Take it from a non-camper, these are the top 10 camping items that you don't know you need (but you do). A must read before any camping trip!

Top 10 Camping Items You Don’t Know You Need

I am not a camper.  Let me say it again in case I wasn’t clear: I am not a camper.  Give me a book and the beach over camping any day of the week.  Unfortunately, this year I was outvoted on our vacation destination.  This meant a week of bugs, heat, and no internet for yours truly. The uninterrupted time with family is priceless and frankly there was still coffee, so all-in-all it was a great trip.  Still, there are a few things I wish we would have thought to bring or simply used constantly on our trip that I want to make a list for you.  Here are the top 10 camping items from a non-camper who learned by doing (or not having).

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Take it from a non-camper, these are the top 10 camping items that you don't know you need (but you do). A must read before any camping trip!

 

1. Ziploc Bags

Why did we not bring an entire box of these?!  I packed exactly 2 extras which, unfortunately, were not enough.  You definitely need these and here’s why:

  1. When you are out hiking, you need something to put sandwiches and snacks in unless you plan on carrying all of the ingredients with you during your hike.
  2. Place your phone and/or camera in one to help protect it while you’re out and about.
  3. Kids will want to collect weird, crazy stuff (“Look at this wet, moss-covered stone!”) that you definitely do not want bumping around your pack with your other gear and food.
  4. You want something to put leftover food in.  Take it from me, waterlogged marshmallows are gross and cannot be roasted.  So unless your family plans on eating an entire bag in one sitting, bring a re-sealable bag for them.
  5. Use them to put a few diaper wipes in instead of lugging around the entire container everywhere.

 

Take it from a non-camper, these are the top 10 camping items that you don't know you need (but you do). A must read before any camping trip!

2. Diaper Wipes

Speaking of diaper wipes, even if you don’t have children you should have a pack of these with you.  Camping is dirty, even the fun parts like s’mores, and these are a lifesaver.

 

Take it from a non-camper, these are the top 10 camping items that you don't know you need (but you do). A must read before any camping trip!

3. Water Bottles

A lot of people buy bottled water to take on their trip and that’s great.  But you also want to have a regular water bottle that you can clip to your pack or belt loop with a carabiner clip.  Some trails can get difficult and you definitely want both hands free.

 

 

4. Baby Carrier

If you are hiking with small children, this is another must have.  While Moby Wraps are great (we love ours), not so much for hiking.  Invest in (or borrow) a supportive and comfortable backpack carrier.

 

Take it from a non-camper, these are the top 10 camping items that you don't know you need (but you do). A must read before any camping trip!

5. Vinyl Table Cloth

These make great, inexpensive “picnic blankets”.  Be sure to get one that has the soft lining on one side and vinyl on the other.  When you use it, put the vinyl side towards the ground and you instantly have a soft, dry place to sit and eat.  These are also great for babies to play on without getting insect bites from sitting in the grass.

 

Take it from a non-camper, these are the top 10 camping items that you don't know you need (but you do). A must read before any camping trip!

6. Card Games

If you do get stuck inside (whether you’re in a tent or a cabin) you’ll be so glad you brought these.  Card games don’t take up much room and can be a great boredom buster if you have kids in tow.  Here are some recommendations if you don’t know what to bring:

 

7. Medicine

Chances are you have a first aid kit that has the normal components like bandages and aspirin, but you also want to add allergy medicine, cold/flu medicine, and cough drops.  The day we arrived at our cabin, I was so sick that we ended up have to leave and drive 30 minutes away to get me some cough drops.  Don’t let this happen to you, friends.

 

Take it from a non-camper, these are the top 10 camping items that you don't know you need (but you do). A must read before any camping trip!

8. Tissues

On that same note, have a box of tissues.  We were lucky that we keep a box in our car otherwise we would have had to pick these up too.  Did I mention how sick I was?  Definitely, definitely have these.

 

Take it from a non-camper, these are the top 10 camping items that you don't know you need (but you do). A must read before any camping trip!

