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Basic camping in Mexico gear checklist

Jeffrey R. Bacon

Checklists referred to from Camping in Mexico

Basic Checklist

  • a warm sleeping bag
  • a quality foam or air mattress (insulation from cold ground)
  • a quality tent with a rain fly and breathable roof
  • a drop cloth (to protect the tent floor from ground moisture and punctures)
  • sturdy tent stakes (save the aluminum stakes that came with your tent for back yard campouts with the kiddies)
  • lanterns
  • a good flashlight and/or headlamp
  • candles
  • spare batteries
  • a backpack or fanny pack (for day hikes)
  • an axe or camp saw
  • a shovel
  • a pick (doubles as a rustic toilet seat when used with the handle sitting on the ground)
  • rope
  • bungee cords
  • plastic bags
  • a geographic positioning system receiver (GPS unit) is great for backwoods navigating.

Clothing Checklist

  • Wool shirts
  • Wool sweater
  • cotton flannel shirts and lighter cotton shirts
  • lined, waterproof jacket for warmth and protection from rain
  • a brimmed hat (or sombrero)
  • sunglasses (with UV protection)
  • t-shirts
  • jeans
  • long johns
  • underwear
  • a bathing suit
  • a knit hat
  • extra socks
  • boots
  • extra shoes.

Toiletries Checklist

  • hand soap
  • a towel
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrush
  • sunscreen
  • bug spray
  • lip balm
  • lotion
  • toilet paper
  • sanitary products
  • a stainless steel mirror (or a vehicle mirror if you're not fussy)
  • prescription medications

Emergency Kit Checklist

  • high-energy food (dried fruit, nuts, crackers, trail mix, energy bars. peanut butter, cheese, nuts, or jerky)
  • drinking water
  • a flashlight
  • kindling,
  • matches (in a waterproof container)
  • Spanish dictionary
  • a first aid kit including:
  • adhesive bandages
  • forceps
  • antihistamines
  • aspirin or ibuprofen
  • antibacterial ointment
  • water purification tablets (or a good filter)
  • moleskin [for blisters]
  • elastic bandages
  • prescription medicine
  • sunscreen
  • insect repellent
  • a chemical ice pack
  • insect sting treatment
  • alcohol

Vehicle Emergency Repair Checklist

  • a hydraulic jack
  • a high-lift jack
  • a lug wrench
  • a plastic gasoline container (with gasoline)
  • a plastic water container (full of water)
  • a spare tire
  • spare belts
  • spare hoses
  • jumper cables
  • tow cables
  • pliers
  • wire
  • a punch-and-plug tire repair kit
  • a flashlight
  • a multiuse pocket knife,
  • screwdrivers
  • socket wrenches
  • traditional wrenches
  • wire cutters
  • duct tape
  • channel lock pliers
  • a monkey wrench
  • an adjustable wrench

Mess Kit Checklist

  • can opener
  • frying pan
  • pot with a lid
  • coffee pot
  • sharp knife
  • cutlery
  • bowls with lids
  • cups
  • plates
  • spoons
  • forks
  • biodegrabable dish soap
  • a scouring pad
  • a dish washing tray
  • a dish rag
  • a grill top for campfire cooking
  • a heavy comal
  • a spatula
  • a large spoon
  • dish towels
  • aluminum foil
  • a cutting board
  • your favorite seasonings.

Other Fun Stuff Checklist

  • Camera and film or memory cards
  • A trip journal or diary
  • A good book (to make it through long waits)
  • Field guides for birds, wildflowers, reptiles, etc.
  • A flying disk (Frisbee)
  • A traveling guitar or other musical instrument
  • A mountain bike
Published or Updated on: August 24, 2007 by Jeffrey R. Bacon © 2008
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