Camping Tips and Checklist for a Newbie
Posted By
Mary Hunnicutt
Monday, July 16, 2018

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Summer is here, which means everyone is spending more time outdoors hiking, swimming, and grilling out. An inexpensive family trip is camping at a campground, but you do need some essential camping tools.

I recently had my first tent camping experience, so I wanted to share some of my tips with other newbie campers on what to bring when camping. Other than the main items: tent, sleeping bag, camp chairs, etc; I have a list of items that made our camping trip a little easier.

Most of these items can be purchased at a dollar store, so you do not even have to spend much money. Grab a wooden box or canvas tote to pack then in, making it easy to carry to your camping spot.

Camping Essentials

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Repellant
  • First Aid Kit
  • ElectroLight Fire Starter
  • Paper Towels
  • Flashlights
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Towel/blanket
  • Rain Ponchos
Camping tools in bag

One tool I cannot live without is the ElectroLight Fire Starter from HomeRight. No need for rubbing sticks together or using matches to start your fire.

All you need is an outlet and possibly an extension cord along with wood or charcoal. Our campground had electrical hookups, so this was not a problem.

With a push of a button, you can have a fire going in 2-3 minutes! If the fire starts to go out, just use the fan on the Fire Starter to get the flames going again. 

When you are finished, you can hang it on the side of the fire pit to cool off until you need it again. We roasted hotdogs, marshmallows, boiled water for coffee, and even made eggs over the fire pit grill.

You can also use the ElectroLight to make hamburgers on the grill, bacon wrapped asparagus, grilled pineapple desserts, and so much more. 

What are some of your must-have camping items?


camping tools on ground

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