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28 June 2012 @ 01:24 am
So, I'm going camping...for the first time in my adult life...eeek! Thankfully with my boyfriend, who is the more camp-y-outdoor-sy one. We're going to a campsite on Mt.Rainier (WA), and will be staying in a tent.

So far, all my list includes is:
-sleeping bags/pillows
-cast iron pans (we both collect them)

What else?,

and even more so, what do I wear!? I'm the sort of gal that if you saw me on the street and I said I was going camping, ya'll would LOL. I'm actually not opposed to it, just haven't been/never had the time or people who wanted to go. I'm OK with not having a shower, and with getting all up in the woods but have no idea of the type of clothing one wears (I live my life nice tops & heels...which I most def. will NOT bring)

thanks much :)

Update- Thank you so much guys!!!
I'm borrowing the following from my folks:
-sleeping bags
-sleeping pads (inflatable)
-folding chairs
-axe (for breaking down wood)
-hammer (for putting the steaks in the ground for the tent)
-large cooler

I bought a jacket (waterproof, fleece lined), shorts (knee length, so the booty isn't hanging out when I'm hiking around), and tennies (couldn't find mine, but I bought used ones) and a few tees

Planning on getting water and food fixings the day before. Any tips as to storing meat in a cooler? Or is it just a bad idea? We're planning on turkey dogs (wrapped in bacon, with a jalapeno slice) - both of which I think will be ok if we cook on the first night. But what about the next two nights? We're also OK with going veg, but I just wonder

thank you again- so so helpful :)
Kymberleeetxeberria on June 28th, 2012 08:36 am (UTC)
You want light layers and rain gear in terms of clothing. Bring sturdy tennis shoes, a pair of flip flops for quick trips in and out of the tent, and an extra pair of shoes in case of nasty weather. You want warm clothing for night time.

My personal list, from memory, also from camping in WA:

tee shirts
long sleeved shirt
bathing suit (because you never know)
towel, hand towel, and washcloth
extra socks
2 pair shoes
1 pair sandals/flip flops
thick pajama pants
leggings to go under pajama pants in case it gets too chilly

bar of soap that is safe for camping (you don't want any chemicals going back into the environment!)
dish soap that is safe for camping
washcloths for drying dishes and bodies
tissues, because i get mad allergy attacks in the mountains

plates or bowls
paper towels
a giant garbage bag for your trash
tent, of course
a broom to sweep all of the shit out of your tent, which will accumulate no matter how hard you try to avoid it
sleeping bag
small extra blanket

toilet paper
bug spray

marshmallow sticks
smore supplies
folding chairs

lantern or flashlights, plus extra batteries

food, of course (i love baking apples with oatmeal, cinnamon, and brown sugar in tin foil)
a lot of snacks (trail mix! nuts! crackers!) anything that's going to make you thirsty so you drink more water
water bottles

a camera

a board or card game to pass the time if things get slow

kailenkailen on June 29th, 2012 06:13 am (UTC)
Also mattress pads (the inflatable or foam camping kinds) for under your sleeping bag, because there is ALWAYS going to be a rock or twig there.

I would also add:
-clothesline and clothespins
-bucket (to carry water in from wherever the water source is) (I have a set of metal nesting pots with handles that can serve as buckets, pans/pots, containers to washing things in, etc. SUPER handy.)
-LED headlamp (hands free light is awesome)
-first aid kit
-knife, cutting board, other food prep things depending on what you're cooking
-camp stove and fuel unless you're cooking on a fire the whole time (if you are using a stove, I don't think cast iron pots work so well on them)

I don't know what the campground you're going to is like, but if there is a shower, I bring extra/old flipflops to wear in the shower because they tend to be kind of gross, and I don't want soapscum and stuff on my good flipflops.
Kymberleeetxeberria on June 29th, 2012 06:14 am (UTC)
gah, i totally forgot to include the tarp, the bucket, and food prep things. those are definitely things I include. i don't worry about mattress pads, though, because im fat and they don't really do much anyway.
She’d never bother, with people she’d hatemahsox_mahsox on June 28th, 2012 08:36 am (UTC)
toilet paper, unless you want to get handy with leaves
Karmen: Peas_on_earthkarmen on June 28th, 2012 08:44 am (UTC)
In addition to the awesome suggestions above by etxeberria: a few ziploc bags to put things like your phone in in case it rains or in case of dew.

