A packing list for camping in the woods
Are you camping in the woods this summer? We have put together a packing list for your upcoming adventure.
The most important piece of advice is to always pack for the environment and season you are in. And even though trees can provide wind protection, weather changes can happen fast, so rather be prepared.
What to wear
- Wool baselayers - 100% Merino wool for odour control
- Quick-drying hiking pants
- Shortsleeve baselayer in Merino wool
- Hiking shorts
- Thin wool socks
- Thick wool socks
- Wind and waterproof jacket with ventilation
- Down pullover or insulated fleece jacket (depending on the temperature)
- Wool gloves
- Wool beanie
- Above-the-ankle waterproof and breathable hiking boots
- Sunscreen (yes, wear it)
Gear to bring
- A sleeping bag fit for your use
- A backpack
- Camp shoes
- Map and compass
- Tent or “tarp” - link it
- A hammock
- Sleeping pad - fit for either tent or hammock
- Camping pillow
- Waterproof bags for your clothes
- Headlamp or camp light and extra batteries - if needed
- A burner + matches
- Cutlery set
- Sharp knife
- Wet wipes
- Trash bags
- First aid kit including sports tape and abrasion patches
- Duckt tape
- Hand sanitizer
- Toiletries incl. Small towel
- Mosquito spray or net
- Enough food
A friendly piece of advice
- It's important to test your equipment before heading out. Pitch your tent close to your home. Light up your camp stove and get to know your new sleeping bag.
- Use your hand sanitizer when burning your toilet paper. That way you leave no trace behind.
- Organize your campsite right away, and put up the “tarp” even before it starts to rain.
- When choosing your campspot, look for areas that are even. It can also be nice to look for a softer base such as moss-covered ground. Just make sure that the space you’re pitching your tent isn’t too wet.
- Always keep a dry set of base layers to use while in basecamp.