Summer’s here which means most of the United States can finally get outside to spend quality time with family and Mother Nature. I say most because here in Florida, we’re fortunate to be able to play outdoors year-round. Ready to rev up your RV, pop up your tent or set sail on your catamaran? From DEET-free bug repellent to toilet paper, following are my 6 practical camping essentials list.
Sure, you’ve probably thought of the basics for your camping trip ranging from sleeping accommodations (tent to motorhome to boat) to the cooler, but other items I be sure to include are:
Smartphone with External Battery.
As a solo traveler, my iPhone is one of my most essential items whether I’m hotel camping or car camping. It’s multipurpose and just some of the tasks I rely on it to do include navigation; search for attractions, dining and accommodations; flashlight; peace of mind; cowbell app (because everyone needs more cowbell!) I even have the capability of sharing my location with family so they can keep tabs on me. Using my phone means I’m draining the battery and if I’m out in the woods camping without an outlet, an external battery is my best friend.
For the past year-and-a-half, I have been incorporating essential oils into my life and some go with me during my travels and outdoor adventures. An important essential oil while camping is peppermint because it can help with nausea and headaches as well as keep pesky bugs away. Lemon and frankincense are ideal in case I have a scratch or small flesh wound to clean up and tend to. I also use an essential oils blend for digestive issues.
DEET-Free Bug Repellent.
DEET-free bug repellent should be on everyone’s camping essentials list. I believe our bodies are exposed to many unnatural impurities that may be harmful so when there’s an opportunity to use something natural, do it! I use an essential oils blend of DEET-free bug repellent that keep biting critters away from me.
Sure, you remember to bring the sunscreen but what about lip balm? Pack it and use it! Your lips are exposed to the sun and susceptible to skin cancer so slather up so you can keep puckering up to your loved one.
Appropriate Footwear- Boots and Socks!
Wearing the appropriate footwear can make or break a hiking and camping trip. Wear boots appropriate for the terrain in order to protect your feet.
Wool are perfect for hiking but if you’re traveling by air to your summer camping destination, consider compression socks. Before I began using them, my ankles would always swell up when traveling by air, then I discovered compression socks. They keep my circulation flowing, avoid cankles and swelling.
Toilet paper may seem like a no-brainer but the type you include on your camping trip could make a difference. Whether spending the night in an RV or boat or hiking the backcountry, the type of toilet paper you use can make a difference and on the market now is Scott Rapid-Dissolving toilet paper, made specially for use in boats, buses and RVs. It’s soft on the skin yet absorbent and sturdy to get the job done.
This toilet paper is a one-ply bath tissue that’s safe in sewers and septic systems and breaks up four times faster than the average bath tissue which is good on the plumbing. Best of all, Scott Rapid-Dissolving Toilet paper is Forest Stewardship Council Certified made from responsible sources.
Lucky you, Scott® Rapid-Dissolving toilet paper is available through Amazon along with $2.50 off coupon! And, you can Subscribe & Save to save up to 15% when you subscribe to five or more products. I’m not sure about you, but I’m an Amazon Prime member and love the convenience and how quickly my orders arrive. I can shop late at night or while walking the dog. Amazon Subscribe & Save makes it easier to order home essentials, such as toilet paper.
Scott has a collection of Scott Summer Essentials such as Scott Paper Towels and Scott Flushable Cleansing Cloths, also practical for an essentials camping list. View Scott on Amazon.
I’m heading to Mexico right before the Independence Day holiday and will be packing a roll of Scott Rapid-Dissolving Toilet Paper
to keep in my backpack. I cut out the cardboard roll to it’s easier to squish down and put in a plastic bag.
I also made this video of my 5 essentials for outdoors adventures.
What’s on your camping essentials list?