Gear List: Car camping

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ALREADY PREPARED

Shelter

  1. Tent
  2. Tent poles
  3. Rain cover
  4. Tent stakes
  5. Extra stakes
  6. Ground cloth (for under tent)
  7. Rain tarp – large
  8. Ponchos (extra for fools who don’t have gear)

Camp Furniture

  1. Portable chairs
    Portable stools

Bedding

  1. Sleeping bag(s) for everyone (rated to 20 to 50F)
  2. Cover or trash bag plastic bag (to cover sleeping bag)
  3. Sleeping Pad/ Thermarest-type Pad (air mattresses work but conduct heat away from sleeping bag)
  4. Pillows
  5. Pillow cases

Handy Campsite Tools

  1. Rope (heavy enough to tow a car)
  2. Duct tape large
  3. Multi-tool/utility knife
  4. Hammer or hatchet for tent stakes
  5. Hatchet or axe for cutting firewood
  6. Small handheld broom (for sweeping out the tent)
  7. String to secure rain tarp (150’)
  8. Clothes pins
  9. Clothes line
  10. Propane for stove & lantern
  11. White gas for whisperlight stoves
  12. Entrenching tool – shovel that folds
  13. Watch/time telling device
  14. Channel locks
  15. Sierra cup
  16. Leather gloves
  17. Sharpener stone or rod for knives
  18. Firewood (if allowed)
  19. Bucket (galvanized bucket for warming water by fire to use hot towel wash face)

Light Sources

  1. Battery-operated lanterns (at least one per tent makes camping much more enjoyable)
  2. Extra batteries for lanterns
  3. Headlamps for all
  4. Extra batteries for headlamps
  5. Kitchen flashlight
  6. Extra battery for kitchen flashlight
  7. Propane lantern for kitchen
  8. Candles

Utensils and mess kits (for 2 meals, 4 people)

  1. 8 Spoons
  2. 8 Knives
  3. 8 Forks
  4. 8 Serving spoons
  5. 8 Spatulas
  6. 8 Plates
  7. 8 Cups (capable of being handled with hot liquids)
  8. 12 Bowls (extra for prep)

Cleaning Equipment

  1. Dr Bonner’s dish detergent
  2. Plastic basin (for washing dishes)
  3. Paper towels
  4. Dish towels
  5. Sponge
  6. Scrubbies
  7. Scraper
  8. Towel
  9. Dirty sack for clothing
  10. Strainers
  11. Garbage bags
  12. Baby wipes

The Camp Kitchen

  1. Foldable table
  2. Collapsible fresh water jugs
  3. Large 2-burner cookstove (be sure to test it each time before you
  4. Small 1-burner cookstove for heating dish water (be sure to test it each time before you go)
  5. Cooler for food
  6. Cooler for drinks
  7. Matches in ziplock
  8. Lighter in ziplock
  9. Pots and Pans
  10. Medium sauce pot
  11. Large sauce pot
  12. Large frying pan
  13. Deep dish pan
  14. Dish water pot
  15. Extra water (to keep at your site)
  16. Napkins
  17. Can opener
  18. Wine opener
  19. Tablecloth
  20. Trash bags
  21. Foil
  22. Ziploc – large
  23. Ziploc – medium
  24. Ziploc – small
  25. Pot holders
  26. Hotpads
  27. Citronella candle
  28. Measuring cups
  29. Cutlery & Cooking Utensils
  30. Wooden spoon
  31. Slotted spoons
  32. Cutting knives
  33. 2 cutting boards
  34. Extra water bottles

Food Non-Perishible

  1. Cooking oil spray
  2. Spices
  3. Salt
  4. Pepper
  5. Dry mustard
  6. Garlic powder
  7. Onion powder
  8. Curry powder
  9. Tea
  10. Hot chocolate
  11. Honey
  12. Sugar
  13. Flour
  14. Marshmallows
  15. Graham crackers
  16. Chocolate
  17. Lemon juice
  18. Lime juice

