The Basic Equipment You Will Need For Camping
you want to go camping, but you aren't sure what to pack for your trip.
Preparation is essential for any outdoor adventure. Having the necessary supplies and equipment can make a difference in your overall enjoyment and experience.
If you are new to camping, the first thing you should do is become familiar with the basic camping gear that you will need.
One way is to go camping with a seasoned camper. You can quickly learn from them.
you need to shop for gear, go to Wal-Mart!
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When My Wife and I started camping, we didn't have much more than a tent, sleeping bags, one cooler and an old hurricane lamp.
the idea that for your first trips you will be under-equipped.
First of all, you're going to need Shelter and Bedding Essentials:
(Our 3 older boys each had their own dome tent.)
Not all campsites are created equal.
Your tent size may require a bigger campsite!
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.
A well-chosen bag will fit the person using it, be easy to pack, store and care for, and suit the temperature it's being used for.
More About Sleeping Bags Here
Next, Your going to need Cooking and Dining Eessentials
bottled water for cooking and drinking. Bring large reusable water
bottles that can be refilled, save money, and cut waste.
Five gallon water container
with a spicket for drinking is nice.
take what you like to eat and will need to prepare a breakfast,
lunch and dinner for each days of your camping trip.
don't make very practical stoves or ovens.
As there may be a grill at the campground, it's not practical for preparing all your meals on unless you are going to make an entire day of cooking.
A two-burner, propane variety campstove with a wind screen is preferred and makes it easy to boil water and prepare dishes quickly and efficiently.
There's something about outdoor cooking that makes food taste better. No special preparations are required, but a few camping food essentials will make the task easier.
A chuck box, also called a patrol box or grub box, is a device used by campers for storing the many items associated with a camp kitchen. When packed up, it looks like a large box and traditionally contains kitchen items such as cooking pots, pans, plates, utensils, and cleaning items. The box will unpack (usually with a fold down front and sides) to reveal its contents in specifically designed compartments, shelves, drawers and racks.
There are several models commercially available, but many campers choose to build their own to suit their personal camping checklist. Some campers use plastic storage containers or crates in lieu of custom built chuck boxes.
The primary advantage of having a chuck box is that it is easier to go camping quickly, because these numerous kitchen items are always packed and ready. However, some chuck boxes are also designed to provide work surfaces and utility features, providing the significant benefit of additional kitchen table space
DIY Chuc Box Websites:
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
This is similar to a Chuck Box, yet it is for all your other camping needs, ooposed to Kitchen Accessories.
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 -
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take three. All
A metal cooler would be heavier, but in the long run you won't need as much ice.
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!
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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