Lake Texoma: Ten Must-Have Camping Essentials

Lake Texoma: Ten Must-Have Camping Essentials

During your camping visit to Lake Texoma, consider including these ten must-have camping essentials. Packing these items will ensure you have an enjoyable camping trip to the lake area.

Sleeping Bags – Packing sleeping bags for your camping trip will ensure you stay warm during the cooler nights. The bags will also allow for padding during your sleeping time. Sleeping bags are rated for different temperatures – depending on the time of the year.

Tents – Including a tent in your camping essentials will provide an option for shelter. Tents come in various shapes and sizes – single person, two-person, cabin style, and more. Consider using the size and style of tent most appropriate for your family.

First Aid Supplies – Packing first aid supplies can be a life-saver during your camping excursion. Include items such as bandages, itch cream, burn cream, alcohol, adhesives, gauze, scissors, and mouth barrier (for CPR).

Pocket Knives – No one should be without a pocket knife during a camping excursion. This type of knife can become a multi-purpose tool. If you plan to fish, it can cut the fishing line. If you need to reduce weeds in your camping area, the pocket knife can become useful. The blade can be used for other camping related functions.

Flashlights – Another must-have camping essential is a flashlight or other lighting means. Some campers enjoy the use of lanterns and headlamps. No matter the lighting option of choice, they will provide light when needed during the darker hours of the day or night.

Rain Jackets – Rain gear is another useful option to pack during a camping trip, even when the weather is forecast for a sunny day. Putting on the rain gear during an unexpected shower will keep your clothes dry. Also, if you plan to hike, having rain gear is a needed accessory.

Water Filters – During any outdoor activity, having water filters on hand will ensure better drinking water. Also, carry a few days' supplies of water if you have room. Water purification tablets also offer another option to drinking water without becoming sick in an emergency.

Fire Starters – If you plan to cook out during your camping trip, having a fire starter can save you time and frustration. There are a variety of options easy to use when it comes to fire starters: matches, lighter, magnesium starters, and flint-steel combos.

Maps & Compass – Packing a map and compass will help you with navigation during your camping trip. You should know your area well during your travels. And, if you plan to hike or explore the great outdoors, keep area maps with you along with navigational tools.

Toiletries – Although camping for some is to fully “rough it,” others choose to take toiletries with them on their camping trips. Toiletries include toilet paper, refuse sacks, deodorant, dry shampoo, combs, toothbrush, and shaving items. Including your mix of toiletries will enhance your camping stay.

10 Must-Have Camping Essentials

Now, you are ready to start loading for your next camping trip to Lake Texoma. Include sleeping bags, tents, first aid supplies, and a pocketknife in your packing. Also, add lighting, rain gear, water filters, fire starters to your supplies. And don’t forget to include area maps, compass, and your favorite toiletries. Then, you are ready to pack up and go to your preferred camping location near the lake!

Happy Camping at Lake Texoma!


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Hi: 78

Wednesday Night


Lo: 59



Hi: 80

Thursday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 61


Partly Sunny

Hi: 84

Friday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 64


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 87

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Mostly Clear

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Fishing Report from TPWD (Sep. 15)

GOOD. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 1.45 feet low. Striped bass are good on live bait along the river channel with some topwater action at sunrise. White bass are good on silver slabs and white swimbaits. Largemouth bass are good fishing flukes, shaky head jigs, crankbaits, and Texas-rigged plastic worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near boathouses, timber near a channel, and brush piles. Catfish are good on earthworms, chicken liver, and live bait.

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