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Camping Vacation: Closer to Nature Than Ever Before

Are you ready to escape the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life and reconnect with nature? Rather than opting for a luxury hotel stay, camping offers the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the great outdoors and costs only a tiny fraction of the price of a hotel stay. Whether you're an experienced camper or a beginner, our comprehensive guide to camping will help you plan the perfect trip. Discover top camping destinations in the US and Abroad, essential camping gear, and tips for a memorable outdoor adventure. From tent camping to RV camping, we cover everything you need to know to enjoy the best camping experiences. Get ready to explore, relax, and create lasting memories with our ultimate camping guide.

Camping Vacations for Families

Some travelers can't imagine anything else than camping because you have total flexibility and independence in terms of time and you save tons of money by opting to camp. This is a big advantage, especially for families. For one thing, campsites are usually well located, for example in forests or by lakes, which is of course particularly exciting for the little ones. In addition, campsites are usually geared specifically towards children and have playgrounds where they can really let off steam and where you can leave them unsupervised from time to time. Generally speaking, kids love camping when it rains and see it as a real little adventure. What's more, the flexibility and independence means you're not tied to fixed meal times, for example, and you can even save a few dollars by self-catering.

If you prefer something a little more luxurious, you can try glamping, which stands for "glamorous camping". It combines the luxury of a hotel with the romance of an outdoor getaway.

Essential Packing List for a Camping Trip

We have put together the ultimate packing list for your next trip with a tent. For a camping trip, you should definitely do some planning to organize your luggage, because far from nice hotels with breakfast and clean bathrooms, you have to take care of everything yourself and should, therefore, be well prepared. In our packing list you will find all the little things listed in different categories, so that nothing can go wrong when camping—as long as the weather plays along.

Speaking of weather! We have left out the packing list for clothing here, as it depends very much on your region and the time of year you are traveling whether you need to take a bikini or boots. What is always important, however, are sturdy shoes, rubber boots, a rain jacket and a warm sweater—even in summer it can get very cold at night.

Camping Packing List: Food & Drink

  • Grill

  • Grill tongs

  • Money

  • Grill lighter

  • Water bottles, canisters

  • Dishes

  • Pot/pan

  • Cutlery

  • Wooden spoon, spatula

  • Cutting board

  • Can opener

  • Bottle Opener

  • Spices

  • Canned goods

  • Cereal, rice, pasta

  • Grilled food; veggies, tofu, meat

  • Water

  • Camping stove + gas bottle

Camping Packing List: Important Accessories

  • Flashlight

  • Lantern

  • Pocket knife

  • Tools

  • Duct tape

  • Line

  • Picnic blanket

  • Camping table and chairs

  • Earplugs

  • Trash bags

  • Towels

  • Cleaning cloth + washing-up liquid

  • Toilet paper

  • Kitchen rolls

  • Wet cleaning wipes

  • Sewing kit

  • Blankets for the campfire

Camping Packing List: First Aid Kit

  • Personal medication

  • Wound and blister plasters

  • First aid kit

  • Painkillers and fever relievers

  • Antidiarrheal, stomach medicine

  • Allergy tablets (possibly nasal spray and eye drops)

  • Wound ointment

  • Suncream

  • Mosquito and tick protection

  • Tick ​​card

  • Tweezers

Camping Packing List: Equipment for the Tent

  • Tent + accessories and instructions

  • Tent base

  • Replacement pegs

  • Replacement rope for the tent

  • Hammer

  • Patches for the tent

  • Sleeping bag

  • Sleeping pad/ air mattress + pump

  • Travel pillow

Camping Packing list: Other & Technology

  • ID

  • Health insurance card

  • Enough cash (debit/credit card if necessary)

  • Mobile phone + charger

  • Camera + charger and SD card

  • Power bank + charger

  • Distribution box/extension cable

  • Safety pins

  • Sewing kit

  • Rei in the tube

  • Cosmetic items (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, hair tie, brush...)

  • Games

  • Books and magazines

Top Camping Spots in the US

Looking to Explore the Great Outdoors in the US. Many National Parks offer great camping spots surrounding the park. Here's a few national parks to consider for your next camping vacation.

Top Camping Spots Abroad

Whether you're looking to go hiking in the Alps of Europe, the Fjords of Scandinavia, the rugged landscape of Iceland, or the Andes of South America, here's a list of destinations to consider a camping trip abroad.