Four Top Packing Tips For Camping Trips
22 Apr 2021
Right now, it’s still anyone’s guess when international travel will open up again. The good news is that it’s looking like it will soon be possible for people to get out and about in the countryside again. If you’re looking to maximize your time outdoors without maxing out your budget, then camping is a great option. With that in mind, here are some tips on packing for camping trips.
Figure out your must-haves
It’s always useful to figure out your must-haves (well) ahead of time. This year, it’s arguably essential. The reason is that any camping gear you have probably hasn’t seen the light of day in at least a year. Hopefully, it’s been stored properly. Even so, it could need a bit of work done on it.
If you don’t have camping gear or if you need to replace what you have, then you’ll probably want to get moving quickly. Chances are that demand is going to be high for both new and pre-loved equipment.
Go for easy organization
If you’re only going for short trips, then the average car should have plenty of space for people and their belongings. This means that you can usually prioritize convenience over maximum space efficiency. In fact, weight distribution is usually a lot more important. Think about the best place to put heavy items and organize your other gear around that.
Start with bulky and/or awkward-shaped items. Then fill in with regular containers such as bags and boxes. If you really need to carry a lot of gear then you might want to look at using external racks. Keep in mind, however, that these make your car less aerodynamic. This can make it harder to get up steep hills. It will also mean you use more fuel.
Use inflatables whenever you can
Folding equipment is useful, but it doesn’t really save space. It just makes it easier to fit in items. Inflatable equipment, by contrast, really does save space. In fact, it can save you a lot of space. Admittedly, inflatable equipment isn’t as robust as its non-inflatable counterparts. In practical terms, however, this doesn’t really matter.
Basically, you’re only going to use inflatable equipment (or any equipment) within its capabilities. For example, you’re not going to take an inflatable kayak out to sea or even out onto serious open water. You’re just going to paddle around quiet backwaters on it.
Seal up containers of small items
Quite simply, the smaller an item is, the harder it is to find if it gets out of place. To stop this from happening, make sure that you put some kind of reliable seal on any container you use for small items. This may seem like a pain at the time. It is, however, a whole lot less annoying than having to hunt around for your top bass lures instead of actually going fishing.
As a bonus tip, use food wrap to seal up the mouths of any bottles which hold liquids. Then put an extra seal over the top. Then put the bottles in a leak-proof bag. This will vastly reduce the likelihood of spillage and make sure that it is contained if it does happen.