OUTFITTING A TEARDROP

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OUTFITTING A TEARDROP

Postby Whispering Wind » Mon May 01, 2017 1:31 pm

BEAR’S recommended Personal Equipment List for outfitting a teardrop with the basic fundamentals for all seasons. This list is based on experience: 27-years as a volunteer leader with the Boy Scouts of America, and having been a full-timer since the summer of 2005. (Having searched this site I hadn't located a comprehensive list that provided similar information. I hope that is correct and this is not being redundant. So I thought I would share a list that I provide to new owners of tiny campers and teardrops upon meeting their acquaintance. I hope you find benefit in the information.)

Clothing
- Hiking boots
- Lightweight shoes (In-camp shoes)
- Insoles
- 2 Pairs of socks.
- 3 Pairs lighter inner socks
- 3 Pairs of underwear
- 1 Set of thermal underwear
- 2 Hiking shorts (Convertible pants work great here.)
- 1 Long pants
- 1 belt
- 2 Short sleeve shirts
- 1 Long sleeve shirt
- 1 Town Shirt
- 1 Hat/cap
- 1 Stocking cap or balaclava
- 1 Sweater or jacket
- 1 Pair of earmuffs
- 1 Glove-liners or mittens (May want to include work gloves.)
- 2 Bandannas or handkerchiefs
- 1 Pair of gaiters

Sleeping
- Sleeping pad. (Doubles as an exercise mat and added insulation in colder climate.)
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping bag liner `
- Pillowcase
- Pillow
- Sleep clothes

Toiletries
- Body wash/shampoo
- Deodorant
- Foot deodorant
- Anti-bacteria gel
- Soap, biodegradable
- Towel: hand/body
- Pocket brush/comb
- Scrub brush
- Razors
- Cuticle scissors
- Nail clippers: fingers/toes
- Toothbrush/Toothpaste
- Dental floss
- Lip balm
- Sunglasses
- Spare glasses/contact lenses.
- Eyeglass cleaner
- Eyeglass lanyard
- Toilet paper
- Trowel (To dig latrine.)
- Condoms
- Urine bottle (Nalgene bottle or Little John Portable Urinal for men; add the Little John Lady J Female Adapter for women)
- Signaling mirror (Doubles for shaving mirror and fire starter.)
- Medications

First Aide & Prevention

- First aid kit (Check expiration dates and restock.)
- Insect repellent/sunscreen
- Snakebite kit

Kitchen
- Dining fly, nylon 8’x8’
- Pots/pans
- Hot pads
- Coasters
- Pot cozy
- Cutlery kit: 1 large spoon and maybe 1 large spatula
- Pair hot-pot tongs (Multi-purpose tools double for this.)
- Soda-fountain spoon
- Dishwashing soap (Biodegradable)
- Scrub pads
- 1 lb. propane tank for emergency back-up along with cylinder adapter
- Backpacking stove. (Emergency back-up) (May need fuel funnel and eyedropper for priming stove)
- Stove windscreen
- Matches, lighter, fire starters in waterproof container
- Strainer
- Rubber scraper
- Menu option cards
- Spices for cooking
- Water pump
- 2 2-Liter water bottles
- Paper towels and paper plates (Suggested by: capnTelescope)
- Garbage bags (Suggested by: capnTelescope)
- Dutch ovens (Suggested by: bdosborn)

Eating
- Deep bowl
- Cup (measuring style) (It will double as a drinking cup.)
- Spoon (or spork)

Camp Equipment
- 1 150-foot length of 1/4-inch nylon rope
- Large blade
- Sharpening stone

Repair Kits
- Small pocketknife (Multi-purpose tools are a great option.)
- Sewing kit with heavy thread and needle (Dental floss doubles as thread.)
- Repair kit to include items for eyeglasses, pack, tent, ground cloth, sleeping bag, boots, stove, water pump, flashlights. Include duct
tape, patches, adhesive, tools, screws, washers, lubricant, bulbs, batteries (alkaline or lithium), O-rings
- Extra boot/shoe laces
- Sealant
- A spare set of bearings and seals for the wheels. I carry two sets.
- Tool bag (Suggested by: Shadow Catcher)
- Electrical test kit (Suggested by: Shadow Catcher)

Packs
- Day pack with padded hip belt for day hikes.

Optional Electrical
- Camera, batteries
- Watch
- Cellular telephone or calling card
- Pedometer
- Hand radios

Optional Personal and Miscellaneous
- Whistle (Always carry this on your person.)
- Money ($10-$20 in small bills hidden for emergency)
- Note pad, envelops, stamps, stationery, or index cards
- Pens, pencils, extra lead and erasers
- Travel log
- Ink pad/rubber stamp
- Address book
- Ditty bags for miscellaneous storage
- Rubber bands
- Hiking stick or trekking poles (Double as dinning fly poles.)
- Reading material
- Fieldbook
- Animal identification books, plant keys, geological studies, star chart, or other guides
- Playing cards for rainy days.
- Binoculars
- Fishing equipment/licenses
- Rubber snake (Suggested by: tony.latham) Maybe this should be under the mandatory list. Just saying.
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Outdoor Essentials - should ALWAYS be with an individual whether you are day hiking one mile or ten or even car camping.

