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Camping at SunsetAs spring is in the air and it starts to warm up, I start to think about camping.  How about you?  So, I went into the garage and opened the cabinets where I keep all my camping gear and started to go through it.  What do I need to replace?  What needs to be replenished?  Take out the sleeping bags and air them out.  You know….all that stuff you know you should do but never get around to it.  Well I had the “itch” so that’s what I do to scratch it.

I also start to think of where and when I’m going camping. In my mind, with the economy the way it is, camping is still the cheapest way to take your family on a vacation.  And with all the tips and tricks on TheCampingGuy website and blog to refer to, you will have a fun time without breaking the bank.

So I thought I would put together a small checklist of things you can do to prepare for the ’09 camping season!

1.    Check to make sure everything works - stove, lantern, fresh batteries in flashlights, refill propane tanks, buy more propane canisters, etc.

2.    Make sure you’ve got all your cooking gear in shape.  Is everything clean or did you forget to clean that pot of spaghetti before you put your cook kit into storage?  Check everything that’s in your cook kit or make one by going here.

3.    Check the tent for rips, check poles, pent pegs.  If you need to do some repairs, here’s a repair kit that I use.  If you’re ambitious, this is a good time to apply some seam sealer to the tent.  Check out how - right here.  This will also give you a chance to set up the tent, air it out, and sweep it out. Then you know you’re tent is ready.

4.    Replenish your basics like: matches, propane, soap, paper towels, aluminum foil, firewood, fire starters, water filters, paper cups, plates, etc.

After this you’ve got most of the preparation complete and you’re ready to start the season.  So go ahead, sit back and dream about the places you’re going to camping to this year.

Happy Camping!!

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  1. Angie said,

    May 11, 2009 @ 8:44 am

    Well, we had to scratch the itch too and went on a camping trip this past weekend. It rained buckets overnight - the hardest rain I’ve ever camped in. Just a few leaks in the camper seams… I’m off to check out that seam sealer right now!

  2. Lori said,

    May 23, 2009 @ 6:56 am

    we just took our first camping trip of the seasoon and i realized there are some things that i need to my packing list that i evidently thought were “too obvious” to include — because those were the things i forgot!

  3. Steve Mills said,

    May 28, 2009 @ 11:32 pm

    I am looking forward to getting out camping as well. We are planning a trip around Australia, taking our kids with us to show them this amazing country

  4. Julie said,

    June 4, 2009 @ 10:00 pm

    Thought you might enjoy another tip for camp cooking. I was thinking about trying out our new camping oven and brainstorming ideas of what I could cook in it. Muffins, cookies, brownies, etc. That all sounded great but I thought what a pain it would be to have to wash out the mixing bowl in camp conditions…..then I thought why not use a gallon sized zip lock bag, add all the ingredients (I would probably use a pouch of mix for muffins or brownies anyway) and turn the kids loose mooshing and mixing it in the bag. Then when the batter was ready and mixed I’d cut off a lower corner on the bag and use that to fill muffin cups or pans (sorta like a pastry bag like bakers use to decorate cakes). This bag idea would also work great for pancake batter I think. Then you get to throw away the mess no clean up!

  5. My VianetWebzone Website » Blog Archive » A Few Quick Links to Useful Sites said,

    June 5, 2009 @ 7:23 pm

    […] This is a simple, succinct list of inspections, repairs, and replacements you may need to check your gear with as you prepare to hit the trail this year…. […]

  6. HOT PEPPER said,

    June 8, 2009 @ 2:42 pm

    I think these are all very good suggestions for going camping. I have always been a fan of summer camping. It is always a good idea to make sure that you protect your self as well. Putting all your food away at the end of every use, making sure you understand the environment and animals that surround the site of where you are camping. These are all good things to educate yourself about before taking a camping trip somewhere, especially when you are going camping with children!

  7. James said,

    July 12, 2009 @ 4:25 am

    Great tips. I actually love it when you’re camping and it’s raining, the sound of water on canvas is really soothing! Of course this doesn’t apply if you have a leak…

  8. Tina said,

    July 17, 2009 @ 4:46 am

    Hi, I have done a lot of camping travelling Australia I find it very important to use a checklist and most of our camping equipment is kept separate so it is easier to check what needs to be fixed or cleaned etc.