Toiletries

  1. Bath towels
  2. Washcloths
  3. Soap
  4. Hand sanitizer
  5. Shampoo
  6. Quarters for pay showers
  7. Toothbrushes
  8. Toothpaste
  9. Deodorant
  10. Razor
  11. Toilet paper
  12. Baby wipes (very handy for campsite cleanup)

Family Medical Kit

  1. Bandages
  2. Bandaids
  3. Benadryl
  4. Poison ivy treatment such as CORTAID® Treatment Kit
  5. Cortisone for bites
  6. Antibiotic ointment/wipes
  7. Burn ointment
  8. Thermometer
  9. Insect/bug repellent
  10. Aspirin
  11. Asetametaphin
  12. Ibuprofen
  13. Tweezers (good for removing splinters and ticks)
  14. Moleskin
  15. Tiger balm
  16. Bag balm
  17. Aloe vera lotion
  18. Fingernail clippers

Fun & Play Equipment

  1. Cards
  2. Shut the box
  3. Frisbee
  4. Botchi ball set (all terrain)
  5. Hammock

Day Pack

  1. Canteen with water (750 ml or 1 liter+)
  2. Map of area
  3. Compass
  4. Swiss army knife
  5. Duct tape small
  6. Matches in waterproof containerd
  7. Flashlight
  8. Extra batteries for Flashlight
  9. Personal first aid kit
  10. Trail food
  11. Sun protection
  12. Hat
  13. Sunglasses with case
  14. Sunscreen
  15. Chap stick
  16. Rain gear
  17. Toilet paper in ziplock
  18. Notepad with pencil (small notepad)
  19. Length of rope (30-50 ft nylon shock cord)
  20. Emergency equipment
  21. Space blanket
  22. Whistle on lanyard
  23. Square of aluminum foil (1 sq yard, folded)
  24. Signal Mirror
  25. Optional
  26. Binoculars
  27. Field Book/ Guide books

Documents & Last Minute Stuff

  1. Camping reservation info
  2. Camera
  3. Medicines/ Prescriptions (as required)

FOR PACKING
Clothing List

  1. Trail-running shoes or hiking boots (broken in and waterproofed)
  2. Sandals/flip-flops (for public showers)
  3. Wool socks
  4. Synthetic long-underwear bottoms and tops
  5. Synthetic shorts or convertible pants
  6. Underwear
  7. Synthetic/wicking t-shirt
  8. Rain/wind jacket and pants
  9. Wool or fleece sweater or jacket (vest, if warmer)
  10. Pajamas
  11. Bathing suits
  12. Sunglasses
  13. Wool or fleece hat*
  14. Wool/fleece gloves or mittens*
  15. Swim towels
  16. Water shoes (if needed)
  17. Long Pants (durable)
  18. Shorts (durable)
  19. T-shirt (s)
  20. Cool weather clothes (evenings or as needed)
  21. Sweatshirt, Jacket (windbreak, warm), sweater, watch cap, etc.
  22. Socks
  23. Light weight pair for camp use and heavy weight pair recommended if hiking
  24. Shoes (tennis shoes/ running shoes/ walking shoes, etc.)
  25. Lightweight hiking Boots if hiking or rough terrain

Food Shopping List

  1. Dried fruit
  2. Nuts
  3. Fruit
  4. Peanut butter
  5. Bread
  6. Beverages
  7. Milk
  8. Desserts
  9. Coffee

Baby Gear

  1. Diapers
  2. Wipes
  3. Changing pad
  4. Port-a-Crib
  5. Bug netting for crib and stroller
  6. Baby blankets
  7. Portable high chair or sassy seat (the latter is esp. good for picnic tables)
  8. Bibs
  9. Formula
  10. Bottles
  11. Baby spoon
  12. Baby bowl
  13. Baby food
  14. Stroller or baby jogger
  15. Child carrier (backpack style, or front carrier)
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