Dad’s Camping Essentials

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Camping SHORT Checklist

  • Advance camping permit/reservations
  • 25 feet of rope (for food storage)
  • Food container, backpack or bag
  • Hammer (for grounding tent pegs)
  • Tent with tent pegs
  • Sleeping bag
  • First aid kit
  • Cooking utensils
  • Trash bag
  • Food
  • Water container
  • Matches
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun screen
  • Warm clothes and jacket
  • Camera
  • Pocket knife
  • Other: _________________
  • Other: _________________

Camping LONGER Checklist

CLOTHING

  • Gloves/Mittens (Warm) *
  • Hat (Brim)
  • Hat (Knit) *
  • Hiking Boots – Waterproof
  • Hiking Pants (Long) – Zipper pants work well—Jeans not as well
  • Warm Jacket (Down) – fiber ok in place of down*
  • Long Underwear (Mid Weight) – Polypro, not cotton*
  • Shirt (Heavy)*
  • Rain Gear – Works well to block rain, wind, and serves as an extra layer
  • Shirt (Long Sleeve) – 2-3, can be used to layer when cold
  • Shirt (Short Sleeve) – 2-3 *
  • Shoes (lightweight)
  • Sleeping Clothes -only be worn in sleeping bag, not outside
  • Snow Boots *
  • Socks (Heavy) – 2-3 pair, more if wet or snowy
  • Swim Suit *
  • Underwear

CAMPING GEAR

  • Tent – One per two kids—as a rule 4-person tent good for 2 to 3 people
  • Sleeping Bag – Make sure bag is rated at temps well below expected temp 0 degree bag good for 20-30 degrees
  • Sleeping Pad – Keeps you warmer
  • Flashlight – With extra bulb & batteries
  • Head Lamp*
  • Backpack – To hold gear. A duffle bag will work if you are parked near camp
  • Water Bottle
  • Cup
  • Eating Utensils, Mess Kit / Plastic plate & Bowl
  • Garbage Bags – 1 or 2 – good for storing wet gear
  • Zip Lock™ Bags – good for keeping things organized and dry*
  • Jacket/Fleece
  • Sun Glasses
  • Day Pack – Depending on planned activities*
  • Whistle – For emergency use only

PERSONAL ITEMS

  • Hand sanitizer*
  • Insect repellent
  • First Aid kit (small)
  • Hand warmer (2-4 packets are handy)*
  • Chap stick
  • Bathroom kit – soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, medications, comb/brush
  • Towel
  • Watch – waterproof*

Please Note:  This is only a recommended minimum set of equipment based on the past experiences of many individuals. We do not guarantee that it is all inclusive or appropriate for the activities you are planning. It is always a good idea to use common sense, and talk with a more experienced “camper” to help decide what equipment you actually pack.

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