Later this month I am going on a camping trip with two friends to the Badlands in South Dakota. I've been reading various guides and safety suggestions, but wanted to get some final advice here. The plan is for me to fly out to Minneapolis where my friends live and to then drive to the park, which will take about 8-9 hours with a few stops, and then we will stay 3 days and nights at the Cedar Pass campground. We would be relatively novice campers so we would stick close to the visitor center or wherever park rangers suggest is best for us to go.
My main questions are:
1. What should I worry about in terms of flying with camping gear? No fire starting equipment or bug spray - is there anything else I should plan for?
2. Is there anything I can get easily at the park visitor center that I should avoid carrying on the way?
3. What should I certainly bring (or not bring) based on the list I put together below?
4. What should we aim to see or avoid?
And of course, any safety tips or other suggestions would be very helpful! Thank you!
Hiking boots (bringing spare hiking shoes)
Water pack/bottle that holds a gallon
Food (dehydrated food, trail mix)
Bug repellent (purchase at visitor center or after flight?)
Sleeping bag (for 45 – 55 Fahrenheit)
Spare phone battery
Binoculars (my friends want to see some of the wildlife from a distance)