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Newbies Guide to Camp Packing

Aug 15, 2008
Let's face it, not everyone is built for camping. But you've decided to make a go of it because someone invited you or it's a family outing and you can't say no. You've never camped before and you're feeling nervous. The best way to make the most out of these situations is to be prepared. There's no sense in making things more challenging than it has to be.

Preparing for a camping trip is just like preparing for any other trip. You will need to know the resources you have available. For instance, will you be driving to a camp site where you can use your vehicle for storage or will you be backpacking? Obviously, in one scenario you can pile on more luxuries, and in the other scenario you'll need to be more selective in your choices.

It is always a good idea to write out what you require but here are the must haves on any camping trip:

First aid kit
Cash, credit cards, checks
Water - either bottled water or a water purifier
Food - canned or dehydrated or meals ready to eat (civilian MRE)
Waterproof matches or a butane lighter
Multipurpose tool such as a Swiss army knife
Flashlight and batteries
Wind up radio

The above items describe what should be in an emergency survival kit and it's always a good idea to do dry runs and what better way to check the inventory than by going camping ' just make sure you replenish the items. Depending on the type of camping you're doing, you will work around the emergency kit as the foundation.

Instead of adding items haphazardly to what you will be bringing camping, make multiple lists depending on groupings. Groupings can include a list for toiletries, clothing, shelter, cooking tools, food and water supplies and other miscellaneous items. Here are examples for each list.

Toiletries

Toothbrush, toothpaste
Toilet paper
Shampoo, soap
Comb, brush
Mirror
Towels
Deodorant

Clothing

Rain gear
Extra clothing
Boots
Nightwear
Swimwear

Shelter

Tent, tent poles, stakes
Tarp
Ground cloth
Hammer, shovel
Sleeping bags
Lantern

Cooking Tools

Pots and pans
Camp stove
Fuel, lighter fluid, charcoal
Spatula
Plates, cups
Utensils
Coolers

Food and Water Supplies

Meats, fruits and vegetables
Canned food
Can opener
Meals Ready to Eat
Bottled jugs
Water purification tablets
Water pump system

Miscellaneous Items

Hunting, fishing licenses
GPS
Keys
Insect repellent

The above lists serve only as examples and should be customized according to your camp surroundings. Furthermore, always remember to leave notice of your whereabouts and when you'll be expected back to family members not accompanying you on the trip.

When a camping trip is well planned out, it makes for a more enjoyable experience for all involved!
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