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How to properly prepare your camping equipment

Is camping calling you? Perfect! But are you well enough prepared for it? It would be really frustrating to realize that some essential things are missing once you’re there. Being prepared for camping inevitably means having the right equipment, but also doing the annual maintenance required to keep it in good condition. One does not go without the other!

THE BASICS

Let's start with the basics. In order to have a nice camping experience, you must have the right equipment. If this is not the case, a trip in store is a must.

First thing first, you will need a tent. Here's what you need to consider when choosing it :

  • The number of occupants
  • The average temperature during the time of year you plan on using it
  • Your budget
  • Determining what is most important to you

Are you the luxurious or rather minimalist kind? All the answers to these questions - applicable to any other camping gear - will guide you in order to make the best choice for your upcoming adventures.

To protect your tent against all odds, it is important to let it dry before storing, ideally on site. If that's impossible, consider doing it as soon as you get home to avoid stains and odors. Do not forget to shake it well before storing it until your next getaway. If stains appear, mount the tent and brush it with soapy water. Rinse with a sponge and let it dry!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED 

The tent now checked on the list, you will need to fill it. From sleeping bags to flashlights, nothing should be left off the list!

In order to have everything you need, you will have to:

  • Make a list of the equipment you will need
  • See what you already have and what you will have to buy
  • Test and assess the condition of the equipment already in your possession

The zipper of your sleeping bag no longer works? Repair it or change it if it is beyond repair. It will be more useful to check if your stove is working or if you have enough propane left before being on site. Give special attention to your first aid kit because you never know when you will need it.

Regarding the list of necessary items, here are some hints:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Mattress
  • Flashlight
  • Spare batteries
  • Axe
  • Clothesline
  • First aid kit
  • Swiss knife
  • Unbreakable tableware
  • Camping cooker/stove
  • Rope
  • Garbage bag
  • Backpack
  • Suitable clothing for the season.

Take this brief list and add the necessary items for your type of camping and from your past experiences.  After a trip, take the time to note what you need to buy again, what needs repair, and what was simply missing and needs to be added to the list.

 Then for general maintenance of your equipment, store it in a dry environment after removing the dust and having washed and dried it.

After all this, you will go camping with peace of mind!