Camping Essentials for Young Adults

Camping Essentials for Young Adults
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    Camping is a great way to spend time outdoors with friends and family, and it's a great alternative to staying indoors during school breaks.

    The lack of technology and proximity to others allow for a great bonding opportunity.


No matter who you’re going with, make sure you bring these camping essentials for young adults so that you have everything you need.

First Aid Kit

Every camper should be familiar with the contents of a first aid kit and how to use them if necessary. Pre-packaged kits are cost-efficient, and they save you the hassle of building your own.

You can find first aid kits in your local department store or an outdoor supply store. However, for campers with specific medical issues or needs, it can be a good idea to personalize your kit instead.

All first aid kits should have bandages, disinfecting ointment, gauze pads, adhesive tape, and over-the-counter pain medication.

What you might need to include in your kit depends on the size and scope of your trip. Bring a more comprehensive kit if your trip is longer or in a more secluded area.

If your trip is short or in a popular campground, then you can bring a simpler kit.


A light source is essential for outdoor, overnight activity. For the best experience, invest in a high-quality flashlight. You could also purchase a headlamp for a hands-free light source.


It’s important that you bring a tent with you for shelter, even if you plan on sleeping under the stars. Weather is unpredictable: the forecast might predict a sunny day and a cool night, but you don’t want to get caught in an unexpected rainstorm.

The tent will also shelter you from wildlife—nobody wants to wake up with bugs on their face. Worse, your campsite could attract raccoons or bears, but a tent will provide some protection.

Sleeping Bag

Sleeping supplies are another important camping asset. Whether you’re sleeping in your tent or out in the open, you should have something to sleep in. A sleeping bag provides warmth and another layer of protection. Don’t forget to bring a pillow or an extra blanket for your comfort.

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Matches and Fire Starter Kit

Everyone knows you can’t go camping without a campfire. Its warmth and meditative aspects facilitate group bonding and a shared experience. Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to start a fire by hand, so bring different types of fire starters with you.

An obvious choice is to bring matches and old newspapers. The newspaper makes for great kindling, and you can add to the fire with branches and wood you find at the campsite. You can also buy kindling and firewood as a time-saving alternative.

Extra Clothes

Bringing an extra set of clothes is never a bad idea. Weather can change quickly and spontaneously, so bring clothes you can use as layers. This way, you’ll be warm when you need to be, and you can easily remove layers if you want to cool down. Make sure to pack hoodies or light jackets in case of rain.

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Bug Repellent

Bring bug repellent to avoid annoying mosquitoes and other insects. Unless you’re camping in the winter, chances are high you’re going to face mosquitoes. They’ll bother you while you’re awake and sleeping, so investing in a high-quality bug repellent would be wise. Look for a repellent with a high DEET content, as this ensures the best protection.

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