As for the underthings to keep you warm if its chilly at night: http://www.cuddlduds.com/ They are thin, slim fitting and work perfectly under flannel jammie pants and shirts. Most large department stores sell them: Belk, Sears etc.

Good luck, the first time my husband took me camping I lay there listening to the sleet hitting the tent. Never again.
penelopes_webpenelopes_web on June 28th, 2012 08:50 am (UTC)
I'd also add a tarp and/or inflatable mattress for under your sleeping bag.
Rope...always need rope - for a clothes line, or extending a tarp for rain/shade.
We always pack a small turf rug/carpet for right outside the tent to leave shoes - less mud tracked into the tent.

Don't forget matches or a lighter for a campfire or your lanterns.
Have fun :))
cliclir: derek's underwearcliclir on June 28th, 2012 09:36 am (UTC)
Erm I can't say much about what to bring as I've never gone camping before :/ Still though, a lot of the other comments are pretty good in terms of that.. I hape you have an awesome time!!! :D
terryn73 on June 28th, 2012 10:17 am (UTC)
The only thing I can think of to add to the list above is a sleeping pad of some kind - you'll need something to separate you from the ground or you'll be cold all night. Pack extras of all the essentials, it's ok to bring stuff back with you, but it's gonna really suck if you loose all of your matches. Also a chair of some sort or sitting pad.
the_great_makerthe_great_maker on June 28th, 2012 10:38 am (UTC)
Don't know what the night temperature is likely to be where you are, but if it might be a bit chilly, pack a hot water bottle - I've always been very grateful for mine when camping in the UK! Oh and big thick socks for chilly nights too!
edy_ on June 28th, 2012 12:13 pm (UTC)
I find reusable heatpacks* better than hotwater bottles - they don't need water heating up (good at 5am when the tempreture can suddenly drop and you've had to pop out to the loo), can't leak (unless they're pierced) and can be used in pockets as well as in bed.

* this sort of thing: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Magic-Gel-Reusable-Hand-Warmer/dp/B000MU4IJ2/ref=sr_1_1?s=sports&ie=UTF8&qid=1340885470&sr=1-1
Jim Carusojasonbeast on June 28th, 2012 11:46 am (UTC)
Bring a heavy coat. It may seem all hot and summery but chilly weather can pop up unexpectedly at high altitude. You may not need it, but it'd be better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
edy_ on June 28th, 2012 12:28 pm (UTC)
What other people have said and:

Waterproofs. I take a jacket, trousers and wellies.
Sunhat - you're outside all day so weather that would be ok at home can need a bit more care when camping.

Babywipes for quick clean ups.

Mallet and spare pegs for the tent

Something to wash up in (e.g. normal wash up bowl / collapsible bowl / storage box that you can ship things in and then use as a bowl while stuff is unpacked)

If you're cooking on a wood fire, cast iron pans are fine. If you're using a camp stove, then you want lightweight pans that heat up fast (otherwise you just use up all your fuel).

Chopping board and knife - preferably in a sheath so it doens't cut stuff it shouldn't while being packed.

Clothes wise - layers are definitely the way to go. I use vest tshirts, tshirts, jumpers and trousers/jeans/shorts. (Don't forget jeans take ages to dry when wet so aviod wearing them if it's going to rain / wear them under waterproof trousers.) If it's cool/cold I sleep in socks, track suit trousers and a couple of lightweight jumpers/long sleeve tshirts. Polo/turtle/necks are good cos they stop draughts down your neck!
Lady Crimson Tide: HK40Kclynne on June 28th, 2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
OP, what are you cooking on? Does the campsite have fire pits or does your BF have a stove he's bringing? If there's any chance at all it might be rainy, you probably want at least a small stove for days when you can't get the fire lit, or for mornings when you want coffee before making the whole fire.

