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How to Pack for a Camping Trip

A Guide for Flyers

You’re planning the hiking trip of a lifetime to New Zealand, but are worried your camping kit will cost a fortune in baggage fees, the way they are going these days. Fret not, there are easy ways to reduce the amount of baggage you’ll need:

  • Find out if you can rent camping gear at your destination and if so, how much it will set you back.
  • Cut the amount of clothing you carry to the minimum – travel detergent is your friend. Make sure you're prepared for all weather conditions you may encounter but don’t carry an outfit for all occasions. You are going camping, after all.
  • Invest in a set of good micro-fibre towels. They are amazingly absorbent, dry fast and even the beach towel-sized versions fold down to a tiny parcel.
  • Pack recipes for one-pot meals and find a pot that can double as a frying pan if you want to fry or scramble eggs in the morning. Pack a plastic bowl for cereal and soup, a light chopping board and a collapsible water container.
  • If you don’t want to use rolled-up clothes as your pillow, get an inflatable one.

Also, there are a few baggage regulations that ban certain camping utensils either from hand luggage or from being allowed altogether:

  • Most airlines allow camping stoves in checked luggage, but you're not allowed to pack fuel of any kind. Compressed gases and flammable substances are on every airline's list of prohibited items, so you’ll have to buy fuel once you're off the plane.
  • Lighters on flights to, from and within the US are not permitted. On non-US flights, you can carry one lighter worn on your person.
  • Cutlery and knives as well as any other sharp items have to go in checked luggage.
Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.