Early Spring Camping: What You’ll Need to Bring
The first day of spring is March 20, and for many in seasonal climates, spring and eventually, summer, cannot come soon enough. For those looking to get a jump on camping season, some early spring camping is just the ticket, but you’ll want to be prepared.
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Mark Twain once said: “In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.” The key to an enjoyable spring camping excursion is preparedness and these are a few necessities:
- Versatile clothing: When packing, remember spring can deliver extreme warm, cold, and wet weather—and without much warning. Be sure to take clothing for each condition and store it somewhere safe from precipitation. A watertight case from Pelican will do the trick!
- Shelter: Pack a tent and sleeping bag that are rated for temperatures several degrees below the kind of weather you’re anticipating, to be safe. Also store these in a watertight case or container. And while this goes for any camping trip, bring along a tarp in case of spring precipitation. You might also be wise to bring a tent heater.
- Food and water: Store food in airtight, watertight containers. Pelican cases and/or our Elite Coolers are ideal for storing food while camping. If you’re planning to cook, bring a stove that will work, as many alcohol and canister varieties are prone to failure in cold weather.
- First aid kit: According to the American Red Cross, all first aid kits should include well-labeled personal medication, bandages, aspirin, hydrocortisone, tweezers, and a first aid instruction booklet, among other items. It is also a good idea to pack a whistle in case you become stranded. Unlike the voice, a whistle never becomes strained or hoarse. Pelican manufactures ideal first aid kit cases as well.
- Flashlight: Flashlights for early spring camping adventures. We recommend any number or combination of Pelican’s powerful, outdoor flashlights and headlamps with a minimum of one lighting source per camper.
- Map: A trail map is always a good idea both in case of emergency and for general reference as you explore the nature around you. Yet another item to keep dry in watertight cases!