Packing essentials


The necessary items for a camping trip

For the drive

Avoid looking like you just rolled out of bed while still feeling like you did. Sweatpants are almost always a fashion faux pas, but pair them with a mesh shirt, basketball sneakers and a tilted baseball cap for a comfortable, sporty chic look.

For the outfits

Focus on one part of your wardrobe and pack for that. Pick three to four colorful yet practical shirts along with two simple pairs of khaki, black or loose denim pants. These pants let your shirts do the talking and your legs do the walking.

For the eyes

Leave the Ray-Bans at home. Two pairs of basic sunglasses from a street vendor are cheap and practical, in case you lose one pair to a trendy black bear or a rushing river.

For the adventure

Ankle boots are the best companion for an easy and enjoyable climb, bike ride and beyond. Pack a pair in black or brown that have solid soles to simultaneously keep you stable and let you move.

For the elements

Polyester jackets have little to no weight and can be folded into small spaces. They also feature the perfect covering to keep you dry, warm and protected. Use a jacket with zipped pockets to ensure nothing falls out.

For your hygiene

This is the perfect opportunity to utilize dry shampoo, as bathing in the river may not be too desirable. If you are not phased by a dip in the natural waters, however, swab yourself with hydrogen peroxide afterward to remain bacteria-free.

For the skin

While full makeup is beyond pointless, theBalm’s BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer can give you easy, glowing coverage and keep you feeling clean at just $25.

For the bugs

Make your own bug repellent at home by mixing a 32-oz. bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar with two tablespoons each of dried sage, rosemary, lavender, thyme and mint. Seal this concoction in a jar and let it sit for one to two weeks. Strain the herbs and pack in spray bottles. This also doubles as an antibacterial solution for scrapes, cuts and other minor injuries.

For the Instagram likes

Keep your phone safe in a water and shock resistant case like the Lifeproof Fre Case ($80). Well worth the investment, this case can withstand the many unpredictable tests of mother nature.

A version of this article appeared in the Thursday, Oct. 9 print edition. Email David Bologna at dbologna@nyunewscom.