- First Aid kit (As listed on a separated checklist.)
- Extra clothing as listed above (second check)
- Sturdy rain suit
- 2 or 3 one-quart water bottles
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Matches, lighter, and fire starters in waterproof container
- Sunscreen at least 15 SPF (Let this double as bug repellant.)
- Map and compass (liquid filled) / GPS
- Trail food
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Re: OUTFITTING A TEARDROP

Postby Whispering Wind » Mon May 01, 2017 1:32 pm

BEAR’S recommended First Aid Kit for outfitting a teardrop with the basic fundamentals for all seasons.

- Disposable alcohol wipes
- Small bar soap
- Band-aids (assorted sizes)
- Gauze pads 3”x3”
- Adhesive tape 1”X5 yd.
- Tampons/sanitary napkins (also double as compress)
- Triangular bandage
- Oval eye patch
- 4” elastic bandage
- Moleskin/Molefoam
- Second skin
- Foot powder
- Antihistamine (Benadryl)
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol or Panadol)
- Ibuprofen tablets
- Antacids (Tums, Rolaids)
- Cold caplets
- Water purification chemical
- Antibiotic ointment (Mycitracin, terramycin, polysporin)
- Steroid cream (Hyrodcortison, Cortaid, Lanacort)
- Vaseline
- Calamine lotion
- Chemical ice packs
- Sunscreen lotion/Insect repellent (SPF 15 or above)
- Permethrin kills ticks on contact.
- Lip balm
- Throat lozenges
- Meat tenderizer
- Ana-Kit (if needed)
- Snake bite kit
- Barrier device for resuscitation
- Latex gloves
- Tweezers
- Needle
- Scissors
- Side cutters
- Safety pins
- Thermometer (Don’t forget extra batteries.)

Notes:
"What lies before you and what lies behind you pales insignificant when compared to what lies within you. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the harbor, and catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." ~Mark Twain.
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Re: OUTFITTING A TEARDROP

Postby Shadow Catcher » Tue May 02, 2017 6:00 pm

Some good points but not aimed at those of us with a teardrop.
This is a subject that comes up from time to time.
I have a very complete first aid kit which does need to be gone through and updated.
I also have a very complete tool and spares kit including wheel beings and test equipment for the electrical systems...
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Re: OUTFITTING A TEARDROP

Postby Whispering Wind » Tue May 09, 2017 8:29 pm

Shadow Catcher wrote:Some good points but not aimed at those of us with a teardrop.
This is a subject that comes up from time to time.
I have a very complete first aid kit which does need to be gone through and updated.
I also have a very complete tool and spares kit including wheel beings and test equipment for the electrical systems...


Shadow Catcher,

How do you figure this is not geared towards teardrops? This is exactly how I outfitted my Camp-Inn 550 Classic teardrop when I began full-timing twelve years ago. The lists provide a great starting point for new comers to teardropping and tiny trailers.

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Re: OUTFITTING A TEARDROP

Postby capnTelescope » Wed May 10, 2017 1:33 am

I skimmed the list quickly, and thought of paper towels and paper plates. And garbage bags. Gotta have garbage bags. One man's necessity is another's "Yuck." Why don't we have a "Yuck" smilie? :shrug:
I'll burn that bridge when I come to it.

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Re: OUTFITTING A TEARDROP

Postby absolutsnwbrdr » Wed May 10, 2017 7:22 am

Very comprehensive list. I can see that as being helpful (with the addition of some things that SC and capn mentioned) for a prospective full timer, but waaaaay overkill for weekend warriors. What works for some people will not work for others.
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Re: OUTFITTING A TEARDROP

Postby lrrowe » Wed May 10, 2017 8:17 am

I would guess that all of us have some sort of list we use for our camping excursions.
I put mine in the form of an Excel spreadsheet and print it out for each trip. It is sort of sectioned off so,I do not have to review items that are not pertinent to any particular trip.

