If you want to go camping this summer, you might feel overwhelmed by the amount of gear you’ll need. Don’t worry – we’ve put together some minimalist camping tips, to help you keep things simple and easy for your next trip.
With a bit of thought and planning, you can cut down the amount of stuff you need to bring from home. Here are a few ideas for minimalist campers:
1. Consider a Roof top Tent
Roof top tents are perfect if you want to keep things simple and easy. They allow you to camp on top of your vehicle, meaning you only need enough space to park up for the night.
There are two types: soft-shell and hard-shell tents. Soft-shell roof top tents are like regular tents, made from polyester. They’re lightweight but involve a bit of assembly when you get there. Hard-shell tents are heavier, but all you have to do is pop the lid open and pull it up, and it will be done and dusted.
Plus, roof top tents have the advantage of coming with a mattress included – one less thing to bring!
2. Go for Quality, Not Quantity
High-quality items are a bigger investment, but they’re going to last longer. Sometimes, more expensive items (like good quality rain jackets, for example) are not only designed to protect you from bad weather but may also be designed to fold up extremely small. Sometimes it’s worth paying extra for space-saving reasons.
3. Choose Multipurpose Items
There are so many helpful gadgets and tools out there to make camping feel a bit more luxurious, and it can be easy to fall into the trap of buying more than you need. Multipurpose items are key for minimalist camping, and they can help you to save money too. For example, you could look for:
- Coolers that double up as seats
- Multi-Tools that contain eating utensils, scissors, and a bottle opener
- Travel cups with lids that can be used for water as well as hot drinks
- A tarp – this can be used for all sorts of reasons, including protecting the bottom of your tent, creating a covered cooking area, making a minimalist shelter to protect you from the sun, and so on
These kinds of items are worth their weight in gold. Whenever you buy something new, consider how many ways you can use it and whether there is a more efficient item out there that could do more.
4. Pack Light
Be prepared to pack light. If you’re just going away for the night, you don’t need much in terms of clothing or toiletries. Write a list of what you think you need, and then seriously consider if you can whittle it down even further.
Clean undies, hiking boots, a swimsuit if necessary, deodorant, toothpaste and a toothbrush, and sun protection are pretty vital. But if you have to wear the same clothes two days in a row, no one will be able to tell – it’s just part of the camping experience!
5. Consider Renting Your Gear
You could rent some larger items, especially if you’re unlikely to use them time and time again. For example, if you’re going kayaking or fishing, look into renting everything you need when you get there, which will save you a ton of space. Also, this is a great way to try out a new hobby a few times before you start investing in your own gear.
6. Be Strict with Food
Before your trip, make a meal plan, and crucially, stick to your list. Go for simple, energy-packed food that is easy to eat and won’t take up a lot of space (think energy bars, bananas, or trail mix for snacks). Only buy what you think you will use. It’s also useful to eat before you go shopping so you don’t get tempted to grab extra stuff.
You can also do a little research and look for places to grab food and drink near to where you plan on staying. Having this information in advance may make you feel more relaxed about taking less food with you.
7. Enjoy the Peace and Quiet
Camping is the perfect excuse to leave technology behind for a little while. Save space and leave your tablets, laptops, and chargers at home. It’s good for your mind and soul to have a breather. You can always slip in a pack of cards or a book, which won’t take up much space.
We hope this has helped you to feel confident enough to pack ultra-light for your next camping trip!