How to Pack for Camping
Packing usually gets easy after some years of experience. Depending on the type of holiday, you should learn how to pack efficiently, travel light and never lack anything essential. When you pack for camping, there are some general rules you should follow. First of all, consider the length of your trip. If you are going camping with a group of people, cooperate with them. It's wise to take only one of items you can generally share with others - a tent, first-aid kit, camping equipment and so on. If you are going camping for at least a weekend, look for a bag with capacity of 2000-4200 cubic inches. For longer trips consider purchasing a bigger bag or taking an additional one. Don't be tempted to carry too big of a bag, because you will probably stuff it with things you don't even need. A bag cannot be too heavy so check its weight on your back while you pack. The ideal weight of your backpack has to be about 25-30% of your body weight. When you pack one of the most important aspects is to learn how to distribute the weight best. Try forming three layers inside the backpack - the bottom layer should consist of light items that you don't need right away. This includes your sleeping bag, some clothing and shoes. The middle layer in the backpack is where you put heavier items - fuel, food, stoves. On top of them put lighter items which you may need throughout the day. When packing make sure you distribute the weight evenly from side to side. You may need to make some further adjustments, but in general, packing a backpack is not that hard, as long as you take only essential items, and no extra luggage. If you are going camping for the first time, or you haven't organized the packing before, then you may not be familiar with the all the necessary gear. Many backpackers would advise you to attach some of your gear outside the backpack. This should be done reasonably though. You can attach your camera or water bottle, so you can reach them more easily while you travel. However, not everything should be hanging off your backpack - this can cause stability issues, there is a potential risk of damaging those items or in case it rains, they will be the first to get wet. An organized way to pack for camping is by following a list. Lay out all the gear you need and decide what needs to be wrapped, and which item goes inside or outside the bag. Prepare your clothing and make sure you have a warm jacket and solid walking boots. Put at least one pack of clothes inside a sealable bag. This will ensure you have a pack of dry clothes no matter what happens. If you are taking a tent, it's only fair to distribute the parts among the other campers. Check the weather forecast to determine what kind of clothes you need. A possible packing list for camping includes some or all of the following items: a tent and its parts, medical kit, sleeping bag, pillow, clothing, two pairs of boots, flashlight, alarm clock, camera, chargers, map, paper plates and cups, cutting board, soap, toilet paper, toothbrush and toothpaste, portable grill or stove, camp chair, matches, bug spray, fishing pole, tools, canned food, plastic bags for used clothing and underwear, cards or other games and so on. Pack the things you are planning to actually use and try to keep your backpack as light as possible for an easy and enjoyable camping experience.