We live in the city and thoroughly enjoy getting away from the noise and busyness of city life. Camping and fishing is a perfect answer for us!
There are so many cool camping gadgets, that it would be easy to get carried away and have a huge collection.
But really, I wouldn’t even want to go camping if we had all that stuff. Why? Because we’d have to pack the car with it, unpack and set it up at the campsite, take it down, pack it back into the car and then put it away again when we get home. That’s moving a whole lot of stuff 4 separate times!
Minimalist Camping Equipment:
Tent (We have 1 large for Mom, Dad and little people and 1 dome tent for 3 teenage boys)
1 sleeping mat or air mattress per person
1 sleeping bag per person
1 pillow per person
1 hot dog roasting stick, per person (depending on the area, you may be able to find branches and make your own)
1 fishing pole per person, and tackle (minimal tackle: just what you need, no fancy lures)
Folding chairs or stools (we only have 4 chairs and share or sit on logs/rock)
1 picnic basket (with paper plates, napkins, etc)
1 large cooler
BBQ tongs (for removing foil “ovens” from fire pit)
Camp shovel (Like this one)
Hatchet (Used for cutting wood and hammering in tent pegs)
Bear Spray (If camping in bear country)
First Aid kit
Bug spray/Sunscreen (Click here to find the type I use)
2 Hand towels
1 wash cloth per person
Salt & Pepper
Deodorant (Here is what we use)
All Purpose soap (Campsuds)
Clothes for each person
Keep meals as simple as possible.
- Use paper plates, cups, plastic utensils (paper products can be burned after use, please do not burn plastic, pack it back out and put it in the trash)
- Aluminum Foil for any cooking. Butter the foil, place food in, make “pockets” and place on grill over the fire pit.
- For fruits and veggies, pack things that can be easily snacked on: apples, bananas, sliced cucumber, sliced bell peppers, carrots, celery, lettuce & tomatoes.
Dinner: hot dogs or fish
If we go for longer than 1 weekend, food takes a bit more thought, but if we need to cook anything, we put it in foil and lay it on the grill over the fire pit. I’m not generally a fan of aluminum foil, but I don’t wish to have a whole set of camping pots & pans or wash dishes while camping.
We store our sleeping bags and mats in the basement, we use them frequently throughout the year, when we visit friends and family.
The rest of our camping supplies we store in a locker in our garage.
To keep toiletries to a minimum, each person can wash with a bucket of water and their own washcloth. Washing hair when needed. Please avoid taking shampoos, conditioners, body washes, etc. and instead, use an all purpose soap like Campsuds.
I do not keep separate supplies just for camping. For example: for all the cooking supplies, I take from our kitchen and put it back when we get home. Because we use most things at various times of the year, the designated camping-only supplies are: tent, roasting sticks and camp shovel.
I realize this isn’t the most minimal camping equipment list. My husband was in boy scouts, when they would go camping, they would have a knife, a match and an egg. But for me, it’s about enjoying myself, not the challenge of it all.
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