Ready for Camping Season?
Here is my Camping Checklist:
____ Sleeping bags
____ Extra blankets
____ Directions and maps
____ Additional info. on area such as history or trail guides
____ Kitchen wear : pots and pans, plates, cups, silverware, dishcloths, papertowels, older kitchen towels, pot holders, biodegradable dish soap, two containers for washing and rinsing dishes, marshmallow sticks, pitchers, spatulas and serving spoons, and portable grill.
____ Food, and make sure to including butter, salt, and other condiments.
____ Flashlights w/ extra batteries.
____ Mosquito coils, citronella candles, and bug repellent.
____ First aid kit.
____ Matches, lighter, and other firestarter to start campfire and grills.
____ Toiletries: Soap (double for a family), shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, towels large and small, baby wipes (for quick wash-ups), hairbrush, razor, deodorant, hair accessories, quarters for showers, and make-up.
(If you must)
____ Clothing: depending on stay, but two pair shorts, two pair pants (especially dark ones), two t-shirts, two sweaters, a coat, socks and undies for each day plus a few extra, at least one change of shoes and/or hiking boots.
____ Cooler and ice for food.
____ Fishing gear
____ Wood, LOTS of wood, and even more wood for the fire.
____ Extra plastic bags for garbage. And these are very handy to have for multi-purpose uses.
____ Boats, paddles and pumps for boating.
____ Canteens or water bottles for hikes.
____ Bikes, bike tools, and helmets.
____ Geo-caching stuff if you geocache.
And a few tips:
Individual drinks always work best for us. S'mores, bacon, corn on the cob are great for camping. Lunchables (or cheese and crackers) are nice to take hiking. Games are fun for the kids. I never get around to making tea while camping, so I stick to coffee. Cook extra the last night for dinner. The smell of campfire food is delicious at home and makes for easy leftovers when you are tired and unpacking.