First Thing To Do When Setting Up Camp

October 16, 2021

Setting Up Camp

Shelter is the first priority of any outdoor adventure. You should always make sure you have a tent that's up and ready for use before anything else in your pack, so start with shelter! Select an area away from trees or vegetation where it will be flat on top but at least shady enough during hot days to avoid over heating/ Physical effects like sunburn etc., mental distractions such as mosquitos (yuck!), sound-sensitive animals might react badly too if there are noisy people nearby - all this information helps us plan accordingly when selecting sites locations which we'll discuss next . Make things predictable; establish fixed locations around camp(s).

Mindfulness can be easier said than done, but if you focus on your breathing and stay calm when things go wrong or get out of hand, it will become second nature. Make sure campers always return objects where they are found so all members of the group have access to what's around them at any given time (i.e., a card file with numbers). And keep an eye out for landmarks like "the amphitheater" which might help people remember how close their site actually is!

A key-keeper is a must for any camping trip. If more than one adult goes on the adventure, make sure each person has their own set and keep them in an inaccessible place like your tent so they don't get lost or worse yet--fall into somebody else's hands while you are gone! It also helps if someone stays awake during rest time since it can take some people hours before feeling tired again after waking up from sleep cold sweat panting heavily with thirst making noise trying to find something shiny which just might be water bottle caps discarded by animals looking for food bait shivering uncontrollably shaking violently until finally collapsing

A bear is something you don't want to find yourself in the middle of. Bears are known for their strength and if one were too hungry or curious, they could wreak havoc on your campsite - just ask Yosemite visitors who left food unattended only later found out what happened when bears ripped open coolers at night looking for scraps! Raccoons also pose a threat because these omnivores will eat anything that moves including eggs from nests built nearby so keep those pesky critters away with an airtight container full of goodies like foil pans (great idea!), steel pots/pans cast iron catering equipment; all contain strong smells preventing animals intrusion into personal space

The more lights, the better. "Every person in camp gets a headlamp and there are different colors available for each camper so that they can find their own light source when lost at night or if one goes out on them." I've also found these little gems easier to manage by children as it makes sense of darkness less intimidating; just establish some ground rules beforehand like not shining another person's face with your high powered flashlight!

It's important to involve the kids in camp setup. If they're experiencing tents, counselors and outdoor spaces as though it were their own home then I know that when we ask them about picking up after themselves or putting things back where they belong-they will be more likely do so without any instruction from adults!

A lot of people think that air mattresses are difficult or time consuming when in reality there's an easier way: high-volume low pressure pumps which work great with blow up beds too. The key thing here though? Be careful about overinflating so as to avoid getting any leaky spots on these expensive investments from denting them prematurely near their lifespan limit before replacement becomes necessary at best ($).

For car camping, we bring those big plastic laundry detergent buckets with handles. They're great for toting around and making sand castles at the beach--and they turn into chairs! For cooking over fire pits or camp stoves that aren't very stable, these agile little buggers can be set on their side so you don’t have an unsightly footprint as well as saving room in your pack when not being used like this too-adorable toolbox by filling up spaces between items instead of having everything bubble out all over place (I know it sounds silly but trust me).

Thriving While Surviving

Camping can be an exciting break from the routine of everyday life, but it also comes with some unexpected challenges. One difference you'll notice in your surroundings is how far away things like bathrooms are; a camp site normally has 6 bathroom facilities compared to just 1 at home-- this could make for some challenging trips during emergency situations where dehydration becomes more likely or if all other options have failed! After getting used too staying up late star gazing without light pollution when camping near city lights outside these days (which might seem romantic now), try setting timers so everyone goes bed earlier on those cold nights out doors -

When camping, we like to add some homey touches. For instance: "Set a piece of artificial grass or indoor-outdoor carpet in front of your tent door and ask people who come through it before entering because dirt is not permitted on site (and they'll step right onto moss!) To keep water off their feet when showering outside during rainstorms instead use our sunshower which can be set up anywhere with just tarp."

At night we put a pair of flip flops for every camper by the tent door, in case they need to use late-night restrooms and have their flashlights tucked into pockets. Just before sunset I place glowing light sticks near tents so that our guides lead us back home after dark or serve as night lights without consuming much power from batteries like many other LED products do!

