Question: What are the major accessories I will need for camping besides a tent and Air Mattress?
I am a first time camper, yea I know it is sad but I have just purchased my coleman tent and air mattress and I was just wondering what other esential camping accessories I will need? Also, any camping tips would be most helpful! Thanks
Answer by ethos
collapsible water container
small folding table
compact BBQ grill
pots/pans/utensils (you’d be surprised how many 1st-timers forget these)
For my money, these are the essentials I would never camp without. I like propane because it’s clean, interchangeable and readily available. The tarps are to put on the ground under your tent, and if necessary over it too. If you can stay dry during an all-day downpour, you will be a happy camper. I use two coolers, one for food, one for beverages, and never the twain shall meet. One block of ice will keep a cooler of food cold for the better part of a week if not longer, because you only open it three or four times a day.
Here are some optionals that I always take:
flip-top clear plastic storage crates (for food, kitchen utensils and everything else)
thin nylon line (lashing tarps, clotheslines, a million other things)
gallon ziploc bags
tall kitchen garbage bags
roll of paper towels
multi-spice dispenser (one container has all your seasonings)
cheap coarse vinyl floor mat (put one of these outside the tent and keep most grit out)
This may seem like a lot of stuff, but most of it should all fit into three plastic crates. Easy to pack, access and stay organized. Get the crates at LowesDepot or Walmart.
Question: What camping mattress do you recommend for somebody with a sore back?
I’m not talking about RV camping here. I have a ThermaRest and every morning I wake up sore in my lower back. Is there something else out there that is light and packable?
Answer by BarbS
I use a cheap kiddie blowup mattress then lay a thin, lightweight, closed cell mat over it for insulation. If you’re camping where the nights aren’t cold you can forget the mat.
Believe me, it really is comfy and worth the little extra weight in the backpack. BE SURE to take a patch kit in case there’s a leak!