You ever find yourself struggling to get out and adventure? It's a problem that plagues us all... Here are some tips / concepts that will help ensure that you actually get your butt off the couch and into the wild.

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In order to find a break in your busy schedule, you must make it as easy as possible to actually go. If camping seems like a daunting task, you're doing it wrong. With a few basic tips, you'll go from a weekend inside, filled with regrets, to a weekend filled with fun and great memories.

  1. Make a solid / structured plan. Days, weeks, or months ahead of time, develop a solid plan with a location that you'll go to, a time that you'll go, and what you'll do when you're out there. Having a backup plan / location isn't a bad idea either.
  2. Make a gear checklist. Having an actual list of gear that you need/want to bring will help make packing a breeze, and be one less thing to think about when you're trying to get yourself out the door. I've compiled my own list that you can use as a started down below - but you'll want to develop a list that is specific to you.
  3. Use cases / bins to making packing a breeze. Having your gear spread out all over the place will greatly reduce your packing efficiency. Having the gear you need, already packed up and ready to go, will make it easier to spend less time packing, and more time doing. Cases / bins / tubs / totes / bags help tremendously.

Here is a sample packing list (my own personal one, actually). I break them into two sub-lists.

1. Gear that I keep in my garage / shed.

  • Extra Fuel, if not already loaded.
  • Recovery bag / gear, if not already loaded.
  • Shovel for recovery or bathroom needs...
  • Medical / survival gear, if not already loaded.
  • Water Jug
  • Camping tub/bin (this bin has the bulk of my camping gear - cooking / fire kit, hammocks, extra food and supplies, lanterns, etc)
  • Leveling blocks (used to level vehicle for rooftop tent camping - could just use rocks/logs as well)
  • Chairs
  • Table
  • Sleeping bags
  • Activity appropriate gear (camping games, fishing gear, bikes, etc)

2. Gear that I keep in my house.

  • Filming / photo gear
  • Cooler packed with food / drinks
  • Extra power (solar generator, etc)
  • Extra lights / headlamps
  • Pillows
  • Toiletry kit (toothbrush/paste, deoderant, etc)
  • Weather appropriate clothing (rain gear just in case, and extra shoes/socks are always a good idea)
  • Dog food / bowls (plus anything else you might need for your pet)
  • Trash bags

You might want to bring additional items if you have kids, or anyone else with any special needs. I have this list on my phone on a simple app, I use Google Keep, but any list type app should work just fine. You could also print it out if that's more your style.

Below you'll find some links to various specific pieces of gear that I've grown to like using over the years. Some of the links here are affiliate links. purchasing gear through them helps support this blog (via small commission from the website) at absolutely no extra cost to you (often actually cheaper).




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    Tue, 08/14/2018 - 23:17 reply
    the overland section was really helpful for my wife and i. we took a camping trip and it just reminded me about some gear to take. have you looked into portable showers? if your like me, i am sort of a clean freak and need a shower. this is my set up, you can heat up water over the fire or stove and take a hot shower. i usually grab water from a clean stream and just not get any of the water in my mouth. Shower - https://amzn.to/2SgNoVp Shower tent- https://amzn.to/2CDkXM1
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    Wed, 10/03/2018 - 19:55 reply
    Mike, excellent Light. Used it when we LOST power during hurricane florence. Lost power and we were aBle to keep our phones charged besides having A light source. Keep Up the great product recommendations!
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    Tue, 04/30/2019 - 12:37 reply
    Hello Mike, last August i purchased a brand new 2018 Toyota Tacoma with the intention of going on OUTDOORS trips and open public CAMPING, but although I've seen tons of awesome videos where people show where they're camping, I haven't been able to find much info as far as where or how to find these places. I'm sure there's gotta be a procedure or tools to do these things, right? I mean, i don't think PEOPLE just drive along some major road and decide to pull over whenEVER they spot a nice RIVER OR a Creek. Right? The reason I said like that is because I understand many places are actually private properties and you're most likely to get in trouble for camping on their land. Any info will be very much appreciated. Note: not sure what's going on with the caps on this section; it won't let me use lower case letters.
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    Mon, 05/27/2019 - 19:57 reply
    Mike, Good work. You may enjoy/benefit From looking into The staNDard notes application. https://standardnotes.org/getting-started I’ve used it for some years. Relia, secure, private. -Jim

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