Food

The rule of thumb is to always pack an extra days worth of food. You never know when you can run into trouble, so it is important to be prepared. There are a ton of different types of  freeze dried foods out there....everything from scrambled eggs with bacon to raspberry crumble dessert! May not be the home cooking you love, but will keep your belly satisfied until better options come along!
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8. Water Supply

It is recommended that you always carrying at least one full water bottle and a collapsible water reservoir. You should also carry some means for treating water, whether it is a   filter/purifier or  chemical treatment. 
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9. Signalling Device

Be sure to pack a small mirror or  whistle to signal for help in case of an emergency. Give a whistle to each member of your party in case someone gets lost or turned around.
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10. S'mores supplies

Let's get our priorities straight - this would be #1 for me! If you are going camping you MUST have the supplies to make s'mores. What's a campfire with out s'mores?? 

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