Q. When I go camping with my den I always forget some piece of my gear.
How can I make sure I don’t forget anything?
— Forgetful Freddy, Fenton, MO
A. Hey Forgetful, this is an easy one. Just make a checklist of all the stuff you need to bring. Print up a couple copies on your computer or have a parent make a copy for you. Then use a safety pin to attach it to your backpack. When it’s time to pack for an outing, simply go down the list and check off the gear as you put it inside your pack. Naturally, the actual gear list will change depending on the weather, time of the year, or where you’re headed, but the basics will still always be the same.
Here’s a sample list:
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping pad
- Camp pillow
- Extra socks (2 per day)
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
- Water bottle
- Mess kit (plate, bowl, cup, spork, etc.)
- First aid kit
- Bug spray
- Rain gear
- Boy Scout uniform (Class A and/or B)
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