Go beyond your backyard and spend a night under the stars, enjoying the unique gifts of fresh air and fellowship around a campfire. If you haven’t tried camping in a while – or perhaps never – June is National Camping Month and now is a great time to give it a try.
To make the outing a success, you’ll need essential supplies, such as a good multipurpose pocket knife, a first aid kit, and sunscreen with at least 30 SPF. Rain gear is recommended even during dry spells (because meteorologists have been known to be wrong), as well as warm clothing for chilly nights. For starting a fire, keep matches in a waterproof container and bring a butane lighter as backup.
Seasoned campers may enjoy sleeping outdoors without shelter, but for the novice, a tent is a necessity. Put peace and love into your campsite with this four-person waterproof tent that reproduces the classic VW Camper Van, the vehicle of choice for 1960s Flower Children.
Don’t depend on your smartphone’s flashlight app – this tactical flashlight has a beam that can be seen from 5 nautical miles away. Its high-output, 100,000 hour-rated LED produces light 40 times brighter than ordinary flashlights. The flashlight switches easily between three brightness settings and it can zoom from a wide to a narrow beam to pinpoint light precisely where you need it. Even for non-campers, this flashlight’s compact size and lightweight body make it an affordable unique gift.
This time of year, weather conditions can change rapidly. This portable NOAA weather radio, available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, receives broadcasts from all NOAA weather stations and picks up emergency weather alerts for your area to warn you of hurricanes, tornados, or severe storms. Powered via an internal rechargeable battery, the radio also has a built-in solar panel and integrated hand crank. A one-minute spin of the crank provides 15 minutes of use. The unit can even charge a smartphone through its USB port.
As you prepare for your adventure, make a list of supplies to pack that will keep you comfortable, warm, hydrated, and safe. You want to be able to enjoy the unique gifts of nature, but you also need to be ready for the unexpected. As the first rule of the Boy Scouts says, always be prepared.