Essential Gear for Novice Campers

Spring is here, and it’s time to dig out your camping gear. If you’re looking to give a night in the Great Outdoors a try for the first time, Brooke Lorren offers novice campers some help by listing and explaining six essential items you’ll need for camping. Here’s a sneak peak.

According to Lorren, a tent may be the most essential piece of equipment you bring, as it’s your “home away from home.” Also, a sleeping bag to keep you warm at night — even in the summer temperatures can drop dramatically. A flashlight follows next, and Lorren specifically recommends an LED flashlight. LEDs are simply more reliable and efficient than conventional incandescent bulb lights.¬†Similarly, Lorren additionally recommends packing lanterns. And while lanterns may come in many varities, again, a reliable and bright LED lantern is likely your best choice. As Lorren says, “Unless you want to go to bed when the sun goes down, you’ll probably want to have a lantern around your camp.”

Finally, a cook stove and cooler wrap up her list as she makes the practical observation: “At some point while you’re camping, you’ll probably want to eat.” Personally, some of my favorite memories camping revolve around food, so I completely agree that these two items are essential. A cookstove for preparing tasty meals and a cooler for keeping all your ingredients fresh should make for a pleasant outdoor dining experience.

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