So you are ready for that first camping trip and have a great tent and sleeping bag and even the campsite is reserved. And of course you can't forget the cooler and delicious camp food and drink. But wait, you are not finished yet. Speaking from experience there are a few thing that are easy to forget to pack to make your life more comfortable.
Lanterns - you most likely did remember to pack a great flashlight for those evening walks to the washrooms or setting up your tent in the dark. We forgot to pack a lantern on a camping trip in the woods of Maine and by 7:30 p.m. when things got dark it really limited our activities to things around the campfire.
Don't get me wrong I love roasting marshmallows around the fire but our we also wanted to play cards or board games and it just didn't work with a flashlight.
Water container - if you have a trailer you most likely have paid an additional fee to have a water hookup. If tent camping you will need to go somewhere to pick up water and taking ten trips with a pot is no fun. Plastic water container are inexpensive and are easy to find online or at any outdoor store.
Tarp - some people nowadays do pack shelter tents but for most of us we need some cover over the picnic table in case of rain. First, assume it will rain at some point during your camping lifetime. Then hopefully you have a campsite with some trees to tie up your tarp so you do not get wet while making your morning coffee.
Air pump - I have a great air pump for my air mattress which people are forever borrowing. There are some great air mattresses available these days that are thicker, have suede covers or a whole bunch of features. Then people buy a cheap pump which takes forever to blow up the mattress nice and hard.
Kettle or pots - you did remember to pack the camp stove but do you have a kettle and pots that you take with you when just camping. You need the kettle for your morning coffee, tea or oatmeal as you can't just plug it in like at home. Pots are going to get black on the outside and maybe banged up a bit with the packing and whatnot so you need a set just for the campsite.
These few camp essentials which are easy to forget along with your tent and sleeping can make for a great time in the outdoors.