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The Art of Packing for a Weekend in the Woods

Submitted by on August 16, 2012 – 9:32 am2 Comments

In 2011, approximately 26 million bags were lost on international airline flights. No fun. Want to take a weekend trip with less risk of losing your stuff? Try camping! Since you’re solely responsible for your luggage, you’re way less likely to lose it.

However, just because you won’t lose your luggage doesn’t mean you don’t need to give it special care. When it comes to camping, you need to make sure you’re packing the right things…in the right way.

Pack right, camp right.

Photo courtesy of destination360.com

Sleeping Bag on the bottom

No matter what type of camping trip you choose (hiking to your destination, using a local campsite, etc), the last thing you’ll need is your sleeping bag—so don’t pack it on top. Especially if you’re hiking or backpacking to your desired location, make sure your sleeping bag is on the bottom, not on top of food supplies, rain gear or flashlights.

Keep it dry

Nothing’s worse than soaking wet clothes, bedding and food. Keep your essential gear dry—and safe—by utilizing a Pelican case. These waterproof, crush-proof cases make sure even your most fragile gear survives the trek.

Plan ahead

How many days will you be camping? How much food will you need to sustain yourself? Answer these questions before you leave, and be sure to pack enough food for each person on the trip. Planning to fish for food? That’s great, but what if the fish aren’t biting? Pack a little extra just in case.

Don’t forget the essentials

Make sure your camping gear includes a first-aid kit, flashlights, clean water, a compass, a whistle, rain gear and if using a tent, the stakes for your tent (and a mallet to drive them). And, of course, don’t forget the marshmallows and chocolate for s’mores!

Get that camping gear packed up right and enjoy a weekend in the woods!

Which Pelican case or lighting tool do you prefer for your camping adventures?


  • Russ James says:

    This coming from a person who use to do search & rescue. This article leaves out important equipment such as, A whistle, compass & survival gear in case you get lost or hurt and able to move . I’ve searched for more it won’t happen to me or I don’t need a compass than anyone else. To avoid getting lost stay on the trails, if you do get lost stay where you are. It’s harder to find a moving subject.

    • PELICANchrissy says:

      We appreciate the additional input. We were focused more so on the packing itself–as opposed to the contents–but in light of your comments, we’ll definitely make those changes in the article. Thanks for sharing your expertise.

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