Camping Survival - Everything You Need In Your Camping Kit

August 09, 2021 13 min read

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Schmitty makes his final appearance as host of the Practical Prepper Podcast. And, to celebrate the occasion, he discusses the barest of survival camping instructions, what you need to pack in your camping backpack.

Imagine this for me if you will… You’re lost in the woods. Nighttime is coming.

For hours, You’ve been hiking aimlessly trying to make it to safety.

You're cold. You’re hungry, both of your legs are broken, and you can hear the growling sound of black bears and arctic wolves arguing over which parts of you will be their dinner tonight.

In your last attempt of desperation, You look up to the sky, searching for the north star.


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All you want to do is wish for a miracle, but it’s overcast tonight, and not a single star can be wished upon.

As you hear the beast’s footsteps drawing near. You clench onto a small stick and wonder where you went so wrong.

Only if you had known how to pack a proper survival kit beforehand!

Then this camping trip would have been a great success.

But now, everyone will know that you didn’t know how to properly prepare for the great outdoors and they will chuckle at your name.

Listen to the podcast to learn everything you need in your camping kit now! 


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Imagine this for me, if you will. You're lost in the woods. Night time is coming. For hours you've been hiking aimlessly, trying to make it to safety. You're cold, you're hungry. Both are of your legs are broken and you can hear the growling sounds of black bears and Arctic wolves arguing over which parts of you are going to be their dinner. Tonight, in your last attempt of desperation, you look up to the sky searching for the North Star. All you want to do is wish for a miracle. But there's overcast tonight and not a single star can be wished upon. As you hear the beast's footsteps drawing near, you clench onto a small stick and wonder where you went so wrong. Only if you had known how to pack a proper survival kit beforehand, then this camping trip would have been a great success. But now everyone will know that you didn't know how to properly prepare for the great outdoors and will chuckle at your name. Hello everyone, and welcome to another episode of the Practical Prepper podcast. I'll be your host. Schmidt for one last special occasion, and for my last time being your host, I thought we would talk about a topic that I hold very dear to my heart and it's something that I've carried on my back for a very long time. It's my camping kit. Everything that you would ever need to pack with, we will be discussing in today's episode. We'll start with the basics and then dive into the great detail as to why some of these options are more important than others. We'll get into regional specifics into a different episode, but today we'll just cover the basics. Now, it would be obvious that you wouldn't need the same supplies in your kit when you're camping in the desert compared to when you're camping in the Arctic. Don't get me wrong, I know the desert gets quite cold at night, but you certainly won't need a sled and snow gear and an ice fishing drill unless you're looking to really sweat it out when surfing the sand dunes. Now, first and foremost, you're going to need the right bag to stash all of your supplies in. A lot of people out there think that just because they own a book bag that they're prepared to go camping. They'll just stuff everything in there and oh, and there's not enough room. They'll just push harder. They'll get everything to fit inside of a bag with eight x twelve x 16 storage capacity. And really they can't. It shouldn't be a game of pressurized tetris when you pack your bag. If it's splitting at the steams, you're going to have a bad time. You need a pack that's spacious. Some people might not see the use in all the straps and pockets on the front and sides of the bag, but those are just as essential as the amount of carrying capacity inside of it and how you arrange the supplies inside your bag is also very important. Have you ever started experiencing a strange pain in your lower back when you're trekking through the wilderness? Did you ever consider it's not because your L four and L five vertebrae are trashed, but it's because you actually have the incorrect weight distribution happening on your back? If you try to keep your heaviest items located as close to the center of your back, in the center of your pack as possible, then that weight distribution will be nice and centered to work with your equilibrium. Now, if you have a lot of weight that's too high or too low or even too far away from your spine, it will force you to overcompensate and use unnecessary energy pulling yourself forward or upright. It'll save you a lot of time and energy in the long run, believe me. Take all the objects that you would classify in the medium weight class and kind of cocoon it around the heaviest stuff that rests in the center. And also make sure that the pack that you choose has support straps that go around the front of your torso, because that additional support will save your back a ton of work. Now, outside