Camping – Equipment

This also finds the best hunting and fishing away from the “beaten paths.” How to take to those far-back places depends on the number of people in the group, the length of the journey, the time of the year and the transport methods.

If you’re heading to these locations by Shank’s Mare, or going by canoe, just take the necessities. The list below is for 2 individuals.

Tent for Hiker or Cruiser.

Two beds to lie on.

Big knapsack with canvas.

Pack basket with a cover which is waterproof.

Small sheath and hammer.

A two-cell flashlight with two additional batteries, and an extra lamp.

Folding baker reflector.

Lantern oil. (Take candles when difficult to transport)

Cooking and eating utensils will include a frying pan, 3/4 stew pot with cover, small coffee pot with strainer spout, 1 stirring spoon, 1 baking tray, 2 tray plates, 2 spoons, 2 knives, 2 forks, 2 cups, salt and pepper shakers.

Auto Camping Rooms

The following list of auto camping equipment is for 2 individuals. As there are more people in the party, more equipment would of course be required.

Check these things at home while you’re packing your equipment in your car.

Tent and pitch.

Two folding cots, or two sleeping bags, fitted with air mattresses are preferred. Camp cots without mattresses are cold and uncomfortable, particularly during the early fishing season and the late hunting season.

Pump Air-bed.

Solid table with folding cart.

Two stools at the camp.

Two reclining camp chairs to relax.

A two-burner gasoline furnace and a two gallon safety petrol tank.

When cots are used two blankets per person.

One lantern with fuel. A lighted gasoline lantern sitting for an hour on the floor of your tent is perfect for keeping off the chill during camping in Spring and early Fall.

Cooking and eating utensils will include a heavy 3-quarter coffee pot with strainer spout; a 4-quarter pail; a medium sized frying pan; two 2-quarter coated pots; reflecting baker; long-handled fork; salt and black pepper stirrers; blade, wheel, spoon, cup and plates for each person; one large spoon; one knife with at least an 8-inch blade for making soup; one lengthy-handled spoon and one cooking spatula.

One sheathed camp hammer.

A tiny mattock to dig around tent trench.

One flashlight with new batteries and supplementary bulbs.

A few nails and a small wire roll or stovepipe are found to be useful throughout camp.

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The biggest shift in outdoor recreation that has occurred since Seven decades ago Bean wrote his guide that it is a cultural one. The forests were the property of hunters and fishermen during the 1940s and 1950s and The advice was guided accordingly. His equipment and grub lists were well adapted for a camp that acted as a multi-day hunting staging area, and in reality the requirements are still applicable in the semi-permanent base camps used by today’s experienced guides and outfitters (if anything, the grub lists may be much more elaborate).

Outdoor leisure has, however, grown considerably since the day of Millions spend their weekends and holidays in the park. Camping, canoeing, and hiking are not supplementary activities for them; they are the principal events. Clothing has grown to support these forms of outdoor recreation and the trend toward ever-lighter items is continuing.

The cotton fabric, once the main material in tent construction, has given way to waterproof polyesters and nylons. Most tents are free-standing, and they can be mounted on almost any surface, and they are quickly relocated without disassembling. The typical two-person tent in L.L.’s day weighs three to four pounds, around one-quarter of the weight of a similarly sized tent. Similarly, the pillows of today are lightweight, safe and compact into a convenient design which is simple to bring on the trail. Self-inflated mattresses have the same purpose as bough beds.

The bag-style pack pictured was a convenient way of carrying comfortably the bulky gear required to outfit the base camp for the hunter. By comparison, contemporary backpacks are designed to hike longer distances and times. Their lightweight internal frames are engineered to be flexible and to balance the capacity to bear load. Your flashlight is as lightweight and slender as a finger; your stove and cook kit folds up into a box that fits in your hand’s palm.