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    David A. Wright
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    Quote Originally Posted by rev View Post
    Common sense is what I go by, I know my limitations...
    Now if only more people knew and understood that concept!

    But, like they say, "Common sense isn't so common after all, is it?" Just a bit of common sense goes a long way.

    It's like the GPS story of the couple getting lost in the snowstorm. They had the latest technology, but lacked the common sense to use that fabulous technology wisely. They probably didn't even know there was a choice between "shortest" and "fastest" route on the GPS. New school.

    On the other hand, they DID have survival supplies with them in the car. Old school.

    Seems like there's a bit of disconnect between technology and common sense anymore. New school doesn't seem to carry the common sense like old school does.

    Too much blind trust in new school, IMHO.

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    I go out to the wild world to camp so I bring stuff. Here are some lists. However, to hit the basic points, my first aid kit is a mid-range kit with add-ons: Pepto Bismal, Benedryl, Tums, Pepsid AC, Comtrex, Advil, etc. I bring a wire come-a-long and a small Danforth anchor for sand, a plug kit and rattlebox compressor for flats, some hoses for cooling failures, and just plain common sense which means tell people where you are going and stay with the vehicle--for days-- if that is what it takes.

    NJ


    CAR CAMPING LIST


    This is a list of the basics of everything I might take on a trip. It does not have the exotic entertainment items or other specialized devices which are described in other chapters. However, it is very complete in “the basics” and beyond basics. Pick and chose. You know what your vehicle is capable of carrying, and where you are going, what the road is like, and what the season or weather conditions may be. Many of these items are exactly what is listed in the backpack list. So why not just throw your backpack in the vehicle? I did that for many years, until I stopped doing as much backpacking. Now, 99 percent of the time, I car camp. If you backpack enough, then you only have to toss in the backpack to get half way down the list.


    Personal pack or gear bag (see below for my personal bag list)
    Stove, fuel, igniter, hot pad or mitt, stand for stove
    Table
    Tent or tents
    Screen room
    Sleeping bag
    Extra blankets
    Cot, air mattress or ground pad
    Boots or sturdy shoes
    Socks, warm socks, extra socks, more socks
    T-shirts, underwear, extra jeans
    Warm jacket, sweat shirt, synthetic fleece pull-overs and jackets, sweaters
    Rain jacket or poncho
    Warm gloves or mittens, extra for snow, fleece gloves (I take at least two pair.)
    Stocking cap, or special fleece head wrap that covers back of the neck
    Rubber boots (Wellington’s)
    Personal toiletries (soap, towel, toothbrush, tooth paste, floss, hair brush, small mirror, hand lotion, deodorant)
    Repair kit for gear, sewing kit, duct tape
    Plastic garbage bags (2 large, sturdy)
    Small shovel, toilet paper
    Camp stool or folding chair (I have all of the above including a camp Barco-lounger)
    Lantern (I take white gas lantern and electric lanterns.)
    Eating utensils, mug for warm drinks
    Binoculars (when looked through backwards they work as a magnifier)
    Reading or corrective glasses and or back-up pairs
    Camera
    Dog bed and dog blanket
    Dog collar and leash

    Day pack for hiking or cave exploration (keep stocked with the following)
    Pocket knife
    Compass
    Map, pencil, note pad
    Small first aid kit with added cold medicine, Pepto Bismal, Kaopectate, asprin, Tylenol, Benadryl, etc.
    Sun hat or cap
    Sun screen
    Chapstick
    Sun glasses
    Needlenose pliers (I have a small “Leatherman.”)
    Whistle
    Waterproof matches
    Water bottle
    Small nylon rope (50')
    Small flashlight
    Snacks (carbohydrates, easily digestible foods, salty foods)


    Car Essentials:
    Fire extinguisher (small, car type)
    Wire Come-along lever winch
    40' chain
    Tow strap
    Tool Kit
    Tire pressure gauge
    Lug wrench
    Tire plug kit
    Tire air-filler-stem caps
    Tire air pump (small electric air compressor that runs off the cigarette lighter)
    Assortment of hoses (heater, fuel, air) One of which is long enough to syphon gas
    Assortment of hose clamps 4-4",4-3", 4-1.5", several of each smaller size
    Assortment of wires, #10 - #14
    Baling wire
    Assorted nuts and bolts including several lug nuts
    Extra fuses
    Extra bulbs
    Cheap volt/ohm meter and/or “idiot light”
    Electrical tape
    Brake fluid
    Water
    Small anchor (as an purchase point in dirt or sand for your hand/electric winch)
    Full-size spare tire
    Jack, and/or hydraulic jack, and/or “high-lift” jack (big version of bumper jack)
    Flares, flasher, or reflective triangle (or all three)
    Snow chains
    Leather gloves
    50' of 3/8" to " yacht braid or equal
    Large flashlight (I use a three-cell Maglight)
    Maps (I always have a map book that covers the general area.)
    Small tarp to lay on while working under vehicle
    Rags or paper towels
    Hand soap or hand cleaner or moist wipes
    Folding shovel
    Hand axe or hatchet
    Thermometer or recording thermometer
    CB unit
    Duct tape

