The "Must See" List Of Campgrounds In The US

The “Must See” List Of Campgrounds In The US


Looking for wonderful campgrounds this summer? Check out these hidden gems. We’ve put together a list of the top campgrounds in each state across the US.  Camping is always an option (even in New Jersey!) I’ve lived in Texas my whole life and can’t believe I’ve missed out on a few of these.

Campgrounds are abundant in this country, so if there’s one thing you’ll have a problem with, it’s choosing which one to visit first! We’ve included just about everything, from mountains to beaches, wilderness, and lakes.  Whether you prefer camping in the mountains or a day at the beach, we’ve got you covered.  Just find your state (or one you want to visit) and click through to see the top 5 campgrounds.

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1. Camping in Alabama

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Camping in Alabama Photo by Alabama Birding Trails

The State of Alabama offers both beautiful spots and recreational opportunities for campers across the state. Want a true camping experience? Come prepared and enjoy the wild outdoors at a spot like Monte Sano State Park in Huntsville. If you prefer a more controlled and comfortable outdoor experience, don’t miss the Gulf State Park to enjoy the amenities and watch the sunset from the beach.

2. Camping in Alaska

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Camping in Alaska Photo by NPS

Camping in Alaska typically attracts adventure-seeking campers. One thing you’ll notice on your trip to Alaska is it’s significantly more expensive than other states due to its location. Despite the heftier price tag, you won’t have a problem finding a safe spot to park and spend the night. You’ll likely encounter some of the best views in all the states.

3. Camping in Arizona

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Camping in Arizona Photo by Arizona Highways

Do you think of the Grand Canyon anytime you hear “Arizona?” Despite being famous for it, Arizona State has much more to offer. This very beautiful area has lakes, rivers, mountains, and campsites that will make you feel right at home.

4. Camping in Arkansas

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Camping in Arkansas Photo by Capture Arkansas

What camper wouldn’t want to be in a place nicknamed “The Natural State?” Arkansas could possibly be one of the most beautiful places to visit in the south. Catherine’s Landing is a great place to put on your list, with both hot springs and rich wildlife.

5. Camping in California

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Camping in California Photo by Redwood Hikes

California is known for the bright lights and glamor of Hollywood, but there’s more to the state than movie stars and celebrities. Yosemite National Park is also located in the Golden State, as well as Sequoia National Forest where the world’s largest trees are found.

6. Camping in Colorado

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Camping in Colorado Photo by Colorado

The State of Colorado has a lot of beautiful campsites to visit all year long. From wilderness playgrounds to family resorts, this colorful state has something to offer for every type of camper. Be sure to visit the Great Sand Dunes in Pinyon Flats and revel at the stunning views.

7. Camping in Connecticut

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Camping in Connecticut Photo by State Parks

You may already know that Connecticut State is rich in history and home to many landmarks. In addition, the state is also home to scenic views of nature like the Devil’s Hopyard State Park and West Thompson Lake. You’re sure to find a spot for your RV in the land “full of surprises.”

8. Camping in Delaware

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Camping in Delaware Photo by Survival Life

What comes to mind when you think of Delaware? It’s likely that one would think of the Constitution – or possibly the tax-free benefits. What you may not know is that the state also boasts stunning beach campsites and beautiful forests. If you prefer camping in a swampy terrain, don’t miss a visit to Trap Pond State Park.

9. Camping in Florida

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Camping in Florida Photo by State Parks

Florida State is known for its wonderful beaches and sunny weather. The place is perfect for summer outings, but if you know where to look, you’ll also find nice campgrounds around the state. A good place for campers is the Blue Spring State Park where you can find West Indian manatees.

10. Camping in Georgia

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Camping in Georgia Photo by Geo Caching

Georgia is a must-see for its southern charm! One of the best ways to experience this is through camping in the great outdoors. Be sure to visit Black Rock Mountain State Park where you can walk along streams and waterfalls. This place is also ideal for people who love hiking.

11. Camping in Hawaii

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Camping in Hawaii Photo by Wikipedia

Where else can you see the best view of the Pacific Ocean but in the mountains of Hawaii? The weather is perfect and you couldn’t possibly run out of activities in this Aloha State. Check out some of the best beach camping in the United States while you’re there!

12. Camping in Idaho

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Camping in Idaho Photo by Hailey Idaho

The State of Idaho rich with state parks and national forests. The people in this state are very lucky to be surrounded by such stunning natural beauty. Redfish Lake is a scenic place to set up your camp among the locals.

13. Camping in Illinois

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Camping in Illinois Photo by Oak Grove Cabin

Would you believe a huge part of the State of Illinois is farmland? You may know it as the birthplace of some of the most important individuals in the history of the United States, but it’s also a place of beautiful campgrounds like the Prophetstown State Park.

