The Bear Necessities: Summer Camping Essentials

July 11th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Camping

The 4th of July has come and gone, summer is in full swing and who doesn’t love it?  Flowers are in full bloom, the sun in shining, farmer’s markets are filled with fresh fruit and outdoor activities are flourishing.  Maybe one of the best ways to enjoy summer?  Camping.  We may be bias but we think hanging out around the campfire and sleeping under the stars are some of the best ways to take in these beautiful summer months.  Camping is best enjoyed when you’re prepared, so it’s important to remember to bring some basic supplies in addition to just a tent, sleeping bag and marshmallows.  Here are some supplies that will help you stay comfortable and safe out on your summer camping trip.

Camping with the StowAway

A family doing some summer time camping with their StowAway hitch cargo carrier


While many tents advertise their water resistance, it’s best to be safe and bring a tarp along to ensure that you’ll remain dry while camping out in Mother Nature.  There’s nothing worse than going to sleep on a beautiful night just to wake up with a puddle next to you after a freak rain storm.  Maybe the cheapest vacation insurance policy available, a tarp can save your family camping trip.

Hitch Cargo Carrier

It’s important to bring everything you need for your camping trip and not feel like you need to leave anything at home.  A hitch cargo carrier from StowAway will give you the ability to have everything needed for an enjoyable trip and not have to pick and choose what you might need.  Extra gear such as heavier clothes, extra blankets and an extra tarp can help your camping trip be that much better and less susceptible to disaster.

Sleeping Pad

A sleeping pad can be the difference between you waking up cold with an aching back and you waking up refreshed and ready for the day.  Sleeping pads will not only keep you comfortable against the ground, but it’ll also keep you warm by giving you a barrier between your warm body and the colder ground.


Trying to do two things at once with a normal flashlight is almost impossible.  Whether you need to complete a task with one hand, have a companion hold the flashlight for you or hold it in your mouth while you try to get something done, it never seems to place the light where it needs to be.  Headlamps allow you free range of motion and full control of the light source, giving you the ability to complete any task in the dark that you’d be able to do in the light.

Bear Bag

If you are camping in an area where bears are known to roam it’s imperative that you take whatever precautions possible to stay safe.  Keeping your food in your tent can be dangerous because of the increased threat of a bear attack.  Bear bags are strong vinyl bags which you put your food into and hang high on a tree.  This keeps the bears away from the inside of your tent and also keeps other animals out of it while it’s outside and out of your view.

So go out and enjoy the great outdoors this summer.  With these products you will be that much more equipped to confront the challenges that you may face while camping.  Make sure to check out for all of your cargo carrying needs.

Happy Travels

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