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Must-have camping items

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Must-have packing list

Rule #1 Borrow or rent gear the first few times you go to get a feel for what you’ll really use. To that end, here’s a list that’ll work for a car-camping trip.

_ Tent

_ Ground cloth

_ Sleeping pad

_ Sleeping bag

_ Pillow

_ Flashlights with fresh batteries

_ Lantern

_ Camp stove

_ Lighter fluid plus matches or lighter

_ Fire starter (paper and/or wood)

_ Cooking supplies (pot, spatula, pocket knife or multipurpose tool)

_ Plates, cups, forks, knives

_ Small cutting board

_ Rain gear

_ First-aid kit

_ Bug spray

_ Sunblock

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