14. Camping in Indiana

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Camping in Indiana Photo by CFAIA

Indiana State has come a long way from using the Ohio River for transport, to becoming a state with the most major highway intersections. The entire state is endowed with incredible landscapes. Check out the Monroe Lake Campground for enjoyment of a number of outdoor activities.

15. Camping in Iowa

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Camping in Iowa Photo by My Country Parks

The State of Iowa may not be famous for tourist destinations, but it is home to many beautiful campgrounds. Iowa has a dozen natural lakes that give the surrounding land scenic views great for setting up tent or RV parking.

16. Camping in Kansas

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Camping in Kansas Photo by FS.USDA

Welcome to middle America! Kansas campgrounds are great for family outdoor getaways. The Cimarron National Grassland is one of the best places to camp. At the right spot, you’ll get a stunning view of more than 100,000 acres of green wonder.

17. Camping in Kentucky

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Camping in Kentucky Photo by Trip Advisor

Kentucky State is great for camping any time of the year. The Bluegrass State has some of the best places for RV camping with your family. Try the Buckhorn Lake for a soothing view and a few beers under the starry night.

18. Camping in Louisiana

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Camping in Louisiana Photo by That’s Not Camping

When you want to listen to the best jazz music in the country, come to the Pelican State. Aside from being known for its diverse cultural influence, Louisiana offers more of nature than one might think. Enjoy fishing, hiking, and a lot of other outdoor activities in Louisiana.

19. Camping in Maine

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Camping in Maine Photo by Greg Hartford

The State of Maine offers bountiful wildlife overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. With many diverse things to offer throughout the four seasons, campers are sure to find delight in one of the state’s many charms. For hiking and camping, check out Bradbury Mountain any time of the year for a picnic or family getaway.

20. Camping in Maryland

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Camping in Maryland Photo by News Maryland

Tourists come to Maryland to get a glimpse of our nation’s history, yet you should know it’s also abundant with beauty as well. If you are looking for a relaxed outdoor experience, check out Rocky Gap State Park for a break from busy life in the city.

21. Camping in Massachusetts

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Camping in Massachusetts Photo by Survival Life

The State of Massachusetts has miles of coastline facing the vast Atlantic Ocean. It also provides campers with a lot of options for communing with nature. Harold Parker State Forest, for example, is a fine place for putting up your tent, RV camping, and many recreational activities.

22. Camping in Michigan

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Camping in Michigan Photo by Sandboard

When a place is bordered by five great lakes on all corners, it must be something special! Although Michigan is known for bitterly cold winters, you won’t be able to get enough of the scenic views and campgrounds Michigan has in store.

23. Camping in Minnesota

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Camping in Minnesota Photo by Wikipedia

Minnesota State is known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” It shares the North Shore of Lake Superior with Ontario, the world’s largest freshwater lake. It’s no surprise the state is a favorite destination among outdoorsmen due to its geographical wonders.

24. Camping in Mississippi

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Camping in Mississippi Photo by Survival Life

Mississippi State is famous for its great historical significance, especially during the Civil War. If you’re looking to explore the natural wonders of the state, be sure to check out the natural beauty of the Holly Springs Natural Forest at Puskus Lake.

25. Camping in Missouri

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Camping in Missouri Photo by Survival Life

Also known as the “Gateway to the West,” the Mississippi and Missouri rivers meet together in this state, forming a beautiful landscape suitable for all sorts of outdoor activities.

26. Camping in Montana

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Camping in Montana Photo by Survival Life

The name given to this state speaks to the kind of terrain to expect. Montana also means “mountain” and is a great place for outdoor enthusiasts. It shares the Yellowstone National Park with Wyoming and Idaho, a place known for its abundant wildlife and ecosystem.

27. Camping in Nebraska

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Camping in Nebraska photo by Survival Life

The State of Nebraska offers numerous campgrounds with its many lakes and state parks. The Chadron State Park, for instance, is a nice location with numerous outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and horseback riding.

28. Camping in Nevada

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Camping in Nevada Photo by Wikipedia

Do the luxurious hotels and casinos in Las Vegas come to mind when you think of Nevada? While the city is nestled in the center of the state, it’s just a tiny speck in the middle of a vast desert. Nevada also offers wonderful campgrounds like Mt. Rose in the Sierra Nevada. People can challenge the mountain by hiking to its peak, or simply follow an easier trail near the base and enjoy the view.

29. Camping in New Hampshire

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Camping in New Hampshire Photo by NH State Parks

New Hampshire State may be small in comparison to other states, but it’s home to many big scenic views. There’s Moose Brook State Park, Umbagog Lake State Park, and White Lake State Park, just to name a few. The state is also known as the “Mother of Rivers” so be sure to visit in the warmer months or take in the just-as-beautiful winter views.

