• Tents come in many brands, sizes and colors. Pick the one that’s right for you! Remember you sometimes get what you pay for.
  • Sleeping bags really depend on the weather. A down sleeping bag can get very warm making it great for the winter, while a synthetic sleeping bag is better for the hotter temperatures.
  • Sleeping pads that go underneath your sleeping bag are important for insulating it from the coolness of the ground. Either a sleeping pad or inflatable mattress can be used, but it’s especially important to have one or the other during the colder months. – For us older folk and nice air mattress works very well.
  • Some sort of tarp to go under your tent is helpful to keep it dry from morning dew and rain. (Don’t forget this)

* Therm-a-Rest is a good brand for sleeping pads.


  • Towel
  • Toilet paper or baby wipes (Most Campground bathrooms have toilet paper, but just in case)
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen is essential in Florida, even during the winter months. (Bullfrog)
  • Backpack
  • Reusable water bottle


  • A flashlight or headlight. (Headlights are a light and portable option.)
  • A well stocked first-aid kit
  • Papertowels are optional, depending on if you will be cooking or want to use a reusable towel to clean up. Just make sure to leave no trace when you’re all done.
  • Trashbags to make sure you don’t leave any waste behind. (Depending on the amount of time you’ll be camping, you shouldn’t need more than one bag.)

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