the obvious supplies like a sleeping bag and tent or food, etc, make sure you have an emergency pack with you. I've been on a lot of camping trips, and it's always so frustrating being the only one who thinks far ahead enough and plans that far ahead and brings supplies in case an accident happens. I know a lot of people like to party and drink while out camping, but drinking around a campfire can be fun but dangerous as it may lead to a wildfire. But your pack shouldn't be all booze and no medical supplies. Medical supplies should include basic fundamentals like bandages, sterilized, needle and thread, burn relief, rubbing alcohol, medical wrap, neosporin, aspirin, sanitation gel, even a flare for when you get lost and people are looking for you. Anything that would be essential to treat your injuries or wounds or help you in preparing for emergency. Don't be foolish enough to think that an accident would never happen. Or you could just be safe and you think you'd be all right because things just naturally occur. You know that accidents happen out of nowhere. That's the reason why they're called accidents. Tell your friends to pack one too. And make sure all of your friends pack one too. There's no reason that you should be the only responsible one in your group and you're carrying around a trunk filled with all the things that everyone else should responsibly have on their own. Now, the next thing on the list is food. 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My protein bucket will be shipping out soon, and boy, boy, it will be just in time for my fall retreat to Utah. Another thing you will need to consider is water supply. Of course, you could bring pots or kettles to boil your water and disinfect it, but it never really hurts having a canteen or a large jug filled with clean water instead. On the side, if you have the capacity for it, I would recommend bringing at least one gallon of fresh, clean water. And even more specific, one gallon per day per person. But then you start getting into weight restraints and weak lumbar spine issues. But at home, the rule of thumb is a three day supply for evacuation and two weeks supply for home. That was a little bonus tip. Free of cost, no charge. Now, a flashlight is obviously something that you will need. Everyone needs to see in the dark. Nighttime exists if you want to avoid bringing an extra lantern along. You can actually take one of your nifty water jugs and place the light right beneath it to create a cool lantern that will illuminate your entire tent. As long as the jug is clear, plastic or glass, you're killing two birds with 1 st and staying hydrated at the same time. Botang bada boom. Now, a multipurpose tool that's critical to have and the search for a good multipurpose tool can also be quite challenging. There's a lot of cheap garbage out there that will break or just let you down when you truly need it most. It has to be durable. It has to be equipped with at least all the essential facets that you would need for camping nodes. Attachments should at least include like a knife, a small saw file, pliers, Tweezer can opener, a flint stick, maybe even screwdrivers. But screwdrivers aren't completely necessary depending on your campaign setup or your location. And a lighter would be very critical to having it doesn't even have to be a $500 zipper that you buy from a real fancy store made out of solid gold. They could be something that you copped from the Dollar store just in case you lose it. You can always strike that flint stick in a pinch when you need the power to make a fire. Now, something that's often overlooked is also an information sheet. It's criminally overlooked, in my opinion, because there's nothing like slipping and hitting your head on something and buying the family farm. I speak from experience. You don't want to be pushing daisies for too long out in the wild, because once someone finds you, there's going to have to be a whole process of identifying you and then it's going to take an even longer process to reach out to your next to kin just so they could send you back to where you came from. In the worst case scenario, if you die out in the wild, you want to guarantee yourself a little bit of insurance of having a card with people's contact information as well as your own personal information written down on it. That way so they can get you back home ASAP without any issues. And a map of the area with a marked path will also help you out in the long run. Not only will it let you know where you need to go on your expedition, but it will also help other people find you if you become lost or separated from your pack or your party. I personally like to relax in an area with absolutely no cellphone reception, so I can actually feel like I've gotten away and disconnected from the world and I put the electronics and everything else to the side and I just embrace the breath of the wild, the true nature of this planet. But I know electricity is still important to have for other things outside of just the phone. So I recommend also bringing along a solar powered charging bank as an important item to have. I keep my power charging bank right next to my big ol Rambo bowie knife. I know it isn't exactly necessary to have in your pack, but I like to carry mine along