Embarking on a camping trip often requires a little more preparation than if you were to go on a vacation where you were staying at a hotel or other indoor accommodations. And while many campgrounds in New York offer cabin camping, these cabins are often more rustic and essentials are still needed.
Much of what you bring will depend on how you’re camping. However, whether taking an RV, staying in a cabin, or in an outdoor tent, there are some basic essential items that will make your campground stay more comfortable. Here is some of the best camping gear to bring along with you for a relaxing camping vacation.
If you are staying outdoors, you will need a tent for sleeping and staying out of the elements. If you don’t have one already, depending on the size needed, there are many very reasonably priced options.
Sleeping Bags, Mattress, Cots or Blankets
For maximum comfort if you are staying in a tent you’ll want to be prepared with a sleeping bag, camping mattress or cot. In addition, if you’re staying in a cabin, it is best to bring extra blankets and other items to keep you warm. Here in New York State, when it comes to weather, it's always best to expect the unexpected.
Camping Stove and Cookware
A camping stove that works using gas can be very helpful when cooking while on your camping trip. Instead of trying to cook everything over the fire, the camping stove makes cooking and cleanup easy. If you are bringing a camping stove (and even if you’re not), don’t forget the cookware such as pots, pans, utensils, knives, etc.
If you don’t have access to a refrigerator and are going for a shorter stay camping trip, a cooler is a great way to transport and keep refrigerated items.
Table and Chairs
For maximum comfort while sitting outside, a portable camping table and chairs are necessary. Camping tables and chairs fold up for easy transport and often feature a cup holder and even side pockets to hold other items.
Lanterns and Headlamps
When traveling at night a lantern and/or headlamp can make getting around a little safer and easier. If battery operated be sure to bring extra batteries in case they're needed.
Food and Water
You’ll want to be prepared with a variety of food options. If you are staying in an RV or cabin, you may have the option of a refrigerator for keeping cold items. If you’re tent camping though and don’t have a long-term cooling option, you’ll need to consider non-perishable foods such as canned items, In addition, you’ll want to be prepared with bottled water non only for drinking, but for brushing teeth, etc.
Some Non-Essentials, but Nice to Have
In addition to what’s listed above, there are some non-essential items that can make your camping trip even more comfortable.
- Camping hammock – a portable hammock that can be hung up almost anywhere
- Solar charger – charge your phone or other electronic device without an outlet; a great option when tent camping
- Portable water purification systems – avoid having to bring a lot of bottled water with a water purification system that is portable; just need access to water
- Binoculars – check out the scenery with a pair of binoculars
- Camping coffee maker – make coffee easily while camping when there is no access to electricity
Are there any must-haves you think are essential for camping? If so, share them in the comments or on our Facebook page.
Have you made your campground reservations yet? If you haven’t yet, be sure to do so soon as spots at many campgrounds fill up quick – especially for more popular weekends such as the 4th of July week or Labor Day weekend. Check out our Campground Search to find more information on where you want to visit.