Water filters and purification tablets seem to be a staple on everyone's lists though.. so probably a good idea to have that. Which is really what I'd like to compile from here.. a list of what everyone deems 'necessary' for camping and/or things they were really happy they adopted into their camping trips.
Ya know, I met a guy from France that was REALLY into American Football.. Its not a very popular/common sport there at all.. but even so, there are still enough people enthusiastic about it to create a small federation and have teams play each other at high school levels and such. I say, camping is probably the best way to see the more remote parts of a country.. The coolest and prettiest parts of Uganda were not the city, or places cars could access. It was on top of a hillside that could have very well been a small mountain, hanging out in an open area watching rain not even 300 meters away while it was sunny and clear as day right where I sat.
You should try it even if it is not so popular.
So far, things pretty much everyone agrees on:
- Less is more
- Quality equipment helps a ton
- Water filters and/or purification tablets are a necessity
- TP, a light source, and sleeping gear are thing you cannot skimp out on
It's a good start to a list for beginner campers Keep em comin!