30. Camping in New Jersey

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Camping in New Jersey Photo by Gone Hikin

If you live in New Jersey, you won’t have any problem finding diners and shopping malls. If you’re looking for camping and outdoor activities, you may be surprised to hear about the hidden gems the state has to offer. The Kittatinny Valley State Park is one of the places in the state to hike, camp and hunt.

31. Camping in New Mexico

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Camping in New Mexico Photo by Air Stream Life

Visit New Mexico and you’ll understand why the state was named the “Land of Enchantment.” The City of Rocks and Heron Lake State Park are just a few examples of the mesmerizing views in this beautiful state.

32. Camping in New York

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Camping in New York Photo by World Atlas

The Empire State is home to some of the most-visited tourist attractions in the world. While many don’t venture outside of the city that never sleeps, New York has even more to offer upstate. Be sure to check out Niagara Falls before settling into one of the state’s many scenic campsites.

33. Camping in North Carolina

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Camping in North Carolina Photo by Davidson Flyfishing

The Tarheel State is possibly one of the most beautiful in the country. North Carolina offers national forests that provide a wide range of hiking trails and campgrounds for family getaways and experienced outdoorsmen. For a great sunset view, set up camp on the beach!

34. Camping in North Dakota

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Camping in North Dakota Photo by Medora

Did you know North Dakota leads the country in the production of sunflowers? The Peace Garden State also has a unique geographical location and is a haven for all types of outdoorsmen. With this in mind, it’s unlikely that you’ll have trouble finding a place to set up camp.

35. Camping in Ohio

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Camping in Ohio Photo by Survival Life

Not sure where to set up camp in the Buckeye State? Ohio offers visitors lakes, mountains, forests, and rivers. The state is also abundant in natural beauty, as seen in Hocking Hills State Park where visitors can enjoy scenic cliffs and waterfalls.

36. Camping in Oklahoma

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Camping in Oklahoma Photo by Survival Life

Oklahoma State has one of the best climates in the United States with 300 days of sunshine a year. This state’s abundance of incredible landscapes and pleasant weather makes it a favorite place for campers and nature enthusiasts. If you’re into fishing, the Sooner State is the place for you!

37. Camping in Oregon

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Camping in Oregon Photo by City-Data

The diverse topography of Oregon State makes it a must-visit for tourists from far places. It boasts many spectacular sights with sprawling mountains and bodies of water. One favorite destination is the Dorena Lake where campers enjoy the view and an array of outdoor activities.

38. Camping in Pennsylvania

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Camping in Pennsylvania Photo by Recreation

Whether you prefer traditional backpacking or modern full-service resorts, you’ll find it all in the Keystone State. Pennsylvania has wonderful state parks and recreation areas to offer campers looking for the best outdoor experience.

39. Camping in Rhode Island

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Camping in Rhode Island Photo by Pinterest

Rhode Island is the smallest state in America, with a land area of only 1,545 square miles. A huge part of the state’s land mass is composed of woodlands combined with beautiful lakes. Along with the beach, campers will have plenty to enjoy in Rhode Island.

40. Camping in South Carolina

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Camping in South Carolina Photo by Trip Advisor

The State of South Carolina has lush forests and wonderful beaches. Among the favorite spots to visit is Myrtle Beach State Park known for its surf fishing and a spectacular view of the ocean. Cheraw State Park is a great place for campers to enjoy time in the kayak or canoe on Lake Juniper.

41. Camping in South Dakota

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Camping in South Dakota Photo by Survival Life

South Dakota’s spectacular landscapes make it a popular place for outdoor enthusiasts to visit. You’ll feel like you’re dreaming when you see the land formations of Badlands National Park.

42. Camping in Tennessee

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Camping in Tennessee Photo by Survival Life

Tennessee State is home to more than just country music! Visit the northern part of the Great Smoky Mountains to enjoy the temperate springtime weather. Looking for hiking, biking, golf or fishing instead? Check out Montgomery Bell State Park for a wide array of outdoor activities.

43. Camping in Texas

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Camping in Texas Photo by Visit Big Bend

Texas is the second biggest state in the US in terms of land area and has countless campgrounds for the outdoorsmen. Big Bend National Park is among the most beautiful and renowned destinations. Check it out if you want to see a breathtaking view of mountain and desert landscape.

44. Camping in Utah

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Camping in Utah Photo by Wikipedia

The unique landscapes in Utah will make you feel like you’re on a different planet. There’s the Arches, Canyonlands, and Bryce Canyon National Parks with natural rock formations that are a feast for the eyes.

45. Camping in Vermont

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Camping in Vermont Photo by Survival Life

The State of Vermont has state parks and campgrounds perfect for a quiet night in nature. If you’re backpacking, be sure to check out the base of Mt. Moosalamoo for a scenic view.

