Thursday, June 3, 2010

Trunk-ready Camper's Manifesto

Things to keep in the car (and why):
  • Dryer sheets (effective, non-gross bug repellent. Pin one on your clothes or stick it in your pocket)
  • tent (duh)
  • sleeping bag
  • thermarest mats
  • can opener (this is key)
  • plastic plate and fork for each person
  • hoodie/fleece
  • disposable camera
  • Peanut Butter (put it on anything, it adds calories and protein, fills you up, and never seems to go bad)
  • oatmeal packets
  • granola bars or other processed, no expiration date 'food' like canned goods
  • fire starter. We use nail polish remover pads. Those things burn with a mighty flame. The flame doesn't last long, but usually long enough to light newspaper and dry grass. Plus, it's less messy than the standard cotton ball soaked in vaseline.
  • deep skillet. you can cook anything in a deep skillet. Be careful using a plastic utensil though.
  • Nalgene or two and a jug of water
  • checkbook (you can't pay for a campsite after hours with a credit/debit card)
  • flashlight
I suppose you could leave a pair of tennis/hiking shoes in there as well, but I use mine all the time so that would drive me crazy. I'll try to keep updating this as I think of things, but right now I've got a camping trip to plan and pack for.

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