in case any of those Arctic polar wolf bears or windigoes sneak up on me while I'm sleeping in death alley. It also helps that this big old knife has a compass built right into the bottom and the hollowed out handle compartment carries a small whistle, matches, a needle and thread, and a few other essential supplies that are small enough to fit inside. Every single thing inside of that handle has helped me one time or another. And you know, it would be advisable if you're camping in an area with high rates of rainfall that you would bring a small tarp rain gear. Keeping yourself and your supplies dry is actually much more of a challenge than you'd think when you're stuck in the middle of a storm. I mean, I would even recommend tossing in the extra buck for a waterresistant camping pack just to keep everything dry. Even a poncho would be better off than hiding under a tree come a storm. Let me tell you, nothing is worse than having all of your supplies and essentials and clothing get wet, especially if it's in, say, a stream, where now everything just smells like swamp. Rope and tape are also very nice to have on hand for a camping trip. You know, that rope is one of the best tools for you and your entire camping party if you've ever brought the rope along. I mean, the list of benefits are endless. There's so many things you could do with a rope. Two way radios and walkie talkies are not only good for communicating with the rest of your party when you're in an area with absolutely no cellphone service, but it's also a great way to reach out for help in moments of distress. Just make sure you get the emergency broadcast frequency for the area before taking those first steps into the wild green yonder. A tense should be lightweight and practical. I'll never forget going on a trip with a few friends and for some god unknown reason, one of them brought a five person tent just for themselves, simply defending the reasoning behind it as it's simply just what they wanted. They had plenty of room at night, but hauling that thing around nearly killed them. It was pretty funny looking back. I mean, why in the hell anyone would want to carry around a five person tent just for themselves? It made no sense to me. But it's not like anyone else was sleeping in it with them. It was just for him and he enjoyed it. Well, at least on the first night. Carrying that thing around for the rest was not. Anyways, getting back to the point, a small compact tent is something for you and maybe one other individual, all depending on who your company is is sufficient enough for what you need for a camping trip. Just make sure the sleeping bag that you have with it is also lightweight and it will also retain sufficient enough heat to keep you warm at night without sweating you out. And plus, if your pack has the ability to carry that sleeping bag underneath it with straps, I would highly recommend taking advantage of that because not only will it act as a nice little comfy seat when you need to sit for a second and take a rest and regain some of that energy. But it'll also protect your legs from everything in your pack, just banging the crap out of them. Always have a plan. Always have a plan for what you're going to do when you set out on your expedition, how you're coming back, what you're going to do in case things go sideways. A plan is always important to have. It may seem like unnecessary extra work when it's just you and a few friends and you communicate well and you think you have everything in the bag. Always have a back up plan just in case. But most importantly, above all else, this is my number one recommendation. Always have a fresh pair of socks. Always pack at least two more pairs of socks than you think you're going to need and then pack two more pairs of socks. Because having wet feet for a day may be part of the experience, but having a rotten foot by the end of the trip shouldn't be. Slipping on a fresh, dry pair of socks will feel like heaven when you really need it the most. Like I said, it's just a personal recommendation. I know there are other things more important than a fresh pair of socks, but damn, you know what a fresh pair of socks feels like on a camping trip. Plus, when the chips are down and you're really desperate, socks make pretty good toilet paper. I'm not going to lie. I'm just throwing that out there, but that's neither here or there. But on that note, I believe it's time to bring this episode to a close and say goodbye. I've enjoyed my time as an intern here and a greatly and appreciated spending time with all of you here on this podcast and everyone in the studio. I'd like to thank you all for giving the Practical Prepper podcast recordbreaking numbers week after week. I will miss your kind words of support and encouragement. Even those of you who had nothing nice to say still helped out in the long run and I appreciate you. Thank you everyone for listening and certainly a special thank you for The Practical Prepper for giving me this opportunity to be your host, and thanks to Valley Food Storage for sponsoring these episodes. And remember, you can always take 25% off your entire order by going to just to get that sweet discount code. Thank you all again. I've been your host Schmidt signing off for one last time. As always, be prepared.