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    What Are The Major Accessories I Will Need For Camping Besides A Tent And Air Mattress? I am a first time camper, yea I know it is sad but I have just purchased my coleman tent and air mattress and I was just wondering what other esential camping accessories I will need? Also, any camping tips would be most helpful! Thanks

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      My hubby and I just started tent camping with friends two years ago, and it took us a while to figure out everything we needed (btw, good start getting an air mattress!). Oh, and don’t forget to waterproof your tent BEFORE the trip with waterproofing spray sold at sporting goods stores!

      Here’s my abbreviated packing list. You have some items already (obviously), but I’ve highlighted items you might still need to purchase:


      -Tarp to Go Under Tent (should be the same size as tent base, not much bigger or you’ll have to fold it under. This keeps the tent bottom dry, and you don’t want rain collecting on the tarp and rolling under!)
      -Air mattress
      -Air mattress pump
      -Sleeping Bags / Pillows
      -Extra Blankets (1 per person in case of chilly weather)
      -Beach Towel (for when you track mud all over your tent)
      -Lantern (battery-operated) to hang in tent
      -Foldable Chairs / Lawn Chairs (to sit around fire)
      -Rope or Line to hang items to dry on – like wet towels


      -Hand Axe (to chop fire wood)
      -Long-reach lighters
      -Fire-starting kindling twigs (buy them from camping supply stores – they’re wood chips soaked in some fire-starting chemical)
      -Pie Irons (to cook food in over the fire – these are ESSENTIAL!)
      -Campfire Fork (to roast weiners, marshmallows on)
      -Food (should include basics like eggs, bread, peanut butter, deli meats, cheese, butter, hot dogs, s’mores makings, pop, juice, tea, coffee, ketchup, mustard, brownie mix, pizza sauce, pepperoni, potatoes, oatmeal, beef stew, trail snacks, chips, popcorn, etc.)
      -Campfire Cooking Pot
      -LARGE Cooler with ice
      -Egg Holder Storage Case (designed for camping trips)
      -Plastic Utensils, Cups, Paper Plates
      -Garbage Bags
      -Giant Ziploc Bags (to place singed pie irons in when packing to come home)
      -Sharp Knife
      -Rubbermaid Tote to wash dishes in
      -Dish Soap
      -5-6 Dish Towels
      -Campfire Glove (heatproof gloves that allow you to pick up hot logs off the fire, or hot pans)
      -Mugs (for coffee & tea)
      -Kettle to boil water (should be campfire safe)
      -Bottled water – large quantities
      -Picnic Table Cloth (campsite picnic tables are dirrrrrty!)
      -Can Opener
      -Travel Cutting Board
      -Aluminum Foil & Ziploc Bags
      -Non-Stick Cooking Spray


      -Standard clothes
      -Extra socks, 1 pair extra walking shoes
      -Rain coat, poncho, or garbage bags
      -Bug Spray
      -Usual Hygiene Products (forget shampoo if it’s a short trip – you’re allowed to be dirty when tent camping!)
      -First Aid items (bandaids, benadryl, calamine lotion, antiseptic cream, aspirin, immodium AD, etc.)
      -Hand Soap
      -Towels (in case you get soaked in rain)
      -Hand Sanitizer

      FUN / OTHER:

      -Deck of Cards / Travel Boardgame
      -Camera / Extra Batteries
      -Flashlights / Extra Batteries
      -Fishing Pole / Tackle Box
      -Lots of Cash to buy firewood near campsite – it’s expensive!
      -Wallet, ID, Cell Phone

      Phew! It seems like a lot, but skip here and there and you’ll be wishing you had these items when you’re at the campsite. It’s worth filling up the car with Rubbermaid Bins filled with this stuff. Oh – don’t forget Rubbermaid Bins to put all this stuff in! You’ll need to keep your possession and food waterproof if it rains!

      Have fun!

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    Replacement Pole For Columbia Tent? I have a Bugaboo II that needs a replacement pole and cannot locate any contact info for the Columbia company other than for their clothing line. Can anyone supply this for me?

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      If you look at the link below, it takes you to a page that has all types of products and the numbers to contact them. For Tents, Sleeping Bags, Canopies, Camping Furniture, Chairs, Air Mattresses call this number…. 866-737-1726,default,pg.html

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    What To Buy For New Baby? Well…
    we are expecting a new baby to the house hold in just a month or so. We havent had a baby in the house for 12 years and with all the new baby gizmose we just dont know if we have the right stuff. Here is a list of stuff (not diapers clothes or things like that) that we have, tell me what you think of the stuff we have, what we still need, and what you think we should take back.

    Symphony in motion mobile
    secure sounds baby moniter
    portable swing
    bath tub w/ a ducky sling
    disney baby car seat and stroller
    car seat
    bouncer seat
    crib and mattress
    jeep play pen
    Oh I forgot two snugli frontpacks and a jonny jump up (jumperoo)
    we have to car seats for
    1 we ahve two cars
    2 one car seat came w/ the stroller and attaches to it
    3 we got one carseat as a gift so it was free ?

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      Why 2 car seats? You should have a changing station, a rocking chair, Sheets
      Changing Station
      A radio with music for babies
      Back pack or Carrier bags
      Sponge Bathing
      Bath Accessories
      Washcloths & Towels
      Crib Toys
      Dressers & Armoires
      Bassinets, Cradles & Portable Cribs
      Toddler Furniture
      Toy Chests
      Lamps & Shades
      Wall Hangings
      Wall Borders
      Photo Frames
      Growth Charts
      Bibs, Burp Cloths & Lap Pads
      Breastfeeding Accessories
      Breast Pumps & Accessories
      Bottle Accessories
      Warmers & Sterilizers
      To start Toys: Birth-12 Months
      Later Toys: 12-24 Months
      Toys: 2 Years

      Extra crib sheets
      Sheet savers
      Recieving blankets
      Night light
      Nail clippers
      I’m sorry if I repeted something or if I missed something. Good luck and Congratulations.

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    Whats Something You HAVE To Take With You When You Go Camping?

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      Tent/ tarps
      Air Mattress
      Mattress Pump
      Camping chairs
      Fold-out table

      Sleeping Bags
      Extra blankets

      Bug Spray
      Deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush
      Hand sanitizer
      Sunburn gel
      Ziplock bags
      Roll of T.P.
      Baby wipes
      Paper towels
      Shower bag


      Stovetop burner
      Propane tanks
      Grill accessories
      Can opener
      Aluminum foil
      Table Cloth
      Dishwashing tub
      Dry dish-rack
      Durable paper plates

      Water guns

      Water Shoes
      Flip flops
      Hiking boots
      Tennis shoes

      Garbage bags
      Bag for empty cans on canoe
      Clothes pins
      Clothes line
      Tool kit
      Duct Tape

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