Alright, people. I’ve given you my recommendations on gear, I told you my favorite knives, cooking supplies, and fire starting materials. I have passed my knowledge on to you.

Now the time has come for YOU to get out there and conquer the wilds!!! Have fun! Goodbye!

 

Still here huh? That’s fine. With me as your teacher, there is still much more that you need to learn before you can go out there and even point out what poison ivy looks like. I learned that last week.

(Scratching ankle vigorously)

But now I know to avoid the little plant with the three leaves that have smooth edges. I am prepared to look out for them on my next hike.

This whole topic is about being prepared or not being caught with your pants down. When I was camping in Texas in the winter and the temp. dropped to only 17 degrees, I was warm and comfortable because I prepared for that weather.

I have always said, “knowledge is the best tool.” It is multipurpose and is lightweight. So lets put it to use!

Prepared for Camping:

I have learned much over the past few years about camping and nature that I would no longer call myself and amateur, but now graduated to intermediate!

Then end goal is to have the skill and knowledge to be able to live in the woods with nothing but a rock… Some day…

Looking back when I first became interested in this hobby years ago I was young and naive. I packed a 10 lbs cast iron skillet, no first aid, and enough food to last two weeks. Even though we were out there for only four nights…

Now I try to bring as few items and challenge myself as I can and rely on the natural materials around me or my knowledge and skills. I have condensed my pack now into the nine essential items listed below in a noninteractive chart. Anything packed in my bag other than this is luxury items.

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This graphic was inspired by a chapter in survivalist Dave Canterbury’s book Bushcraft 101. In the first chapter, he talks about the 5 Cs of survival. Or as he calls it, “The items that are hardest to recreate in nature. Cordage, Container, Cover, Combustion, Cutting Tool.”

Now I’m no survivalist. However, there is a thin line from my style of camping and wilderness survival, so I make sure to learn both sides in case of emergency. But you can see that all of his 5 survival items are also on my list of bare-minimum items to take camping.

If you would like to read a short review of Dave’s book and learn more, click the link here.

 

Prepared for the Environment:

I call myself the Southern Style Camper. Can you guess where I’m from? Yep, the South. South Louisiana to be precise.

And when you think of South Louisiana do you picture gators, snakes, and swamps? Well if so, STOP STEREOTYPING!!

But it’s totally true…

When it comes to sleeping while camping down here alligators aren’t really an issue, but snakes are looking for a warm body to slither next to and pitching a tent is near impossible in a boggy marsh.

But I think I found a solution… Hammocks!

Just hang your hammock over the water and don’t worry about sleeping in water or any creepy-crawlies joining you under the covers.

I have made a short audio slideshow explaining the reasons why I enjoy sleeping in a hammock when I’m out in the woods. I also put some of my personality in there as well so I really hope you enjoy!

Prepared for Life:

Life is where the real things happen and real problems occur here.  This is less about camping but more about having the foresight to be prepared for life’s everyday challenges.

For instance: When I wear my contacts and I am going to leave the house, I toss my glasses, contact case, and solution in my backpack. I probably won’t need them but if I need to sleep at a friend’s house or one of my contacts were to fall out, I will always have my glasses for backup. I can be prepared for the unexpected.

I made a short video on everyday situations that someone can find themselves in on the road. I try to offer cheap and helpful suggestions that can make a bad situation more enjoyable. I also make lite of the situation but know that at some point every driver will find themselves in a similar scenario.

 

Well, I hope you enjoyed my presentation on preparedness.

I know that it would be impossible to make suggestions for every scenario but that is where your own knowledge comes to play and make good choices from your personal life experiences.

If anything I hope you learned something.

Thank you for reading!

I hope you drive safe! Tip your bartender! And of course, Happy Camping!

 

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