|Re: Camp Quest|
This is a checklist, for camping - I'm going post this, but don't print this like this, you can find printer friendly lists that are also more realistic... but i"m going to break this down so people understand.
(this will be a slightly long email, and a primer on camping)
All items on a camping trip need to fit in your car/van/SUV, so don't go crazy, if you can't fit it, you need to learn how to pack more efficiently, and leave room to sit.
When you actually go camping, 90% of the things on a list like this are a SUGGESTION, not what you will actually take. but like going on a Cruise, or a vacation somewhere. you only bring what you need.. the only difference is. your not going home with extra t-shirts or "trinkets" from camping.. unless your strange..
The object is to bring as little as humanly possible*
The More you bring, the more you have to re-pack.
Poor Planning on a camping trip makes it Miserable, Good planning Makes it FUN.
I'm going to break this checklist down.
Camping Check-list (compliments of camping.about.com)
Shelter and Bedding (essentials)
__ sleeping bag
__ sleeping pad
People that camp with tents need a tarp to place on the ground UNDER THE TENT.. why? because tents are actually NOT designed to sit on Rocks and mud!!!
The TARP is essential, you can set your tent up and measure your tents footprint or draw around your tent on a brand new heavy duty tarp or canvas. then cut it to size and sew it with a sewing machine
to secure the freshly cut sides and give it a edge that will last forever .. OR you can simply buy a tent that fits a tarp of equal size. the sizes are on the box you buy the tent in.
(most people fold the tarp under and this helps size it so people don't trip on it and it stays secure under the tent)
Sleeping Bags are NOT comfortable by themselves!!!
Buy a Pad, or an inflatable bed, or several thick blankets to place as bedding on the ROCK SOLID ground you plan on sleeping on. YOU will be surprized how comfortable 1/4th inch of foam is under your back when your sleeping on a rock solid, pebble laden ground. this is important, PLEASE don't forget to get something to sleep on .. My wife and I prefer an inflatable airbed - make sure you have the electrical equipment to inflate it otherwise it won't do anyone any good. headrest means pillows.
Cooking and Dining (essentials)
__ camp stove
__ mess kit
__ can opener
Water is available at most camp grounds by way of faucet and it's clean and drinkable - make sure understand the difference between "grey water" and "Potable water" - they are different, and one you can drink (Potable)
For water storage, stores, camping supply et al, sells cube style gallon containers with handles, and they sport a nifty valve that will keep your water from escaping. keep separate water for making quantities of
frozen concentrated juices, kool-aid, "sun-tea", or other flavorod drinks and MARK them as such, so they can be continued to be used and not mixed on accident. some people prefer to make coffee not flavored with last nights residue of kool-aid.
Comfort stems from Planning.
If you cook food on your camping trip, you will need some basic planning to make it easy and fun. most of us are spoiled with microwave ovens, and still prefer to order pizza rather then fry a pork chop. Thats fine!
but when you go camping, Pizza guys don't deliver to tents because they don't think your organized enough to tip them. (there's some truth to that joke) But. even a frozen pizza can be cooked on a camp-fire or grille
if you do it right. get on-line and search out camping recipes and start making a list of them and prepare most of your meals before you go on the trip.
It's not required, but my family would make spaghetti with meatballs, with sauce and make Portiioned sized SEAL-A-Meal vaccume sealed containment. these bags could be any liquid or solid food of course, but the liquid types can be boiled, to bring to temp and serve piping hot. the hot water is also good for washing silverware in when finished. and the cleanup afterwards is a snap, you burn your paper plates and your done. time saving meal ideas like this can be found everywhere! and it's fun to do creative cooking on the camp-fires or in a pot.
Mess kits are plates, bowls, silverware, and a cup of some sort in 1 unit, they sell them at camping stores. but I think they're totally unessential for family camping. metal silverware, and paper cups and plates
are the most environmentally friendly way to camp. burn the paper plates or dispose of them in proper trash bins.
If you plan on bringing canned foods, like Ravioli, or spaghetti's for quick meals, bring a can opener, you know, the old fashion kind with a crank on the side. not the electric one you'd be surprised how many
times someone will intrude on your camping to ask you if you have one to let them borrow.
charcoal is needed if you do not have a Gas/propane/fuel type Camping Stove. these camping stoves are godsend btw. they cook like regular gas stoves at home, are extremly efficent and small in size.
if you do bring charcoal, bring enough for daily cooking requirements - a weekend will consume 1 full bag, a week will consume about 3.
