Considering Camping? 5 Things to Bring to the Great Florida Outdoors

In light of the pandemic, summer vacation plans have been canceled altogether or changed dramatically. Not surprisingly, people have decided to get outside this summer since, for now at least, it’s the safest way to recreate. 

Camping has become extremely popular and is a great way to experience the landscapes of Florida, visit new-to-you Florida places, and bond with family, friends, or have some Q.T. with yourself. 

There are several awesome reasons to go camping. For some, it’s a great way to be with loved ones away from the distractions of everyday life and to disconnect from technology. Camping can also be a great educational experience, you can learn about nature, building a fire, direction, or use the quiet time to read a good book.

To truly enjoy your Florida camping experience, you’ll need to make sure to pack the essentials.

1.  The Right Tent

It’s hotter in Florida. Your tent should be at least twice the capacity you need, according to The Florida Rambler. Choose a tent with good cross-ventilation and try to set it up to maximize the breeze and shade. Another great suggestion is to pack a tent for the kids, which will allow them to have their own space and fun. If you’re a novice camper, try to get one that is fairly simple to set up. This will save time and curb potential arguments. (Anyone else remember the tent set-up fights as a kid? Try to avoid that.) Make sure you have lightweight sleeping bags, pillows, and cots for maximum comfort. 

2.  Food & Booze

Bring plenty of food. Snacks are good, think granola bars, nuts, fruit snacks, etc. Fresh fruits and vegetables are easy, just make sure they’re kept cold if needed. Also good are sandwich fixings, one-pot recipes, and things like noodle cups or instant macaroni and cheese that can easily be made with just hot water. Don’t forget the s’ mores! And the booze. Make sure the campsite you’re staying at allows alcohol, or at least be discreet by putting your hooch in a cup.

3.  Charcoal or Firewood

You can usually purchase firewood or charcoal close to your campsite so you don’t have to shlep it. Don’t cut down trees. 

4. Kitchen Supplies

Remember you only need the basics. Cups, utensils, plates, napkins, a pot, and a way to make coffee. Dish soap and a washcloth are good to have, as are garbage bags and food storage containers. Drinking water is always essential and can be used to wash your dishes (and hands), too. 

5. True Necessities 

Lastly, a good checklist of the “other” stuff you need:

    • Sunscreen
    • Bug Spray
    • Map
    • First-Aid Kit
    • Flashlight
    • Toiletries
    • Toilet Paper
    • Hat
    • Light-weight clothing
    • Swimsuit 
    • Good shoes 
    • Radio
    • Binoculars
    • Camera
    • Toys & Games
    • Camp Furniture 
    • Books

    Have fun, stay safe, explore, and be kind to the nature you’re experiencing. Florida camping is an awesome adventure and you’re guaranteed to make lifelong memories. 

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