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Jerry Wedekind's

Camping Checklist Categories

Jerry Wedikind is a friend I met at Xerox. We took some camping trips together, and I noticed we had a different philosophy about how to best make sure we didn't forget to pack anything. My list is overly comprehensive, while Jerry's list requires more thoughtful use.

 

An item is classed by asking "what does it do for me?" Items are classed according to their main function. Auxiliary items (e.g. dedicated repair kits, dedicated containers) are classed along with their main item.

Clothes

Reusable mobile exposure protection. Two categories:

  • General [e.g. coat, sunglasses, not sunscreen]

  • Harsh weather

Shelter

Fixed exposure protection [e.g. tent, tarp, pillow, bivy sack, space blanket].

Nutrition

 

[e.g. food, water, vitamins]

Bathroom

 

Health, hygiene, & grooming [e.g. towelettes, sunscreen, self-defense].

Kitchen

 

Food-related tools and supplies.

Containers

 

Empty or multipurpose containers [e.g. pack, empty stuff sacks, water bottles].

Car Items

 

Items used in or on the car.

Transportation

 

Things which help you move [e.g. crampons, snowshoes].

Navigation

 

Location aids [e.g. whistle, map, compass, watch, headlamp].

General Tools

 

Multipurpose tools [e.g. army knife, sewing kit, notepad].

Civilization

 

Items which ease reentry into civilization [e.g. wallet, keys, items on pre-departure checklist].

Recreation

 

Things for fun; many categories.

  • General [e.g. books]
  • Astronomy

  • Fishing

  • Photography

  • Skiing

  • ...

A Different List

 

Another set of Checklist Categories

  • First Aid/Second Aid

  • Other Survival Equipment

  • Cooking

  • Shelter

  • Personal

  • Miscellaneous

  • Canoeing

  • Cold Weather

  • Skills

  • Buckets

  • Food

  • Recipes