I checked this list twice, I didn't see a camping coffee-pot .. they make these. they are coffee pots that work on regular stoves or charcoal fire pits and .. well make GROUND coffee and water into perculated deliciousness... it's not Starbucks but, but with some essentials like Creamer, sugar, and even bring some hot-cocoa for the kids with mini-marshmallows for the camp-fire. if you ENJOY this kind of thing, you will actually appreciate bringing it even more. especially after your first slightly uncomfortable night in the tent
Don't forget to check the fuel supply of your camping stove too. if you bring that empty your going to have to make a trip to the
__ camp shoes
__ rain poncho
__ swim suit
__ laundry bag
The Above checklist is custom, you have to plan your outfits accordingly, campers usually wear layers at night, so make sure you account for that, and changing clothes often because camp fire smoke saturates
clothing is a really good idea also. so bring a supply of undergarments for each person, and make sure you bring quarters to handle the laundry facility incase you're limited on clothing and need to make a run to a laundry mat. - ALSO plan for accidents, and Weather! I suggest having stain remover pens, shout packs, whatever to save you time with the laundry incase a big ol' glob of camping whatever gets on your kids shirt.
the wind might blow a plate of spagettioes right into your face and mess your shirt up too. so think ahead and get something to treat the stain - I don't expect people to iron, press shirts and wear business attire to camping trip, so leave your dress pants and shoes at home, this isn't a fashion show! camping gear is stylish, cargo pants are all the rage still, and flip-flops, although light and comfortable, are not practical for kicking
around fire logs. pack some camping comptable shoes, socks, pants, shirts. and even swimming gear, incase the lake looks comfortable to jump in, or if the campground just so happens to have a pool you were not told about.. James Island County park has More then a pool to swim in. check the website, you'll be in shocked if you had no idea a water park like that existed.
Don't eat inside the tent, and don't cook inside the tent, and make sure you place your tent far enough away from the smoke and soot that the camp-fire makes. - also put the fire out at night. quit camping
like you see in the movies, camp-fires that burn all night waste fuel/lumber, and do nothing for no one.. if you put the logs out, you can relight them the next morning for cooking.
__ tooth brush
__ tooth paste
__ wash rag(s)
__ nail clippers
__ toilet paper
Your camp ground will generally provide toilet paper, and hot water to shower in, with private stalls - the toilets will be clean, and the bathroom will have a mirror and sink to shave in for the men. I'm a guy, so I have
NO IDEA what they offer the women, I've never been on that side of the comfort facility. I'm going to take a wild guess that women probably have big screen tv, a sofa to relax on, and a candy booth that's based on the honour system. oh and stall showers, toilets, and mirrors to brush your hair in, and do girly artwork on your faces. I'm not sexist, but I'm going to guess that women bring they're own mirrors, and anything else needed to groom and maintain. the rest of the options above are general also - don't forget medicines and whatever else you may need for the trip too.
Shelter and Bedding (optionals)
__ throw rug
__ Small hand broom and dust pan.
A book, bedtime stories, camping guide, receipe books, amazon.com has this thing called a "kindle 2.0" don't mistake it for Kindling, that's wood you use to start a fire, the Kindle is an electronic book. for storing the mentioned books on, but requires a recharging method.. so leave it a home if you don't have electricity at your campsite.
Comforters are just big blankets, and belive it or not, if you unzip a sleeping bag all the way.. poof. it's magically a comforter .. but I think what they mean by a comforter, is something like a blanket of some sort that you can wrap people up in for when they are sitting around by the camp fire at night. something to sit on when your laying in the sun, at a beach or something .. big. ect..
The throw rug is actually not a bad idea. it's somewhere to put dirty shoes and to trap sand and dust from getting into your tent.
Pillow, headread, same thing.
The hand broom.dust pan will be used to sweep your tent out "DAILY" your tent area will become dusty, dirty, sandy, basicly whatever is outside, will try to get inside. .. take the sleeping bags OUT of the tent, shake them off as a morning ritual when everyone gets up and starts making breakfast, and place them on the table why someone who is clean, sweeps and dusts out the tent. once complete fold the sleeping bags up neatly
and place them back inside the tent.
Cooking and Dining (optionals)
__ charcoal chimney
__ Dutch oven
__ hot dog sticks
__ pie irons
__ folding table
__ table cloth
__ butane lighter
__ screen room
charcoal chimney's help keep charcoal buring at a certain temp, it's fancy. not necessary unless it's really windy, we use a camping stove and it has a wind shield built in.
smokers,, this is excessive, I know in the south everyone likes to smoke a brisket or a pig and try to do BBQ southern style while outdoors.. seriously. .. this is big time not necessary.
Dutch Oven .. these are hard to explain, they're cast iron deep dish pans, with lids that clamp down so you can cook on fires with them, they work really good when making popcorn too. and they're
just good for general purpose over the fire cooking.. this is for people who want to try using this device, it's really cool. but it's also fun. and heavy.. I never used one personally. but have seen people do
really big meals in them and they even make cookbooks to help you along with the "pleasures of cooking with a Dutch oven" .. go for it. I'd like to see one in use.
hot-dog sticks, - try to find sticks long enough to cook dogs over a fire with, camp-fire dogs are awesome.. .. you don't need a bun. just dip in em ketchup or mustard and eat it off the stick.. wooden sticks
are nice too. but they break and get damp and soften.. shish-kebab metal skewers sold on the internet are probably the best bet.. the kind for presentation are probably not a good idea. .. we haven't seen any
sold around here.. so if you do find some post a link.
