Summer is the ideal time to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you’re a fan of back country camping, RV camping, or glamping, there’s no better way to experience nature than spending a few nights under the stars. After all, camping is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the U.S., with 40 million Americans camping in 2013, according to the 2014 American Camper Report.
If you’re thinking about taking a camping trip this summer, plan accordingly and make sure you have all the necessary equipment before you embark on your adventure. Of course you’ll need the essential camping gear, such as tents, sleeping bags, and first aid items; but you may not have thought about other crucial necessities to add to your checklist. We’ve got you covered and have put together a list of additional items to help you stay powered and safe during your upcoming trip.
State Park campgrounds are reported to be the most popular camping venues for adult campers*. If you prefer camping at locations with more limited electrical power, however, it’s important to make sure you’re equipped with a fully charged RV or Camper Deep Cycle battery to allow for maximum power for the appliances and equipment you’ll be using. Long lasting AGM 12-volt deep-cycle batteries, like a group size 27 or 31, or 6-volt flooded or gel batteries provide great options, depending on how much power you’ll need and storage space available.
While the standard flashlight is a must-have for all kinds of camping, it’s also a good idea to invest in a headlamp for the moments when you need convenient hands-free lighting. Whether you’re pitching a tent at night, hiking in the dark, or navigating around the campsite, headlamp flashlights are a handy light source for safer nighttime activities.
If you’re bringing a variety of battery-powered gear on your trip, be sure to stock up on compatible batteries to keep these devices running. It’s always a good idea to keep AA, AAA and 9-volt batteries on-hand, you never know when they’ll come in handy!
Campers are most likely to spend one or two nights on their trip*—the ideal amount of time to disconnect from technology! However, if you’re the kind of camper who prefers to stay connected to the outside world, make sure you have portable power sources to charge your devices. To keep smartphones, iPods or other USB devices powered, you can use a power bank to charge your device and offer supplemental run time for an existing battery.
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