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The 10 essentials. After that it depends on the campsite, location, weather probabilities, number of people in the party, etc. etc.

The 10 essentials are a variation of the following. They should apply to any camp opportunity from RVing to backpacking. Some lists combine items so they can include more things, but this is the one that works for me:

1. Water in suitable containers (or a water source and/or a water purification/filtration system.

2. Food in appropriate storage containers.

3. Extra clothing - depending on how often and what you want to change into.

4. Rain gear - could be a poncho, parka, whatever is appropriate for the weather type.

5. First Aid Kit (stocked with what you need - I have all the parts, but no longer carry some things like a snake bite kit. Don't forget insect repellent.

6. Knife (3", much more than that is overkill and a weapon)

7. Flashlight with extra batteries. Windup flashlights help minimize batteries but are kinda large and heavy if you backpack.

8. Firestarter (blocks or paste) and matches (waterproofed).

9. Sunglasses/Sunblock/chapstick. Even in winter!! The snow can wreak havoc on your eyes from glare.

10. Topo Map & compass. For the areas you traverse. You'd be surprised by unexpected rivers & obstructions and a map helps you get around this. A GPS can also be used but most truists still believe you keep the paper maps as well.

I've always wondered why a stove/fuel & cooking utensils have not made the list, but with a firestarter and some meals pretty much self contained, this turns this into a desire not a requirement.

Other things that are not interestingly enough on the list but somewhat necessary are toiletries, and a backpack or dufflebag. Also, not making the list are specific clothing like boots and NO COTTON. Cotton is a terrible fabric in the backwoods. Wool is much better but heavier than some of these fancy fabrics out there.

That's pretty much MY Must-Haves. Everything else is a convenience, nicety, or fun gadget to bring along. I have saved plenty of other persons in the wild because I bring these along.
 

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1-firearm-50 rounds of ammo
2-fire starter-enough to start 3 fires
3-matches-lighter
4-clothes
5-food
6-hatchet
7-tent-sleeping bag
8-water
there is more but if your backpacking,weight is an issue,and yes these are in order of importance to me:10220:
 

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My list is I need all 10 items. There is no priority, I need all of them.

Since you have a priority for yours it's nice to know your bullets are edible and can quench your thirst. I like that weapons, fire starting materials are very high and even a hatchet is above water.

I'm just messing with you. No disrespect meant. I have a pretty good sense of humor. I guess I've just been softened up too much over the years. [:)]
 

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most people can only carry enough water for maybe a day trip if that,if in snow,fire melts water,hatchet cuts wood to make fire,bullets kill dinner,and you need the gun to fire the bullet,hatchet cuts the wood i will need to make shelter if i forget my tent or my sleeping bag,so yes my list is right on the mark,except i forgot the beer,but that would be at the bottom annyway.
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yes, I know and I was trying to be funny, too. I guess I fell short .... but I wouldn't call that camping. I would call that survival.

I couldn't clean a carcass to save my life. If I forgot my tent or sleeping bag, I would go back home and give up camping since I can't read a checklist. Guns and bullets are too expensive. 50 of rounds of ammo would clear a forest of all things edible, or else you're a really bad shot in which case I won't camp near by or I'll get the ricochet.

All things are possible. :)
 

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First aid kit! Never, never head out without one. The most important thing you could have. Hope for the best, plan for the worst...
Excellent suggestion. We have a saying in our family: It's not a vacation 'till somebody goes to the hospital. Since we started camping 13 years ago we have had several concussions, broken arm, scratched cornea, burst eardrum, dehydration, 2 bouts of serius pneumonia, stitches, plus the usual vomiting and diarrhea, colds, fevers, and various cuts, bruises, and burns. And that doesn't even inclued the time we rolled our whole rig with 5 people in the SUV. :smack-head: We never know when we're going to need our first aid kit.
 

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Great! Another Advertisement for a product that has too many useless size bandages. One of these days I'll have to post my contents and it won't be 200 useless size band-aids.
 

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yes, I know and I was trying to be funny, too. I guess I fell short .... but I wouldn't call that camping. I would call that survival.

I couldn't clean a carcass to save my life. If I forgot my tent or sleeping bag, I would go back home and give up camping since I can't read a checklist. Guns and bullets are too expensive. 50 of rounds of ammo would clear a forest of all things edible, or else you're a really bad shot in which case I won't camp near by or I'll get the ricochet.

All things are possible. :)
you are right artmat if i forgot the tent or the sleeping bag my wife would make me go home,and stay there.:smack-head:
 

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Great! Another Advertisement for a product that has too many useless size bandages. One of these days I'll have to post my contents and it won't be 200 useless size band-aids.
:shrug: My first aid kit is not commercial kit. I made it myself. it's not huge, but i can fix almost anything short of a serious head injury or amputation. I carry 4 drugs--Tylenol (fever), Advil (anti-inflammatory), Benedryl (allergic reaction), and Immodium(diarrhea). I keep some bandaids ( but NOT 200~), a few bandage materials, an ace bandage,tweezers, scissors, neosporine & hydrocortisone cream, digital thermometer, and an instant ice pack. I keep it in a small box, about the size of a small shoe box.
 

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Yes, I was referring to the prior post... Notice the time stamps, we posted within 5 minutes of each other and his posted first.... which makes it read funny.

Moving right along, my first aid kit is very similar to Peanut's. I like the Immodium and ice pack idea.

To his list I add plenty of moleskin/molefoam, Motrin instead of Advil because it seems to work better for me. I don't carry scissors since I carry a Swiss Army knife which has tweezers. I carry small heat packs, too. I don't carry a thermometer since I can tell when I or the people I'm with, feel like crap and know to vacate when that happens. It's happened once to a person in our party.

Making your own kit is best as long as you have the experience on what to bring and use. This helps to replenish supplies and get rid of old stuff. It also helps to customize the kit as needed. I'll take one kit for backpacking since size and weight are critical. Then there's a different one for tenting and finally, a big one for the RV (but not that big since I'm not a doctor).
 

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Great suggestion about the superglue! I once put my kids scalp back together after he split it on a pole. The cut was only about an inch long, but the superglue did the job. I wouldn't try to do that with an especially deep or long cut,but for something small (and easily cleaned out!) superglue will work well.
 

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I'm a remodeling contractor, and on site cuts are part of the workday. Years ago I did a remodel for an ER Doc. Got to run my method past him.

Up to that point, I'd been doing it wrong. I squirted the glue into the wound. He suggested cleaning, then hold closed, then 3 to 5 thin layers, allowing each to dry quick, as opposed to one thick layer.

It was a steel stud job, lotsa oportunity to practice with all the sharp metal edges around. Helper managed to slice his hand pretty good. We took the time to glue it "right", Doc gave his seal of approval, said we saved a $350 ER trip!

Also confirmed, infection sets in 24 to 48 hours. Means nothing if no signs earlier, but you are usually in the clear if all looks good 48hrs later. Good stuff to know.

He did laugh at my "deep cut/gash method". Big dollap of liquid nails into the wound, squeeze excess out as you close it. Then wrap w/blue shop towel and duct tape tight!

Something about chance for massive infection and chemical burns/nerve damage?

I've superglued my wife and kids, save the liquid nails for myself!
 

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He was however impressed with the blue shop towel and duct tape. Liked the constant pressure for slowing blood flow giving chance to clot.as a rule, I don't travel very far without duct tape, and usually have a roll of shop towels somewhere in the truck.
 
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