If you’re going camping, whether it’s at a nearby state park or in your backyard, here are several things you’ll need to take with you. They’re not necessarily in order of priority.
* Water filter or disinfectant
* Shelter such as space blanket, poncho, or light tarp
* Rope and cord
* First-aid kit (including extra medications you take)
* Extra food and water
* Matches and fire starter
* LED Flashlight
* Extra clothing
* toilet paper
* Whistle and mirror (perhaps flares, too)
* Sewing kit
* Insect repellent
* Boat repair kit (if you go canoeing or kayaking)
The list above is sparse, but it’s ment for light traveling.
Someone has suggested you augment your fire starting supplies with trick birthday candles that won’t blow out
You’ll notice a GPS unit isn’t mentioned. Take one if you want, but how good are your direction finding and orienteering skills without one? Perhaps a family hike would make a good direction finding exercise.
You might want to take along a propane cook stove, a few rugged pots and pans, cots and a tent.
Camping is good survival training. It helps us get outdoors. And it teaches us how to live on less.