The Ideal Packed Backpack, Here Is Our List & Are You Over Packing Yours?

Make your trip a safe and comfortable one
Make your trip a safe and comfortable one

When it comes to camping, there is no option of running to the nearest store to buy whatever you have forgotten to pack. In this situation, you have to make do with whatever it is you have brought along to survive the outdoors. As such, it is crucial that you fill your backpack with only the essentials that will make the trip a safe and comfortable one. So, what is the ideal backpack? Here is our list.

Sleeping bag

The sleeping bag is an essential piece of camping equipment. Without the right one, you will have to endure a cold and uncomfortable night. Many sleeping bags are “mummy style”, which can be too claustrophobic to sleep well at night, especially if you sleep on your side or have a stomach. However, there are several available that will ensure that you spend your nights well rested.


One of the most common and preferred tents are dome tents. The ability to allow rainwater to slide more effectively and faster is not its only advantage but is also designed to provide easier entry and more space for its occupants compared to other types of tents. Dome tents typically come with two poles.

The perfect view when you wake up in the morning.
The perfect view when you wake up in the morning.

The dome tents that are modified offer more durability and resistance against strong winds and heavy rains. The additional bars and poles they come with give them more resistant capabilities. When buying a tent, be sure to keep it always dry to avoid moisture damage, such as mold and mildew, which not only discolor the canvas but also stink and constitute a potential health hazard. When storing tents, it is also better to dry them first.


Although it may not be the most elegant of items, a headlamp is handy. By using one, you can keep your hands free, which is excellent if you have to wait till it is dark before you can set up your tent or if you are cooking a late night meal. For the more fashion conscious among you, you can buy brightly colored torches so you can stand out from the crowd.

Solar charger

If you cannot completely disconnect from nature, take along a solar charger to turn on your phones and other devices. Even if you do not plan to use your phone, it is good to have it in case of emergency. A solar charger is useful because you will most likely not have access to electricity while you are roughing it out in a remote area. As such, your phone will always be available to handle unforeseen emergencies.

Cooking utensils

Unless you are taking ready-to-eat meals along, you must bring cooking utensils and pans. From pots and pans to a scrubbing sponge, you can get them at an affordable price in any trusted online store. Your cooking utensils should also include a camping stove which is much safer to use than wood.

Silverware belongs with you out on outdoor adventures just as much as in the kitchen back home.
Silverware belongs with you out on outdoor adventures just as much as in the kitchen back home.

So, your kitchen utensils and gas appliances should consist of a food container, insulation for frozen foods, pots and pans, thermos, aluminum foil, fuel, stove, matches or lighter, disposable utensils, plates, bottle opener, bottle opener, knife, trash bags, Zipper Bags, cups, bowls, coffee maker, spatula, dish soap, tablecloths and skewers to make campfire or toast marshmallows.

First aid kit

Do not go camping without a first aid kit. Anything can happen while you are out there and even a simple cut can become a big problem if not handled properly. So, even if you only use bandages for blisters, you’ll be glad to have it.

Make sure that this first aid kit is well stocked with the essentials like roll bandages, personal medications, antiseptic wipes, adhesive tape, cotton swabs, sterile gauze pads, safety pins, tweezers, scissors, sinus medications, bee sting kit, tissues, etc.

Hygiene products

Of course, even if you are roughing it out on the camping trip, it is still imperative to take along personal hygiene products. These should include a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, towels, insect repellent, soap, deodorant, sunscreen, lip balm, comb, sunglasses, toilet paper, and a reliable sewing kit.

Don’t neglect bringing personal hygiene products on outdoor adventures.
Don’t neglect bringing personal hygiene products on outdoor adventures.

One thing you should avoid is to buy food, water or equipment after you have reached your destination. This can cause you to spend much more money than you would usually when you buy at a local sporting goods store. Also, who wants to buy after they have reached their campsite? It is certainly not convenient.

With this list, we have successfully covered the basics for creating your ideal backpack. Plan your trip correctly so you can spend more time on the activities you enjoy.

One thing you should always pay attention to is to check the reservations with the camp, the entry requirements and the hours of operation. Be smart about what you consider necessary to carry and what items you can leave behind.


joann-clark is one of the authors writing for Outdoor Revival