Arizona Trail Information  

  Our Facebook Page
 

Camping At Yosemite

Essential Camping Gear

1. Food
Everyone has to eat! Your choices vary from freeze dried food to preparing your food prior to your trip and making the meal at camp or doing it like you do at home and prepping and cooking a full scale meal at the campsite.

2. Tent
Your method of shelter can be as simple as a tarp and a piece of rope tied between two trees. Tents should be functional in serving your needs while camping, not to big yet have enough room to protect your gear from the elements. Here are some guidelines for buying your next tent.

Tents are advertised by how many people can fit "cram" into a tent without and gear, usually two man, four man, six man and eight man tents are the norm. there are those that are larger, but for our example, these will work. For example, a family of four will find it rather confined in a "Four Man Tent" you will be walking all over each other and would probably frustrated with your purchase. Usually it it easier to think in terms of a minimum of 30 to 40 square feet per person. a 10' by 10' tent is ideal for two people and gear. A 16' by 10' tent will accomodate a family of four and feel spacious. You will be able to put two queen size inflatable mattresses and have walking space between. This is what I use on week long trips.

Compare Prices Compare Prices

3. Sleeping Bag
Start with choosing a comfort rating for the type of camping you will be doing. The rating is the minimum temperature a sleeping bag will keep the average person comfortably warm at night. Generally, sleeping bags have a rating of +10 degrees to +50 degrees. You may choose to have a couple of tents, one for winter and summer camping. Use this as a guide only, individual preference and metabolism can change the rating you might find comfortable. Also take into account whether or not you will be sleeping on a sleeping pad, a cot, or an inflatable mattress or just on the ground. In Arizona, during the summer months you may find yourself unzipping the bag during the night just to stay cool.

Compare Prices Compare Prices

4. Water
Water is essential to life. If the campground you are planning on staying at does not have potable water, you will need to either bring it or sterilize water found at the source (i.e. a stream, lake etc.). Iodine tablets bought at the local outdoor store will effectively kill most biological elements. When using Iodine tablets, remember to wait at least one hour before consuming the water to allow the iodine to work. Persons with thyroid problems or on lithum, women over fifty, and pregnant women should consult their physician prior to using iodine for purification. You can add vitamin C to the water for better tasting water.

Other methods of sterilizing water for consumption are Boiling or filtration. When boiling water, make sure that a temperature of at least 185 degrees is maintained for a few minutes.

There are several device on the market for filtering water. A filter pumps water through a microscopic filter that is rated for a certain sized organism. A "water filter" filters out particles "protozoa" from 1.0 to 4.0 microns. A "microfilter" filters out particles "bacteria" from 0.2 to 1.0 microns and a water purifier filters out particles "viruses" down to 0.004 microns.

 

5. First Aid Kit
Things to consider adding to your first aid kit. There are several prepackaged First aid kits.

  • Bandages
  • Scissors
  • Personal Medication
  • Tweezers
  • Hydrocortizone Cream
  • Thermometer
  • Aspirin, Tylenol, Ibuprofen (to reduce swelling)
  • Eye Wash
  • Gauze Pads
  • Sun Block with a high SPF & UVA, UVB
  • Medical Tape
  • Snake Bite Kit
  • Antiseptic Wipes
  • Neosporin

Compare Prices Compare Prices

6. Lighting
If there is one thing that has changed in camping gear in the past decade, the flashlight is it. virtually gone are the bulb flashlights of the past. LED technology has taken your old standby and souped it up all while increasing your battery life by leaps and bounds. Headlamps are in and there are a plethora to choose from.

A lantern is a must at night around the campsite, if you don't have one, you will be sorry. For a cheap price, you can get a quality lantern and there are many styles out there. You can go with electric, kerosene, white gas, propane or go green and buy a hand crank or solar lantern.

Compare Prices

7. Clothing
One of the most overlooked items on the list, the proper clothing can save you from a desert storm, which can roll in without warning and put a damper on all activities around the campsite.

Compare Prices Compare Prices

8. Camping Stove
We all want to cook over the open flame of the fire but not all things cook well that way. Take scrambled eggs or pancakes when you need to control the heat, nothing beats a camping stove. Oh, don't forget the fuel.

Compare Prices Compare Prices

9. Cooking Utensils
You have to cook in something when using a camp stove. Your options are virtually limitless. From stackable pots, pans and plates to plastic ware and paper plates to gourmet cookware, what you bring with you is totally up to you and the way you roll when cooking at the campsite.

Compare Prices Compare Prices

10. Multi-Tool / Knife
If you are the backpacking type, a Swiss army knife can be your best friend. For those who choose to tent camp, a multi-tool is the Rolls Royce of swiss army knives. Much more versatile and rugged, this tool is your one stop toolbox.

Compare Prices Compare Prices

 

 
 

Camping Regions
Camping Regions

Central Arizona
Flagstaff / Sedona / Prescott
Northeast / Grand Canyon
Payson / Mogollon Rim
Southeast / Tucson
White Mountains
Western Arizona

 

Camping
Resources

Camping Checklist
Camping Gear
Our Picasa Photo Albums
Our You Tube Videos
Camping Recipies

Arizona Game and Fish Department

Fishing Reports
Lake Levels
Stocking Schedule
AZ Fishing Rules & Regulations
Where to Fish
Sport Fish Species
Urban Fishing

U.S. Forest Service
National Forests in Arizona

Apache Sitgreaves N.F.
Coconino N.F.
Coronado N.F.
Kaibab N.F.
Prescott N.F.
Tonto N.F.


Site Map
Advertising Information
Contact Us
Links


All campground rates and information are subject to change without notice.
Home | Campgrounds | Hiking Info |Camping Checklist | Fire Information
Western Arizona RV Parks
| Fishing Reports | Contact Us | Advertise With Us | Links
Site Map | Shop For Camping Gear
| Camping at Yosemite | The Ultimate Camping Guide

All original material and HTML coding © 2004-2014 camparizona.com

Terms of Service | Privacy Policy

 

Arizona Game and Fish Department U.S. Forest Service