As tents tech is growing, with airbeams and raised beds more akin to glamping in our luxurious mini canvas bungalows just a short drive from the nearest supermarket, it’s easy to forget that many campers choose a far more back-to basics experience – and love it!

Those on DoE awards, those who enjoy wild camping, and those adults who go on long hikes and treks will tell you, it’s not all about on-site entertainment and there are some real benefits to be gained by placing a small tent in a backpack and really getting back to nature.

However, even those who enjoy the back to basics experience can benefit from a few essentials that can really make a difference to both safety and comfort.  While most people will remember to pack the most obvious camping supplies like food, water, clothing, toiletries, and sleeping gear, often many forget about the more obscure items that could come in handy in many more remote camping scenarios.

Besides packing the obvious necessities, here are Eva-Dry’s 10 must-have items when camping that are commonly forgotten:

1. Duct Tape – From tent tears to securing items from windy weather, duct tape has countless uses that can come in handy when you are out in the wilderness.

2. Rope – Like duct tape, rope also has so many uses at a campsite, including building a shelter, creating a clothing line, and tying down and securing items, to name a few.

3. First Aid Kit – From band-aids to bug bite cream, a basic first aid kit is essential to bring on any trip, especially when wild camping.

4. Map and Compass – With GPS and smart phones, these two items are often overlooked. However, an old fashioned map and compass don’t rely on mobile reception – guaranteed to be poor if you get lost!.

5. Whistle – Again, if your phone loses signal, you’ll be happy you have another option for communicating if you need help.

6. Tarps – A tarp can provide multiple practical uses when camping, including using it as a floor sheet if the ground is wet and muddy or as an impromptu shelter from the rain.

7. Ziploc Bags – With so many uses, Ziploc bags are great to pack to waterproof your valuables, keep food in, and store your toiletries in to prevent against leaks and spills.

8. Extra Batteries – Be prepared with extra batteries so you are literally not left in the dark, should your flashlight battery die.

9. Safety Pins – Tiny, lightweight, and compact, the small but mighty safety pin can come in handy when camping to repair clothing or even use as a fishing hook.

10. Dehumidifier – Weather can change at any moment, so it is important to be prepared for rainy and humid conditions and the impact they will have on your camping living quarters. While you can’t control outside conditions, you certainly can make your lodging space as comfortable as possible. Compact dehumidifiers are ideal for keeping moisture and dampness down in your RV, cabin, or tent.

“Being prepared when camping is essential,” said Ken Judd, Vice President of US dehumidifier manufacturer Eva-Dry. “By packing a portable Eva-Dry dehumidifier with your camping necessities, you will not let muggy and damp conditions ruin your trip.” 

Eva-Dry dehumidifiers work with a technologically-advanced silica gel, which absorbs moisture safely, silently and without harmful chemicals. They are also spill- and mess-free, which makes it easy to pack in your duffel bag. And best of all, when you are not using it on your camping trip, you can use it year-round in your house to fight against mold, mildew, and moisture for up to 10 years – and even in modern tents, they can help prevent annoying condensation drips.

Happy camping everyone!