Whether it’s a Grand Canyon excursion or your local state park, one thing’s sure: your FIREDISC® cooker is up to the task. But it’s not like you can drag your favorite ‘disc and weapons out and go. You need other stuff, too.
A tent, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads
- Plan on 20 square feet for each person sleeping in the tent, unless you’re prepared to camp like sardines.
- In summer, look for +30° and higher. Be sure you have camping sleeping bags instead of backpacking models. They’re roomier.
- Pads are critical for cushion and insulation, to keep you off the hard ground and warm if the night gets chilly.
Camp rug, tablecloth, clips, and a camping clothesline
- Keep dirt and mud out of your RV and tents with this camp rug.
- There are fancy tablecloths and weights to keep them in place. All you need is a dollar-store version and some duct tape.
- Get one made for camping, not your garden variety clothesline. Outdoors models can withstand wind and carry heavy items.
FIREDISC cooker, propane tanks, and cooking accessories
- The Camping and RV Bundle has everything you need to cook your catch (or whatever you pack from the market.)
- Bring two-pack propane tanks to ensure you have enough fuel for the excursion. (And a Conversion Hose with Gauginator®).
- For camping trips, the Ultimate Spatula/Cooking Weapon is all you need. (Including a bottle opener. You’re welcome.)
Dinnerware, cups, and a sharp knife
- An Outdoor dinnerware for every camper ensures everyone cleans up after themselves.
- Likewise, YETI Rambler mugs for every camper keep hot drinks steamy and cold drinks ice cold.
- For gutting fish, cutting line, and opening a pesky bag of tortilla chips, you can’t go wrong with a Williams Knife Co. RX Flipper.
A cooler, cutting board, and food storage
- Rugged IGLOO BMX coolers’ advanced insulation to keep food copacetic until dinnertime.
- Get the REI GSI Outdoors Ultralight Cutting Board for ease of use and cleaning — plus, it folds.
- Keep food prep and leftovers secure in FoodSaver containers.
Accessory storage, water jugs, and binoculars
- A Plano Storage Trunk will protect your cooking weapons.
- Ensure you have safe water with the WaterStorageCube BPA Free Collapsible Water Container.
- The Maven B Series binoculars offer top-of-line optics and workmanship. And, at a fraction of the cost of many leading brands.
Field guides, a good read, and a notebook
- For the book on all things camping, you’ll be hard-pressed to top the Pendleton Field Guide to Camping. You’ll get lost in it making sure you’re not lost out of it.
- Hands down, our choice is Jack London’s Call of the Wild. It’ll mean something new to you as a grownup.
- There’s a balance between remaining in the moment and recording the experience. It’s in the pages of The Camping Logbook.
Games, dry bags, and a toiletry bag
- A standard Doyle deck or UNO is the norm; for something different, try the Worst Case Scenario Card Game.
- A dry bag is a great idea, but when it comes with a cooler liner, too, that’s a bonus. Grab the Frogg Toggs 10-liter FTX bag for that.
- The Osprey UltraLight Zip Organizer is low-profile and lightweight. It comes with lots of pockets and quality zippers.
A first-aid kit, sunscreen, and sunglasses
- A box of bandages won’t do. Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series Hiker is a great value. It has everything imaginable you’ll need.
- The sunscreen to take: Ultimate Sun Protector Lotion SPF 50+. It’s designed for active days out on the river, fishing, and swimming.
- The Abaco Cruiser II shades are durable, streak resistant, and block our glare and sun.
A sunhat, insect repellent device, and camping chairs
- A ballcap and sunscreen can work. But for stylish, effective sun protection, choose Sunday Afternoons Adventure Hat.
- If you’re not high on sprays, check out the Thermacell MR450 Portable Mosquito Repeller. Carry one around and you won’t get bugged.
- Between $10 throwaways and space-age models lies the Helinox Chair Zero. It’s comfortable, strong, and weighs in at 17 ounces. You could eat that much shrimp.
That ought to do it. Camping excursions are always part planned, part experiment. Enjoy the adventure.