10 Things To Bring On A Camping Trip.
I have to tell you that "camping" to me is staying at a camp; I do NOT do tent camping. My mother and step-father used to own two camps, one at Moosehead Lake in Greenville, ME and one at Schoodic Lake in Brownville Jct., ME ( so tiny I can't find a good link). (They still own the one at Schoodic.) We used to go for a week during the summer or a long weekend in the fall; we haven't been in many years! So, on with the list....
1. Bug Spray - no matter where you go camping, the bugs are going to be there too!
2. Benedryl - I remember one trip to Schoodic Lake with my friend, "Missa Louise"; I got stung by a bee. I have never been stung before and my foot started swelling. We were at least an hour away from the nearest hospital. We searched the camp first aid kits and medicine cabinets for some Benedryl and couldn't find any - we found every kind of fiber imaginable (sorry Mom), but no Benedryl. Luckily, I was not allergic and all was well, but my mother did receive a package of Benedryl for her birthday the next month :-)
3. Beer - this is a no-brainer; beer and camp just go together.
4. Coffee (or caffeine beverage of choice) - because even though you don't need to wait until noon for #3, you'll still need your caffeine in the morning!
5. Food - specifically, burgers and dogs.
6. Marshmallows - have to toast marshmallows over the fire - I like to catch mine on fire and eat them burnt (yes, I do know I'm weird.)
7. Swimsuit - because you can NOT go camping without it being near a lake (or other body of water!)
8. Float - preferably with a drink holder (see #3).
9. Books - must have something to read while floating in the lake.
10. Knitting - for evenings and (heaven forbid) rainy days.