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August 19, 2013 – 4:05 pm
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What gear must you have when you go camping? Like what gear you take when you go camping.
I’m going on my first camping this weekend and I know I’m not prepared but would love to be more prepared for our next trip.

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August 19, 2013 – 8:10 pm
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Your post doesn’t really tell us enough. What type of camping unit are you using? IE: tent, pop up, hybrid, 5th wheel, TT, or motorhome.
That said there are probably more must haves than you care to think about. For me, and since we have a hybrid the list is is as follows:
1. A level and something to level side to side with ( we currently use pieces of boards under the low side tires – though would like to have lynx levelers. Front to back leveling is done with the tongue jack.
2. wheel chocks to keep camper from rolling and wobbling after it is disconnected from the tow vehicle.
3. Water. We have a 36 Gal fresh water tank but I also take a blue Aquatainer from Walmart just in case we need more or a way to add to the water tank.
4. Beer – no explanation needed.
5. Some form of light – be it lantern, flash lights, etc. ( we have a lantern and flash lights on board.
6. Propane. Operates grill, Lantern, water heater, refridge and stove.
7. Grill, pots, pans, plates, cups, paper towels, aluminum foil, utensils, etc for food prep.
8. Food.
9. Beer – again. Oh yeah and a first aid kit 🙂
10. Clothing, Bedding, Towels
11. Personal Hygene stuff, Deodorant, soap, shampoo, shaving items, Toilet paper
12. Outdoor games, bikes, fishing gear chairs, books, or whatever you like for activities.
That’s a dozen in the list and nothing too specific. I would say take what you think you’ll need and maybe take a note pad along that you can use to note things you wish you had or even note things that you brought that you won’t need. This way you can whittle your list down to suit your camping needs.

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August 20, 2013 – 2:15 pm
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Pillow and Sleeping bag are "must have’s"  After that I’d say food and a way to cook it.  Everything else is just "nice to have’s" in my book but they help an awful lot for a nice trip. 

Keep it simple…..I forget what the last S is for  😀
Simple meals mean you don’t need a lot of ingregients or cooking tools
Simple activities means you don’t need special equipment.  No need for the rock climbing harness

Matt O 2006 Skyline Nomad 27′ travel trailer.  Previously owned 1986 Coleman Columbia / 1992 Coleman Senecca / 1989 Born Free Class C RV.

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August 20, 2013 – 7:38 pm
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I have to agree with Lone Lock.  A lot of us (me included) make this whole camping thing much more complicated than it really needs to be, although it can certainly make the weekend more comfortable.

IMHO, the absolute must-haves for a successful trip are:

    [li]Tenting:  Tent, Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, a change of clothes, food, small mess kit, camp soap, a small single-burner stove or fire-making implements, food, water bottle, bug spray, first aid kit, flashlight, towel.[/li]
    [li]Trailer:  leveling blocks, chocks, Sleeping bag, a change of clothes, food, small mess kit, camp soap, a small single-burner stove or fire-making implements, food, water bottle, bug spray, first aid kit, flashlight, towel.[/li]

Anything else is extraneous.

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August 20, 2013 – 7:47 pm
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TP, don’t forget the TP. 8)

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August 20, 2013 – 9:04 pm
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We really need some info on your trip to help you out more.  How many people, kids, private campground, State Park, Tent/popup/trailer/RV, what kind of equipment you may already have.

Matt O 2006 Skyline Nomad 27′ travel trailer.  Previously owned 1986 Coleman Columbia / 1992 Coleman Senecca / 1989 Born Free Class C RV.

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August 21, 2013 – 9:10 am
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What Lone Lock said directly above.

Without that info, keep it as simple as possible. We have had a check list for many years, for ground camping, backpacking and pop-up camping and all our own variations. What has helped us is to divide items into categories, instead of trying to think of everything at once. So we have shelter ( tent or pop-up, and related items such as shade canopy, stakes, etc.), sleeping (sleeping pads, bags,pillows and/or bedding), kitchen, food, cooler items, hiking needs, etc.

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August 22, 2013 – 7:25 am
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[quote author=kitphantom link=topic=2683.msg25500#msg25500 date=1377090652]
…. We have had a check list for many years, for ground camping, backpacking and pop-up camping and all our own variations. What has helped us is to divide items into categories, instead of trying to think of everything at once. So we have shelter ( tent or pop-up, and related items such as shade canopy, stakes, etc.), sleeping (sleeping pads, bags,pillows and/or bedding), kitchen, food, cooler items, hiking needs, etc.

This is what I do.  I have a single check-list that is broken down into "tent camping" and "popup camping", then further subdivided into personal (underwear, toiletries, etc) food and general (lantern, stove, DO, chairs, etc).

But to answer the OP for "must" haves ……. shelter and food.  That’s all you REALLY need; everything else is personal.  For me, the next top three are TP, pillow and beer.  After that, I’m happy…..  🙂

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