To get ready for an upcoming camping trip I decided to do a load out list. List like this help you see what your pack contains, and hopefully spot missing items.
For those of you looking at this list and wondering how I am going to pack off of this gear, the easy answer is “I am not going to pack it”. The camping trip is going to be on the banks of the Angelina River. This means the boat is going to be carrying the gear for me; all I have to do is load the boat up and go.
Backpack – Large MOLLE pack with internal sleep system, 2 sustainment pouches on the MOLLE pack. I was going to take my large ALICE pack, but my sleeping bag, food, fleece liner and poncho liner filled up the pack. This means I am having to store a lot of my gear in the sustainment pouches on the MOLLE.
Tent – Wenzel Lone Tree Hiker Tent, this item is hit and miss and might be difficult to find
Tarp – 6×8 foot for tent ground cloth.
Sleeping bag – Coleman Exponent Tasman X 32-Degree Hybrid Sleeping Bag
Sleeping bag liner – GI poncho liner and fleece sleeping bag
Sleeping pad – Coleman Max
Camping Trip Food
4 Eversafe meals
4 packs Ramen noodles
5 pouches Mountain House freeze dried meals – granola with milk and blueberries, scrambled eggs with bacon, lasagna with meat sauce, beef stew and last but not least sweet & sour pork with rice.
3 – Power bars protein plus
4 – Granola bar
MSR alpine stowaway 775ml pot
Coleman max mixed fuel stove
Fork and spoon
1 fuel canister
Maglight 3 D cell – some people might say a 3 D cell maglight is too heavy, but I need something with long battery life and something that can throw a beam from one side of the river to the other.
Surefire 6PX Pro – this is a dual output flashlight that uses 123A lithium batteries. The 15 lumens is just right for using in the tent or around the campsite, and the 200 lumens is good for a look across the river.
First aid kit
Change of clothes – extra pants, socks and shirt.
Water filter – its a older Pur filter unit with a katadyn hiker replacement filter
GPS, compass and topo map. The topo map shows the cuts off the river where I hope to set out some juglines and trotlines.
Mossberg 590 with #4 shot and slugs. I plan on doing some hunting while on this camping trip.
3 Fishing poles
5 gallon bucket of trotline supplies
5 gallon bucket of noodles and various fishing supplies
My main tackle box – this is where I keep various fishing gear for everything from bass to perch fishing.
Schrade Extreme Survival knife SCHF9
Gerber Big Rock camp knife
Parachute hammock – for when I need to stretch out and relax. There is just something about being in a hammock as the wind blows through the trees.
Cold Steel heavy terrain chopper. I bought this machete back in the early 1990s, I do not think its in production anymore.
Small camping pillow – I guess I am starting to get old. Using my extra clothes or 2 quart canteen as a pillow is not as comfortable as it used to be. Years ago, I used to take my pants, fold them and up and put the pants into a spare shirt. It was not very comfortable 15 – 20 years ago, and its even more uncomfortable now.
Now for a video from a 2010 camping trip.
Post your comments in this forum thread about a gear loadout for a river camping trip.