Top 10 Off-Road Camping Essentials

Jun. 15, 2012 By Josh Burns

Top 10 Off-Road Camping Essentials

3. Emergency First Aid

When camping and off-roading, itís always important to be prepared for any emergencies that might arise. Oftentimes your campsite will be away from town and immediate help, so being able to assess and aid a situation while in the wild is crucial. A basic first aid kit is a must on every trip, and it should include bandages, gauze, disinfectant, first aid tape and more. A lighter is very important to have on hand, as matches can get wet and having quick fire can be important. A flashlight or headlamp is also important for the trip but especially in first aid situations when itís dark (these are also important to have in the event you get separated from the group or lost). A roll of duct tape and rope can help in a number of situations, and a Swiss army knife or multi-purpose tool can really come in handy.

Friend of Tom Severin teaches a number of off-road safety courses, and his company, Badlands Off-Road Adventures, is sponsoring an upcoming advanced safety course at the end of June 2012. For more information on the class, click here.

4. Food - Perishable, Non-Perishable
OK, this one is obvious, but itís not so much a reminder to bring food, but more so a reminder of what food to bring!

When heading out for a weekend on the trail, itís good to bring along perishable items to cook. Just make sure you also bring non-perishable items as well, such as trail mix, canned food or even MREs (Meal, Ready to Eat).

Fruit, meat and bread are all great things to take camping, and a cooler can help keep it fresh for a few days, but always have a backup plan in case the perishable food spoils.

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