46. Camping in Virginia

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Camping in Virginia Photo by Survival Life

You’re sure to find a nice place to set up camp any time of year in Virginia. The state offers some of the loveliest state parks ideal for families seeking fun-filled recreational activities.

47. Camping in Washington State

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Camping in Washington State Photo by Survival Life

Outdoorsmen are sure to feel at home in the State of Washington. If you love hiking, be sure to check out the views of snowcapped Mt. Rainier as you walk the trails. If you prefer a more isolated camping experience, don’t miss out on a visit to Olympic National Park.

48. Camping in West Virginia

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Camping in West Virginia Photo by Survival Life

West Virginia is a treasure trove of outdoor activity! Whether you’re into hiking, fishing, mountain biking, kayaking, or even winter sports like skiing and snowboarding, you’ll find what you’re looking for and more in this Appalachian state of West Virginia.

49. Camping in Wisconsin

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With two great lake coastlines, acres of dense forest, and several rivers running throughout, Wisconsin is more than meets the eye when it comes to outdoor adventure. Visitors enjoy fishing, rafting, boating, hiking and birdwatching in Wisconsin’s many great camping sites. But don’t take our word for it… read on to see the 10 best camping spots in Wisconsin.

50. Places To Visit In Wyoming

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From the Great Plains to the Rocky Mountains, from Grand Teton to Yellowstone, Wyoming is an outdoorsman’s paradise. As the nation’s least populated state and with over 3 million acres of wilderness, Wyoming offers plenty of opportunities for camping and outdoor adventure, this is a place where you can truly get in touch with nature – check out our list of Wyoming State Parks.

BONUS: Camping In The Capital (Washington D.C.)

 Camping In The Capital (Washington D.C.) | Ultimate Campgrounds Across The U.S. : State By State List Of America's "Must See" Campgrounds

The Nation’s Capital is wedged between some glorious campsites. Pack your bags and pick one of these rural U.S. destinations.

Watch this video by Redfish Lake Lodge of the amazing Redfish Lake experience in Idaho:

Well, what are you waiting for? Go out and enjoy all the great outdoors has to offer! Those who appreciate nature and spend some of their precious time in the wild know how fortunate they are to be living among these beautiful spots within the United States.

 

What do you think about the beautiful campgrounds of each state? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Trash Can Emergency Survival Kit List

Trash Can Emergency Survival Kit List


Everyone should have an emergency survival kit on hand in case of an SHTF situation. Because making these survival kits is so popular, there are all different kinds of lists and types of kits out there you can create.

The problem is fitting everything you need to survive in an emergency kit that is still easy to grab if you need to get out of dodge.

Use our trash can emergency survival kit list and tips to strike the perfect balance between having all of your necessities and still staying portably prepared.

Emergency Survival Kit and Supplies in a Trash Can!

 

Start with Your Container

Start with Your Container | Trash Can Emergency Survival Kit List

A large trash can works nicely for this kit. It’s large enough to fit everything you need but portable enough that you can take it with you in the event that you need to leave your home in an emergency situation. I would recommend one in a heavy plastic. You want it lightweight and rugged at the same time. There are some metal cans that might work, but with plastic, you never need to worry about rust or corrosion.

You’ll want a lid that snaps securely into place so that in the event that you’d need to transport your kit. all of your supplies will stay safely inside. Imagine loading your kit up in a truck bed only to take a sharp turn, spilling the contents of your trashcan. Not only could you lose items, but you could also do some serious damage jostling your supplies around like that. Keep a lid firmly on your can and avoid this hassle.

What You’ll Need In Your Emergency Survival Kit Checklist:

1. Food and Water

Food and Water | Trash Can Emergency Survival Kit List

You should have a 3-day supply of food and water. You’ll want one gallon of water per person per day. You don’t want to be stuck without enough water. Especially in a situation where you may have to be exerting yourself physically more than usual.

For food, you’ll want to stick with non-perishables. I recommend canned food as they last a long time and are very convenient. As far as what to get, that’s up to your tastes. Just be sure to get plenty of proteins and nutrient-rich foods to keep your body fueled up. Obviously, you’ll be needing a can opener as well. Consider the dietary restrictions and needs of those in your group when creating this list.

2. First Aid Kit

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You’ll want a standard first aid kit that has everything you need to sanitize and mend all sorts of wounds. Pack up your favorite bandages, antibiotic ointment, gauze, and anything else you like to use to fix up nicks and scratches.

You’ll also want to add sunscreen to this kit, as well as some other medications. Pain reliever, antacid, laxatives, and anti-diarrhea medication should all be in your kit.

A first aid reference book would also be a great thing to keep on hand in case of an emergency.

3. Survival Tools and Gears

Survival Tools and Gears | Trash Can Emergency Survival Kit List

You’ll need some extra items in your kit as well for practical purposes. Add these tools and you should be set!

