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2. Camping Check Lists
Camping check lists make your trips much more enjoyable in many ways. Check lists help you
organize and pack your camping gear. The list reminds you what to bring, and where to pack it.
No one likes to get to camp and find out they forgot some important item. When you are getting
ready to go, you can also easily see what errands you need to run in order to pick up those last
A check list also helps you remember what not to bring next time. Every trip is a little different,
so make notes on your check list about what camping gear you used, what you didn't, and what
you wished you had taken. A good check list will change continually as your experience grows
and you try out different items. This lets you plan to make your next camping trip even better.
Get the whole family involved in making your camping check list. Everyone's excitement and
anticipation will increase. Making out your check list months ahead is one way to start enjoying
your vacation early.
The following check list is called the "Car Camping Check List." Car camping is typical for
most visitors at state and national parks. Car camping is also for when you are traveling, and stop
at a commercial campground for the night. Because you have a car, you get to carry extra gear
for all your fun activities. You can also leave some things home, like spare batteries, since you
can generally ride to a store if necessary.