you need to shop for gear, go to Wal-Mart!
My Wife & I started camping we didn't have much more than a
tent, sleeping bags and an old hurricane lamp.
the idea that for your first trips you will be under-equipped.
Consider them learning trips.
families have their school age children sleep in separate tents.
Buy at least a "couple people bigger" than your family size.
size, you will want to keep in mind where you will be camping.
If buying a tent with an attached screen house, keep in mind that attached screen houses with a built in floor; when it rains, this floored-screen house holds water like a swimming pool!
Dome or cabin - it's really a personal preference.
tents come with the inexpensive easily bendable aluminum kind.
the life of your tent with the added protection of a ground cloth
can use painters tarps
As a ground cloth it can be used a couple of times until holes start to develop in it, then just throw it away, and make a new one.
They are also great to cover your fire wood.
See Tarps below
can be used to cover the ground under your tent prolonging the life of your tent (just make sure the tarp you use under your tent is slightly smaller than the floor of your tent)
can be used over your tent to protect it from bird droppings, sparks, tree branches, extra rain protection, and the sun.
If using the tarp over your tent, try to get it bigger than your tent to have an overhang by your tent door. It is wonderful not to have to step out of your tent immediately into the rain. This keeps the inside of your tent drier! Some people have been known to buy an inexpensive dining canopy just for the poles to use for the tarp over their tent.
don't make very practical stoves or ovens.
Stake hammering mallet
rubber mallet with a hook on the other end for pulling up stakes
Small broom to sweep out your tent
rug for outside your tent door
Clothes line and clothes pins
you camp or plan to camp more than once a year,
The trick is to pack as much as you can without creating a box that weighs more than you can move. If the box becomes overly large, don't worry. Over time you'll figure out what you need to leave at home and what to include. But when it comes time to pack, the most common gear is already boxed up and ready to go.
course, a list ensures you'll never forget anything -
Click Here for an Idea Camping List
take three. All
A metal cooler would be heavier, but in the long run you won't need as much ice.
Five gallon water container
with a spicket for drinking is nice.
families with young children, this next item falls in the "Basic
equipment" category, in our opinion.
All vehicles and boats should have one. Not a bad idea to have one just for camping.
NICE TO HAVE ALONG THINGS
length bungee cords
A great advantage to using these to attach your tarp to the stakes is that in a wind you are less likely to pop the grommets from your tarp. The bungees provide your tarp with move "give" in stressful situations than just a rope does.
Dining canopy or screen house
TIP: Buy enough plastic drop cloths in the paint department of Wal Mart/K Mart to go around the sides you want covered of your screen house. Clothespin them to the seam where the screen meets the ceiling. This also keeps you warmer when it's chilly in the fall/spring. A bit of an inconvenience, but hey, it works!
Fishing Poles and Tackle
Fabric Softner Sheets
toiletries you won't want to forget
Buying A First Aid Kit: Which company kit is best?
Purchasing a commercially packaged kit from either of the following four companies, is as close as any to putting a doctor in your pack:
Atwater Carey (800/359-1646)
Adventure Medical Kits (800/324-3517)
Outdoor Research (800/421-2421)
Other commercially packaged kits cannot hold a candle to any of these four.
If you are having trouble finding any of the above kits in your local stores, or wish to obtain specialty first aid gear to refill your kit, then look no further than Chinook Medical Gear-the best, one-stop, mail-order shopping source. You can get their catalogue by calling 800/766-1365.
assembling and using your new stove, lantern and tent in your backyard.
be glad you did a test run.
may want to even try setting it up in the dark in your backyard to
get the hang of it.
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