Going Camping This Summer? Here’s What You’ll Need
Camping is one of the most popular summer pastimes, and if you and your family love spending some time outside during the warmer months of the year, then you’ve likely already planned your first trip of the season. At EZ Storage® in St. Louis, we can help you find the ideal self-storage unit for any camping gear that you need to store between trips or once the summer is over. Visit us today to learn more!
Your Campsite Gear
Every good campsite has the essential items such as a tent, sleeping bags, and blankets. If your tent has seen better days, then it can be a good idea to invest in a new one before you head out this summer. You’ll want to take into consideration how big the tent needs to be, especially if it’s been a few years and the kids have grown up a bit. You don’t want to cram four people into a two- or three-person tent.
Your campsite will also need chairs, lanterns, flashlights, and maybe even firewood. You can always gather sticks from around your campsite, but it’s often good to have larger logs that have been dried properly, especially if you’re going to be cooking over the fire. The chairs will make your site more comfortable, and flashlights and lanterns are indispensable once the sun goes down and the fire has burned out.
Your Cooking Gear
One of the best parts of camping is cooking over an open fire. As we mentioned above, you’ll want to make sure you have enough firewood for each day you’re at your campsite. As for your cooking gear, you’ll want to bring a few pots and pans, as well as a coffee pot for the morning cup of joe that you can enjoy while the sun rises. You’ll also need cups, mugs, and plates, as well as silverware, including sharp knives for cutting any meat that you grill.
If you’re going to be roasting marshmallows to make s’mores, then you may want to bring some metal sticks that can be washed and reused on your next trip. Speaking of washing, you’ll need some paper towels and dish towels to clean things up once everyone is done eating. A cooler is a must for anything you want to keep cold, as well as anything you need to store overnight.
Your Camping Attire
Depending on how long you’re going to be camping, you’ll need to pack clothing for each day. You can always wear the same sweatshirt each day, but having choices when it comes to shirts, pants, and undergarments can make the adventure more comfortable. You won’t likely have a way to wash clothes, so bringing a dirty laundry bag with you can be a good idea.
Since you’ll be in the great outdoors, you’ll also want to pack extra layers, including a raincoat, or at the least, a water-repellent jacket. Hats and gloves are also important, and you’ll want to make sure you have the right shoes for hiking. If you’ll be camping near a lake where you can swim, then make sure your suit makes it into your luggage.
Your Personal Items
Camping can be a lot of fun, but it can also pose some risks, such as heat exhaustion, sunburn, and insect bites. Packing your sunscreen and bug repellent will keep most of those hazards at bay, and you’ll want to be sure your campsite has a first aid kit, complete with bandages, disinfectant, and other necessary items. If you take any medicine, then be sure to bring enough for the days you’ll be camping, and perhaps even a few extra doses, just in case.
Toiletries are also a must, even if it’s just soap and a toothbrush. You likely won’t be able to shower for a few days, so deodorant is a good thing to bring along as well. You’ll want to pack some bottled water, since you don’t know if you’ll be able to find a clean water supply near your campsite.
Storing Your Camping Gear
Once you have everything you need for camping, you can look forward to a summer full of fun and relaxation at your favorite spot. You and your family can sit around the fire, roasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories, and you can stay up late looking at the stars. You can spend your days with hiking and exploring, thoroughly enjoying the great outdoors.
However, once the season comes to an end, the last thing you want to do is try to fit all of your camping gear into the garage or the attic. By renting a self-storage unit from EZ Storage®, you can keep everything safe and sound for the fall and winter, and then pick it up in the spring when you’re ready to go camping again. A small storage space should suffice, and our team is more than happy to help you find the right unit.
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