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What are some ESSENTIALS for a camping trip?

Posted by admin | Adventure | Tuesday 9 November 2010 8:19 pm
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Question by BBall_Samurai (Fear the Turtle): What are some ESSENTIALS for a camping trip?
It’s for a few days, but I like being prepared!
I’m going camping and haven’t finished packing yet. Are there some things I DEFINITELY HAVE TO bring (or should bring)?

Suggestions? Advice?

Best answer:

Answer by Falcon_01
Water, canteen and cup, water filter pump, purification tablets
camp food
fishing rod if there’s fishable water nearby (applicable license as well)
camp cooking kit (pot, pan) and plate
a knife or 2 or 3 (various sizes)
flashlights- mag-light (with emergency strobe option) and head lamp (head lamp might look silly, but it beats trying to hold a light while taking care of business), and extra batteries
camp saw
small camp axe
all-weather lighter and all-weather matches
“hobo” silverware (light-weight folding spoon, fork, knife, opener set)
sleeping bag (also, camp pillow or folded jacket or clothes)
compression sack (makes sleeping bag small)
tent and patch kit
e-tool (folding shovel and pick)
emergency whistle
bug spray
camp soap (Dr. Bronners is a great concentrate that can be used for everything)
tooth brush
some 550 cord for tying things up or off.
first aid kit (disinfectant/neosporin, bandages)
camping clothes (comfortable cargo pants, hiking shoes or boots, etc)
mesh bags for laundry
vacuum/waterproof compressable bags
gun and ammo (Self defense!)

oh yeah… TP!

Have fun!

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!


  1. Comment by sojournsoul — November 9, 2010 @ 8:27 pm

    Mosquito repellant is a good idea. Tent, sleeping bag, water, food, knife, utensils, wet wipes, aspirin, cortizone (or any lotion for poison ivy and mosquito bites), lantern/ flashlight, radio, reading material, bubble gum, friends, Pizza Hut nearby……. The tent isn’t all that necessary. There is nothing like looking up at the stars like cowboys used to do especially out west in Big Sky country. Have a good time.

  2. Comment by charlesjerrell — November 9, 2010 @ 8:54 pm

    toilet paper, no 1, tent or sleeping bag,food, hey ur camping, oh bug spray

  3. Comment by Chlobug — November 9, 2010 @ 9:32 pm

    clothes (duh)
    water bottles
    cooler with ice
    sleeping bag
    tent or camper
    camp foods
    playing cards
    matches or lighter
    dryer lint because it is an exellant fire starter
    hiking shoes
    bathing suit (if there is a lake or something)
    trash bags
    bug repellant
    paper plates
    first aid kit

  4. Comment by Lone Marlin - Airborne — November 9, 2010 @ 10:31 pm

    Avoid bear-bate.

    If with spouse, bare bate is fine; beer bate is never necessary.

  5. Comment by Matt W — November 9, 2010 @ 11:18 pm

    I’m the same way when packing for a camping trip! I get excited and plan everything well in advance.

    I usually google the phrase ‘camping checklist’ and look through a few of the resulting lists for ideas.

    Here’s a good one:

  6. Comment by Love minus zero/no limit — November 10, 2010 @ 12:01 am

    Matches/lighter,tent or something to sleep in,Bag with survival stuff if your hiking,Bug spray,Clothes,toilet paper,matches,food,sunscreen,toiletries,stuff to cook with and eat off of too! Ooh I’d take a taser gun or pepper spray to stay safe!

  7. Comment by mamaflutey — November 10, 2010 @ 12:23 am

    Daily Life
    Shade Canopy / Rope & Clips ; Sleeping Bags
    Air Mattress ; Chairs; Table; Tarps
    Pillows; Air Pump; Blue Mat; lights & adapter; Wind curtain

    Sides - Potatoes, boxed potatoes, Smores’ Makings
    Snacks - pudding, fruit snacks; Meat for meals -6 meals; breakfast foods; Soda /Juice; Ice; condiments - ketchup; Milk, butter; Eggs; Bread; Hot Dog/Hamburger buns;

    Flipper for potatoes ; Gas for range; Range; Charcoal Lighter Brush, grill brush, tongs Skewers; BBQ Sauce Matches; Bacon tongs ; Frying Pan; Can Opener; Pot Holders; Tablecloth

    Night Life
    Lantern Holders; Mantles ; Lanterns; Gas for lanterns; Drinking / Cooking Water ; Firewood; Flash Lights;
    Kindling - Newspapers &/or; Old Phonebooks

    Individual Bags
    Clothes for each day - Hat, jacket, swim suit; long sleeve shirt, socks ; Underwear; Shoes - flip flops, water, tennis & beach towel; PJs

    In Personal Care Bag
    Shampoo, Soap & Hand Sanitizer; Washcloth & Dish Towel, Toothbrush, Toothpaste; Hair Brush, Medicines - antacid, Tylenol, Sunscreen deodorant

    TV/Radio; Camera w/film ; Toilet Paper in plastic baggie
    Map ; Weed Eater with gas!
    Money; Extra Batteries; Spare flashlight Bulbs;
    Shovel ; Ziploc bags; Aluminum foil

    Baby Wipes ; Dish Detergent; Scrub brush; trash bag
    Dish Rack; Dish Towel; Big Pot ; Small Broom & Dustpan;

    Cups; Plates; Plastic Wear; Bowls; tupperware
    Paper towels / napkins;

    Fishing equipment
    poles, tacklebox, worms, fish net, minnow bucket, license to fish

  8. Comment by Monica V — November 10, 2010 @ 12:27 am

    That’s a highly subjective question. Some people require that their camping environment be able to replicate all the creature comforts and standard of living they have at home…while others believe that anything more than a field knife means you’re not really camping.
    Just thought I’d get that out. Beyond that, your other answerers have given good lists of items already.

  9. Comment by Pheebs — November 10, 2010 @ 12:41 am

    Find out what facilities the site has to start with cause then you can decide what to take.

    MONEY (for food)
    Wash stuff
    Bikes (keep you entertained for a while)
    Sleeping bags
    Sleeping mats
    Warm clothing (it may not seem cold but in a tent at night it can get cold so jumpers)
    TENT (it does help to have one of these)
    Waterproof clothing

    Just enjoy yourself look on the internet what stuff is there so you have stuff to do

  10. Comment by Rose du fantĂ´me — November 10, 2010 @ 1:10 am

    …. food, a place to sleep, soap, firewood?

  11. Comment by " ? " — November 10, 2010 @ 1:41 am

    Only cary what you need if this is a car camping trip carry everything If you are going hiking Only cary what you need.

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