Are you heading out for the weekend? Maybe a few nights at a State Park, or a couple of days at a hike-in-site.  Be prepared. Take a quick and simple inventory of your gear and you can make sure that you have a relaxing weekend.

  • Water
  • First Aid
  • Lights
  • Insect Repellent
  • Rain Gear/Rain Canopy
  • Camera

Water – In most cases water will be readily available in areas like State Parks, but that doesn’t mean it will taste good. For water that has already been treated check out the CamelBak Groove Bottle, it has an integrated charcoal filter so that your water always tastes great and each replaceable filter is good for 30 gal/114 L. If your water source is suspect try the Playpus Gravity Works Filter System. It does all the work for you, using gravity to move the water from one bladder to the other while passing it through an advanced, hollow fiber filter that effectively removes particulates, bacteria and protozoa.

First Aid – Plan for the minor emergencies. Bandages, aspirin, ibuprofen, safety pins, tweezers, antibiotic ointments, etc. Check out the Adventure Medical Kits Weekender, everything you need to be prepared in a compact, tri-fold carry case.

Light up the night – A lantern is nice and sets the mood, but in my opinion headlamps are a must at any campsite. Hands free means you can play cards, cook or make equipment repairs in the dark. Check your batteries and, even if you know that they are new, bring backups, nothing is more useless than a dead headlamp.

Insects – Unfortunately they want to co-exist with us and we don’t nearly appreciate them as much as they do us. Bring repellent, or better yet, treat your clothing so it does the work for you without all the smell. Solutions like the Sawyer Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent spray on your clothing and last up to 6 washings.

Rain – Depending on where you are this may seem like an impossibility. Here in Texas it seems like it will never rain again, but when it rains, well, it pours and this will ruin your trip if you aren’t prepared. Not only do you want to bring a tarp or canopy, but also a rain jacket. Something you can work in to set up camp or make provisions under should the rain sneak up on you.

Capture the moment – Most of us have a camera on our phone these days and that might suffice for your next adventure, if not, make sure you have some way to capture the special moments, we don’t want to hear about the one that got away….

Obviously this list can go on forever, but hopefully this sparks some reminders and helps make the next outing one to remember, for the good things 😉

Steve @ACK