  • flashlight
  • multi-tool
  • duct tape
  • compass
  • map
  • matches
  • aluminum foil
  • radio
  • batteries

This is another portion of the list that takes some thinking. Where will you likely be? What will your days look like? What will you need? Consider these things and add whatever else you’ll require to your survival kit.

4. Sanitation Essentials

Sanitation Essentials | Trash Can Emergency Survival Kit List

Toilet paper, soap, personal hygiene items, detergent, bleach, and trash bags should also be in your kit.

5. Clothing/Bedding

Clothing/Bedding | Trash Can Emergency Survival Kit List

This depends highly on where you’ll be in the survival situation and what time of year it is. You won’t need a parka in Florida and you won’t need rain gear in Arizona. Go with your best judgment when it comes to what to pack for clothes and bedding.

You’ll definitely need a change of clothes for all of those in your group and enough bedding to keep everyone comfortable in your climate.

6. Extra Essentials

Extra Essentials | Trash Can Emergency Survival Kit List

Consider who will be in your group in a survival situation. Consider the ones with special needs when planning for your emergency survival kit. Think about what each person in your party needs to live on for several days. Thinking about the individuals rather than the group could help you remember some important items you’d otherwise forget.

Some examples of these special items:

  • Eyeglasses and contacts
  • Prescription medications
  • Denture supplies
  • Baby formula, diapers, etc.
  • Diabetes supplies
  • Pet food, etc.

Packing Your Supplies

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Start with the water, placing your containers at the very bottom of your kit. This keeps the rest of your supplies safe from water damage in the event of one of your bottles springing a leak.

From there, you go from heavy to light with your items. The heaviest, least breakable items should go on top of your water. Don’t put anything too sharp that might puncture the containers and avoid putting anything that might rust too close to the water. Hopefully, you’ll have no broken containers, but just in case, keep your metal away if at all possible.

Moving towards the top of your container, you should be adding lighter and lighter things, saving the most delicate for the top. Be careful not to break your delicate things when putting the top on your trashcan. Keep your extra shoes/clothes on top for easy access in the event of needing to quickly change attire for travel.

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This emergency survival kit should work perfectly for long-storage and for floods or hurricanes. For last minute preparations, you can just easily throw stuff you need into the bin and secure it fast.

How is this information helping out in your emergency survival kit planning? Do you have anything else to add? We’re eager to see your ideas in the comments section below!

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The Ultimate Bug Out Bag List For Every Survivalist

The Ultimate Bug Out Bag List For Every Survivalist


Every survivalist needs a bug out bag list to stay prepared for any SHTF scenario. While Adam Sandler’s Jill believes “It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it”, that is not the case in a bug out bag. You only take what you absolutely need for survival. So what exactly should you include in a bag out bag list of supplies? Read on to know!

What Should Be On Your Bug Out Bag List?

 

Bug Out Bag Essentials

Building your own customized bug out bag is not so hard or complicated. You only have to make sure your bug out bag list includes items to address the following needs:

  • Hydration or water
  • Food and food preparation
  • Shelter and keeping dry
  • Clothing and bedding
  • Heat source
  • Hygiene
  • First aid
  • Tools
  • Lighting
  • Travel Aids
  • Communications
  • Self-defense

How Heavy Is Too Heavy For My Bug Out Bag?

Identifying what you need to include in a bug out bag can be a serious case of wants versus needs. You never really know what you’ll need later. Still, you cannot bring so much along. Try these tips to see if there is a way to pack one or two items you want.

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  • You are able to carry your Bug Out Bag comfortably. – A heavy B.O.B will get you in this scenario – if you have to walk far to safety, you will either stay where you are or leave the bag, and you don’t want that. Get it?
  • Keep it Lean And Mean. – You just can’t have everything in a survival situation. You might think you need a coffeemaker but you can make coffee without it. Keep it simple to cover basic needs.
  • Pack items to help you become self-sufficient. – Think about a Swiss Army knife. Instead of bringing a can opener, a pair of scissors, and a knife, take a Swiss army knife which has all those and more.
  • Plan your B.O.B for a given period. – 72 hours is about the right time since a person will only survive for that long without water.
  • Take to mind you’re in it to survive. – Forget about your electric toothbrush or your hairbrush. Only Mc Gyver can find survival uses for them.

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I will share with you some examples of lists you can use as your own BOB guide. But first, let’s answer the common questions about the 2 types of bug out bags:

Are 72-hour emergency kit and a bug out bag the same thing?

Yes and no.

A 72-hour emergency kit is a “type” of bug out bag. It serves the same purpose–to let you get by for 72 hours. Survivalists pick the 3-day window since rescue is common on the third day.

