Items you Shouldn’t be Without on your Next Camping Trip

  • Posted on Jul 15, 2018

Loading up your campers and trailers to prepare for outdoor adventures can be fun and exciting. But in order to have a great time there are a few things that you should always ensure you have in your expedition trailers before you head off on the road.


If there’s one thing we can’t live without, it’s water. And when you’re heading out on a road trip for an extended length of time, you will want to make sure you have plenty of water on hand. Pack an extra bottle of water in addition to the number you think you’ll need.

You should also consider the fact that you’ll be camping on the road and may not have access to fresh water at your campground. If you’re heading on a wild adventure, you might want to think about bringing along some type of water purification system, just in case you run out of water and need to obtain it from a natural source.

Maps and Navigation Systems

A good old fashioned map can be essential when you’re heading off into the wilderness, especially if you find there’s no signal for your phone or GPS. Maps can be great for pointing you in the right direction for your nearest source or water or your nearest campground or even a town, if you need to restock your supplies.

Having a compass with you can also be a good idea, particularly if you’re off grid. You probably have one in your vehicle but it can be useful to have a traditional compass as an extra for emergencies and so you can find your way back to your camper if you’re heading out hiking for the day.

Weather Gear

 When you’re camping over several days or weeks, you might want to prepare for different weather conditions. Traveling across states or over long distances, you’re probably aware that the weather can sometimes be significantly different from where you set off.

Be sure to pack additional layers of clothing and rainwear, just in case. Sunscreen and sun protection, such as sunglasses should also be a must-have in your camper.


 Whether you need to light the wood stove in your expedition trailer or start an outdoor campfire, a pack of matches can be essential on any camping trip. They’re lightweight, small and easy to pack into a trailer. They can also come in handy for lighting candles if your power goes out or you’re stuck off grid for a length of time.


 Lanterns and flashlights should definitely be on your packing list for overnight trips. They can be useful whether you’re out hiking or just making your way back to your camper in the dark. If your flashlight is battery powered, make sure you have extra batteries, but a wind-up flashlight can also be a good alternative.


 Food is an essential item on any camping trip. Even if you plan to hunt or fish, having your trailer stocked with some easy meals can be a good idea. Foods with long shelf lives are best, such as jerky, energy bars and nuts. Peanut butter can also be a tasty long-life item to have.

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