  9. Amar said,

    August 27, 2009 @ 11:56 pm

    Hi, I have itchy feet as well and love to travel, your uneasiness has rekindled my impulse also…………..

  10. Car Fridge said,

    August 31, 2009 @ 1:33 am

    I love camping. I prefer car camping over everything. Anyways, i liked this post very much and found it helpful. Your tips will be useful for everyone who loves living under the blue. This will help everyone to make their camping more organized.

  11. Greg GOrman said,

    November 4, 2009 @ 9:47 pm

    I bought the Hoodoo3 and was slightly disappointed, it wasn’t up to the standards of some of the other tents I have owned in the past. My favorite being the Msr Hubba Hubba Tent I would recommend you do a review on the hubba hubba, I know your readers will love it!


  12. Jacob Vanderwalker said,

    January 3, 2010 @ 1:51 pm

    I can not wait for the camping festival season. This post is very helpful, I plan to use the list when going through my camping supplies next weekend. Hopefully I’ll be able to purchase some cool new gear as well. Have fun in the outdoors.


  13. Caravan said,

    January 4, 2010 @ 10:03 am

    I can’t wait to get out camping again. Unfortunately the current spate of bad weather is keeping me indoors. I wouldn’t normally be put off but it is particularly bad for this time of the year,

  14. Nick said,

    January 12, 2010 @ 1:14 pm

    Wow! Very cool site, I love camping and it is always so nice to find others who are as passoniate about it! Keep up the great work!

  15. Camping Cooking Equipment said,

    January 13, 2010 @ 1:56 pm

    Its almost that time again! I live in Florida and we can go camping in February. One of the few perks to living here. Once this cold spell has passed i will be getting the tents out to air them out!

  16. NC Camping said,

    January 14, 2010 @ 1:57 pm

    The tip on replenishing the basics can be the biggest headache if missed.

  17. Jacob said,

    February 4, 2010 @ 10:00 am

    This article gives me the itch. I would also recommend blowing up air mattresses to make sure they don’t leak as well. Not fun having an air mattress leak in the middle of the night.

  18. Socks said,

    February 27, 2010 @ 10:43 am

    Yep… it’s that time of year again. It comes a bit earlier on the calendar for those of us living in the desert Southwest… While a lot of the country is buried in snow, we should get to about 72 today. I’m not really rubbing it in because I know what comes around goes around… Pretty soon we’ll be stuck inside with 115 degree temps while everyone else is enjoying the outdoors. In the meantime, I would like to thank you for this little list to get me going. All the best!

  19. Kathy Schell said,

    March 10, 2010 @ 5:22 pm

    Tuesday here was a beautiful spring day and made me think about all the great outdoor activities we have been missing with this harsh weather this winter. Can’t wait to start planning those camping trips. I know we have 2 scheduled already with the kiddos!:)

  20. new jersey campgrounds said,

    March 14, 2010 @ 10:32 pm

    It’s getting to be that time of year again now. What a nice camping checklist. That way when the time comes you aren’t running around replacing items.

  21. Scott Claflin said,

    March 25, 2010 @ 10:51 am

    We’re heading out this weekend. Checked some of the gear last weekend and earlier this week and found a tent I forgot I had. Staying pretty close to home for the first trip. Then a longer one a little later in the spring.

  22. Keith said,

    April 8, 2010 @ 6:24 pm

    I love the great tips you gave on getting ready for the camping season. I think I am just about prepared as you are.

  23. Freddie @ camping water filter said,

    April 21, 2010 @ 6:33 am

    You are right about one thing, as soon as the weather breaks and it gets a little warm, I cannot wait to go camping. We live in the Chicagoland area, so it will be cold for a while, even into april.

    But as soon as the sun comes out and it warms up, then all I want to do is get away from the big city and enjoy some quiet time under the stars with my family. There is nothing like it.

    Plus, my son is only 6 and has never been camping with us. We thought that he would enjoy it better if he was a little older, so this is the year for him. We should be hitting some local spots later this month, if not early May, but it is coming. Camping is such a wonderful family activity!

