According to seasoned campers on Reddit, some of the most useful items to pack are also some of the most simple every-day ones many people already have at home.
In fact, a handful of campers recommended always packing a bandana.
These square pieces of fabric, typically styled as a fashion accessory, can be used for “a hundred” things while camping according to one holidaymaker.
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“My preferred bandana is a tube but any bandana works.”
Bandanas can also have a rather technical use for those who are camping in more remote regions.
“It’s also good as a makeshift filter for water,” they wrote.
“A bandana can potentially save a life too. They can be used as a tourniquet or other bandages and slings,” stated one of the campers.
A second added: “I use the same bandana I got on my first backpacking trip.
“It’s soaked up water, cleaned up sweat, and held a wound or two shut.
“Never go on a trip without it. It’s not just a piece of cloth. Its a bandana.”
While lots of people may have a bandana lying around at home, they can also be made easily and at a low cost.
One campsite regular recommended fashioning one by cutting up a spare T-shirt.