Camping Trip Essentials

This list of items is intended to help prepare the happy Y.B.D.B. camper for a trip into the boonies. Many of the items included on the list are for an over-night (or several day) trip. The value of many of these items is directly proportional to the distance that you might have to travel (or walk) to obtain them. For our extended off-road trips to Baja, we carry everything on this page...and more!

It should be noted that on a hot day in the desert a 5 mile hike may be the same as a death sentence, so be sure to follow the desert safety rules:

Desert Safety Rules

  1. Always travel with more than one vehicle
  2. Always carry plenty of water (1 gallon per day per person)
  3. Never leave your vehicle and walk across the desert for help
  4. Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return
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Basic Supplies

  • water
  • emergency food
  • gas (extra)
  • oil
  • brake fluid
  • spare tire (mounted on rim...with air!)

Camping Gear

  • power blender
  • chair(s)
  • chapstick
  • compass
  • camp stove/cooking grill
  • cooking gear
  • fire wood
  • first aid kit
  • hat
  • map
  • matches
  • sleeping pad or air mattress
  • rope (small line)
  • sleeping bag & pillow
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen
  • table
  • tarp
  • tent
  • toilet paper


Auto Supplies

  • skid plate
  • C.B. radio
  • fire extinguisher (to stop "car-becues")
  • flashlight
  • spare batteries
  • spare fuses
  • fan belt
  • spare fuel pump
  • extra spark plugs
  • spare distributor
  • spare brake hose(s)
  • spare tube
  • tire/tube patching kit
  • duct tape
  • spare duct tape
  • extra spare duct tape ("style-points" for multiple colors)
  • bailing wire
  • coat hanger(s)
  • hose clamps (assorted sizes)
  • extra hose clamps
  • clutch cable
  • accelerator cable
  • cable shortening clamps (for dune buggies)
  • silicone sealer (a.k.a. RTV, avoid the "sensor safe" never sets up!)
  • repair manual (if you haven't yet broken, and personally fixed, every part on your VW)

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  • jack
  • lug nut wrench
  • tire pump
  • axle nut wrench, hammer driven (wanna' know what that's good for?)
  • hammer
  • shovel
  • tow-rope
  • socket set
  • open-end wrenches
  • pliers
  • screw drivers
  • pickle fork (for removing bent tie-rods)

Last updated Tue Dec 29 16:51:56 PST 1998