Sunday, November 14, 2010

Camping equipment

The equipment used in camping varies with the particular type of camping. For instance, in survival camping the equipment consists in small items which have the purpose of helping out the camper in providing food, heat and safety. The equipment used in this type of camping must be lightweight and it is restricted at only the mandatory items. Another types of camping such as winter camping involve having specially designed equipment in terms of tents or clothing which is strong enough to protect the camper's body from the wind and cold.
Camping equipment includes:

    * First aid kit
    * Tent, lean-to to act as a shelter.
    * Hammer to drive tent stakes into soil.
    * Sleeping bag and/or blankets for warmth.
    * Sleeping pad or air mattress is placed underneath the sleeping bag for cushioning from stones and twigs as well as for insulation from the ground.
    * Lantern or flashlight
    * Hatchet, axe or saw for cutting firewood for a campfire.
    * Fire starter or other ignition device for starting a campfire.
    * Folding chairs for placement around campfire.
    * Ropes for stringing clothes line and for securing the shelter.
    * Tarp for adding additional layer of storm protection to a tent, and to shelter dining areas.
    * Raincoat or poncho
    * Hiking boots
    * Fishing pole
    * Chuck box to hold camp kitchen items for food preparation, consumption and cleanup.
    * Trash bags particularly one with handles can be tied to a tree limb, or clothesline off the ground. For handling of waste in backcountry see Leave no trace.
    * Insect repellent particularly one that has DEET.
    * Sunscreen for protecting the skin.
    * Personal care products and towel
    * Cooler to store perishables and beverages. If electricity is available, a thermoelectric or stirling engine cooler can be used without the need for ice.
    * Beverages or portable water filter for areas that have access to rivers or lakes.
    * Campers at modern campgrounds will normally bring perishable foods in coolers while backcountry campers will bring non-perishable foods such as dried fruits, nuts, jerky, and MREs.
    * A tripod chained grill, Dutch oven, or La Cotta clay pot can be used for cooking on a campfire. A portable stove can be used where campfires are forbidden or impractical. If using a campground with electricity an electric frying pan or slow cooker can be used.
    * Firewood for Camp Fires

Much of the remaining needed camping equipment is commonly available in the home, including: dishes, pots and pans; however, many people opt not to use their home items, but instead utilize equipment better tailored for camping. These amenities include heavy plastic tableware and salt and pepper shakers with tops that close in order to shelter the shakers from rain. Backpackers use lightweight and portable equipment.

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