The much larger bug out bag is called Sustainability Kit  a bag constructed to get you through a much longer survival scenario. So this bag will be packed with survival items to help you last for more than 72 hours.

Here’s a bug out bag list for both types of bags:

72-Hour Emergency Kit

EVERY family member should have two identical kits each: one set of 72-hour emergency kits in your home ready to grab at a second’s notice. The second set of 72-hour emergency kit is for the trunk of your vehicle. It may sound a little too much to have two kits ready to go for each person. But when disaster strikes, you and each of your family members need to have a ready safety net in place. Whether you’re in your vehicle or in your home, your emergency kits will be there. It will be a relief to each of you to have those much-needed emergency supplies.

The following infographic is a great guide to follow for each 72-hour emergency kit.

Note: Some of the items on this list can be shared among family members. You can save a little money and space by sharing items like a can opener, for example. Also, blankets and extra pairs of shoes are a great addition to your bug out bag list. Finally, any prescribed medications should be added to the first aid kits.

 

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The Perfect 72-Hour Bug Out Bag List for Your Little Ones

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Your Sustainability Kit – The Ultimate Bug Out Bag List

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A sustainability kit is different from the 72-hour emergency kit. It’s not only designed to survive for three days. It’s packed to help you last for up to three months.

Your pack should be made from a super sturdy material. Super lightweight fabrics and plastics are a no-no. They will only get in your way.

Drago Gear Tracker Backpack

A Drago Gear Tracker Backpack (as shown above) is a great choice for a sustainability kit. It’s durable and lightweight and has tons of space. Some of the features include:

  • Dimensions: 18″ x 11″ x 11″
  • Made of 600 Denier
  • Ideal balance between capacity and transportability
  • The compact pack provides an ideal blend of capacity and transportability with a compact design and 4 main storage areas
  • Premium back-relief panel design for maximum comfort during extended use
  • An internal organization system for securing tools and other items
  • Hydration-pack compatible
  • Made of 600D Polyester

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Since your sustainability kit is for a much longer term survival situation, really consider and weigh all your options for its contents. Here’s a bug out bag list for you to use as a guide but, again, you can adjust the bug out bag list to fit your specific needs – prescription medications, any personal items, etc.

Now, because fully stocked sustainability kits can be expensive, I would suggest just having one per family member to keep inside your home.

The Best Sustainability Kit Checklist

This bug out bag list infographic will cover all the information you’ll need for the perfect sustainability kit experience!

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Planning your bug out bag list is fun, but it’s also a serious business you shouldn’t take lightly. When worse comes to worst, you’ll thank the heavens for taking it seriously. Make an inventory of your bag out bag list now!

Did we miss anything? Share your own bug out bag tips in the comments below!

Need to stock up? The Survival Life Store has got all the essential all the Pillars of Survival covered:

Up Next: 25 Winter Bug Out Bag Essentials You Need To Survive

 

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 4, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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SHTF Life Hacks | Secret Prepper Tip List

SHTF Life Hacks | Secret Prepper Tip List


Life hacks are essential in our daily life but they are more useful when the SHTF. Cool tricks and tips won’t only make your life more convenient but will also determine your ability to survive. You’re about to discover life-changing SHTF hacks you can use daily or for survival. Read on and learn these awesome tips and hacks which will impress even the most experienced prepper!

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1. Open Rusty Lids With a Duct Tape

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If your survival supplies have been sitting for a very long time, there is a good chance the lids might not pop off as easily as expected. Use a duct tape to twist that lid right off the jar. Duct tape is strong enough to give you a firm grip on the lid without breaking the mouth of the jar.

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2. Create Arrowheads Out of Unused Keys

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This is a great idea as a backup home defense strategy! Make sure the keys are not being used though. Before starting making arrowheads out of keys, mark where you need to cut the key first with a small saw. File the rough edges away to smoothen them.

3. No candles? Use Crayons Instead

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If you do not have candles in your survival supplies, you can always light these up as an emergency light source! Most crayons are made up of the same ingredients as of candles, so it is the next best thing to solve your light problem. Crayons will only burn for 30 minutes with their wrapper, so better use the time to get a permanent light source.

4. Duct Tape And Toilet Paper Can Help Set Broken Bones

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This post is another reason why duct tape should be a survival gear staple in your kit. To start, wrap the affected area with toilet paper (or a women hygiene product if you ran out of it) until it feels like a sturdy but still soft cast. Secure the bandaged area with duct tape, avoiding any hair, and then make a sling with the sticky sides down. This makeshift splint will give you an ease of an injury even if you cannot make it to the hospital.

5. Create a Toothpick Cannon With Keyboard Cleaner

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Some people may find this tip as a survival gear version of a Nerf gun but you will never know when you will need a toothpick cannon. To make this mini survival equipment, remove the tube from a can of a keyboard cleaner. Insert a toothpick then test it on a cork board. You can also try this with small nails too.

