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The Most Important Essentials To Take

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by 2sweed, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. 2sweed

    2sweed Natural Camper Staff Member

    Anytime you go out hiking or on a camping trip the essentials are most important to take, as forgottening any of them could be the very thing you need in a emergency.
    So pack them in and be safe on the trail.

    1. Take along extra clothing. Examples: Having a lightweight rain jacket to keep you dry may help prevent hypothermia when the day turns cold and windy and it begins to pour. Dry socks prevent sore feet from blisters or fungus.

    2. Take extra food. If your delayed do to an emergency, you have what you need till help arrives.

    3. Take sunglasses. In the winter sunglasses help protect your eyes from the glare of the sun, where even blindness can accure. But bright sunlight on a summer day can prevent your seeing the trail ahead or that rock in your path that could twist a ankle or cause a bad fall.

    4. Take a knife and a whetstone, and a lightweight folding saw.

    5. Remember fire starter and matches in a waterproof container.

    6. Most important is the First-Aid Kit.

    7. Flashlights and a head light, and a pack of candles.

    8. Batteries and flashlight bulbs

    9. Compass

    10. Whistle

    11. A topographic contour map and a Planimetric map. The first shows the lay of the land with the elevations and the second shows the roads and rivers, trails and campground locations.

    12. Sunburn Preventive Lotion

    13. Insect Repellant

    14. A Repair kit, that includes cloth tape and ripstop tape, thread and needles, an awl and heavy thread, safety pins and nylon cord, light steel wire and nails and screws, and pliers.

    15. Toilet kit, can include biodegradable toilet paper and soap, a towel and washcloth, a comb and toothbrush and paste. etc...

    16. Fishing equipment

    17. Binoculars

    18. Tent

    19. Camera

    Now it's your turn to add what I have forgotten. What is your opinion on these items, are they needed or not? Do you carry them? If not, why not?
  2. Esperahol

    Esperahol Newbie

    Wow. You must have been either a Girl or Boy scout. However, you are setting up a camp versus what a lot of people do - hiking. I hike, I climb, I explore and hunt. I don't generally just sort of camp and so I tend to pack light. That means:

    * A poncho which can do multiple duty versus something like a windbreaker.
    * Hunting/fishing supplies for supplementing what I bother to carry in terms of food.
    * I have never needed sunglasses, but occasionally I have goggles.
    * I take several two knives - one machete like one and one pocket knife.
    * Three ways to start a fire.
    * First Aid
    * One crank-powered flashlight
    * GPS unit, compass and trail marker
    * Insect Repellent - because I hate ticks
    * Duct Tape - 1 roll
    * Soap powder - cleans teeth and body
    * Tent and bedroll

    Depending on the specific purpose of the trip more can be added, but that is just about the basics.
  3. 2sweed

    2sweed Natural Camper Staff Member

    One of my favorite ways of combining hiking and camping, is to pack what I might need from the above list, and go to an area I want to explore in depth. I will set up camp in the area and then spend several days or weeks, exploring the surrounding countryside. I hike in one direction then circle around exploring a large half sized section. I get to know the lay of the land and the trees it supports. As an naturalist, I study the plant life and the currents and eddies, of each stream and river. I get to know this area in such a way that I could be planted anywhere on it and yet find my way back home.

    The next day or so, I hike in a different direction. This time I might be climbing the side of a mountain, by following a deer trail, or following a rolling bubbling creek until it ends. I might stalk quietly along the edges of a beaver dam, hoping to catch a glance of a swimming beaver or fish, bullfrog or turtle. I draw pictures of the things I see and take pictures for my nature journal.

    Each day an area is explored and my knowledge grows, until the day the whole circle has been walked and gazed upon. The meadows filled with wildflowers and soft grass, perfect for a lazy nap. A place to look upon the sky and clouds, and hawks coasting on a mellow wind. And then I sit in camp and in my minds eye I see it all again, bit by bit, untamed by man a free piece of wild country. It completes me to see I am but a speck in the greater scheme of life.
    And yet I made this trip not to hurry along a trail to get from point A to point B, but to really see it all and remember each trip for a lifetime.

    So lets each add things that might be needed on a hike or a camping trip, and then each of us, decide if it will be a quick hike or a long time of exploring. Of the things listed what would you take on your journey?
  4. AurelioLeo

    AurelioLeo Newbie

    I prefer to keep it light when I go for a hike because of the weight of the pack. I do believe you should carry the essentials to get you out of jam if necessary. I also believe you need to inform people what area you are heading out to and a return time. One thing that is important for a hike besides some good nutrient bars is water. You don't want to dehydrate yourself out there.
  5. Esperahol

    Esperahol Newbie

    I understand keeping it light as I mentioned a bit further up. I'm not very good about informing folks about my whereabouts. I'll probably get better about that eventually... or you know end up on the news or something. That said I keep both iodine and water purification pills in the first aid kit I carry.
  6. bigteeth96

    bigteeth96 Newbie

    I am liking the list. Maybe a phone, just for emergencies. That is if you can even get service out there.
  7. Esperahol

    Esperahol Newbie

    A radio is probably going to stand you better out there, but some of the more popular ones will have some coverage. Of course, you can always include OnStar in your car and that'll help you out so long as you can find your car.
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