Check out this list of things you don’t want to leave behind.
Former RN&R Arts Editor and current contributor Kris Vagner loves camping. Extended famly trips are one of her usual summer activities, but in her years of planning trips all over Nevada and beyond, she’s left more than a few things behind.
“For me, summer is all about starry night skies, crystal blue lakes, desert and mountain hiking trails, and, best of all, lounging in a camp site with my family and friends,” Vagner said. “It’s the loveliest, most peaceful thing going—unless you forget the lighter. Or the breakfast foods. Or the mosquito repellent. I have forgotten all of those things, but that was in the distant past, before I wrote—and spent a few summers refining—my trusty master checklist.”
Years of trial and error on Vagner’s part have resulted in the following list, lightly editted with some classic road trip essentials, for our readership to consult before leaving the driveway.
Vagner also stresses that this list is intended for family trips, and she probably wouldn’t consult it for solo backpacking treks or the like. Still, the following necessities will suit most travelers and their families well on the open road •
Lighting (lantern, flashlights, spare batteries)
Water storage (bottles, Camelback, etc.)
Car charger for phone/electronics
Fuel (butane, firewood, lighters, matches, etc.)
Dishes and mugs
Utensils (knives, forks, spatulas, serving spoons, etc.)
Dish tub (for washing)
Peanut butter and jelly
First aid kit (bandages, antiseptic, pain relief, treatment for poisonous plants etc.)
Spare car key
Spare tire/tire jack
Jumper cables/jump starter