PIE IRONS!!!!!!! these are awesome, they're cast iron flat cups that clamp together on a long hand connected to each cup, they hinge at the end, and you put two pieces of bread (preferably white bread) on either side
that you butter by rubbing the stick on the inside to coat it real good. then butter the bread too outside so they don't stick to the inside of the iron. and it crisps them when you cook it. Then you get pie filling. different
kinds and you make these amazing "HOBO PIES" .. this works with spaghetti, and other stuff too.. they pop out and the crusts burn right off, they're super hot so let them cool. but they're SO good.
Obviously you want to learn some of these neat tools for cooking on open fires, it takes your meal knowledge up a level, and give you a "fun" factor if your camping with kids. even adults like this, most people are
just too civilized to understand that fire cooks food! but you gotta do it with the proper tools and know how to use them!.
The rest on the list is a given, except the Screen Room -
The screen room is just a walmart special collapsible squarish, tent like shelter that has screens and screen tent doors that you can see out of. people get these when fly population and mosquitoes are so bad, that even sitting down for a meal, it's annoying. you find a picnic table and place it inside this screen room, and everyone is comfortable eating .. if it rains slightly it also keeps your table and chairs dry. and it makes for a central eating area that's enclosed in case bugs or rain bother you. these are good to have but not necessary once again. if it does rain while camping, and you can't cook because of the downpour, pack up the kids and get your sleeping bags off the ground so your tent won't flood and get them wet. (just in case) and take everyone out for dinner.. if you want to TRY to cook food while it's raining... Rain Sucks.
__ lawn rake
__ dish pan
__ dish rags
__ ppt scrubber
Lawn rake? -- OK, I can see this useful - for like 5 minutes, you rake all the pine cones, pine needles, and leaves and junk out of your campsite and make it really nice. then when you setup camp, it's decent
dish pan - fill it with water, wash your dishes.
detergent - dish soap comes in trial sizes. bring 1 bottle with a GOOD cap and keep it clean, if you bring one that's been used and the top is all nasty .. it attracts bugs.. so wash the cap really good and close it up so it doesn't leak.
Dish rags, popular items, I think they are gross. use paper towels, let them dry, burn them.
PPT scrubber, basic Pots and pans compatible scrubby, usually I use a box of dry, soap encrusted SOS pads made out of steel wool, I get a fresh pack .. because these make EXCELLENT fire starters. steel wool
burns really well .. it also makes for an excellent dispose by fire item also - after scrubbing a pot. the steel wool and soap is pretty much washed out and when the pan /ect. is clean. you let them dry and you chuck
em in the fire and they vaporize. clean and environmentally safe. if you don't dispose of them, they will rust and become dangerous. (rust is bad to clean with)
First Aid Kit
__ personal medication
__ aspirin, Tylenol
__ medical tape
__ sterile gauze
__ elastic wrap
__ antiseptic wipes
__ antibiotic cream
__ burn ointment
__ sunburn lotion
__ hydrogen peroxide
__ eye wash
__ sanitary napkins
__ snake bite kit Chuck Box
__ salt and pepper
__ herbs and spices
__ cooking oil
__ pot holders
__ paper towels
__ plastic trash bags
__ tongs and spatula
__ aluminum foil
__ measuring cups
__ plastic silverware
__ paper plates/bowls
__ plastic cups
__ zip lock bags
__ cutting board
__ cork screw
The list above makes sense. do you need all of it, well - think about it. all your nicks and scrapes can happen, all of your first aid items will become necessary if they are needed. and the rest is for eating
cooking, and taking care of general needs..
I organize a box before I go with all these items in them - the first aid kit I always keep in my car just in case. and the fact that we live in a hurricane prone area, makes for a box/kit like this really important.
the cork-screw too. wine is delicious at camp grounds
__ bird guide
__ bug spray
__ bungi cords
__ cards, games
__ cell phone
__ clothes pins
__ duct tape
__ fishing gear
__ pen and paper
__ shower bag
__ sun block
__ water filters
and the rest is pretty much again - optional. but logical items, .. kites, pen and paper.. I mean really. it's JUST a suggestion.. water filters,.. If you need purified water ... but do remember that you may need filters for your brand new. never used before coffee pot that you got at walmart.. check it out read the directions.. figure out a way to make a coffee kit, a bag with all your sugar, creamer, stirrers you got from mcdonalds for free. and coffee filters.. oh yeah and the coffee grounds themselves.. you need to pack that too.
Just think each item out and PLAN PLAN PLAN. .. if your camping and you forget something.. you WILL remember it the next time, so trust me, plan plan plan . then pretend. set your tent up in the back yard
realize OH MAN, there's no HAMMER on this checklist to hammer in the spikes that hold the tent down. !!! geeze. that Melio guy forgot to add it..
I didnt forget it, .. I don't need it, I use a Popup trailer.