don't leave home without checking off your camping backpack checklist
When you are backcountry camping, you need to keep your equipment as light as possible, but you also need to make sure you have all you need to have a good camping trip and to keep you safe.
Obviously the type of camping gear you take depends on where you are going - mountains (where the weather can change quickly), bear country, deserts.
Before you head off into the woods or up that mountain...make sure you register with the relevant regulatory agencies (e.g. the National Park Authority) - that way if you don't come back from backcountry camping trip, they can send out a search party. Let your friends and family know too.
Below is a camping check list the we have created after undertaking many backpack camping trips ourselves.
Backcountry camping permit
Small shovel (for burying poop and other waste)
Swiss army knife/multipurpose knife
Headlamp/torch or a flashlight/torch (headlamp is better because then you have your hands free)
Camping cook set
Small sharp knife
Plastic spatula/turner/fish slice
Plastic trach/rubbish bags
Cool bag and freezer block (the block will only last a day or so but the bag itself will keep things cooler than your backpack would)
Fire Starting Kit (waterproof matches, lighter, trioxane or hexamine fuel tablets, fire starter,cotton wool balls)
Backpack rain cover
Hammer (or just use a rock to bang in the pegs)
Tent repair kit
Sleeping bag liner (these are great. Extra layer of warmth and keep sleeping bag clean. Also, if it's hot you can use it instead of the sleeping bag)
Wet weather gear/waterproof clothes
Sarong (guys should bring one too. They are great for just almost everything...towel, headscarf, blanket, sunshade etc)
Long sleeves tops
Wooly socks for sleeping (if it’s cold)
Bag for dirty clothes
Sanitary products (even if it isn't your time of the month...better to be safe than sorry)
First aid kit:
Antibacterial hand sanitizer
Insect bite relief cream
Pain killer tablets
Deep heat/tiger balm
Solar charger for electrical items
Chargers for camera, phone, GPS
Pancake mix (all you need to do is add water)
Dried fruit (you need to drink plenty of water to be digest properly these though)
Trail bars (or better still - make some flapjack before you leave home and cut into slices)
Tortillas or pitta bread + Peanut butter
Beans & sweetcorn (pre-cook sweetcorn and chick peas, black-eyed peas, kidney beans etc before you leave home - they last for several day without being refrigerated are really filling. The sweetcorn sweetens the other beans, so you can just eat them as they are or with a bit of grated cheese)
Soup (heat it at breakfast time and put it in a flask)
Depending on how long you are going backpack camping for - you can prepare some meals at home to take with you in tupperware containers (e.g. bolognaise, chilli con carne, risotto). Because the items are cooked they will last for a little while without being refrigerated. Tip: pack them in the cool bag frozen instead of taking a freezer block.
Quick cook rice
Pesto (decant it to a plastic container)
Sauce - curry, sweet & sour etc (for easy rice and noodle dishes) (decant it to a plastic container)
Vegetables that fry or boil quickly (e.g. peppers, courgette/zucchini)
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