    In three plastic crates, I take the following:
    1.) Group Cooking Gear Crate:
    Cooking stuff including: (Some of this is optional)
    Pot
    Frying pan
    Coffee pot (I also bring a giant coffee pot)
    Cast iron frying pan (not in crate)
    Dutch oven (not in crate)
    Toaster (burner toaster holds four slices and folds flat
    Pie pan or frying pan with a removable handle
    Griddle
    Thermos (non-breakable type)
    Coffee filter holder
    Measuring cup
    Can opener
    Plastic tub for doing dishes
    Thin plastic cutting board
    Big knife
    Small knife
    Spatula
    Big spoon with holes
    Big spoon with no holes
    Ladle
    Tongs
    Instant-read thermometer
    Grater
    Carrot peeler
    Wine and bottle opener
    Sharpening stone
    Silverware
    Coffee cups (Lexan cups hold heat and cold well and are light weight)
    Plates (I always use paper)
    Sponge
    Dish scrubber
    Dog dishes (I usually keep these out where I can feed Sadie or give her water)
    Lexan wine glasses with detachable stems and bases (I have some that fit back into
    themselves and then fit snugly into my Lexan coffee cups)


    2.) Stockable Non-food Items Crate:
    Dishtowels
    Table cloth (I have a plastic red-and-white checkered)
    Toilet paper
    Paper towels
    Aluminum foil
    Plastic wrap (optional)
    Plastic zippered bags
    Heavy duty trash bags
    Paper plates
    Paper bowls
    Plastic forks
    Plastic spoons
    Dog poop bags
    Dish soap
    Clothes pins (plastic non-metal are best)
    Hot mitt or hot pads
    Coffee filters
    Dish towels or hand towels

    3.) Stockable Food Items Crate:
    Salt
    Pepper
    Sugar
    Brown sugar
    Flour
    Spices including: cinnamon, garlic powder, sesame seeds
    Sesame oil (It will keep for years)
    Olive oil (small bottles because it does not last)
    Pam (non-stick spray)
    Maple syrup
    Vinegar (I use a rice wine vinegar)
    Dog food: cans, dry food, biscuits
    Canned vegetarian or low-fat chile
    Pasta
    Rice
    Dried potato flakes (I bread chicken breasts with these and fry)
    Pancake mix
    Dried fruit
    V-8 juice
    Tomato paste
    Stewed tomatoes
    Canned vegetables
    Canned fruit for the pancakes
    Cornbread mix (Kusteaz has a non-fat, just add water type)
    Canned B&M brown bread with raisons
    Canned sardines (In mustard sauce is my favorite.)
    Snack crackers
    Canned anchovies
    Granola bars
    Coffee
    Tea
    Cocoa mix

    Group Camping Gear:
    Lanterns and lantern stands including extra fuel, batteries, mantels, wicks, funnels
    Rope, 3/8", 1/4" and smaller nylon line of multiple lengths for tent guys
    Stakes of various kinds
    Auxiliary adjustable tent poles (8). I have used up to 15 poles on a hot desert weekend to errect multiple shade tarps.
    Toilet seat on a stand
    Tarps of various sizes, including one opaque tarp with a silver side for shade
    Flag pole and flags (Most of my pole items fit in a cheap ski bag)
    Music system
    Water jugs (Two five’s for me and up to three others)
    Large pan for under campfire (metal oil drip pan)
    Small BBQ, briquets, starter fluid
    Large heavy duty trash bags
    Toilet or shower enclosure
    Screen room or shade awning
    Chairs and stools
    Folding table
    Stove and stand
    Propane heater(s)
    Folding shovel
    Hatchet

    My personal bag:
    1- 10" dia. by 24" nylon zippered bag
    2 - small zippered toiletries bags containing:
    Pepto Bismal tablets
    Tums ant-acid
    Advil tablets
    Asprin
    Toothpaste
    Toothebrush with brush end cover
    Dental floss
    Hair brush (small)
    Small mirror
    “Stink Nice” (deodorant)
    Small hand soap (from motel)
    Small shampoo
    Small cream rinse
    Fingernail clippers
    Bic throw-away razors
    Styptic pencil
    Q-tips
    Sun screen
    Neosporin
    Foot powder or spray
    hand moisturizer
    Rain gear in a very small stuff bag
    Bath / beach towel (For long weekends in the summer, I take two.)
    Socks
    Underwear
    T-shirts
    Extra pants or shorts
    Bathing suit
    Medium jacket (I use a L.L. Bean nylon water resistant jacket with fleece lining. Basically the same as a medium-duty sailing jacket.)
    Sweater or fleece pullover in season

