Originally Posted by MountainMan864
Take your list and cut it in half. Half of that stuff is not needed. A hammock, sleeping bag, cooler, ice, beer, greenery, tin foil, meat, gun, knife, first aid kit. Possibly a tent if it is suppose to rain but mostly use a tarp with my hammock.
I never know what I'm going to need, and 90% of the time it's whatever it was that I didn't bring with me.
I have a spreadsheet that I can't get to open on my fancy new laptop (it's an XLR file), but I can email it to you I guess?
I would suggest going out a time or 2 and then paring on down the stuff you didn't even think about using those times. Cause you aren't going 20' from your Jeep with all this stuff lol. I have 2 totes ready to go, one with 'camping' stuff and 1 with the 'cooking' stuff, then throw the tents, pillows, sleeping bags, and coolers in and we are off!
Some additions for ya (sorry if they were there and I missed em):
ziplocks (psuedo drybags, leftover storage, egg/ice cream recipes lol)
water jug (love my collapsable camping jobbies)
Can huggie/ cup (for 'dry' campgrounds, state parks, ect)
rake (camping on rocks and twigs sucks more than it sounds lol)
broom (to sweep out the tent before you put it away, no dealing with it again at home)
butter (you ALWAYS need it, never remember it)
baby powder (drys up and dusts off the sandy soil. Oh wait, that's only if you are camping in Jersey)
benedryl and a bee sting kit
looots of rope, string, bungies, whatever, you always need em
deck of cards
edited to ad:
just saw you are in VA. In a jeep. MORE rope. Cause you'll be hanging looooots of stuff from trees lol
This will all be locked up in my tow rig except what I'm using. I park my tow rig at base camp, then head around in my Jeep wherever I happen to be. (Big Dogs, Rausch Creek, Crozet, Corova, etc.)
You must be car camping with a list like that. No way you are backpacking. When I used to be into backpacking, the list was much more simple.
Tent( ultralight style)
Camp stove and fuel
One largeish pot
First aid kit
One change of shirt/pants/underwear
Water purification style of choice
Water bottles( I always carried 5L of water to start)
Length of rope for bear bag
Toothbrush and paste
I'm sure I missed one or two small items, but for a week of backpacking, this is about all I would have. The last time I had weighed my pack, it was around 50-55 lbs.
Yeah, it's for car camping. I have toyed around with the ultralight hiking idea a bit, but I think that would be what I pack into my Kayak and paddle around for a week. When I'm truck camping I want to carry more stuff to cover whatever I might need without having to improvise to often.
Originally Posted by justin credible
I have a rubbermaid with all of my needed gear on a shelf in my garage next to my tent, chair, cooler, and hammok.
When I go camping I just throw those 5 things into the Jeep, grab food/ice/wood on my way out of town and I know I have what I need every time.
This is what I want to eventually wind up with. A rubbermaid tote or two that I can just throw into the back of the truck, a couple of coolers full of food and drinks, and firewood and then just hit the road.