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Old 03-04-2009, 02:42 PM
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Going camping in about a week for two nights. It has been at least ten years. I was wondering if someone who is camping a little more often than that has a list of essentials. Details of this trip: Temp will be in low 70's during the day low 50's at night. No electric or water. I already have my fishing pole on the list!

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Old 03-04-2009, 02:59 PM
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Are you driving to the camp-site or hauling it all on your back? Are you sleeping on a cot, the floor or the ground? Make sure you have something warm to go under you.
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We will be taking a boat to the campsite. I was trying to avoid a cot was thinking more along the lines of an air mattress that I could blow up there. Do you think that along with sleeping bags will provide enough warmth?
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Do not know where are you going, but I never go camping without planty differeten forms of bug repellent
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Beer.
Oh, and bring a squirt bottle of honey....that way if bears come, you can squirt it all over your buddy or wife and run like hell. Just be sure to tell them it's "bear repellent" just in case they survive.

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sleeping bags are fine for those temps. potable water more than 1 flashlight. The led types that clip onto your hat brim are the best.
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Can/will you sleep on the boat?

I camp using my boat two or three weeks a year, total.
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I do the tent/air mattress thing regularly. The Mr. Buddy LP heater is a very nice item. The stove uses the same lp bottles. Scrambled eggs, hash browns, and country ham w/coffee in the morning is a must have
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Originally Posted by Reelescape1 View Post
I do the tent/air mattress thing regularly. The Mr. Buddy LP heater is a very nice item. The stove uses the same lp bottles. Scrambled eggs, hash browns, and country ham w/coffee in the morning is a must have
Geez man, Mr. Buddy in a tent? Or do you mean outside? I hope you got your life insurance paid up.

I've done tons of these trips out of my old boat, We used to pack firewood in large plastic bags, I can't live without lots of fire. Its a mental thing. A buck saw if there is downed, dead wood will help,

I won't go to the store practically without an axe, so I consider that essential.

Might want to think about a blanket as well, sometimes UNDER the mattress works best. you may be surprised how that cushion of air will transfer the cold air.

We need more info, the wife going? any kids going? Got a dining fly to keep the water off you in case?

The LED cap light is a good idea above... Even works in the tent pretty well. If you drink as much as me when you camp, you'll need that light at 2, 4, and 6 AM


Got Kids going? Firebuilding is a great way of killing time while teaching valuable skills that may save a life someday, and the kids feel great accomplishment from it. No newspaper and matches stuff either...Well, maybe start with matches and newspaper so they don't get discouraged, then make it tougher. I never met a kid who didn't like learning proper fire building..

If the wife is going, bring an extra blanket, I don't care how warm it is, they always want more blankets on top of the sleeping bag.

A power inflator for the mattress! A Must! I left mine home one trip and the entire first day of daylight was spent huffing and puffing, no fun..

Watcha got to cook on, we can toss out food ideas. I love eating while camping and have some good ideas...
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Were you in Boy Scouts?

Equipment a Patrol Should Be Issued

(The camp will have available for checkout.)
  • Patrol flag on stave
  • 12-by-16-foot dining fly, or a trail tarp
  • Poles, tent pegs, and guy lines
Cooking Equipment
  • Large spoon
  • Large fork
  • Spatula
  • Can opener
  • Potato peeler
  • Carving knife
  • Paring knife
  • Hot tongs
  • Sugar container
  • Salt/pepper containers
Camp Tools
  • 3/4 ax [[fraction]]
  • Bow saw
  • Camp shovel
  • 8-inch mill file
  • Sharpening stone
Health and Safety
  • Two 4-by-4-inch plastic sheets
  • First-aid kit
  • Toilet paper in plastic bag
  • Screw-top water container
  • Rubber scraper
  • Liquid soap
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Two 14-quart galvanized buckets
  • Box of trash bags
  • Roll of heavy-duty aluminum foil
Tentage
  • Two-person tents
Optional Equipment
  • Gloves
  • Dutch oven
  • Table cover
  • Mixing bowls
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I am taking the wife. This is a river trip on a small aluminum john boat maybe 3 miles from a friends private ramp. I hear ya on the ectra blanket. I really like the honey idea!

Great ideas guys keep them coming!
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Originally Posted by gf View Post
Were you in Boy Scouts?

Equipment a Patrol Should Be Issued


(The camp will have available for checkout.)
  • Patrol flag on stave
  • 12-by-16-foot dining fly, or a trail tarp
  • Poles, tent pegs, and guy lines
Cooking Equipment
  • Large spoon
  • Large fork
  • Spatula
  • Can opener
  • Potato peeler
  • Carving knife
  • Paring knife
  • Hot tongs
  • Sugar container
  • Salt/pepper containers
Camp Tools
  • 3/4 ax [[fraction]]
  • Bow saw
  • Camp shovel
  • 8-inch mill file
  • Sharpening stone
Health and Safety
  • Two 4-by-4-inch plastic sheets
  • First-aid kit
  • Toilet paper in plastic bag
  • Screw-top water container
  • Rubber scraper
  • Liquid soap
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Two 14-quart galvanized buckets
  • Box of trash bags
  • Roll of heavy-duty aluminum foil
Tentage
  • Two-person tents
Optional Equipment
  • Gloves
  • Dutch oven
  • Table cover
  • Mixing bowls

I was in the boy scouts but that has beeen more years than I care to tell.
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Will Camp chairs fit in the boat? if you don't have any $5 bucks buys one at walmart. Makes life more comfortable.

Walmart also has the power inflator cheaper than anyone. Don't forget a LONG bowline for the boat. I lost my boat one night (long story), you may need to tie to a tree or stump pretty far from where you beach the boat.
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if the wife is going, don't forget the generator, radio, tv, her favorite wine, and a box of candy.
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We do 2 night river trips every year on the Wisconsin River and it's become quite the joke as we get older w/ all the equipment we take. I HATE SAND!!!!! so a piece of carpet outside the tent helps alot. Folding table to keep the kitchen out of the SAND!

Chairs are a good idea if there aren't some good sitin' logs about. I rigged up a big golf style umbrella in a pvc tube to ram in the sand for some shade and some shelter from any wet weather. We go in the summer when the temps are higher so good beach shoes are a must. Simple PVC ram in rod holders for bank fishin'.

Take alot of poly/pile type clothing if you have it(not cotton). It will keep you warm even when wet(rain or falling in) and you can sleep in it if the bag isn't warm enough. Good raingear. Stocking cap and gloves for the late night chill.

TP and paper towels!!!!!! And everthing in HD Ziploc bags that you don't want to get wet.
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Beer, and in case it hasn't been mentioned before, beer.
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Extra toilet paper!!!
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Just forget the overnight stay, take a day trip in the boat...take her to the Hotel for the night...Cheaper in the end...and besides to take all the things your going to need with you, just for her comfort (unless she is a regular Becky Boone type) your going to make two trips with all the gear..
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Blow up air mattresses are cold because they allow the interior air to circulate and pass your body heat to the ground. I have a 1inch and a two inch "self-inflating" mattress. The 1inch didn't cut it for me. You will still want to add a few puffs of air to these.

Good luck!

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