Ultimate Camping Trip Gear Checklist

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It’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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