Even though traveling to a remote camping spot for me is considered one of the thrilling aspects of an expedition. People have different experiences traveling to different places which may include something as simple as a historical place, a tourist center, a campsite, mountains, forests, islands etc.
On that account, traveling to places which are covered with natural vegetation that has not
sensed even a small trail of the human presence for so many years can be termed as wilderness travel. After traveling to such a remote place, one can learn about the good and bad faces of nature and also it allows you to learn to tackle the hurdles put forward by nature thus enhancing your managing and decision-making skills.
Nature is a teacher who demonstrates all the lessons to its students. Isn’t it?
Unlike other kinds of travel, wilderness travel would be somewhat coarse and rough to survive and overcome it which cannot be possible without some survival equipment gear. It’s not like we can travel to the nearest Walmart to grab something.
For me, I like to make sure I have covered these 14 important areas and never skimp on them because my life is on the line.
1. Tent Camping Necessities – Food and nutrition
Food is the most important requirement for any wilderness travel as it involves frequent hiking, trekking, adventures etc. This would make anyone lose energy soon and make them hungry. When you are hungry, your adventures and enjoyments suffer, and so you need an adequate intake of food with appropriate nutrition level. Don’t try to eat food from off the land that you are unfamiliar with.
Even if you know well about the food in the forest you can eat it only if you are sure about the absence of any microorganisms in it. Moreover, when you pack for a wilderness travel make sure you pack extra food for 2 extra days which you help you when you are about to complete your camping.
Mre packs are perfect for keeping your energy level high and your body well nourished. These MRE packs are ex-military surplus and actually taste great.
2. Fire and tinder
Fire is an energy which provides happiness and enthusiasm and it is very much needed during the night time. At night, things may turn upside down in the forest areas. You may hear the terrific sound of various creatures, the creepy noise of the plants and the wind which would make you feel scared.
Fire, when lit would protect you from wild animals an also it can also chase fear from you. Moreover, it can also be used to cook food items on your site. Once you finish having your food, hang the remaining food above the ground ( say a tree) to protect it from other creatures such as bears. Also, food should be kept several yards away from your campsite to prevent invasion of animals like wolves, hyenas, bears etc. If the expedition is to a moist place then it would be better to have brought some of your own tinder to ignite your fire.
So it’s important to take some matches or a fire starter. If you want to go high tech you should check out these cool micro plasma USB fire starters. We use them to light candles at home but they are really effective at lighting a campfire as well.
3. Emergency Toolkits
Travelers should always have a basic toolkit while they are on an expedition to a wild forest. Things don’t work in terms of socialism and democracy in the forest; the only rule out there is the survival of the fittest. So, if you need to survive you should be strong enough to encounter any issue occurring there and doing that with your bare hand is not easy. So it is necessary to equip yourself with a toolkit and be a bush mechanic.
Controlling the movement of a body from one place to another various means is termed as navigation. A topographic map is a crucial tool which should be always with a traveler and it would be helpful in finding the path even if you miss your footsteps. Even though you have a recent map, finding the exact direction of interest would not be that easy.
Folks would think that sun can be used to find the direction. Remember, forests are really dense whose canopy is completely covered with trees and leaves. Also, clouds would make detecting the position of the sun difficult. To overcome these issues a compass is a mandatory tool. Moreover, the advancement in today’s technology has provided you with the GPS technology with which we can locate a person easily using a GPS locating device.
We use Navman as out GPS of choice but TomTom is another well-known brand. You can also install some aftermarket nav kits. We installed an S100 Navigation device into our Toyota Highlander. Its a flush finish into the dash.
5. Shelter- Bring a hammer.
Next, to food, shelter proves to be a vital requirement in the wilderness travel. You wouldn’t understand its importance at daytime, and its importance would be felt only when you are tired and need a rest when it’s raining.
My tent of choice is the Coleman 8 Person tent which has a full rain fly. This tent is fully waterproof and has heaps of room inside for my family. I like that is has a large fast exit swinging door.
Shelters can be any simple type of tent or it can be made with the shelter ground tarps strung up between a few trees.
You can also make your own shelter with rope, sticks, and logs. Tree branches make excellent windbreaks. But try not to light your fire inside your shelter. Also make sure you take basic essentials such as camping chairs, flashlights etc with you.
It’s amazing how many people forget parts for their tent like the tent pegs or a hammer. Be prepared and test out your tent before your expedition.
