Useful Camping Checklist Guide

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Postby shermo » Tue Jan 29, 2008 2:13 pm

i have all my gear packed in about 8 of the plastic storage bins with lids.
The day after we get back we open evrything and replace what is missing.

That way an overnighter or a 2 weker is ready to go.
Takes me about 15 minutes to load up and we are off
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Postby GypsyLady » Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:27 pm

shermo wrote:i have all my gear packed in about 8 of the plastic storage bins with lids.
The day after we get back we open evrything and replace what is missing.

That way an overnighter or a 2 weker is ready to go.
Takes me about 15 minutes to load up and we are off


That sounds pretty well organised Shermo.
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Postby shermo » Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:42 pm

Just makes it very easy.
you know all ur ropes electrics cooking gear and the rest are all there ready to go so no probs when u get there and think "MMM Ithought i packed that tarp" LOL
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Postby GypsyLady » Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:53 pm

shermo wrote:Just makes it very easy.
you know all ur ropes electrics cooking gear and the rest are all there ready to go so no probs when u get there and think "MMM Ithought i packed that tarp" LOL


I agree, you are preaching to the converted here....
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Postby CCC » Tue Jan 29, 2008 4:09 pm

shermo wrote:i have all my gear packed in about 8 of the plastic storage bins with lids.
The day after we get back we open evrything and replace what is missing.

That way an overnighter or a 2 weker is ready to go.
Takes me about 15 minutes to load up and we are off


This is how I organise myself too can never have enough of those storage bins and they look neat and tidy around your camp area
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Postby GypsyLady » Tue Jan 29, 2008 4:19 pm

Central Coast Campers wrote:
shermo wrote:i have all my gear packed in about 8 of the plastic storage bins with lids.
The day after we get back we open evrything and replace what is missing.

That way an overnighter or a 2 weker is ready to go.
Takes me about 15 minutes to load up and we are off


This is how I organise myself too can never have enough of those storage bins and they look neat and tidy around your camp area


Fortunately I don't need storage bins, it is all packed in the CT but yes they are good. Hope the guy who invented them has a patent on them.

Actually I tell a lie, I do use those chiller bags to pack the chippies etc in.
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Postby Scolers » Tue Jan 29, 2008 4:22 pm

Central Coast Campers wrote:
shermo wrote:i have all my gear packed in about 8 of the plastic storage bins with lids.
The day after we get back we open evrything and replace what is missing.

That way an overnighter or a 2 weker is ready to go.
Takes me about 15 minutes to load up and we are off


This is how I organise myself too can never have enough of those storage bins and they look neat and tidy around your camp area


Yeah those bins are great ... I use them in the CT as they keep everything exactly where you want it. CT or no CT they are very handy.

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Postby Komodo » Tue Jan 29, 2008 5:05 pm

Yep plastic storage bins make it very very easy to pack your gear and head away. And we double them for washing up in when we get back from a big trip ;)
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Postby GypsyLady » Wed Jan 30, 2008 8:08 am

Komodo wrote:Yep plastic storage bins make it very very easy to pack your gear and head away. And we double them for washing up in when we get back from a big trip ;)


The big ones are great to bath the children in too...
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Postby amanda » Wed Jan 30, 2008 8:54 am

...just make sure you don't throw the baby out with the bath water.....
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Postby Blue Bravo » Wed Jan 30, 2008 9:06 pm

Plastic boxes are the way to. Unfortunately they seem to be getting flimsier. The first ones I brought have lasted years but the newer ones tend to break under a slight strain.
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Postby GypsyLady » Thu Jan 31, 2008 8:50 am

Blue Bravo wrote:Plastic boxes are the way to. Unfortunately they seem to be getting flimsier. The first ones I brought have lasted years but the newer ones tend to break under a slight strain.


I agree, I bought some 60 litre ones many years ago from Kmart and they have been brilliant AND they also have straight sides. The ones you buy today have tapered sides and they definitely do not pack as well.
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Postby Komodo » Thu Jan 31, 2008 11:08 am

There is a HUGE difference between the good and the poorer quality units.
definately shop around. I bought a couple that I thought were identical to our older units and they are no way near the quality. then just last week I found the identical ones at bunnings to our original ones and they are far stronger - thicker plastic and a more positive latching feel. The difference in price was nearly $20 per box ($8 for the cheaper ones at Big-W on special and $27.50 for the good ones at bunnings) Personally I think the more expencive ones are worth the coin as our original ones are still going strong and they are about 7 years old and the crappy ones arent even a year old and are already starting to showing signs of cracking and braking
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Re: Useful Camping Checklist Guide

Postby AliKat » Fri May 30, 2008 12:43 am

waltzingmatilda wrote:Camping & Personal Requirements Checklist

I hope you find this list useful, it is so easy to forget things.
This is a comprehensive list use it as a guide.
Write your own list from these ideas to suit your family.
Add anything else you require.

