Important campsite. Here you’ll learn the five most important items that you absolutely must take together, or do, for success on your next journey.

We’ve all looked at a huge list of camping essentials, but in our opinion there are five items you absolutely shouldn’t do without.

Your camping trip may sometimes end up writing totals for the simplest of reasons. It’s because we can’t do it very often. The average camper may spend 15 or 20 days per year sleeping outdoors. Judging by the multitude of accessories in RVs today, the pitch may not mean the same as it was years ago.

As a couple who have had many nights under the stars we’ve compiled a short list of five items we won’t leave home without. Your list may differ from ours but that’s human nature.

Our five most important camping items.

Big tarp with lots of ropes.

We camped on the west coast of British Columbia, as well as many years on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. In these two areas it rains a lot. On the east coast we just put up with the rain. In those days we either put up with it or went home. The soil will be wet. Everyone gets bored while trapped in the tent. It is not until we camp in British Columbia that we learn what to do.

Our first spring weekend trip took us to the beautiful BC Provincial Park. The pair next to our site had a large tarp erected and grafted into the trees. Two extension poles lift the center up high. This covers the entire site. It rained that night. The next morning they had a campfire going and ate breakfast under the tarpaulin. Their site is very dry. Definitely high on our list of camping essentials.

An ax, an ax and a little puzzle.

Very important tool. You buy a bunch of firewood. Too big to burn, or too small and burn quickly. You may need to find a dead tree, a piece of driftwood or a large piece that someone else has that cannot be cut. The ax will split the large pieces. The ax cut into larger pieces down to size. Chainsaws can be used to save long pieces. My saw is a Sandvik saw with a 12 inch blade. Its large teeth are very sharp which cut through small wood with ease. It’s never blunt.

Fire stick and fire paste.

Both are very effective but one or the other will do. Excellent camping essentials. If you want to be able to start a campfire every time, these products will do the job. We have never experienced failure. They are very cheap. The 12 stick pack will last all summer. Prepare a kindling fire and several larger pieces of wood. Cut a one-inch piece of fire stick. Tuck it under the kindling and turn it on. The fire will burn until the fire burns.

Propane camp stove with eight pound tank.

Two or three burners. Both are very good. We’ve worn two, white gas stoves for years. The type you pump to use. The fuel is simply called Kamp stove fuel. They are annoying. They can be dangerous. The propane stove is a far superior product. We recommend the eight pound tank because it is very cheap to fill at a local service station, will take hundreds of hours, and is easy in landfills. Bring a one pound canister in case you run out of the eight pound tank.
Last but not least. Check your equipment.

One year we opened our large tent during our first trip this year only to find the entire top corner had been torn off and used as nesting material by squirrels during the winter. The trip was ruined. Check your stove, gas container, lamps, flashlight, tent and RV. Don’t leave anything unchecked and you’ll have a great camping season with your camping essentials.

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