What to pack for your overnight camping trip

You have an overnight camping trip coming up and want to make sure you have everything you need. Having everything you need will reduce stress and help you enjoy your time in the woods, desert, or wherever you choose to commune with nature.

Camping trips are no fun when you're not prepared for everything that you need when spending time in the outdoors. This blog post will ensure that you're prepared and can make it back home safely. 

Below is everything you need for one person.

Packing List:

  • Water: Pack at least gallon of water so you can stay hydrated. Dehydration will prevent you from having fun. By staying hydrated, your body will be able to function properly.
  • Food: Pack enough food for at least dinner and breakfast. If you're staying outdoors past breakfast the next day, prepare accordingly. Depending on the meals you plan on eating, you will need cooking equipment such as a Dutch oven or a grill.
  • Knife: A multipurpose knife with tools is a great option. Sharpen your knife regularly since a sharp knife is safer than a dull knife. Your knife will come in handy in different situations from cooking to starting a fire.
  • Headlamp: This lighting option helps you keep your hands free when you need to do things at night like start a fire or prepare dinner. It's tough to accomplish night time tasks when you can't see.
  • Waterproof jacket: Don't be caught without one when it rains and/or the temperature suddenly drops.
  • Firestarter: Lighter or matches can get the job done. The preferred choice is a pack of waterproof matches.
  • Sleeping bag: Get a sleeping bag that can handle the weather conditions you will be camping in.
  • Tent: If you purchased a new tent, practice setting it up at home. It'll help you be more familiar with your tent before you're outside in nature and will also help you make sure that you have everything you need. Nothing is worse than getting to your destination only to find out that you're a missing a tent pole.
  • First Aid Kit: No one ever wants anything bad to happen but you also don't want to be left wishing you had one. We wrote a blog post on this that will tell you everything you need.
  • Options for fun: What kind of camper are you? Do you like to fish or prefer to read a book? Depending on what you enjoy doing and where you are going, give yourself a few options for fun like a fishing pole and tackle box. You could also bring a book you've been meaning to binge on or a pair of swim trunks if you're at the beach.

Pack what you need in your Draggin Bag(s)! They'll get the job done and keep up with all of your adventures. It doesn't matter if you're going to the mountains or heading to a lake, you will be able to carry what you need.

A few things to keep in mind before you take off

  • Have a clear location/destination in mind for your overnight camping trip. It'll help you plan accordingly for the weather and terrain.
  • Let a close friend or loved one know where you're going and when you plan on returning. It's better to be safe than sorry. 
  • You may need to book a camping spot in advance depending on where you're planning on camping. Do your research that way you don't show up to your destination only to realize there are no camping spots available because you should've reserved a spot three months prior. 

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