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Camping Easily Forgotten Items

A list for you: Campings easiest to forget but hardest to live without items

For outdoor adventures, a little bit of preparation is vital. We all know the basic necessities that need to be thrown in the back of the car or the backpack, but what about those really important things that we often forget – those things that are super inconvenient when we need them, NOW, and don’t have them. 

Here’s a list to remind you of those essential-but-often-forgotten goodies.

Extra batteries: the flashlight won’t work without them, so remember to pack some spares just in case.

Can/bottle opener: you’re doomed if you’re hungry, the tin of food is beckoning, but you’ve got nothing to open it with. Your own teeth won’t suffice here I’m afraid.

Multipurpose knife: for all those ‘multipurpose’ jobs that always seem to come up during outdoor trips. It’s likely Dad’s favourite toy and he will show you how to handle it with pride, so listen up.

Lighter: nope, not for cigarettes, but for the campfire. Assuming there’s no fire ban in place, a campfire is one of the greatest joys (and necessities) of camping. Keep the kids back though, and Dad too if the Canadian Club comes out.

Rope: makeshift clothesline, tie things down, strap something on to the roof, lasoo a sasquatch…endless possibilities for this little gem.

Sunscreen: summer means sunburn if not careful. Cover up to avoid the lobster look.

First aid-kit: an essential item in the outdoor bag. Never know when or what you might need. Cover your bases. 

Bug repellant: many an outdoor adventure has been tarnished by invading bugs. Deter them with good quality bug spray and be kind when the strangers next door are slapping ferociously at mosquitos. Karma is a good thing, especially when camping.

Cooking utensils: ok, so you won’t have a gourmet kitchen around you, but you’ll need the basics to make your life easier. When Mom is happy, everyone is happy. Trust me.

Toothbrush: avoid grossness by practicing good oral hygiene. Pack your toothbrush please. And save money at your next visit to the Dentist.

Pack smart. Remember the easily forgotten things. Forget the everyday things. (The internet seems so wrong in the wilderness!) And be a happy camper. By: Kerry Hale