    Scientific research gear:
    Binoculars
    Butterfly net
    Specimen containers
    Killing jar (This is something I can’t, personally, be a party to; however, others may need this for collecting “killed” specimens.)
    A plant press
    Camera
    Note book and writing or drawing pencils and pens for “Field notes.”
    Watch
    Microscope or binocular dissecting scope or hand lens or magnifying glass
    Thermometer
    Color guides (I have used Universal color keys for recording oak leaf, top-side hues and bottom-side hues.)
    Identification guides and keys
    Dimensional measuring devices (Fifty foot tape, metric rule, reticular eye-piece for binocular scope, etc.)

    Robert Sharpe, of Cal Tech, published a number of books on Geology in which he uses his pocket knife for dimensional reference. The point is to provide scale when photographing a subject where scale is important.
    Etc.

    It should be clear by now that I bring everything but the kitchen sink. Okay, I do bring the kitchen sink– in its own camping incarnation. Nothing is taboo. However, everything needs to be evaluated as to how it will function in a given scenario. I have taken “Movie Night” too many times to be suckered into a repeat of that gear-heavy scenario, unless I am sure me or the group will actually be watching a movie. If Thedmo is coming on the trip, I bring Movie Night. And yet, he has been known to disappear in to his tent halfway through the first feature.
    "I got four things to live by: Don't say nothing that will hurt anybody. Don't give advice--nobody will take it anyway. Don't complain. Don't explain." Death Valley Scotty Walter Scott 1872-1954

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    Cold beer the rest is just fluff.
    Brad

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    I keep a metric set of wrenches and sockets/ratchet , some screwdrivers and a knife also spare belts and an army folding shovel, a quart of oil, a can of brake/clutch fluid, duct tape and a blanket in my truck at all times. When I go out GT'g I carry a hi-lift jack with wheel lifting attatchment, a GPS, cell phone, my hiking Camelbak which has a 100 oz bladder,first aid kit, emergency space blanket, bear spray, matches etc. If it's fall and winter (the most likely time I'm out GT'g) I carry a wool beanie cap and a pair of gloves. Usually an ice chest with beverages as well. Also my dog is always with me so I bring her bag which has dog treats, first aid, water bowl

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    Hey Gary B. Just wanted to say how impressed I was while reading your suggestions for what to take on a trip into the wilds. Very well done and you reminded me of a few things as well.
    Good job, and thank you!
    Dave Blair

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    Quote Originally Posted by caver View Post
    Cold beer the rest is just fluff.
    LOL! But so true. For me, ghost towning and road trips are almost the same thing. Chain saw, firewood, maul, small hatchett, sleeping bag, car's (Jeep) jack, and full tank of gas before I decide to hit the small roads. But, an ice chest with ice and beer is always a plus. A jug of water works for when the beer might run out.

    And as for the more 'high tech' stuff, i.e. GPS, my Moto Droid Phone seems to do the rest just fine when I'm too lazy and/or don't have a local map . . . .

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    Great info from many - Because most of the places I go to the only communications device that works would be a satilite phone, I take a Personal Beacon Locator along in case of injury or other emergency.
    Visit Colorado Ghost Towns at http://www.rockymountainprofiles.com

    No Sales pitch just plenty of photos and stories.

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    Enough to drink,but no Alc and no Sweat
    Spot
    GPS
    Stove
    Panne
    Cutlery
    Sparkmaker
    Compass
    Paper&Pen
    Leather Gloves
    few T-Shirts
    Jacked
    Socks
    Raincover
    Hammer and Steel Nail to anker Tent on Rocks
    First Aid Kit,with plenty Painkiller and Bandage
    Touch,or two
    Emergency Glow Light
    Signal Mirror
    Fishing set
    Propper Knife
    Pocket Knife
    wind up Radio
    GPS Phone
    Flask and Coffee Powder
    Map
    Shovel
    Camera
    Binocular
    tent
    2 Sleepingbags

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeZona View Post
    Now if only more people knew and understood that concept!

    But, like they say, "Common sense isn't so common after all, is it?" Just a bit of common sense goes a long way.

    It's like the GPS story of the couple getting lost in the snowstorm. They had the latest technology, but lacked the common sense to use that fabulous technology wisely. They probably didn't even know there was a choice between "shortest" and "fastest" route on the GPS. New school.

    On the other hand, they DID have survival supplies with them in the car. Old school.

    Seems like there's a bit of disconnect between technology and common sense anymore. New school doesn't seem to carry the common sense like old school does.

    Too much blind trust in new school, IMHO.
    Thats why i always try staying with experianced together.Its just that we don't know much of Dessert Danger

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