  24. camping accessories said,

    June 9, 2010 @ 9:09 am

    Great advice here. There’s nothing worse than being poorly prepared - you’ll almost certainly end up having a poor quality camping experience.

  25. Scott said,

    July 7, 2010 @ 8:12 pm

    Great list of ideas and wonderful blog .. this is my first comment here but it wont be the last …

    I can tell you I have been camping my whole life and been on more then one campout where something was missing or broken. Usually it won’t ruin the trip, but the trip is better if that thing hadn’t gone wrong…

  26. campingtents said,

    August 2, 2010 @ 10:09 am

    THANK YOU! I am all about making sure everything works and is in GOOD condition! There is nothing worse than getting your campsite all put together and then going to light a fire but you lighter is out of fluid or you forgot it. LOL! I cant stress that enough to campers. Thanks for the article! Hey, what is your one ‘must have’ tool for every camping trip?

  27. Jacklyn Owen said,

    August 15, 2010 @ 10:47 am

    I haven’t camp much in the last 20 years, but this year we bought a camper and have been loving it. We are planning on going out west in September and I appreciated your camping tips/checklist.

  28. campnow said,

    September 17, 2010 @ 7:51 am

    Love your blog! It is a good idea to check, air out, and repair you gear before you start to make plans for camping or backpacking. I’ve know some people who wait until the last minute and they always have trouble.

  29. dental glendale ca said,

    November 4, 2010 @ 2:27 am

    I’m glad that one month more and the whole gang will go for a mountain trip. :) It would be my first time and I’m so excited to it. I’m planning to buy the things I needed for the trip next cut-off and of course, I will not forget my dental kit. :)

  30. boondocker said,

    February 12, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

    Here’s a few more checks for your pre-outing checklist: sharpen your camping and cook-kit knifes before going camping; check the buttons on your camp clothing for looseness and mend before they pop off; don’t forget the DUCT TAPE, make your own small mini-roll by rolling a few yards onto a small flat piece of cardboard…

  31. Joe M said,

    February 17, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

    Itching is an understatement. The weather we have here has been snow, snow, snow. Need to get some good weather.

  32. micheal said,

    March 2, 2011 @ 1:53 am

    great tips for preparation, im just starting my prep for this years camping trip

  33. Luxury Camping said,

    March 16, 2011 @ 4:50 am

    I love your blogs. Makes me want to go out now for a glamping trip.

  34. yurt holidays said,

    March 16, 2011 @ 4:52 am

    Thanks for your checklist. Yurt camping here I come!

  35. John@ Family Camping Blog said,

    April 1, 2011 @ 7:47 am

    Great list. I Like to lay out all my camping gear and inspect it at the begining of season. No matter how well you store your gear it does wear out.

    It is better to find out you need to replace or make repairs before you go camping.

    Proper planning is essential to a successful camping adventure.

  36. CamperAnnie said,

    May 2, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

    I used to go with my then husband when he was in charge of the local Boy Scout troop. Being from north Texas, we did not camp in July and August. So getting ready for that September campout was exactly as you said on the spring campout. And getting the boys to clean their pans with forgotten food stuff, well it was fun. Remember the Boy Scout motto, “Be Prepared”.

  37. Di said,

    September 7, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

    I love camping and my kids love it too. Thank you so much for the checklist. Makes my life easier. lol

  38. Garnet Eichenberger said,

    October 3, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

    It was a excitement discovering your site yesterday. I arrived here today hoping to discover new things. I was not dissatisfied. Your ideas in new strategies on this subject matter were topical and a wonderful help to me. Thank you for creating time to write out these things plus for sharing your thoughts.

  39. Camping said,

    March 31, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

    Like your blog!
    Wow! Beautiful editorial! Thnx for sharing :)
    “ILU FULL”

  40. Joe Oliver said,

    April 10, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

    Thanks for the reminders.
    It seems so simple but it can really make a difference. I once forgot to check my propane levels for my stove and when I got to my campground (5hours later) I had no propane to cook with.
    I learned a lesson that day.


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