Entertainment Essentials for Camping

This week I will be away camping for a few nights with my dad and step-mom.  They usually go for the entire week, however I’m not that much of a fan of sleeping in tents so I only stay a few days.  What I do enjoy about our camping experience is that it’s at a state park where there are camp bathrooms and showers… and there’s a beach nearby.  So it’s camping, but it’s not real camping.  I would never survive camping out in the woods with no stores nearby or bathrooms.

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Since going to beach and playing some outdoor games won’t keep me entertained all day, I usually bring other forms of entertainment for the few days I’m away.  Yes, technology is included.  I might be able to unplug from the Internet for a few days, but at the moment I cannot unplug from technology altogether… or, at least I don’t want to.

So here are a few of my essentials to bring along camping to keep myself entertained:

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  • Books/Nook eReader – I have a tradition of reading about 3-4 books when I go camping.  There’s perfect lighting outside and being away from all the distractions at home makes it much easier to really get into the story the book holds.
    • Book light – Also, for the physical books I bring, it’s good to have a book light so I can do some reading when the sun goes down and right before I go to sleep.
  • iPod Nano – Why bring this when I have an iPhone?  Well, using my iPod will keep me from using my phone battery up too much.  This is good because when at the campsite I like to go for walks and listen to either music or podcasts while I walk.
  • Journal – I’m starting to get into the habit of journaling, so this is a new essential for me to bring along in my duffel bag.  Besides, you never know when something interesting might happen and you want to write that memory down.

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  • Notebook – Since I won’t have my laptop, I need a way to write my ideas down or an entire blog post or story when the inspiration hits hard.
  • Gameboy Color – I’ve brought a portable game system every year, but I don’t always use it.  It’s usually for backup purposes when I get really bored… and I mean really bored!
  • Cameras – When you’re camping near a beach why wouldn’t you bring a camera, or three?
    • Canon Rebel T3i 
    • Canon Powershot
    • Fujifilm instax mini 8

I know it seems like a lot for only going camping for a few days, but I can usually find a way to use each item every day.  Especially when it comes to reading, because I will literally sit in the sun and read the book start to finish (I got a bad sunburn on my legs doing this in 2009).

What are some items you like to bring camping (or just going away)?

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4 thoughts on “Entertainment Essentials for Camping

  1. CurvyLou says:

    I love camping. (: I like to bring my knitting, and now with the natural dyeing I’ve been trying lately, I think I might start bringing my pruning shears. You know, just in case I find a huge stand of invasive plants that also happen to by dye plants and need to be whacked back. (:
    Glad I popped by to say hello, and thank you for following my blog!

    • Tabitha Guarnieri says:

      Of course! I’m 50/50 on camping. I really don’t like not having a real shower and feeling gross, but I really enjoy the quality time with my dad, step-mom and step-siblings :)

  2. Tabitha Wells says:

    Technology is a no-no on camping trips and beach trips for me. I grew up being taught that all those things stay behind, so, save for my phone (which we hook up for music, since we don’t own a radio), no tech at all. I actually miss camping. Scott and I are hoping to go sometime this year… if it works out. Might only be for a night or something, but we’ll see.

    • Tabitha Guarnieri says:

      Yeah, my first two or three years, the only thing I had was my phone, but that was before I even had a smartphone. Believe it or not, my dad was worse than me this year. He wouldn’t get off his phone (Netflix) for anything! My step-sister, step-mom and I all had books to read (plus I took a few walks).

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