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Camping - What to bring

3/24/2014 | Sheryl McGlochlin
Camping - What to bring

To help you remember what to take on a camping trip, keep updated check lists. 

Lists written on poster board are hard to lose or you can use a notebook to keep track of your needs. 

As you become a more experienced camper, eliminate items which prove unworkable and add gear you want to try on future trips. 

Basics for Camping

For Shelter:

  • Tent w/ rain fly
  • Poles
  • Stakes
  • Tarp

For Sleeping: 

  • Sleeping bag
  • Pad
  • Cot (optional)
  • Pillow

For cooking: 

  • Lightweight stove
  • Fuel
  • Matches (waterproof)
  • Fire-starter
  • Pots & pans w/ lids
  • Pot lifter or hot pads
  • Collapsible water container
  • Bottle of water
  • Dutch Oven

For eating:

  • Plate
  • Cup
  • Spoons
  • Forks
  • Knives
  • Bowl
  • Camp Chair

For clean-up:  

  • Biodegradable soap
  • Pan scrubber
  • Sponge
  • Paper towels or dish towel

For mending:

  • Sewing needles
  • Thread
  • Safety pins
  • Adhesive-backed tape
  • Buttons
  • Nylon cord
  • Pack connectors (clevis pins, split rings)

  • Food:
  • Basic meals
  • Emergency extras
  • Trail snacks

Clothes: 

  • Basic daily clothing
  • Layered clothes
  • Rain gear
  • Warm clothes
  • In-camp footwear

Toiletries:  

  • Hair brush
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Chapstick

Wilderness Essentials:  

  • Map in waterproof plastic
  • Compass
  • First-aid kit
  • Hats (for warmth and for sun)
  • Sun screen
  • Sunglasses
  • Bug repellent
  • Flashlight w/ fresh batteries
  • Extra batteries
  • Cell phone
  • Solar powered light
  • Extra clothes (especially socks)
  • Extra food
  • Heavy jacket
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Tools (hammer, etc)
  • Matches
  • Fire-starter
  • Space Blanket or garbage bags
  • Pads
  • Stove
  • Fuel

Misc:

  • Small games
  • Journal
  • Camera


About Author: Sheryl McGlochlin
Sheryl McGlochlin


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