6. Stash Emergency Cash in Your Phone Case

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This makes sense, as you will always carry this around no matter what. Also, it is somewhere no one will ever think to look. You can make one for yourself or get a personalized phone case like this one.

7. Stave Off Frostbite With Baby Oil

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A simple baby oil can go a long way when it comes to saving your skin in extreme weather. Its lubricating properties can also act as a barrier against the cold. It is strong enough to fend off facial frostbite.

8. Improvise a Safe Tick Remover

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A homemade tick remover out of a thread and a mechanical pencil is a great survival gear in case you encounter these pesky insects. To safely and effectively remove ticks from your skin, hollow out a mechanical pencil. Insert the thread to make a loop at one end and the long ends at the other then use the lasso and loop it around the tick. Pull the long ends to tighten the noose and remove the tick out.

9. Carry All Your Water in One Trip With a Stick

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If you have a hockey stick around or a branch off of a tree, you can use it to haul all your water jugs at once in camp with this practical tip. After all, you want every survival gear you own has multiple purposes, right? You can also pick up 14 other useful camping tricks here.

10. Turn an Old Bike Into a Crossbow

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A bike, some tubing, some duct tape, and you have an improvised crossbow! Make this nifty survival equipment by stripping the bike wheel to its frame and clean them. Cut the rim in half using a saw and round off the ragged edges with a file. It is a matter of assembling the rubber catapult and the eyelets by following the rest of the instructions here.

11. Turn Lemons Into Power

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Did you know you can get the juice from lemons but not the sour kind? Roll the lemon first before cutting two slits enough to insert a dime in one and a penny in the other. Test the electric power using a multimeter.

12. Make a DIY Fishing Kit

Store a fishing line, hooks, sinkers, snubbers, and artificial bait in a clean tin can. Come the time you need to fish, get a long branch thin enough to act as your rod. Snubbers are important as they act as shock absorbers once you catch fish using your DIY fishing rod. You can get the rest of the materials at any local fishing or outdoor store.

13. Use a 5-10% Iodine Solution as a Water Purifier

When SHTF, you will encounter a situation where the water is questionably safe for drinking. The iodine solution helps purify the water (and even remove nasty smells) so you can safely drink it. Store it in travel-size spray bottles so it will be easy to carry and apply the solution to.

14. Make Petroleum Jelly Firestarter Balls

Cotton balls drenched in petroleum jelly make great firestarters. They burn hotter and longer than typical paper. Store them in airtight plastic pill bottles to keep the moisture in.

15. Make and Wear Paracord Bracelets

Paracord is an essential prepper item to have when SHTF. Start with at least 10 feet worth of paracord and measure your wrist for sizes. Use this instructional article to weave the paracord into a bracelet. Join the ends using a buckle.

 

Check out 11 more SHTF survival hacks by DropForged Survival below:

You can never prep enough when SHTF but it would definitely be helpful if you have a few hacks up your sleeve, especially if you are in a tight spot. These SHTF life hacks and a clear state of mind could help anyone in a tough situation to survive on or off the grid.

Do you have any SHTF life hacks of your own? Share those hacks with us in the comments section below!

Up Next: Best AR15 Hacks and Tips

 

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published 0n May 5, 2014 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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Everest Base Camp Gear Packing List

Everest Base Camp Gear Packing List


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Here you’ll find a list of 32 items you’ll want to be sure you remember for a trek to Everest Base Camp. These are the essentials – you’ll also need to consider the essential travel documents you’ll need, as well as any optional extra items.

