questionswho is planning on camping soon? what equipment…

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Myself, I'm heading off with my scout troop to one of our scout camps here in Rhode Island in a couple weeks. We're putting on a Pig Roast to make some money for the boys wanting to go to Summer camp, as it's nearly $400 for the week now.

I also love to hike and backpack, but no matter the trip, I always have my Thermarest, mummy sleeping bag, and a nice comfy travel pillow, otherwise I wake up in knots. When hiking, I always bring my GPS and camera, and upload the results to out troops website, and sometimes, everytrail.com.

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my list of essentials:
- toilet paper in a water-tight bag.
- leatherman knife or similar (sharpened)
- first-aid supplies: ankle wrap, antibiotic ointment, bandages and tape)
- lighter + matches in a water-tight bag
- lightweight self-powered led flashlight
- a paperback book to read
- emergency granola bars
- a good backpack with a strap that distributes the weight on your hips and one across the chest ( I prefer "full frame" cause I can hang all sorts of things on the frame )
- enough food and snacks for 1 or 2 more days than you plan to be out.
- a water filter
- a paper map of the area (do not rely 100% on gps)
- a compass
- extra pair of wool socks
- foldable compact fishing pole + lures (if you like to fish like I do)
- a "relatively" trained dog (i always hike with man's best friend)
- dog food

clothes, tent, sleeping bag, camping stove, etc is dependent on the type of camping and weather.

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We have a list called "the almost standard camping list" so we don't forget anything, every time we camp something new gets added. The last item was a broom to sweep the crud out of the tent before we put our sleeping bags down. My favorite non-standard camping item is the hammock but it does not feel like camping unless we bring Costco hot links to cook over an open fire.

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@josefresno: That sous a lot like my standard backpacking list, though I also include a stove, a chamois towel, and biodegradable soap and hand sanitizer.

@ohcheri: I love my hammock, its a light weight parachute fabric one. When I car camp, I definitely bring more luxury items. Sometimes my iPad, always an MP3 player. My cellphone comes with me, even backpacking, for emergencies. Oh, and a couple pairs of Vibram Fivefingers.

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I did enough "camping" in the military, so I don't do it recreationally. I still go out in the woods, and I NEVER go into the woods without a map and compass, matches (lighter), knife, and a firearm. I know a lot of people use GPS now, but batteries die, and a map and compass will last a lifetime.

My suggestions are a good pack, raingear, spare clothes, lots of food and water (way more than you think you need), good shoes (hikers or boots), the flint stick I can't recall the name of, rope, line, ziplock bags for everything, duct tape (good duct tape), and a positive mental attitude. You can load a 110 pound pack if you want, but lighter is always better.

josefresno made a good list.

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My idea of roughing it is a Motel 6.

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@thunderthighs: Sister, you and I are on the SAME page. That was my very first thought when I saw this question.

I know how to take care of myself in the wilds (and I'd take flint and steel before I'd bother with matches, just for starters), but I really LIKE sleeping in a nice warm house, and having coffee in the morning.

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My husband just got new seafood equipment, that he always brings camping with him. He loves fish and cooks it all the time for us. http://www.seafoodprocessingequipment.ca/en/