Camping gear from Friday to Sunday afternoon?

My son is going on a camp out from 5:30pm on Friday to 11:00am on Sunday. What specific camping gear should he bring? Other than a sleeping bag, mattress and tent.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    ____ BACKPACK (and/or large Sports Equipment Bag, and/or Duffel Bag). Line it with a Lawn Bag first, to keep contents dry.

    ____ SLEEPING BAG

    ____ CLOSED-CELL FOAM CAMP SLEEPING PAD ($7, Walmart's camping section).

    ____ RAINCOAT (If buying new, see "Wish List," below)

    ____ EXTRA PAIR PANTS (non-cotton, if possible -- check the tags for polyester, nylon, or other synthetics)

    ____ WOOL SWEATER, or POLYESTER SWEATSHIRT (about $3 at Thrift Stores).

    ____ LONG SLEEVE SHIRT (Wool or synthetic fiber for insulating quality/quick drying-$3 at thrift stores).

    ____ 2 SHORT SLEEVE SHIRTS

    ____ UNDERWEAR

    ____ HAT (with brim for sun)

    ____ GOOD QUALITY WHISTLE on neck chain.

    ____ MESS-KIT (BOWL, CUP, FORK, SPOON, PLATE -- (plastic keeps food warmer than metal).

    ____ 2 ONE-QUART WATER BOTTLES, filled ("Nalgene" Bottles are the most dependable).

    ____ FLASHLIGHT & EXTRA BATTERIES.

    ____ SMALL FIRST AID KIT (You can make your own: BSA Handbook, Page 289).

    ____ PEN & POCKET NOTEPAD, (No, you can't borrow ours), BSA HANDBOOK (Free when you join)

    ____ CLEAN-UP KIT (Small Hand Soap, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Comb, Floss, Fast-Drying Camp Towel).

    ____ TOILET PAPER (Half a roll in a Zip-Lock bag).

    ____ "BLUE" 5'X7' TARP (or other Plastic Ground Sheet to keep sleeping bag dry).

    ____ BUG REPELLENT (non-aerosol)

    ____ SWIM SUIT

    ____ SHORTS

    Always pack for one season COLDER than now!

    Avoid cotton clothes (like blue jeans and cotton sweatshirts) for outdoor use.

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  • 1 decade ago

    This question really depends on the camp location & type of camping. For example, if your son is going pull up camping, then a regular duffle bag would suffice. However, If there is any kind of length from travel vehicle to the campsite (Hiking with equipment, etc.) then a backpack with support straps around the waist and chest would be preferable. It's important to pack enough equipment so that he has everything he needs. However, this does not mean to overpack him or to buy every neat little gadget that is in the camping section at your local sporting goods store. The barebone essentials is a means to transport equipment (dufflebag or backpack), enough weather apropriate clothes for the weekend + 1 outfit, additional socks (at least 4 pair), boots, a flashlight with spare batteries, a tent with a ground tarp and a rain tarp, sleeping bag that is weather appropriate*, a sleeping pad is helpful, apropriate amount of food if not included, mess kit (usually 2 bowls, a plate, a cup all together) eating utensils, a small rain poncho, A sweatshirt for night time, genral hygene maintenance**, water bottle. There are some other things that are needed but may be provided by the supervising adults. These things include first aid kit, matches, fire starters, cooking utensils as well as a stove and fuel, dishsoap, means for water purification, and a few other misc. items. Remember, espicially when your son first starts camping, he won't remember to pack everything, and if amazingly enough he does..............he won't be able to find it when he needs it. maybe he'll just forget he packed it. What i'm saying is, remember the important stuff, and let him get by. He will either improvise or won't need it as bad as he thought. Lastly, I'm sure he's not going out alone. People who go camping together generally have more supplies then they need, so everyone helps each other out.

    * Sleeping bags are temperature rated. Some go as low -15F degrees. Generally, the $40 bargain coleman bags from walmart, etc. are rated for 35F degrees and are supposed to be used spring, summer, and fall.

    ** As far as camping hygene goes, unscented soaps are best. Scented soaps attract animals to your site and they may tear up your site. Also, odds are you son won't be the most hygene conscious person while he is out in the woods. It's just a fact that most kids are not, espicially during there first trip. He will be fine. Pack it for him, but it will most likely return unused.

    I hope this helped. Good luck. I'm sure he will have a blast.

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  • 1 decade ago

    A flash light will come in handy. remember the extra bateries. Will there be lavatory available, a spade to dig a manhole will be useful. You do want others to step on your sh!t on their holidays. If have a shotgun , do not hesitate to bring it along, malaysia jungle is full of surprises, wildboars, sunbears, elephants or even tigers might come out from no where. Best of luck

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