Speaking of which, if you're cooking over a fire, you should investigate cooking-inna-foil-pack for breakfasts in particular. While you're at home, slice up potatoes and veggies (I like tomatoes and red peppers), some ham or sausage if you eat it, and package them all up into foil. Toss the foil on the fire for about 20 min, then open it and put in a scrambled egg, close it, wait 10 min, done. Cleanup's easy, too.

It sounds like you're at a campsite that doesn't have running water, so I'd also suggest Lysol wipes to help with cleanup. There's a kind with a scrubby texture that's wonderful for kitchen cleanup, and you just chuck 'em into the fire when you're done.

Other folks have said flashlights, but I'll say that in particular you'll want a flashlight that goes around your neck, or a headlamp, for night-time potty trips when you need light but your hands might be busy. I like to make a go-bag with toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and a mini-flashlight and keep it in my tent.

So - flashlights, a way to heat water without a fire, warm clothes/layers, spare shoes for when your first set gets wet, ziploc bags in large sizes because they're super useful, plus the stuff you've already listed, and there you are.
whorishnesswhorishness on June 28th, 2012 12:29 pm (UTC)
Sleeping mat/inflatable mattress. Not only does it make for a more comfortable night sleep, it separates you from the ground, which gets effing cold at night. I went camping in the mountains in August and at night it was getting close to freezing.

Baby wipes are infinitely useful.
First aid kid
A basin to wash your dishes in, biodegradable dish soap as well.
steel wool and a 9 volt battery (good emergency backup for starting a fire)

I usually pack tights, yoga pants and jeans. For shirts you want tshirts, long sleeves, a hoodie, and a good jacket. Several pairs of socks, 1 pair of mittens, one of gloves. Good comfortable running shoes that have been worn in. swimsuit, towels.
rainaranarainarana on June 28th, 2012 12:36 pm (UTC)
I don't know if ticks are an issue there but if they are get some permethrin spray and treat your clothes, socks, backpack, etc . . . before you go. It has to dry before you can wear/use the items. I'm kind of obsessive right now because there's a new tick borne disease in my area on top of Lyme and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. I just read about the lone star tick which can cause a meat allergy.
Linda: Wrong Thingslindapendant on June 28th, 2012 01:28 pm (UTC)
I don't know if anyone said this already, but I'd bring an air mattress, unless sleeping on the ground isn't an issue.
tashatashabear on June 28th, 2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
Line your pack or whatever you're packing in with a garbage bag, and/or pack in ziploc bags. Plastic grocery bags make great trash bags for little jobs, and you can put dirty/wet clothing in them to keep it separate from clean and dry stuff.

Seconding the first aid kit; you can get one cheap at Target and plus it up with extra NSAIDs, allergy meds, and chewable Pepto. They never give you enough painkiller, and the last thing you want is to eat something that disagrees with you and have no way to stop it in its tracks.
Queridaluvjasperkitty on June 28th, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
besides everything I saw posted:

a decent hat
a camera
a bungie cord to keep your food cooler closed in case of hungry animals
food cooler
drinkable water (not every campsite has it and not all water tastes the same)
a deck of cards
spare batteries or propane for your lantern
shovel (to help level out under the tent, is a cheap fire extinguisher, and if there's no nearby toilets, a way to bury the "evidence")
a letterman or swiss army knife
trash bags
emergency survival kit
matches (waterproof or in a waterproof container)
small radio
a book about star gazing
fixings for s'mores
eating utensils and dishes
biodegradable dishwashing soap
sponge or washcloth for dishes

