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Camping Checklists

Everyone has their own ideal as to what items to bring on a camping trip. It can be going out into nature with one or two items to going out into nature with enough items to fillup a large mobile home.

America Camping Xplorers know that having a checklist is one of the most important pieces of information to review before going camping. A checklist is helpful in keeping you organized and possible ensuring equipment is not forgotten at home or at the campsite. There is nothing worse than getting to a site after a long journey, and unpacking to find you’ve forgotten the tent.

We compiled a comprehensive checklist for any camping endeavors to include a specific camping area.

If you have children coming along they might want to bring specific items. Place the responsibilities on them to pack their own personal gear in a backpack. This will limit them to what they can bring and teach them to make the best choice in what they need during packing. Having their own checklist will keep them excited and focus on the trip.

You can download and customize any of the checklists relevant to your trip. You should make checkmarks and add or remove items to suit your needs before rolling out the driveway. There is no need in taking gear you do not need.

During your trip you can remember what you need and don’t need for the next trip by writing it down in a notebook. If there is something that you think we should put on our list, please let us know by the checklist blog.


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Camping Knots

Knots knowledge and use are a must for campers, explorers, sailors, climbers to name a few. You will use some kind of knot whenever you setup or breakdown your equipment.   The proper knot could save you in a life threatening situation or keep your equipment from coming loose. If it is not used properly it can hurt or kill. You should learn how to tie knots properly and where to use them.

Knot – a tie made in a rope and mostly requires the manipulation of only one end. Both ends can be used when the rope is short enough.
Hitch – for attaching a rope to another object.
Bend – involves joining two ropes so that they can stand the strain of being used as one rope.

Here are some safety tips:

  • Always handle rope with care, inspect and test any knot tied.
  • Never try to control a heavily loaded rope with your bare hands
  • Never stand or put any body part in a loop or a bight of a rope which may suddenly tighten, like a tow line.
  • Avoid deliberately wrapping a line\rope around your hand to get a better grip.
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Water Requirements

Recommended Drinking Water Requirement For Camping and Outdoor Activities

The amount of water you need for camping depends on many things, temperature, your level of fitness, humidity, how much you exert yourself and more.

It’s important to realize that we can get our fluid requirements from the food we eat, as well as the fluids we drink. For instance, an orange is 87% water! Good sources of water are:
* Water
* Fruits & Vegetables
* Drinks, especially non-caffeinated ones like fruit juice

There are many different methods for calculating daily fluid requirements. A simple equation to figure your fluid needs is that for every pound of body weight, you need about half an ounce of fluid intake per day. For instance, if you weigh 160 lbs., simply multiply 160 by .5 to estimate your daily fluid needs in ounces, then divide by eight to estimate your fluid needs in cups per day, rounding up to the nearest full cup.
For example: 160 x .5 = 80 ounces; 80 ounces divided by 8 = 10 cups of fluid per day
0.5 ounces x Body Weight in Pounds = Daily Fluid Requirement in ounces

As you calculate out what your daily fluid requirements are, you’ll probably realize that it is close to that common recommendation of 8 – 12 cups per day.

Remember camping in hot weather and humid environments may lead to dehydration.
Watch out for the signs of dehydration such as:
· Fatigue or weakness
· Headache
· Muscle cramps
· Dizziness
· Vomiting
· High body temperature
· Dry mouth and skin
· Convulsions

If you notice any of these signs:
– Stop what you doing and get out the sun.
– Loosen or remove as much of your clothes possible.
– Sit down and rest.
– Take sips of water / sport drinks with electrolytes.
– Apply ice/cold pack wrapped in a towel to the skin to help cool the body off.
– If the symptoms get worse for medical help.

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First Aid

Having a First Aid Bag is one of the most important pieces of items you should have when you are camping. In most situations you should be OK when camping at a recreational campground. These campgrounds usually have a workamper who can help in a minor emergency.

There will be many situation where you will not have a workamper for help. You cannot always keep someone from getting hurt, but you may be able to help them when they get a minor injury while camping. By not having a first aid bag, a minor injury or illness can ruin a camping trip.

If you are planning to camp more than twice a year or longer than three days, then we recommend that you have a acampx first aid bag.

ACAMPX First Aid Bag can treat minor ailments or more serious injuries thus helping to reduce the risk of infection or the severity of the injury. The first aid bag will usually be around the family at all times.  This bag is  at the campsite, in the vehicle and group backpacking in the backcountry. You can also keep your first aid bag in a designated location at home. The acampx first aid bag should be put in an easy to access location so that anyone can use the bag in the case of an injury.

The first aid bag is easy for everyone to open. A red cross patch is on the bag so it easily identifiable. The acampx first aid bag can be strapped to the body to free your hands. This is really important if you are walking for any length of time.

We have a photo illustration of ACAMPX First Aid Bag below. There are over 130 items in the bag.  If there is an item you think should be added to the list, or any first aid suggestions, please let us know.

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