Here are 10 Essential Items to Pack for Overnight Camping
Some sort of navigational guide.
GPS, map, and/or a compass. Make sure to pack extra batteries, if necessary, for backup. If you are hiking at a State Park, hop into the main office and grab a trail map.
The minimum you need are gauze pads, first-aid tape, ibuprofen, ointment packets, hand wipes, safety pins, and adhesive bandages. Mine also contacts an Ace bandage because you never know when you might need extra support after twisting an ankle.
Pack extra layers of clothing. A lightweight fleece to keep you warm, but if you get too warm, you can wrap it around your waist. Also, pack a light waterproof jacket. Nothing can make you more miserable than being soaking wet.
Use a headlamp for hands-free tasks around your camp. Don’t forget a flashlight so you can pinpoint those bumps in the night.
I carry a multi-use tool, a small knife, and some duct tape. Don’t laugh. Duct tape can fix just about anything.
This should go without saying. I have a bladder in my backpack, and it has served me well. It’s not fun when your fingers swell or you have a heat stroke. Cool yourself down and get plenty of hydration, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
Pack a tent, or an extra blanket if you don’t have one. I have found that the thin green wool blankets are great. You can get them at an Army-Navy Surplus near you.
Take along a few extra trail bars. I use the Cliff Bars … they are tasty! Other snacks can be easily packed in a zip-lock baggie and stowed in your backpack.
You need sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30. Take along a hat and some sunglasses, too!
Waterproof matches, an extra lighter, or some flint. Grab the lint from your dryer — they make excellent fire starters!
Is there anything else that you can suggest?