Going Camping for the First Time

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    Jan 10, 2013 5:09 PM GMT
    My friends and I are gathering up to go camping for the first time. Besides a tent, what are some things to bring with us that have made your camping trip a success?

    Please note I am a New Yorker transplanted to Florida so nothing will be too apparent to list!
  • GWriter

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    Jan 10, 2013 5:25 PM GMT
    Car camping or back country? That is, are you driving right up to the campsite, or close to it, or are you hiking several hours to get there? If back country, will you have a clean water supply? These things make a huge difference.
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    Jan 10, 2013 5:27 PM GMT
    Car
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    Jan 10, 2013 5:32 PM GMT
    a gun maybe? just to protect yourself. Thats what people here in Texas would do. Oh good lord in heaven.

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    Jan 10, 2013 5:38 PM GMT
    pen and paper, so you will know better for 'next time' what you should of brought, and list the things you brought and didn't use, so you will not bring it next time.

    Water, eat food (eat it right of the package, no or little cook) chairs, shelter, alcohol. Keep ALL food in the vehicle at night. Don't do what I do and use your food bag as a pillow !! Happy Trails !!
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    Jan 10, 2013 5:39 PM GMT
    me
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    Jan 10, 2013 6:21 PM GMT
    A small first aid kit, bug spray, extra batteries for flashlights, a radio, book, games, kindling or starting fluid for fires, matches or lighter. It is the small things that always seem to be overlooked and not thought of.
  • mmmm_mmmm

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    Jan 10, 2013 6:25 PM GMT
    camp chair, , camp table, cook stove, pots, pans, knives, coffee for the morning start (if you drink it)
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    Jan 10, 2013 6:26 PM GMT
    kerosene lantern. I still have my ancient coleman one. never lets me down and brighter than any electric lantern (plus they make spare parts for it!) sleeping bag and an egg crate foam thingy if you're picky about what you sleep on. Bug spray (keep it away from the tent, it can melt the fabric). flares, watertight containers if you're bringing electronics, a current map, a field compass, waterproof flashlight and extra batteries in a ziplock. check pressure in car spare tire. also sunscreen
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    Jan 10, 2013 6:33 PM GMT
    lube, condoms, porn
  • mmmm_mmmm

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    Jan 10, 2013 6:36 PM GMT
    cook kit, beer (lots); don't forget toiletries; headlamps are great, sandals for getting up at night if needed
  • Latenight30

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    Jan 10, 2013 6:43 PM GMT
    a folding chair of some sort which comes in very handy for stay off the dirt or logs.
    String to tie any food or stuff up away from critters
  • Destinharbor

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    Jan 10, 2013 6:43 PM GMT
    If you're driving to the camp site, prepare and take some really good food wrapped in foil you can just heat up in the fire. Also bacon and eggs for breakfast. And coffee. Charcoal and lighter fluid. I like a tent though you might like sleeping under the stars.
  • hockeydude12

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    Jan 10, 2013 6:46 PM GMT
    Will you be able to have a fire? If so a small hatchet is always good for making kindling. Other than that, the following is probably useful:

    -cookwear and eatwear- and maybe camper stove
    -flashlights/lantern
    -bug spray
    -garbage bags
    - chairs
    - water
    - first aid kit
    - deck of cards?
    - matches for fire
    - beer is a must
    - toiletries for sure (tooth paste, tooth brush, soap, towel, maybe toilet paper depending on site)
    - food
    Anything you forget I'm sure you'll be able to buy there
  • LJay

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    Jan 10, 2013 6:50 PM GMT
    rain gear, if nothing else, since you are car camping, an umbrella

    I take my Swiss army knife everywhere.
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    Jan 10, 2013 7:03 PM GMT
    Thanks guys! Definitely things I was not thinking made this list so far icon_smile.gif Really appreciate it!
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    Jan 10, 2013 7:19 PM GMT
    Water, sunscreen, and bug spray. Camera with fully recharged batteries.
  • stu1

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    Jan 10, 2013 7:31 PM GMT
    Dont forget to have fun.
  • mmmm_mmmm

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    Jan 10, 2013 7:31 PM GMT
    comfy soft clothes and lots of fleece if it gets really really cold as it does here, don't forget fuel for whatever cook stove you use, and a lighter (one of those torch ones work really well), plastic garbage bags are great -- and not just for garbage! water bottles, hat, sunglasses, change of clothes,
  • MidwesternKid

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    Jan 10, 2013 7:34 PM GMT
    plenty of bug spray, some clothes you dont mind getting dirty. Some clothes to stay warm at night. Card games!
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    Jan 10, 2013 7:41 PM GMT
    Shawnathan saidWeed and/or alcohol and condoms.


    what happen to Beers!?
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    Jan 10, 2013 7:41 PM GMT
    - Wekiwa Springs State Park?
    - Ocala National Forest?
    - Little Big Econ State Forest?
    - The Sawmill? icon_eek.gif
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    Jan 10, 2013 7:49 PM GMT

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    Jan 10, 2013 7:50 PM GMT
    I would get my Cameras + lots lots of spare batteries, memory cards and socks icon_wink.gif

    animal/mosquito/snake repellent...and yeah Monkey repellent! for ya camera they can steal! 4.gif
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    Jan 10, 2013 9:01 PM GMT
    Bring your favorite seasonings for the meals, or be left with unsatisfied taste buds the entire time.