I also separate coolers with anything absorbent; you just never know when some spigot on yours will twist open (which is why it's always best not mix water), 'old trusty' might blow out due to leaky seams at

The Water Barrel, Reliance Products Aqua-Tainer 7 Gallon Rigid Water Container, is your best option. You can get one for each family member and, because they are stackable, they're easy to store. Just note that whatever container you’re using, you will have to replace the water every six months.

To be even more prepared, you also include a portable water filter. This LifeStraw Personal Water Filter will supply you with clean, drinking water even after you have depleted the initial supply. As you drink water through the straw, 99.9% of bacteria and parasites are filtered out. Each of these straws can filter up to 1000 gallons of water, which is more than most people drink in a year. This item will be very helpful in case of a drink and food storage emergency. Plus, they never expire, so they are safe to include in your kit. That being said, this should be on the top of your hurricane preparedness list.

Clothing and Blanket

When disaster hits, it might be too late to grab some change of clothes from the closet. So, make sure everybody in the family has their own set of clothes in the kit. Of course, an emergency blanket must also be included to keep you warm. This foil-style Swiss Safe Emergency Blanket would be an excellent choice for an emergency blanket because of its military-grade mylar, which will help you retain up to 90% of your body heat. It is also tear-resistant, and the reflective side can send an emergency SOS signal if you need help.

Money and Documents 

Keeping a stash of cash and the most critical documents in your kit is unquestionably wise. It is also a good idea to have a place to store important documents such as birth certificates, Social Security cards, and passports. This way, they are readily accessible in case you do need to leave quickly. So, investing in a Fireproof Document Box like the  SentrySafe 1170 Fireproof Box with Key Lock would help you in emergencies. This box can handle half an hour of extreme heat up to 1550°F. The installation is ETL verified to protect various items from fire damage and can accommodate hanging files to keep your papers organized. Finally, it comes with a key so that you can lock it up to keep burglars from getting their hands on your personal paperwork.

Note that this document box weighs 28 pounds, so it is not easy to move if you have to leave quickly on foot.


Another critical component to have in your emergency kit is a battery-powered or hand-crank radio. In times of emergency, the radio might be your only source of outside information. The Emergency Radio,  Kaito KA500 5-Way Powered Emergency AM/FM/SW NOAA Weather Alert Radio, is an excellent choice because it can be powered via solar or USB charging via wall adapter. It has a built-in rechargeable, replaceable battery pack or can run with three AA batteries. This radio can broadcast AM and FM, 2-band shortwave, and 7 pre-programmed NOAA weather channels. It also includes a port so you can charge your smartphone, a reading lamp, a red LED beacon light, and an LED flashlight.



A good, old flashlight to help you move in the dark is always necessary for every emergency kit. The Anker Bolder LC130 LED Flashlight is portable and provides various light modes, including a high beam, medium babe, and energy-saving low beam. Additionally, there is an emergency SOS and a high visibility strobe if you need to signal for help. This flashlight can be recharged with the included USB cable. After charging for 8 hours, you will have light for up to six hours.

Additionally, a headlamp will also be helpful in case you need hands-free lighting. The  Foxelli Headlamp Flashlight will provide you with a 165-foot beam of light and has a 45-degree tiltable body. It runs on three AAA batteries and will run for 45 hours. It only weighs 3.2 ounces, so that it can be worn comfortably for several hours.

You may find yourself in a situation where you need to be more visible to others around you. The Cyalume SnapLight Green Glow Sticks will do just that. They are industrial grade and have a 5-year shelf life. When you need it, pull one out of the foil-wrapped package and snap it to make it glow for up to 12 hours. Keep in mind that while they last for 12 hours, they will grow dim. Therefore, it is critical that you do not snap them too early. They are waterproof and fireproof. In addition to including these and you're at home emergency kit, you may also want some in your vehicles.


If you opt for a battery-powered flashlight, don't forget to include plenty of batteries too. While it is true that most things run on rechargeable batteries, there are some things that you will need batteries for. Therefore, it is critical to make sure that you have batteries on hand in various sizes for those things. The AmazonBasics AA 1.5 Volt Performance Alkaline Batteries boast a 10-year shelf life, plus they are easy to open, which will prevent frustration in an emergency.


When the power goes out, a camping lantern will prove beneficial in your at-home emergency preparedness kit. The Vont 2 Pack LED Camping Lantern is a battery-powered Lantern that will withstand the worst nighttime conditions. It uses three AAA batteries, weighs just over one pound, and provides a 360-degree illumination period. Since it is collapsible, it is easy to store. Additionally, you can control how bright the light is by how much you open it.

