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Ultimate Camping Trip Gear Checklist

Your guide to staying comfortable, having fun and being able to warm beans

By Chris Connolly

camping check listIt’s an awful feeling. You pack the car with people, food and ambitious camping plans only to arrive lakeside and realize you are missing many of the essentials – for instance, the ability to make fire that will keep you alive.

Before driving out past the reaches of civilization, run a regular checklist of items necessary for camping success.

And keep this checklist. Forever.

This way, no hassle, faulty tent poles or poison ivy can stand between you and a well-deserved weekend of lakeside luxury.

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