I am planning a camping trip at the end of the year in texas. We are going to be completely ruffing it with no running water other than what we bring or find naturally. No electricity or any other creature comforts. How do I plan for it? What do I need?
I cant agree more with C_Kayak_. You really need to ease into a trip of this duration and try out a weekend trip first with someone that’s been camping before to help you learn the ropes. Build up to a week long trip and know your gear as well as your own limitations before you should even think about planning an adventure like this. That having been reiterated…I’m Happy to hear that you have caught the camping bug. Its always a fantastic adventure to explore the great outdoors. You don’t mention but I take it that you’ll be disbursed camping with your car.
You probably already have a lot of stuff that you can use for camping in your house.
Here’s a short list of camping equipment:
Shelter – Tent, poles, stakes, ground sheet
Sleeping – Sleeping bag, sleeping pad
Essentials – Water bottles& water purification methods, waterproof matches/lighter, map & compass, basic first aid kit, whistle and/or signal mirror, nylon cord-50′, pocket knife, emergency blanket, extra food, extra clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen, water purification, headlamp or flashlight and extra batteries. Keep these items in your day pack when you go hiking and exploring.
Cooking – Stove, fuel, cook set, spoon/knife/fork set, biodegradable soap, scrub pad, food
Base camp accessories – Cooler/ice chest, water bag or large jug, dish pan, paper towels, lantern, storage containers for food, Ziploc bags, large spoon, knife, spatula, can opener, small whisk, small grater, hot pad holders, plate/bowl, cup, cutting board, aluminum foil, spice kit.
Miscellaneous – bandana, camera, binoculars, repair/sewing kit, fishing gear, journal/pen or pencil, reading material, nature guides, trail games, trowel, toilet paper, personal toiletries, lip balm, bug repellant, towel, day pack.
Make sure you take clothing appropriate for the climate you expect to encounter.
Inner Layer – wicking layer: long underwear top & bottom, liner socks, outer socks, t-shirt, shorts
Insulation Layer – Wool, synthetic or fleece shirt/sweater down/fiberfill jacket, wool or fleece pants, gloves, wool or fleece hat.
Protective layer – Rain/windproof jacket & pants, gaiters, hiking boots waterproofed, camp shoes, sun hat.
Happy Trails to you!