I awlays add new items to it as I find the need. Most items do not get crossed off, but rather put into an "optional" category..
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Re: OUTFITTING A TEARDROP

Postby gudmund » Sun May 14, 2017 10:25 am

love seeing different lists of what people carry in their teardrops - it's the same as seeing everyone's different version of a teardrop - "ideas" we are all, always looking for new and different ideas - kind of another sort of fun-nes that goes along with the teardrop thing! There's always that one item that you will see on someone's list that will jump out at you "why didn't I think of that?" :thumbsup: that or "I didn't think of that" and should have!! :thinking: And Yes, there is always the extra STUFF that you though you needed to carry only to find later - why am I carrying that? And of course, there always that - if I have with me, I'll probably never need it, BUT it's when you don't have it, you than need it!!! :oops:
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Re: OUTFITTING A TEARDROP

Postby working on it » Sun May 14, 2017 3:17 pm

I am also of the "more is better", and "prepare for all eventualities" persuasion, but if I ever need a tenth of all the medical supplies you've listed, I might need to carry a doctor along with me, as well.
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Re: OUTFITTING A TEARDROP

Postby bdosborn » Sun May 14, 2017 9:49 pm

Umm, there's no dutch oven. :crying2:

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Re: OUTFITTING A TEARDROP

Postby Whispering Wind » Tue May 16, 2017 6:22 pm

I find this thread very entertaining. It appears that some folks may have difficulty with the definition of basic fundamentals. So allow me to assist, please. It means a starting point---a foundation upon which to build on. It doesn't mean all encompassing. The list is a tool to fuel the imagination, to ignite the creative juices. It was not intended to provide all the answers. A fundamental list is a starting point to personalizing your own beginnings so that your experience will be like no other. That is the beauty of living, no two lives are the same. And no two inventory lists are the same, but the list provided here has helped many start a wonderful journey into the world of camping and backpacking.

To not include paper products---other than therapeutic paper (TP)---is a demonstration of love towards Mother Earth and Mother Nature (and yes there is a difference), because both deserve better than what they've received from man throughout the millennia. Such caring is also called compassion as well as "Leave No Trace"---a program supported by both the Boy Scouts of America and the National Park Service. But if it is a necessity for you add it to your list---do so! You have my blessing.

To say the list is excessive is just plain ignorant. This list, with the few exceptions geared towards car camping and adults, comes directly from the Boy Scout Handbook. It is difficult to imagine that 12 and 13 year olds would be expected to carry such items on their backs as they take to the backpacking trails, but an individual old enough to be issued a driver's license would find difficulty in wanting to "be prepared" for all occasions. This is why search and rescue teams were invented.

As for the lengthy list for first aid: Experienced Boy Scout troops take to the trails with such a first aid kit, because they know that the life they save may not just be their own. It may be someone who entered into the camping, hiking, or backpacking world unprepared. The philosophy is better to have it and not need it then to need it and not have it. My kit has been used by more strangers than I have ever personally used it. Again, this is called love and compassion. Isn't that what religion and spirituality been trying to teach us?

If the list is too long for you then tailor it to what you think you will need. Its that simple. But there may be things on the list that you hadn't thought about and will now include in your inventory. If a "must have" item is missing from the list---such as a Dutch oven---include it. Nothing is set in stone. Nobody is going to arrest you for coloring outside the lines.

So the list is perfect in that it will make the camping experience more enjoyable for a newbie being introduced to the tiny camper world---they'll be more prepared for the unexpected. And, yet, there is still space available on the list to make modifications, to tailor a more personalized experience as evolution and growth dictates. After all, isn't that what we're all striving for from life?

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Re: OUTFITTING A TEARDROP

Postby Whispering Wind » Tue May 16, 2017 6:48 pm

gudmund wrote:love seeing different lists of what people carry in their teardrops - it's the same as seeing everyone's different version of a teardrop - "ideas" we are all, always looking for new and different ideas - kind of another sort of fun-nes that goes along with the teardrop thing! There's always that one item that you will see on someone's list that will jump out at you "why didn't I think of that?" :thumbsup: that or "I didn't think of that" and should have!! :thinking: And Yes, there is always the extra STUFF that you though you needed to carry only to find later - why am I carrying that? And of course, there always that - if I have with me, I'll probably never need it, BUT it's when you don't have it, you than need it!!! :oops:


Gudmund,

Wouldn't it be awesome if all who read this thread were to add their comprehensive lists? It is with certainty there are items on these other lists that I have never thought of and would certainly entertain bringing aboard the Stagecoach. I would really like to see those other lists. To have them all in one location would be phenomenal. It would make it easier for rookie and veteran campers alike to find when doing research.

I'd like to see this dream come true.

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Re: OUTFITTING A TEARDROP

Postby tony.latham » Tue May 16, 2017 7:41 pm

Ya can't go camping without a rubber snake. It would be immoral and unethical. Any Cub Scout can explain how to operate one.

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Re: OUTFITTING A TEARDROP

Postby Whispering Wind » Tue May 16, 2017 8:07 pm

EXCELLENT IDEA, TONY! Hadn't thought of that one. Its going on the list! ~BEAR
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Re: OUTFITTING A TEARDROP

Postby tony.latham » Tue May 16, 2017 9:37 pm

Whispering Wind wrote:EXCELLENT IDEA, TONY! Hadn't thought of that one. Its going on the list! ~BEAR

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