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:
Camping Equipment most forgotten by EMS

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Jim Darroch

Jim's love for the outdoors began with family camping trips in "Brady Bunch" style canvas tents and progressed to backpacking adventures with the Boy Scouts. In 2007, he fulfilled his teenage dream by joining Eastern Mountain Sports as Brand Communications Manager. When he's not in the office, you'll find Jim kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking around the Monadnock Region and throughout New England with his wife Brenda and his dog Brewski.


  1. Dan
    May 25, 2011, 11:46 am

    Add a big comfy pillow for car camping! Because you can and I’ve never once remembered mine

  2. May 24, 2011, 9:24 am

    Can’t forget the Baby Wipes

  3. Brian
    May 24, 2011, 9:13 am

    This is so great — I’m a huge camper and often times forget one or two items from this list. This list looks awesome… i’m gonna print this out and keep it with me for the next time I go camping! Nice job to whoever made this!

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