Spending the night in a designated campground is a great experience for beginner campers. But camping in the backwoods, away from the main trail, calls for a few essential items to stay safe and comfortable. This holiday season; give yourself or the camping enthusiast in your life backwoods gear that can be used again and again.
- Compass. No matter how confident you are in your inner compass, it’s well worth your time to bring along an outer compass--just in case. It’s easier to get lost in the woods than most people think; plus, once you’re off the trail, you’ll likely have no markers to guide you back to civilization.
- Clean water. Campgrounds offer many conveniences, including clean drinking water. Some of them even have lavatories and showers. In the backwoods, however, there’s no way of knowing whether the streams and creeks you encounter are clean and safe for drinking. Be sure to bring along a good supply of water in flasks or coolers.
- Weatherproof clothing. Backwoods camping can be considerably less comfortable than campground camping. However, you’ll be much drier and warmer with a good-quality jacket, as well as outdoors-ready pants, socks, and shoes. Shop around for clothing that dries out quickly and insulates you from the cold and rain.