Episode-1920- Camping for Becoming More Prepared in Life — 13 Comments

  1. Regarding campgrounds with public bathrooms … YES Jack! You’re SO right about bringing your own toilette paper! ALSO bring toilette seat covers and hand soap. Ask me how I know 😉

  2. Good show, Jack. I listened to it twice, not because I needed more detail, but to remind myself that life really is that simple. I don’t need to make it more complicated than it has to be.

    Alex Shrugged

  3. Spent 6 days last year camping at Huntsville State Park. Best week I’ve had in a long time. Day after Easter, I was talking to the ranger when he was doing his rounds, he told me that there were only 12 people in the entire park.

    We now have a converted Ford Econoline van. I took the seats out of the back and put a queen size bed in there. Swiped the idea from wranglerstar. It’s ready to go in 15 minutes. I’d say that has tripped our camping with just how easy it is to throw our stuff in it and go

  4. Wow, great show, Jack! The only thing that’s a bit of a downer for me is that it’s been a couple of years since I did this because of the difficulty of getting decent farm help (animal care)…another story.
    Here are a few more tips and tricks for fellow listeners:
    If you are taking your dog(s) be sure you check with the campground about what they require. You won’t go wrong taking the rabies certificate and a 6′ tie-out with you.
    For washing dishes, my buddy and I have 2 of the LLBean folding buckets. One is soap, one is rinse. If you wipe off any grease first (burn the paper used for wiping), the soapy water can be used even a couple of days. Then the rinse water gets some soap and the old soapy water gets poured out – for example, being sure your fire is out. No mud, very simple.
    We have a sort of miniature hammock that we tie up and put the dishes, pans, etc in there to air dry. A mesh laundry bag would work well too. This keeps the table clear for food prep, identifying plants, etc etc.
    You are so right about comfort. I joke that for every decade of life you need another inch under you for sleeping. My buddy and I went for cots a few years ago – best camping decision ever. We also noticed that two cots and a dome tent with vestibule take up very little added packing space over a simple dome and sleeping mats or air mattresses. The vestibule is terrific, especially if it rains; keeps your gear dry, even gives you a place to eat.
    If you take kayaks, don’t forget that the inside of the kayaks is gear space for travel. That’s where we pack our sleeping bags, fishing gear and other small stuff. This way, the whole station wagon trunk is free for the bulkier stuff. (The back seat, of course, is for the dogs.?)
    One of our favorite camping things is a small table of wood and canvas that folds and rolls into a compact tube shape. The man who gave it to us made it himself long ago from plans in Popular Mechanics. It’s more compact than a card table. There might be people who would want to look up plans for something like that.

    • Mmmmm, campfires, coons, cast iron and biscuits. I’m sure that isn’t allowed though.

      • Not around here. Our state/ County campgrounds have very strict rules. The DNR patrol the area. No hanging anything from trees. NO picking up wood from the ground for the fire . You have to buy it from the campground. You can’t even bring your own wood.

        • Which will do about as much to stop or even slow down the borer as cutting down all the chestnut trees did to save the chestnut trees. Government is incapable of logical decision making.

  5. Another item of the day:

    5 gal buckets should also not be overlooked for storage, especially for heavier items. We pull the cardboard out of rolls of butt wipe and pack them in quart ziplocks, just pull from the center and the roll can stay in the bag. I could go on for days on this after 25 years of week long trips in the swamps and rivers of N Florida. Most of it in canoes or 14′ boats.

    This would be a good topic for the forum.

  6. Also, if you go to a state park check the calendar for the park. A lot of them have events going on like dutch oven cooking demos, plant walks, hikes, bird watching etc. Some have canoes you can rent for like $35 a day. Galveston state park has a free fishing day in the summer, they provide all the gear and teach you how to fish. Also in Texas you don’t need a fishing license if you fish in boundaries of the state park. Theres also a junior ranger program but we never got into that so I don’t know what’s involved.

  7. I like to use the Primo manual water pump o. A 5 gallon water cooler bottle. It works great and only cists about 12 bucks at Walmart