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What is in your camping gear?



So my wife (no pics, wait, this isn't the OT) made the announcement that she wants to take up camping. She's not the type, if you ask me, but I always enjoyed it as a youngster. Our daughter is 6, and would love it, and I have a son who is almost a year old, and I'd love to just take everyone away for a weekend with no contact and just camp, fish, hike, etc. Our girl has mentioned wanting to go fishing several times. This probably means a pink or purple Barbie/Disney fishing pole and about an hour of fishing to her, but I still want to take her and see if she really likes it. Plus I need a new rod and reel myself.

So for those that camp for a night or two, what are the essentials?

I'm thinking:

Accomodations:
4 or 6 person tent
Sleeping bags
Camping chairs

Cooking:
Cast iron skillet to cook over a fire with
Large cooler, with ice, water, soft drinks, beer, and maybe some lunch meat for sandwiches or meat to cook.
Fishing gear
Knives/Forks
Lighter

Other essentials:
Sunscreen
Bug Spray
First Aid Kit
Handgun


What am I leaving out, or what have you taken that you were surprised that you got a lot of use out of.







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mylsuhat
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Camp keys
Food
Beer


frick sleeping in a tent






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DonChowder
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re: What is in your camping gear?


Cured Wood
Cotton Balls soaked in Vaseline (to help start fire)
Marshmallows
Tarp to put underneath your tent
Hatchet to make tinder/kindling with






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CoastieGM
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Coleman stove

Some way to wipe-down / clean before bedtime, especially if sunscreen/bug spray is to be used. Like Baby wipes or a wash rag and watered-down alcohol.

Some kind of a large plastic bowl / small basin for washing dishes, hands, kids, etc.. For car camping, I always have 2 that nestle within each other...one for washing and the other for rinsing.

Toilet paper, baby wipes and a small shovel for cat hole toilet.

First-time women and kid campers feel strange about poppin' a squat in the woods to shit, so some kind of a shitter seat may be worth it. I used one of these LINK (minus the bag) for years until the wife and kids got used to squatting over a cat hole.

A whistle for the girl to always keep around her neck. I put a whistle on every kid so they can blow it if they get lost or need help when out of sight or playing in the woods.

I also ensure kids are wearing a bright colored shirt (preferably bright red or orange) for a multitude of reasons.

Flashlights...big fun at night (and practical).

Some kind of treat that they're not normally allowed to have at home, but will make an exception for camping. One of the reasons my kids would want to go camping was so they could have the little boxes of crappy breakfast cereal that I'd otherwise never let them have at home. LINK






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SLCTIGER22
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Lantern.
Axe.
Small broom for tent.
Small rake, helps when setting up tent.
Small fold up grill to place over fire for cooking, putting pots on.

I also just started bringing a Pop-up shade canopy, for rain protection around the cooking area, just in case.......






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Rebnbama
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We have camped with our family for years. Kids 15 and 6. Flashlight, air mattress, I don't know if they still make it, but Jiffy Pop popcorn on a campfire is magic to a 6yr old.
We picked use gas stove which is easier to cook on than a fire.
Great memories. Have fun!






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Depending on how far into the woods you go, a Lifestraw.
Cabelas






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WildTchoupitoulas
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I always keep a small shovel around the campfire for moving coals, logs, and dirt to put it out.

As a matter of fact, I keep one of these in the truck at all times:



ETA: To the guy that said cooking over a fire is a pain, I use the shovel to move coals out of the fire and under the folding grill set up over to the side of the fire. Works like a charm, and you don't have to get too close to a big fire to cook.



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LSUintheNW
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quote:

Accomodations: 
4 or 6 person tent 
Sleeping bags 
Camping chairs 


get a raised queen air mattress for you and the woman. Don't forget the pump.






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LSUintheNW
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quote:

Some kind of a large plastic bowl / small basin for washing dishes, hands, kids, etc.. For car camping, I always have 2 that nestle within each other...one for washing and the other for rinsing. 


yep...I keep all of it in a tote.

op...you mentioned forks/knives but don't forget a spatula etc.

broom for tent is a great idea. I have a small fit in your hand Coleman.







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dp


This post was edited on 4/30 at 1:07 pm


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quote:

We picked use gas stove which is easier to cook on than a fire. 


I have a Coleman grill but only use it for breakfast otherwise all I do is cook over the fire with an old grill grate or my dutch oven. Love doing it.






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RogerTheShrubber
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quote:

Cast iron skillet to cook over a fire with


No way I'd take this camping.






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WildTchoupitoulas
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quote:

No way I'd take this camping.

They're awesome for car camping, although I wouldn't take it on a hike.






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Col reb 2011
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Bring adult beverages.. It makes everything more fun..
Also
Bug spray
Tent or hammock
Sleeping bad
Matches
Camera
Food (s'mores are a good idea)
Rod reels bait

If ur doing just an over nighter hot dogs are always fun too
Also a tarp for underneath ur tent even if it is not gonna rain sorry if this has all been mentioned I love camping and backpacking






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Galactic Inquisitor
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quote:

frick sleeping in a tent



Wait, I thought you had testicles.






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CoastieGM
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quote:

frick sleeping in a tent


Wait, I thought you had testicles.
Maybe these instead. LINK







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Aluminum foil.
Bananas for putting in foil
different toppings
Make a foil pouch, slice banana in half length wise and put in pouch. Let your girl put whatever toppings she wants on it. Seal pouch and put on the coals. Give it 15 minutes or so on the coals, then open pouch to make a bowl. Give her a spoon and let her go to town. Camping buddy for life.


5 gallon buckets for washing up and rinsing. Also for more clean water
Thermacell
FIRST AID KIT with sting relief and plenty of Band Aids, also burn cream
Benadryl






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Amex for the hotel bill....



Never had much interest in camping.






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Galactic Inquisitor
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quote:

I'm thinking:

Accomodations:
4 or 6 person tent
Sleeping bags
Camping chairs

Cooking:
Cast iron skillet to cook over a fire with
Large cooler, with ice, water, soft drinks, beer, and maybe some lunch meat for sandwiches or meat to cook.
Fishing gear
Knives/Forks
Lighter

Other essentials:
Sunscreen
Bug Spray
First Aid Kit
Handgun




Rope and/or paracord. I usually tie a rope between two trees. Gives you a place to hang things off the ground. Great for clothes, lanterns, etc.

Liquor takes up less room than beer

Aluminum foil for cooking

Soap (hotel soap or body wash both work out well)

Lights Lights Lights

Flushable or biodegradable wet wipes depending on if facilites are available. A clean crack is a happy crack.

French Press (I bought a cheap glass one for like $7. If I break it, no biggie, but it has lasted multiple trips and makes better coffee than you drink at home)

I always bring my katadyn water filter, too.






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