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Camping Gear Checklist

One of the most important times to make a checklist is before you go camping. Undoubtedly, you won't have nearly as many resources at hand while you're romping around in the great outdoors, so you'd better be prepared for a wide variety of events and circumstances. All you have to do is spend a few minutes and think of a few essential areas that you need to take care of then develop some subcategories to help you develop a camping gear checklist.

  • For starters, as much as you might consider yourself a woodsman, you're going to need to bring materials for cooking. Make sure your camping stove is in proper working order by checking seals and gaskets for holes or leaks. Then, make sure you have sufficient fuel for your camping stove.
  • What do you want to eat? When possible, try to bring non-perishable items or canned foods with you on your camping trip. Do you have your coolers packed with enough ice?
  • How are you going to get that lovely firing going at night? Packing starter logs or tinder kits will help you get a fire roaring in no time. But try not to use gasoline or spray fuels as these can easily start forest fires.
  • Do you have night vision? Be sure to either pack a few flashlights or a headlamp to make sure you can make it to the bathroom safely at night. And always check your batteries before you head out.
  • When was the last time you used your camping tent? If it's been a while, you should air it out and give it a quick cleaning to get rid of any mold that might have accumulated. This will also afford you a good opportunity to check for any rips or tears that you can repair. In addition, you may also want to pack an extra tarp or two to help protect against rainy weather. And did you remember to pack your sleeping bag?
  • What do you have for safety gear? All serious campers know to check that their first-aid kits are packed full with the essentials, such as gauze, ointments, bandages, and antiseptics. As part of your safety gear, you should also have a flare, homing beacon, or emergency transmitter to let search and rescue teams locate you in the wilderness should you get lost. A radio will also help you stay tuned into upcoming weather conditions to help you prepare.

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