9. Multitool

A lot of people take pocket knives camping and while it beats a blank, a multitool isn’t much bigger and can prove very useful.  Ours even has needle nose pliers which, believe it or not, were used on multiple occasions.

 

Take it from a non-camper, these are the top 10 camping items that you don't know you need (but you do). A must read before any camping trip!

10. Umbrella

Not for if it rains, although that is clearly not a bad idea either, but umbrellas are great for making impromptu shade.  Babies and toddlers are the kings and queens of removing hats (among other things) and an umbrella can be a great alternative while still being compact enough to carry with you.

Going on vacation with kids this summer? Give yourself peace of mind with these kids' emergency lanyards.

 

Take it from a non-camper, these are the top 10 camping items that you don't know you need (but you do). A must read before any camping trip!

Outside of our misfortunes, we did have a fantastic trip.  I’m sure they will talk me into doing it again, sans being sick of course. Going on vacation with kids this summer?  Give yourself peace of mind with these kids’ emergency lanyards.

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Top 10 Books to Take on Vacation

If you’re like me, one of the reasons you look forward to vacation is because of it is the one time of year that you know you’re going to get to read.  I love getting lost in a story and frankly will read the good, the bad, and the boring.  However, I don’t want you to get stuck on vacation with a boring book so I’ve put together this list of the top 10 books to take on vacation.
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Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen

This is an absolutely hysterical ready!  Essentially it is about a woman’s revenge on a telemarketer, but oh, my gosh, I laughed so hard!

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A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands

A Quick Bite is a romance novel full of adventure, love, and humor.  It is an easy and enjoyable read.  My favorite thing about Lynsay Sands’ vampire novels is her unique take on the origin of vampires.  She is the only author I have read with a scientific explanation on the mythical vampire.

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The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf

This is an exciting suspense novel about the disappearance of two 7 year old girls.  It will definitely keep you guessing on the edge of your seat.  Incredible read!

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Autumn by David Moody

In case you didn’t know, I’m a horror junkie.  Movies, books, comics… I love it all.  This is a fantastic zombie horror book!  David Moody is able to capture the confusion and danger of a world turned on its end.  This is the first book of the Autumn series but they are all great reads!

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Starters by Lissa Price

In this futuristic mystery a war has killed everyone between the ages of 20 and 60.  The children have no rights and most of them have no money or home.  This forces some of them to try to earn money by renting out their bodies to Enders (the seniors with power and wealth).  The company renting the children has a more insidious plan, however.

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The Paper Marriage by Susan Kay Law

This is a novel that delves into the tough choices in marriage.  The main character’s husband has been in a coma for 12 years of their marriage due to a tragic car accident.  This is a great story about faithfulness and healing.

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Because I Remember Terror Father I Remember You by Sue William Silverman

This is a gut-wrenching memoir about Silverman’s sexually abusive childhood and subsequent survival.  It is guaranteed to make you cry but also give you hope.  It is an excellent and emotional read.

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The Game by Monica Hughes

Reprinted in 2010 with an updated title and cover, this is another futuristic novel where young adults are disposable once they have left school.  The world is a bleak and strictly controlled place where impoverished citizens are forced to scavenge.  One group of friends is offered a chance to make money by playing a virtual reality game that soon turns deadly.

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Appointment with a Stranger by Jean Thesman

This is an older book so it is only available in paperback, but it is a terrific read.  The main character is saved from drowning by a mysterious stranger while staying with her grandmother.  Although no one in the small town knows the stranger she continues to be drawn in deeper and deeper by him.  I have read this so many times, my copy is well worn and loved.

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False Memory by Dean Koontz

It seems that most people fall on one of two sides of Koontz.  They either love all of his works or hate them.  I, of course, am the exception in that while I enjoy a few of his works, I am not impressed with his entire repertoire.  False Memory, however, is an incredible read.  I couldn’t put it down.  It is one of the best mysteries I’ve read.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.