6. Bring Extra Clothing
Clothing should be worn depending on the climatic conditions of your camping site. Always prefer tough and thick dresses which would protect you not only from the chilling wind but also from the stings of poisonous insects and plants. Woolen clothing would be most preferable option for the winter climates. Moreover, make sure you have a quality pair of gloves and boots. Waterproof boots would serve as a best friend during your adventures on wilderness travel.
Always take spare clothing in case you get wet. You can die from hypothermia really quickly in cold climates.
7. Flashlight and LED Globes
Even though we have the fire to illuminate the shelter and protect you from the wild animals, a torch is very much necessary in the campsite because fire is not easily portable. You can make a fire torch for monitoring and surveillance but these won’t last long.
Inside the tent, we like to use a LED solar powered light globe. These can last around 7 hours and just need recharging the next day via the included solar panel.
Having a lot of light is definitely on my tent camping necessities. It’s not fun being in the dark for the whole night.
8. Aqua-tablets and Water filters
Aqua-tablets are tablets which are used for the purification of water. They don’t get rid of sediments but it can kill microorganisms which cause cholera, typhoid, dysentery etc. These aqua-tablets are usually another form of chlorine or iodine which develops effervescence when introduced into a water container.
Simply put one or two tablets inside a container of unhealthy water and wait for 30 minutes to get risk free healthy water. An
the unfortunate part of this tablet is that they cannot be used for persons who have thyroid problems.
Another way to filter out bacteria in water is to use a life straw. These are well known to many campers who rely on only a water stream for their fresh water. I always keep a few in the first aid kit for emergencies.
9. Paracord bracelet
You may be quite familiar about a bracelet, but what is a paracord? It is a nylon cord used in the suspension lines of a parachute due to its incredible strength. They can also be fashion knotted to make bracelets, lanyards and also belts. These bracelets can be disheveled when you need a rope and used as per your requirement. Designing a bracelet with it is also quite easy.
Its another item I like to keep in the first aid kit but most people just wear them as a fashion statement. Who knows one day you may need that strong piece of rape to hold something together like a broken leg or a tent pole strap.
You may be confused about seeing a word “whistle” here and it would seem to be odd to have a whistle make it on this list. As we know, wilderness travel is a rough travel through natural vegetation. You may need help from your teammates who could only be a few yards away from you. At this juncture, even if you shout like hell your voice would not reach
your friend. But, by blowing the whistle you can draw your friend’s attention.
I made it my new years resolution to learn to whistle by only using my fingers. It took some time but I finally got there. It’s really handy now while out camping to get someone’s attention. One less thing to pack.
11. Duct Tape
I don’t go anywhere without duct take. It can fix a leaky radiator pipe, leaky tents, and torn clothing. Plus I’m sure you can come up with 100 or more other uses. Sometimes I want to duct take up the kids to a tree for the day so they don’t wander off.
If astronauts take duct tape up into outer space then I can take it on my next camping trip.
12. Toilet Paper and wipes.
Now I’m sure this is my worst nightmare. Going out into the bush without toilet paper. Who wants to use spiky leaves? Not me. The baby wipes also come in handy for cuts and abrasions to clean them out.
Toilet paper is also a great fire starter. Just role a few sheets up into a tight ball and they will catch on fire really fast and will burn for a while lighting up the tinder around it.
13. Jump Starter for Car and Phones
Now days Jump starters are small and tiny. The Lithium Ion technology is simply amazing that such a small device can start such a large vehicle. I have one now in both of my cars stored in the glove box and it gets used quite a bit. Not for me but usually others stranded out bush or in a carpark at the shopping center.
They can also be used to charge phones and tablets so its great to be able to use them as another source of power. Check out our review on some of the best compact jump starters around.
14. BackPack solar panel.
Now I have been using an Anker backpack solar panel now for around a year and its so wonderful I wonder why I never thought of it before. I often had to take a few portable power banks for my phones and tablets. Not anymore the one small solar charger is all I need.
It’s a small compact device that folds out and receives power from the sun to charge your phone. just make sure to angle it towards the sun for maximum charge rate. Check out my full review here of the Anker Folding solar panel.
Hopefully, some of these tent camping necessities can be included in your next remote camping adventure. It’s always good to be prepared and safe. But often we overlook the small things in our preparation for our trip.
Now I’m sure there are a whole heap more items that you would like to bring. Such as recovery gear, ax, chocolate and even friends but I will leave that up to you. Let me know in the comments below what your most important item is that you never go without.