This page provides a quick and dirty list of equipment for a camping trip.
This page was written by Steven J. DeRose on 2004-09-27, and was last updated on 2004-10-18.
Almost everything on the list provides opportunities for teaching your Scouts. See also the Outdoorsman Badge section of the Webelos Handbook, pages 352-353. Items I think are must-haves but are commonly forgotten appear in red below.
- Plates and/or bowls (Frisbees™ work well)
- Drinking cups (Aluminum with wire handles are great)
- Cooking pots, pans, and tools
- Hot pads/gloves or pliers
- Stove, fuel, and matches. If wood fires will be used, a bow saw to cut it.
For dressing (in winter, plan much more carefully)
- Layered clothing
- More socks
For cleanup and personal care
- Liquid soap that also works as shampoo
- Toothbrushes, paste and floss
- Prescription medications (best packed in 2 places, waterproof)
- Zip-loc™ bags
- Bug repellant
You can get a combination bug repellant/sunscreen here. Couldn't someone combine some or all of soap, toothpaste, deodorant, disinfectant in one? Maybe even rehydration salts and something nutritious as well?
- Trash bags
- Toilet paper
- Local topographic map(s)
- Flashlights and spare batteries and bulb
Be sure to learn how to use everything you have. Only the most basic items can be found in a typical car or home first-aid kit, but be sure you have those. On top of that I would add:
- Sterile wet burn dressings
- Very, very good splinter tweezers. Do not skimp on these or try to use everyday drugstore tweezers. Good ones are available at
First-Aid Product, the general sources listed below, and other places.
- Sterile Eye-wash solution (be sure it hasn't expired!)
- Moleskin for blisters from hiking
- Butterfly or Steri-Strip™ closures for larger cuts
- Child-strength aspirin, Tylenol™, or similar
- An Epi-pen™ for severe allergic reactions (if you know how to use it appropriately)
- Large dressings ("abdominal pads" are one type)
- Topical sunburn/itch/pain treatment
- Triangular bandage or another way to make a sling
- Activated charcoal in case of poisoning
For safety (other than first aid)
- Mylar emergency blankets (sometimes called "space blankets" -- they fold up to pocket-size) -- one can save your life if you get lost: they serve as sleeping bag, tent, signal mirror, you name it. They should only cost $3-4, though I've seen them sold for as high as $10, so be careful. Four Seasons Survival has one here that is formed into a bag, not just a blanket, which is a couple ounces more, but awfully nice. You can get much the same result if you carry tape
- 50 feet of 2-3mm nylon cord ("parachute cord")
- Signalling mirror
- Water purification tablets or similar
- Fire-starter and matches (waterproofed). The Spark-Lite fire-starter kit looks quite good, though I haven't tried it myself yet.
- Full canteen or water-bottle
- Some kind of saw
- Fishhooks, line, sinker. Add a needle and you can use the line for repairs, too
- Many kits contain duct tape; I would go with narrower waterproof medical tape, to get much more length for the same weight and size
- Crazy glue. Fixes many things duct tape can't
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