EQUIPMENT
Tent including poles, pegs, guy ropes & pegs, fly.
thick Plastic/metal pegs for sand, metal pegs
(Tents usually come with lightweight pegs that bend in hard conditions, consider buying the heavyweight metal pegs.
Ground sheet – cut slightly smaller than base of tent)
Extra tarp and rope to make shade or rain protection cover

SLEEPING GEAR
Mattress
Sleeping bags or sheets, blankets, doona
Pillow & pillow case

TABLES & CHAIRS
Camp table - for preparing food
Extra table to sit around or play games
Chairs - foldable and comfortable

COOKING
Fridge/cooler
Stove & stand, gas hose & fittings
Gas bottles – check full
Cooking plate
Fry pans & saucepans
Camping or Dutch oven
Toasting fork
Plates & bowls – paper or plastic
Cups or glasses
Cutlery
Utensils- tongs, sharp knife, vege peeler, mixing spoon, egg rings,
Cooking tools, spatula, bottle/can opener
Tea towels, detergent, sponge, pot scrubber
Cutting board, grater, sieve for pasta or rice, mixing bowl
Roll of foil, cling wrap, freezer bags, zip lock bags,
Small containers for left over food to go in
Paper towel

MISCELLANEOUS
Fishing boat & safety equipment
Bicycles
Floor mat for entrance of tent
Flashlight, rechargeable lantern, gas, 12 volt light
Rope for clothesline, etc.
Clothes pegs
Battery radio
Large water bottles 10 or 20 litre
Personal water bottles
Matches or lighter
Pocket knife
Compass
Binoculars
Watch or clock
Mobile phone
Axe or hatchet & small shovel
Buckets
Back pack
First aid kit
Sewing kit
Garbage bags
Fishing gear, rods line bait tackle
Hammer
Floor brush
Water purifying tablets
Repair kit - large rubber bands, tie wire, strong needle and nylon thread, cable/zip ties, nylon rope, spare shoelaces

PERSONAL
Hair brush/comb/clips/shampoo/conditioner
Toothbrush & paste
Soap
Deodorant
Towels some for swimming & showering
Shaving razor/cream
Lip balm
Sunscreen
Insect repellent
Toilet paper
Hand towel

MEDICAL
First Aid kit
Aspirin pain relief
Cold & flue tablets
SPAMMER medication
Asthma & allergy relief
Nose spray
Eye drops
Antiseptic cream
Tweezers
Bandages & band aids
Sunburn soothing cream
Moisturizer
‘Sting goes’ type spray or cream
Tissues
Scissors
Vitamins
Water purifying tablets

CLOTHING
Take enough to be clean, dry & warm.
Depends on conditions cold/warm/hot/wet allow for the number of days you will be camping.
Hand or machine washing can be done.
Mornings and evenings can be cool.
Layers of clothing usually work well.

Long/short pants or jeans
Long/short sleeve shirts
Jumpers/windcheaters
Sun hat or warm hat
Wet weather gear
Thick/thin socks
Old pair of shoes for walking creeks or mud
Gloves/mittens
Sunglasses
Hiking boots, runners, walking shoes

KIDS
Soft & play toys
Card & ball games
Reading & coloring book/pencils
Book suitable for diary
Scissors, colored paper, glue stick
Life jackets/flotation device
Glow sticks/torch
Bicycle & helmet
Baby & toddler requirements

PERSONAL ITEMS
Mobile phone & recharger
Wallet, money, credit cards, etc.
Sunglasses
Note paper & pen
Watch
Identification
Itinerary
Camera, film, batteries, video camera
Map books, tourist info
Contact phone numbers
Envelopes, stamps, address book

FOOD Basic foods (add other foods required)
Drinks milk, fresh or long life
Soft drink, cordial etc
hot drinks, coffee, tea, Milo etc.
Sugar
Salt & pepper
Sauce
Cooking oil
Bread/toast spreads
Breakfast cereal
Snacks
Meat
Fruit, vegetables & cheese
Bread, rice & pasta
Packaged & tinned food



This is a fantasic list and exactly what I was looking for!!! I will just modify it as I need to - Thanks for putting the time into it :)
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Re: Useful Camping Checklist Guide

Postby GypsyLady » Fri May 30, 2008 9:18 am

For winter camping you need to add hot waters bottles and some form of insultation on top of and under the mattress if you are using a standard air mattress. Foam mattresses and self inflating don't require the insulation as much.

An old wool blanket under is the best if you can get it (there are many alternatives but none so good as wool) and of course a woollen underlay/overlay on top. And covers for your hot water bottles.

I would also add thermal unders as well.
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