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Going camping this summer What are the essentials?

Posted by admin | Adventure | Tuesday 26 October 2010 8:14 am
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Question by Jedi Master AJ: Going camping this summer What are the essentials?
I have zero camping gear and want to take a family of five camping at at state park. What do I absolutely need. Also, what should I avoid taking or doing? Thanks.

Best answer:

Answer by The Truth
Sleeping bags, tent, fire making devices, a gun, bug spray, food, water.

Add your own answer in the comments!


  1. Comment by Variable 46 — October 26, 2010 @ 8:14 am

    I really don’t think I could provide a complete answer because it seems like whenever you’re camping, there’s always one or two more things you could use…It also depends on the ages, what the facilities are at the park, how rough you want to make it, where you live and what weather can be expected, etc. When it comes to basics, I’ve gone camping with stuff I’ve been able to fit in a shirt pocket, lived off the land, built my shelters, etc., real “back to nature” stuff. Yrk….I work and live in the woods so the glamor and mystique of being in nature is sort of lost on me, and to be honest, if I’m gonna go camping nowadays, I prefer a bit more comfort!

    I suggest a book store or the library and a book like “Camping for Dummies.” I’m sure there must be one of those! I’ve used those “…for Dummies” books for more than a couple things in the past and have found them to be pretty useful in getting started.

    Have fun!

  2. Comment by chris w — October 26, 2010 @ 9:12 am

    lists are long and interpretive in short you need,
    sleeping bag
    ice chest

    beyond that things become variable as to what YOU want to bring for comfort or need here is a link to great advice and supplies.

  3. Comment by for the halibut — October 26, 2010 @ 10:08 am

    I’m going to get thumbs downs, but I’m going to say it anyway. “Don’t forget your sense of humor”! And with a family of five, be sure to bring along something to keep everyone happy if it rains. :)

  4. Comment by Garret — October 26, 2010 @ 10:48 am

    First off, I recommend taking as little as possible with you. In general, you don’t actually need that much stuff with you when you’re camping. Many people tend to bring stuff along that they don’t need, but if you get used to taking the bare minimum, you’ll find that you’re digging through less stuff, carrying less weight and spending less money.

    REI is a great place to start. Their staff is generally pretty helpful and usually has at least basic knowledge of outdoor activities. Even if you don’t buy from them, it’s a great place to walk in to a store and do some research. Also, there website has numerous articles on a variety of topics.

    The basics for a tripe are food, water, shelter and clothing.

    You want to make sure you have enough food with you and a way to prepare/eat that food. Things that don’t need to be chilled are great, because keeping things cold is heavy and resource consuming (though if you’re car camping it’s not so bad). It’s good to plan your meals ahead of time, you can even prep some things at home, like combining spices together into one packet. Don’t plan on cooking on a campfire, bring a stove (though things like hot dogs and marshmallows are easy to cook on a campfire).

    Make sure you either have enough water or a reliable way to get more.

    A good shelter keeps you out of the weather. A tent isn’t going to keep you warm, but it should protect from wind and rain. Tents are rarely “waterproof”, but if you use them correctly, they should keep the water away from you and that’s all that really matters.

    When planning what clothing to bring, look at the forecast, but also prepare for the unexpected. If you expect to get wet a lot, non-cotton clothing is best. Synthetic materials made for outdoor activities dry faster and often keep you cooler in the summer and warmer in fall/spring. A spare set of clothes to sleep in is always a plus, keep this separate from the rest of your stuff, even in a plastic bag to keep them dry, that way you always have something dry to change into.

  5. Comment by stormgale89 — October 26, 2010 @ 11:27 am

    at a state park? I’m assuming your going to be camping at a campground and going in by vehicle, right?
    here’s a list:
    - a propane stove(since your going with a car or truck, size shouldn’t matter, coleman’s make a nice double burner for a reasonable price(20-30 bucks)).
    - a couple tents, make them both 4 person tents, one for you and your wife and the other one for the kids, really nice to have some privacy, even on a family trip.
    - good cookware- a two frying pans, maybe of varying sizes and a normal sized pot, and accessories like a spatula and large serving spoon
    - paper plates and utensils
    - food that won’t spoil easily like cured meats, dried foods(noodles, jerky, dried fruit).
    - sleeping bags appropriate to the average conditions in the area you’ll be camping at.
    - blankets for everyone in case the weather turns cold all of a sudden(happened to me, horrible night)
    - a couple good knives, never know when they will get useful
    - some toys and balls like a football, soccer ball, etc.
    - maybe some books for when things wind down.
    - a radio
    - depending on where you are, but a bear can, good for two things, keeping the bears and other wildlife away from your camp and keeping bears away from your vehicle(they’ve been known to break into cars in yellowstone and other parks for food).

  6. Comment by kavekarst — October 26, 2010 @ 12:20 pm

    Plastic credit cards for Motel 6 and nearest restaurant. Rise at dawn and be abed at dusk
    just like those outside. Unlike those who shiver or groan upon rocky soil you’ll have a warm
    comfortable vacation. You’ll need to tour State Parks and pretend you don’t smell campers
    (particularly those with toilet tissue stuck on dew soaked shoes). Wear Deet products in-
    lieu-of aftershave, apply anew after swims, and be grateful you don’t own junk only good for
    a couple weeks once or twice yearly.

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