With another season of camping rapidly approaching, the time is here to get ready for your next trip! There are so many options when it comes to where you want to go, what you want to do, and how authentic of a camping experience you and your family or friends prefer to have.

While some folks will be heading out in an RV or renting a cabin, this article is meant for those outdoor enthusiasts who believe in camping the old fashioned way; right out in nature, under the stars.

For these people, we offer a few tips on not only your camping strategy but also for the items that you will need to bring with you on your trip. The first thing you should do is:

Plan Out Your Plan!

Even the freest and most spontaneous of spirits still need to have some kind of plan before heading out into the woods, mountains, desert, or any other area to camp. Decide where you want to go and research the region.

Find out about dangers and other hazards before going. By having an idea about where you are going and what your plans are once you get there, you will be better prepared for anything that you might face.

Camping Products and Accessories

What better way to plan than to make a list of everything you will need? For sleeping outdoors you will want to consider what types of cots and tents are best suited to your needs. Using the ground for a bed isn’t the most comfortable option campers have nowadays. You should also figure out how much cookware and dinnerware you will need.

In addition to that, you might want to get a few folding or backpack chairs, mosquito netting or citronella candles, and an ice chest. There are most likely several more camping items and accessories that you will need for any given trip. The best thing to do is decide where you are going so you know what gear to bring.

Familiarize Yourself With Your Equipment

The best gear and accessories mean very little if you don’t know how to use them properly. Practice setting up your tent beforehand. If you have any specialty cooking equipment, fire it up and cook a meal in it. Learn how to fold and roll your sleeping bag. Set up and break down your folding furniture a few times. The main thing is just making sure that everything works correctly and is ready to go.

Bring Extra of Anything Essential

If you or anyone in your group takes medication, that should be at the top of the essentials list. Additionally, be sure to bring extra batteries, water, socks, and underwear and pack them in a different bag in case something happens to the others. You will never regret having too much of something, but not having enough can be disastrous.

Make Sure You Have Emergency and First Aid Supplies

Although this is the final tip on our list, it is by no means a statement about its importance. Making sure that you have emergency gear for any situation, as well as a first-aid kit to tend to minor injuries is something that should be the top priority for every camper.