While we know that camping in the winter can be great for those adventurous campers out there, springtime is really the best time to head out to those campgrounds. Now that the snow is melting, flowers are in bloom, and the sun is shining, there is no better time to get out to those campsites for a family vacation for the record books.
In fact, many campers spend on average of 14.9 days out in the wilderness per year, and the majority of this time is spent in the spring. But since this time of year is known for drastic temperature changes, it is important you bring a few essentials along to your cabins. Luckily for you, we’ve put together this springtime camping essentials list so nothing gets forgotten!
A windproof jacket
You probably have a waterproof jacket readily available, but is it windproof? Springtime is the time for rainstorms and wind, so you will want to ensure your coat protects you from all the elements. What good is a rain jacket if it is not insulated after all?
It is always a good idea to bring more matches than you think necessary down to your cabin rentals. But the better thing is to invest in waterproof matches, so you don’t have to worry if they have been splashed or dropped in a puddle.
A lantern with a high range
You can never have enough light, especially for cooking early in the morning or hikes late at night. Always look for a lantern with removable panels and a range of more than 20 feet. Trust us, even if it sounds like a large range of light, when actually used at the campground it seems a lot less than it really is.
A sleeping bag futon or mattress pad
Even though the temperatures may be warm during the day, they can drop significantly during the night. Sleep soundly by putting an additional layer between your bag and the ground, this will keep you nice and toasty and slumbering in peace.
Just make sure to toss these four items into your duffle bag before you head out on your trip, and you will be nice and prepared for a springtime of fun camping activities!