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Even if you're just going for a short walk on an easy trail, you should always carry a daypack along. You should never leave the campground without water, some food and snacks, a first-aid kit, and a flashlight. Other safety equipment like tarps and rain gear are a good idea too, and you can stash all of these in a daypack.
Daypacks are smaller and lighter weight than traditional backpacks and many are made expressly for carrying essential camping accessories for short periods. Some are big enough to use for overnight trips, while others can serve as school or sports packs when you're not camping.