Camping Essentials List “B”–The Extras

     A camping extras list can be just as helpful as a camping essentials list. Although they aren’t necessary for camping success, they do make things more convenient or comfortable.  Some people find it hard to know where to stop with these things; all I can say is, after you’ve camped a few times, you’ll know what works for you and what doesn’t.  Treat your “B” list as a running experiment; add a couple new ones each time you go, and take off any you never use.  If you need to print out the “A” list, the ones you can’t do without, click here.

The lines at the bottom are for things you consider essential that aren’t on the list, or for taking notes

_____ An extra backpack for hiking trips, picnics, etc.

_____ Folding camping table

_____ Your own pillow from home (camping pillows can be uncomfortable)

_____ Gazebo or screen tent for kitchen

_____ Camp heater (make sure it’s tent-safe)

_____ Sewing repair kit

_____ Extra kitchen gear–different sized pots and pans, different sized mixing bowls, full set of cooking utensils, paper towel, biodegradable dish soap

_____ Emergency survival kit (if you are far from civilization)

_____ Food treats–spices for kitchen, snacks for yourself

_____ Washing basin for dishes and/or yourself

_____ If tent is large, folding chair for inside

_____ Radio or CD player

_____ Heavy work gloves (awesome for protection against fire and splinters when toting wood)

_____ Camp shower kit

_____ Marshmallow or weiner-roasting forks

_____ Plastic garbage bags for emergency ponchos, holding dirty laundry, packing out garbage, etc.

_____ Personal camping knife, cup hooks, string

_____ Binoculars

This is your chance to experiment!

Add anything that strikes your fancy that you might want to take camping with you.  Print out several copies of this list and keep it with your camping gear.  Then, each time you go camping, take a moment to think about what might add to the trip’s overall success.

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