With its lush pine tree forest and cool climate, Baguio is undoubtedly an ideal place for camping. There is nothing more inviting than breathing fresh air while eating outdoors surrounded by beautiful scenery. To make the experience even more enjoyable, having the right supplies and equipment when camping in Baguio matters.
The most important equipment a camper will need is a tent. Shelter should always be a priority-if not the priority. Tents vary in shapes, sizes and even price. From the simple single-occupant kind to large family tents, it is important to choose a tent that will suit the terrain and climate of the destination. Depending on your time of visit, your camping tent for Baguio should withstand the hot summer weather, the rains and the cool environment.
Most people like to have some kind of mattress to sleep on, something that cushions against the ground and provides good insulation too. Air mattresses usually come in single, double or king sizes with pumps that can be charged by a car battery. Make sure your mattress will fit inside your tent. A good sleeping bag will ensure a good night’s sleep, especially during the cool climate of Baguio. There are different choices of material for corresponding weather conditions so make sure to choose one applicable to Baguio’s weather.
A lantern or flashlight is also a must-bring. To those who are into environment-friendly items, get a solar flashlight that captures energy during the day in sunlight and can be used during the night. Hand-cranked table lanterns are also good because of the LED lights.
Sheltered dining compartments provide extra space to make camping more comfortable. Bring along plastic tables and chairs as they are easy to clean and can last for years. Portable stoves, kettles, barbecues and pans are great to use in the outdoors. Some camping sites around Baguio City provide grills in designated camping spots. Make use of these to illuminate extra baggage when camping. Keep food, beer and wine in cool boxes to prevent spoilage.
To those who prefer not cooking while camping, bring in supplies that are pre-prepared items, specifically those that just need the addition of hot water. There are many food products out there that become delicious meals with simple preparation and a bit of smart seasoning on the camping chef’s part. Don’t forget to bring lots of water along, of course. No matter what type of food supplies you decide to use when camping, make sure to bring cooking and eating utensils with you too.
To those who can’t stand the chilly weather of Baguio, campers may want to use a heater during the cold nights. There are many kinds of heaters to choose from with safety features to ensure they don’t overheat during the night. Also, think about toilet facilities prior to your trip. If you think that you might have difficulty in this aspect, check out portable and chemical toilets that are available in the market.
Before you wander off into the mountains of the Cordillera Region, make sure to take note of these reminders to make your camping in Baguio experience a memorable one-in a good way.