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CAMPING PACKING GUIDE

With the camping I've done here and there, I've picked up (and invented) a few tricks along the way. As a reminder for myself, as well as a way to help others not make the same mistakes I've made, below is a handy camping packing checklist.

Accomodation Basics :

  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Foam or Air Mattress (Foam is better, esp for more than 1 person and is warmer)
  • Pillow
  • Night Lamp for the Tent
Fire-Making Basics :
  • Firestarter
  • Kindle and Newspapers
  • Firewood
  • Matches and/or lighter
  • Grill to put over the fire (optional)
Food-making Basics :
  • Stove with extra gas
  • Deep pot for boiling water / soup / etc
  • Frying pan
  • Laddle
  • Plates & Bowls
  • Set of a fork, knife, spoon
  • Collapsible cup
  • Water container (for storing 2L and dispensing water to drink)
  • Skewers for marshmellows and snags (natural alternative : sticks)
  • Picnic Blanket or Table with Chairs
  • Can opener
  • Biodegradable Soap for washing dishes
  • Washing and drying cloths (for dishes)
Food Basics :
  • Sausages and hotdog buns
  • Steaks
  • Cans of beans
  • Toast & Jams / Peanut Butter / Butter / Honey
  • Fruit
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Oil & Condiments (Salt, Pepper, Tomato Sauce)
  • Red wine & Cups
  • Tea / Coffee / Hot chocolate (plus sugar and milk)
  • Smores (Cookies, chocolate, marshmellows and aluminium foil)
  • 1 Bottle of water (again, b/c you never know when you'll need it)
Clothing :
  • 1 Pair of Pyjamas (match expected night weather)
  • 1 Towel and/or Sarong
  • 1 Bathing Suit (Optional)
  • 1 Jacket -- Fleece is very handy here and can double as a sweater at night or even a pillow
  • Undergarments (7 underwear, 2 bras, 2-3 pairs of socks)
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 2 pairs of pants
  • 2 short sleeve shirts
  • 2 long sleeve shirts / sweaters
  • 1 Pair of Hiking Shoes
  • A hat or headband
Hygiene :
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Shampoo, Conditioner & Liquid Soap
  • Hair Brush or Comb
  • Hair Gel & Hair Ties
  • Eye Glasses / Contact Lenses & Solution
  • Nail Clippers
  • Shaving Kit
  • Antipersperant / Deodorant

Medical Kit :
  • Liquid Hand Sanitizer (to keep your hands clean when you don't have access to clean water)
  • A Kleenex pack
  • Sunscreen / Lotion
  • Band aids
  • Advil / Tylenol
  • Immodium
  • Sleeping pills (if you have trouble sleeping)
  • First Aid Kit
Other Stuff :
  • A flashlight (Headlamp is the best option)
  • Clothing wire (to dry bathing suits, rained out clothing, etc)
  • Utility Knife
  • Bug Spray and mosquito net (where needed)
  • Compact umbrella
  • Camera & 1 Extra Camera Battery (!!)
  • Sunglasses
  • 1-2 Books for Reading on the Plane
  • Compass (very handy!)
  • Alarm clock (if needing to get up early)
  • Sewing Kit
  • Music Player + Extra Batteries

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