Stove and Fire Starters

While it is not critical to include a portable stove in your emergency kit, it's always good to have it if you are without power for more than a couple of days. The Coleman Portable Butane Stove would be a great addition to your kit because it is easy to light and supports pans up to 10 inches. It is easy to clean with a rustproof aluminum burner and a porcelain-coated grate. Also, it comes with its own carrying case. You will need to purchase butane bottles. One canister will last 1.25 hours- so make sure to stock up if you will be cooking for your family.

In addition, make sure you add fire starters to your kit. While matches and butane lighters are helpful, matches won't work if they get wet, and the lighter can run out of butane. Therefore, it is a good idea to have a fire starter to easily start a fire to cook or stay warm when needed. The Swiss Safe 5-in-1 Fire Starter with Compass, Paracord, and Whistle glows in the dark so that you can use it with ease even in the darkest conditions. The magnesium ferrocerium rod is much more reliable than flint and will last for about 16,000 strikes. It is small and light so that it won't take up much room in your emergency kit. Additionally, it includes a paracord, a built-in compass, and a whistle.

Medical kit

In case of a true emergency, medical supplies are your top go-bag essentials. The Medical Kit: M2 BASICS 300 Piece First Aid Kit includes 40 distinct items that will have you prepared in a minor emergency. This satisfies the first aid kit checklist most families need. Plus, it comes in the carrying case, so you don't have to worry about things getting separated. A very importantly, make sure you have a stash of your family’s essential medication. 

Generator and Gas Can 

No one can live without power these days. So, you will want a generator in case the power goes out. The Champion Power Equipment 4750/3800-Watt Gas and Propane Dual Fuel Powered Portable Generator is a great item for an emergency because it runs on gas or propane and provides you with 10.5 hours on a tank of propane or 9 hours runtime on a full tank of gas. It features a push-button start and is as quiet as a vacuum cleaner. Easy to read digital meter that shows when you're running low on fuel. Plus, it has wheels, so it's easy to move to where you need it.

You will also need a Scepter 5 Gal. Smart Control Gas Can keep your generator running for days. It holds 5 gallons and features a controllable flow rate. You can dispense 3 gallons in 60 seconds by squeezing it hard or squeeze it lighter to get a slower flow. When filling the gas can, be sure to leave the room so that you can squeeze. The Canon is a durable plastic that will not break and features a flame mitigation device to prevent a fire. Ideally, the gas should be stored in a shed or detached garage, a minimum of 50 feet from ignition sources. 

Emergency Toilet

If you are in an emergency situation that requires you to remain indoors for several days, you may find it helpful to have a portable toilet. The Camco Portable Toilet would be the best option for you because it includes a 2.5-gallon flush tank. It also has a bellows-style pump to flush waste into the waste tank, which is watertight and holds odor in. This model stands 15.5 inches high and is easy for someone with bad knees to use. It does include a sample of orange-scented drop-ins to control odor.

Other Survival Supplies

Aside from the basics mentioned above, some emergency supplies can be helpful in many ways. First, getting some reliable carabiners can help keep your gear up off the ground. These Gimars 3-Inch Carabiners are lightweight aluminum and can hold up to 150 pounds. This means that you will be able to hang your gear up. They are easy to use with one hand and are guaranteed to work for around 5000 openings/closures. The variety of colors allows you to color code what you are hanging. These are helpful even in a non-emergency situation. They are not meant to be used for climbing.

Add a rope to your carabiners, and you will have your climbing and lifting duo. The Titan Paracord 620lb Multi-Purpose Survivor Cord will help you secure a splint in case of injury or create a tripwire to alarm you that someone or something is coming.

Finally, one essential item in every emergency preparedness kit is a knife. While it is true that there are more budget-friendly pocket knives on the market, it is worse paying more for durable and easy to hold. After all, in a survival situation, quality matters. The Victorinox Swiss Army Multi-Tool features a 2.5” blade, scissors, a wood saw, and so much more. The no-slip grip ensures that you can use the knife even if your hands are wet or sweaty. This knife is 3.3” long and weighs 3.3 ounces and comes in a few different colors. 


Because no one can predict a disaster, an emergency preparedness kit is a necessity every home should have. Make sure that you have communicated your emergency plans with your family. Once everything in your survival kit list is done, you will gain some peace of mind, knowing that you are prepared for anything.