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Don’t forget anything

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:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Camp pillow
  • Boots
  • Extra socks (2 per day)
  • Flashlight
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Water bottle
  • Mess kit  (plate, bowl, cup, spork, etc.)
  • Hat
  • First aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Rain gear
  • Compass
  • Camera
  • Washcloth/towel
  • Soap
  • Boy Scout uniform (Class A and/or B)

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8 Comments on Don’t forget anything

  1. Remember when making the list, ask yourself what conditions you’ll need to be prepared for. Add or subtract items according to season and weather conditions, and whether you’ll be camping, or backpacking.

    Even pilots use checklists. The good ones religiously follow them.

  2. do you know where i can get the full list?

  3. frog boy says // April 20, 2010 at 11:58 am // Reply

    I right my list a few days ahead that way if I forget soomthing on the list I can right it the next day

  4. STINGJECTEMS // April 13, 2010 at 7:09 am // Reply

    Of course. Make a list.

  5. Scouting101 // April 8, 2010 at 11:50 am // Reply

    We’re going on a family camping trip this weedend. I’ll use this method. Thanks Gear Guy!

  6. burntboy#1 // March 28, 2010 at 3:23 pm // Reply

    Great Article!!!

  7. make a list

  8. Have a list to check off and pack a day ahead.

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