Summer is coming upon us, which means it's time to get ready for camping trips, where you can sleep under the stars in the woods and eat some s'mores. I've been on multiple camping trips so far, and I've learnt that planning for the trip makes all the difference between an ordinary experience and a great one. 🏕

A sublime camping experience is worth planning for, because it will make you want to come back and spend more time in the woods. Here are some five things that have always enhanced my camping experiences -

  1. Trash Bags - I've lost count of the number of times having an extra trash bag has saved me. Not only do I use trash bags for storing trash near my tent, but also for dumping some dirty clothes and socks, which I don't want near my clean clothes. I've also used trash bags for random emergencies - like placing it on the floor inside my tent when it's raining outside to prevent our sleeping bags from getting damp. 🙂
  2. Dr. Bronner's - This soap is a real all-in-one. Everyone knows it can be used as a body wash, hand wash and face wash; but it's also good for washing clothes and dishes. The peppermint flavored one can also be used as a toothpaste, which makes it a real multi-purpose tool. You honestly can't do wrong with this one!
  3. Quick Dry Towel - I never knew how much I was missing in my life without this one. This towel dries in less than 20 minutes, and it dries even if there's no sun or wind. Honestly, this towel is useful even for non-camping trips like a beach trip or any trip where you might need to use a towel. It is also soft to touch, which makes it all the more indispensable.
  4. Cooking Set - A good cooking set making a camping experience less stressful, and super fun. If you are planning to take utensils that you use at home for a camping trip, I'm here to tell you that I've been there, done that, and realized it's not optimal. Home utensils are too big and hence not the right size to be used on a camping stove. Even things like spoons, bowls and knives can be very annoying to use if they are too small or too big. It is worth investing in a cooking set, especially if you intend to camp once or more an year, and the one's at decathlon are economical and especially designed for a camping experience.
  5. Offline Google Maps - I realize that this a not a thing, but hear me out. Most of the times when you're camping, you're in a location where you do not have great network coverage. This is actually a good thing, because not having a network forces you to do non-network related things like talking to people and listening to the sounds of nature. But, you might need access to location information - maybe to explore trails around you or for emergency purposes (like when you get lost in a trail). That's when having an offline google map of the area on your phone would help. We used these maps a lot when we spend time in National Parks, like Yellowstone, or when we go out of country, like Norway.

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So that's my list of five things which will enhance your camping experience.

What is on your list of must-have things when you go camping? How have they improved your quality of life while camping?


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