10+ Types of Camping Essentials

Camping is a wonderful experience that most people enjoy. Whether you’re camping with friends and family, or just going solo- it’s always an enjoyable time. But what are the essentials for survival while out in nature? This blog post will talk about 14 items that every camper needs to have when they go into the wilderness. These include everything from tents to cooking supplies!

Whether you’re a first-time camper or a seasoned one, don’t leave home without these must-have types of camping essentials for a nature outing.


Obviously, when camping, you will want and have a tent with you. We can say that this is the most important essential and the one you want to own. Tents protect us from cold, animals, insects and provide comfort.

It’s more than just a place for you to sleep- it also protects you from the elements, like rain and snow. The tent goes hand in hand with a sleeping bag so make sure that your choice of “home” is always dry!

Water filter

Some water sources in nature may contain bacteria and germs you do not want them into your body. Using a water filter is mandatory. These filters are small, compact, and should be used while cooking, for filtering drinking water and more.

One of the last things to think about is how long can you go without water in case a natural disaster wipes out access to clean water or something worse happens- make sure you are prepared! Remember, even after surviving all these other dangers, dehydration could still be waiting for us at the end of our journey.

Sleeping bag

Sleeping bag can be a worthy asset. It will keep you warm throughout the night, and it will protect you from insects and dirt. They are small and don’t need a lot of space to carry, definitely essential when camping in nature.

You’ll want to keep it dry, so when you’re hiking don’t carry your sleeping bag on the outside of your backpack or else water could leak in and soak through!

First aid kit

You never know what can happen while camping. You may cut yourself, scratch, or injure yourself in another way. First aid kit is there to help you overcome the problem. It contains a CPR mouth barrier, scissors, emergency whistle, and so much more you may need in nature.

This is an absolute necessity and it’s always a good idea to be prepared for anything that might happen in the wilderness so we don’t have to worry about being found when needed most because of our lack of preparedness.


If you are a smoker and always carry 10 lighters with you, there is no need for a fire starter. If you are a non-smoker, you need a method to start a fire within seconds and keep you warm. Keep in mind that matches should be waterproof.

Fire starter should be taken with your lighter but if it runs out we always want to have this on hand. Not only does it need to start fires, but also act as kindling so the fire has fuel!

Navigation tool

You need a compass, GPS, and a map when camping at an unknown location. These essentials can help you find the right way and prevent severe complications. Even professionals carry them.

A compass can come in handy if someone was trying to get their bearings or figure out which way they were going while lost without any help from technology like cell phones.

Survival Knife

A knife, pocket knife more precisely is mandatory essential. You can use it to prepare food, to skin an animal, and to protect yourself if that is needed. Go for a small knife with many utensils.

A survival knife is really handy for a lot of different tasks, such as cutting rope and branches in addition to helping you find food or making shelter more easily.


You obviously want to see where you are going at night or to illuminate when you are doing something in the woods. A LED flashlight with a powerful battery is ideal for this purpose.

If you don’t bring a flashlight, a headlamp can be a good alternate. A headlamp is one thing that most people forget about but would be invaluable when trying to navigate dark forest trails without tripping over roots and rocks. What if your flashlight turns off when you need it the most?

Rain jacket

You must stay dry while camping. Wet clothes can decrease your body temperature ad cause severe complications. As such, a rain jacket is important, especially when camping at rainy locations.

Toilet paper

For some, this isn’t essential. For others, it is something that makes camping much better. Toilet paper helps maintain hygiene and makes all of this a bit easier.

Cooking Supplies

Cooking supplies are crucial when out in nature because there might not be many options available outside of what you can cook on your own stove or grill. When going into the wild, keep some instant soup mixes handy as well as canned food (but don’t forget about how long certain types will last!). You’ll want enough water containers too- most people go for at least three gallons per person, but this number depends on how much walking they’re doing while exploring.

Hiking Pole

Hiking poles will not only help with balance on rough terrain but they’ll also save your knees from serious damage down the road by taking some of that stress off them now! Walking sticks were used for centuries before people had anything else so we have been rewarded with their benefits this whole time. I don’t know about you but I’m sold on them!


Hatchet can help us gather wood faster that an axe would because its smaller and easier for just one person to use while still being able to chop off some good sized pieces of wood.


Whistle keeps people close by easy finder and rescuer but can also save your life since SOS signals require no words.

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