Be Prepared: Camping Essentials

It’s adventure time! Fossil’s Finance Specialist Daniel went on a camping trip across Santa Fe, New Mexico and Silverton, Ouray and Telluride in Colorado with eight friends. His landscape shots are mind blowing, but we love the little moments captured of their campgrounds (Tents on top of cars? We’re in!), the National Park stickers, corn roasting and more.

Since it’s clear that Daniel schools us when it comes to his camping and road tripping skills, we couldn’t help but ask him for tips and must-brings for us newbies, not to mention a detailed checklist on how he stays prepared when he hits the trails.


How do you prepare for your camping trips?

I always try to think through the trip before I start packing: What will we eat and what utensils will we need? What’s the plan for drinking water? How’s the weather going to be? After doing a little bit of research on what to expect, I jot down a quick list and start packing.


What accessories did you bring along?

My Defender Rucksack was invaluable on this trip. It helped me keep all my essentials organized and accessible. It was perfect for short-day hikes and trips into town.

I also packed my Drifter watch. When you’re out in the woods, it’s important to know the time. You might be planning to meet up with a friend or trying to make it back to camp before nightfall, so you need something reliable (a phone with dwindling battery life just won’t cut it).


Where was your campsite?

Molas Lake Campground and Alta Lakes Campground. The Molas area was great. It’s easily accessible and offered tons of hiking spots. When you’re ready for some relaxation, Molas Lake is great for canoeing, swimming or just chilling in a hammock. Alta Lakes is a little more remote but worth it. Gorgeous mountain backdrops and crystal clear lakes (ideal for fly-fishing) made this the most scenic campground I have ever visited.


Give three camping tips for newbies:

1. Stay dry. Weather can change without notice, and you don’t want to get caught unprepared in the rain. A simple rain poncho can be a camping trip saver.

2. Stay warm. Depending on your camping spot, temperatures can drop dramatically once the sun goes down. Do some quick research on the night time temps and make sure your sleeping bag can handle it.

3. Look out for bugs. You’re out in nature, and there will be bugs. Make sure to pack some bug spray!


We’re curious about the National Park stickers on your car’s windows. Do you get one every time you enter a park to camp?

Definitely! It’s a lot of fun searching gift shops in the local towns for the right stickers. As our own little rule, we always get the sticker at the end of the trip to remind us of the adventure—it’s like our victory dance.


Don’t leave Ouray without…

Checking out the hot springs! Ouray has five natural sulfur-free hot springs. The temperatures range from 88 to 106 degrees making them an ideal place to relax and unwind after a long day of hiking.
Photos courtesy of Bradly Tomberlin.
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