a sense of humor and adventure!
mirhandamirhanda on June 28th, 2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
Insect repellant.
Tragically Unhip: pic#103625676athinker on June 28th, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
ohh cloudy dayswhat_is_written on June 28th, 2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
Wet wipes ftw
I am an interactive leaf on the wind!interactiveleaf on June 28th, 2012 10:13 pm (UTC)
A portable table, unless you're staying in a campsite that has a picnic table already. Actually, you could probably use a table even then; just like in a home, stuff expands to fill available horizontal space.
Phaedra Lariphaedra_lari on June 28th, 2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
your bright silver grinarlen_esq on June 29th, 2012 02:10 am (UTC)
Heh, I was about to post that list! I work for REI...it's a great place.

Which leads me to another suggestion...if there's an REI near you (and if you're in Washington, there probably is) check with them about rentals. The one I work at does camping gear rentals--tents, stoves, sleeping bags, thermarests, and packs (although whats available rental-wise is going go vary by store). If it's your first time camping and you don't have something, you might want to rent to try it out before investing in gear.

Here's a list of what available for rental by store in Washington State: http://www.rei.com/stores/rentals.html#washington If you don't see something listed, it's worth calling (checking the list, I see that there are things that my store rents that are *not* listed as available).

Have fun!
Contradiction Childtautriadelta on June 29th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
I always pack 3x as many socks as days we'll be out. Being wet and cold is awful, and its amazing how well an extra pair of socks can help warm you up. And I'll second the layering. Our last trip ranged from 45F to 90F over 4days. Also, wet wipes for quick personal cleanups are useful. Sometimes you feel a little sticky and want to clean up before you pass out, but getting to the bathhouse is too much work. Real handy for getting you thru til morning! And the regular clorox wipes for food prep. I don't use them at home, but they are irreplaceable when camping!

Also, hot pads! Someone always forgets theirs, and trying to get a hot pan off the fire is dangerous without. And in the camping section of walmart, you can find these large 5gal plastic containers for water. You always need more than you think, and being able to grab water on site is handy. Extra trash bags. Unless you have a way to safely and easily tie your trash up where bears can't get it, its easier to just tie off the bag at night and throw it in your car.
Contradiction Childtautriadelta on June 29th, 2012 03:25 am (UTC)
Oh, and when it comes to food, period: Try to prep as much as possible before you go. I like to do kabobs, so I'll cut up the meat and throw in in a ziplock bag with the marinade and freeze. It'll defrost slowly, so you don't have to worry about leaking, and its easier to just thread them onto skewers, than have to cut them up, marinate and then skewer. Less chance of cross contamination, and face it: food poisoning is no fun at home, with easy access to a toilet... Doing it in the woods is, um... not fun, to say the least! Lastly, my husband and I are useless before our morning coffee, and trying to operate a percolator is immensely frustrating. If you are anything like us, think ahead and try to figure out the easiest and fastest way to get caffine in you, be it Via (which a friend swears by), a french press (good luck finding one that isn't glass!), or our personal favorite, cold brewed coffee, which can be heated up with no loss in flavor. Same thing for breakfast, be it granola bars, banana bread, anything easy to prep and eat with a hangover!
Lady Crimson Tide: HK40Kclynne on June 29th, 2012 06:17 am (UTC)
If you are staying somewhere that has a bear problem, they should either have bear canisters for rent, or bear lockers for your trash, food, etc.

Bears in most campgrounds regularly frequented by humans have now figured out that smashing car windows is a great way to get at the tasty tasty stuff in garbage bags.

Edited at 2012-06-29 06:17 am (UTC)
Contradiction Childtautriadelta on June 29th, 2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
I live and camp in the Blue Ridge/Appalchian Mtns, and at least in my neighborhood and preferred campground, we don't have a bear "problem", but they are around, and its better to err on the side of caution. And besides, even if there aren't bears, there are still other animals that would love your trash. Racoons got into our beer cooler a few years ago, and now we've begun weighting the lids to prevent that as well.