The Great Outdoors

By Colleen McTiernan

After spending the week at work sitting at a desk all day, there is nothing better than taking time to yourself on the weekends (or on vacation!) to get outdoors and feel the sunshine on your face. If you are feeling particularly distanced from nature, then you might want to consider going on a camping trip. Whether you are a camping pro or newbie, this guide will help to prepare you for your next excursion into the great outdoors.

What Should I Pack?

1. In case of cuts, scrapes or sprains on the trail, you’ll want to pack a first aid kit with enough supplies for everyone on your trip.

2. Unless you’re planning on using an RV or sleeping under the stars, you’ll need  to bring a tent to protect you from the elements.

3. A weekend away in the woods is the perfect time to do some exploring. Pack hiking shoes or other sturdy footwear.

4. Once you’ve got your tent up, you’ll want to set up your sleeping bag for a cozy place to settle in over night.

5. Pull out your lantern after sunset to brighten your campsite until you’re ready to turn in for the night.

6. Take advantage of the quiet of the woods to get in some quality reading time with your favorite books. And if you’re planning on hiking or birdwatching, bring along some helpful field guides!

7. Be sure to pack extra blankets for cold nights spent outdoors.

8. Don’t forget a cooler to keep all of your perishables chilled throughout your camping trip!

9. Pack chairs if you want to avoid sitting on the ground while enjoying your campfire meals.

Photos by Sincerely Gone Photography | Special Thank You to Juniper Springs Recreation Area and the National Forest Service