Don’t leave home without them
This past Tuesday and Wednesday, I was fortunate enough to attend a store training event in beautiful New Paltz, NY. Thanks to the extended winter, this was also my first tent camping trip of ’11. To say that my packing skills were a tad rusty was a profound understatement and despite the fact that I work for one of the largest outdoor retailers in the country, I found myself doing the 6AM basement scramble to make sure I had everything I needed for a night in the woods. As I rifled through boxes and bags, I started thinking about the old checklists my infinitely more organized mom and dad used to dutifully mark off before our annual family vacation to Highland Campground on Cape Cod. While there are no shortages of checklists for adventures of varying durations and intensity levels, I thought I’d commission our crack research staff to pull together a list of the “easiest to forget, toughest to live without” items that every camper should double-check for before they hit the road. Here’s what they came up with:
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