10 Camping Essentials for a Weekend Outdoors

10 Camping Essentials for a Weekend Outdoors

Camping is a great way to unplug from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Spending time with friends and family while camping creates lasting memories that will bring a smile to your face.

Whether it’s your first time camping or you’re an experienced camper, you don’t want to forget to bring all the camping gear you will need with you. Here’s a list of 10 essential items you should bring for a relaxing weekend outdoors.


Unless your shelter is your vehicle or you enjoy sleeping under the stars, you’ll want to pack a tent. If your budget allows it, go bigger with your tent. A 3-person tent gives a couple a little extra breathing room and a family of four can more easily achieve harmony in a 6-person tent.

Sleeping Bag

Sleeping bags have been a staple for campers for years. When selecting your bag, a temperature rating is a good place to start. If you’re planning on only going fair-weather camping, a summer bag is probably all you’ll need, but a 3-season bag will give you more leeway for unpredictable weather.


Campsites don't have illumination, so you have to bring your own lighting. A flashlight will work, but a headlamp frees up your hands. A lantern is also nice for ambient light.


A portable camping stove is a must because you cannot guarantee you can have a campfire to cook with. Bring at least a couple of fuel canisters to ensure you have enough for your trip.


A cooler is essential for keeping food safe from the outdoor elements. It also keeps your food fresh and your beverages cold for those hot summer days.

Camping Chairs

Sitting on the ground isn’t comfortable. So pack a few chairs for gathering around the fire. Your body will thank you.

First Aid Kit

You’ll never know what kind of accidents can happen. So take some emergency medical supplies, like gauze, bandages and painkillers, with you.

Food and Water

You’ll need to stay fueled and hydrated while you have fun in nature. Prep some food ahead of time so you can instantly whip something up while you’re at the campsite. Be sure to bring plenty of snacks and fixings for s’mores if you can’t imagine a campout without them. And have a reusable water bottle by your side for your water or snacks.


You need your prescription medications and hygiene items, of course. Make sure you also pack sunscreen so you have SPF protection and insect repellent.

Warm Clothing

Wear clothes that are sweat-wicking, waterproof and breathable. Also bring a warm coat, gloves, beanie and warm socks for those cold nights.