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Camping is a fun and cost-effective vacation that the whole family can enjoy, but there are a few important items that need to be included in your packing list to successfully navigate your way in the great outdoors. This is especially true if you're planning on venturing off the beaten path, as leaving an essential item behind when you're miles away from the nearest camping site can be a disaster. It takes time and careful planning to learn what things are really necessary when you're far from home, but a few items are essential for every trip to the great outdoors.

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1. Camping Light

Unless you are intending on going to sleep every night soon after the sun has set, having a camping light will be indispensable. Getting up out of your sleeping bag in the middle of the night for a bathroom break is challenging enough without adding making your way over unknown terrain in the dark. A lantern is a perfect choice of lighting as it can stand on its own while casting light in every direction. It will also allow you to spend long evenings playing cards and board games with friends and family.

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