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  1. Main piece of luggage – You’ll leave this in Kathmandu and only take what you need for the trail, which your porter will carry for you. We will provide one porter bag, this is a maximum weight of 10kg (22 pounds) per person, equivalent to around 50 litres of space per person.
  2. Sleeping bag – For the tea houses. Must be rated for four seasons, and down to at least -26C (-14F). We can provide these for you if needed.
  3. Daypack – For carrying items you’ll need throughout the day on the trail. Must be well fitting with supportive shoulder straps and a waist-strap. Should be large enough for your water bottle or bladder, raincoat, fleece, camera and personal items. Size 25-30 litres (2500 cubic inches).
  4. Hiking Boots – Waterproof boots with good ankle support and solid tread are required. Note it’s very important that your boots are well broken in and comfortable before your trip.
  5. Hiking Poles – We highly recommend bringing two poles with you to support your knees during the hikes. If you don’t have your own then we provide them, though you may prefer your own for comfort and training.
  6. Trail runners/light sandals – For casual wear, and in the tea houses in the evening.
  7. Waterproof rain jacket/shell – A breathable, rainproof and windproof unpadded shell jacket with a hood. Ponchos are not suitable.
  8. Waterproof/windproof rain pants – For keeping dry and warm while hiking. Wearing thermal underwear underneath these is best.
  9. Down jacket/sweater – It gets very cold on the trail, must be 800 loft/fill compulsory and good quality – you can hire a super-down jacket from us free of charge if you like.
  10. 2 fleece sweaters/jackets – One medium-weight to wear during the day and a light one for the evenings.
  11. 1 pair of fleece pants – For evening wear in the tea houses.
  12. 2 t-shirts – Quick-dry merino wool style, cotton t-shirts are not suitable.
  13. 1 long-sleeve shirt – Quick-dry.
  14. 1 pair hiking trousers – lightweight.
  15. 1 pair shorts – Quick-dry.
  16. Thermal underwear – One long-sleeved top and bottom set of thermal/polypropylene underwear.
  17. Underwear
  18. Pyjamas/nightwear
  19. 4 pairs of hiking socks – Must be good quality. At least two of these pairs must be warm so that they wick moisture away from the foot and minimise blisters.
  20. Travel towel
  21. Warm hat – Wool/fleece ski hat or similar.
  22. Sun hat – Wide brimmed to protect you from the sun.
  23. Sunglasses – With polarizing lenses to prevent glare.
  24. Waterproof gloves – Wool/fleece gloves with a waterproof outer shell.
  25. Water/hydration bladder – One 2 litre volume Camelbak style bladder and a 1 litre bottle.
  26. Torch/flashlight/headtorch – With extra batteries as the cold can decrease their life.
  27. Camera – Memory cards and batteries/charger (220V capable with plug adapter for Nepal).
  28. Dry Bag – Waterproof bag for protecting your camera equipment.
  29. Toiletries – Shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, facecloth, prescription medications, glasses/lenses, shaving gear, feminine hygiene products, wet wipes, hand sanitiser etc.
  30. Personal first aid kit – For any essential items including strapping tape, prescription medications and antibiotics that you know you’ll need e.g diarrhea, food poisoning, cold and flu, pain relief, hydration salts, and blister treatment if you are prone to blisters. Your guides also carry a comprehensive group first aid kit.
  31. Sun-block and lip balm – Maximum SPF UVA/UVB broad spectrum recommended all year in Nepal.
  32. 2 buffs or bandanas – One fleece to protect your face and airways in the cold air at altitude, and a thin one for the dusty trail. Easy to purchase in Kathmandu.
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How To Make A Coffee Can Survival Kit List For Your Car

How To Make A Coffee Can Survival Kit List For Your Car


Have you ever thought of packing a coffee can survival kit for your car? Cars have become an integral part of life. We use them to go to work, bring the kids to school, and for just about any transportation need that we may have. And if we stay in our cars for long hours every single day, there is really a good chance we will get caught driving or in the car when an emergency survival or an SHTF situation occurs. So it only makes sense that our car should be just as prepared with survival gear as our home. With that said, here’s how to make a car survival kit with a coffee can!

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Emergency preparedness in transit spells the difference between surviving the unthinkable and becoming part of a tragic statistic. You should have an emergency kit as well as the basic tools and gear that come with the car. It would also be a good idea to have some potable drinking water and non-perishable food. A wool blanket will be very useful for winter survival. Also, a portable ham radio in your emergency survival kit will make a great addition to your cell phone. Below is a short list of survival gear you should consider for your coffee can survival kit.

Tools

When caught up in an emergency situation, having the right tools will increase your chances of survival. Tools with multiple functionalities will make it a lot easier and faster to do the things you need to survive.

Fire

In an outdoor survival situation, a fire will always be of great use to continue an important task. Whether you’re preparing your shelter in the dark, cooking food, purifying water or keeping you warm, these tasks are impossible to achieve without the use of fire.

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  • Strike Anywhere Matches or Lighter
  • Ferrocerium Rod
  • Tinder or Fire Starter (Vaseline cotton balls)
  • Candles (wrapped in aluminum foil)

Water

One of the essential things we can’t live without is water, most especially in a survival situation. It prevents our body from dehydration and other health complications that it brings. That’s reason enough to have a water bottle with potable water for drinking, cleaning, and whatnot.

  • Water Filter
  • Iodine Tablets
  • Water Bags

Food

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Even though you can live for several weeks with nothing to eat, you still need a sufficient amount of food to stay well. Emergency food, like survival protein bars, will give you the energy to do what is needed in an emergency. Be sure to have ample food supply in your food storage. And periodically check it’s shelf life for expiration. You wouldn’t want to end up in a worse situation.

  • Protein or energy bars
  • Some dried fruits
  • Packets of instant soup
  • Other small food items

First Aid Kit

From simple cuts and bruises to more serious injuries, having a first aid kit helps reduce the severity of the wound and pain. Including first aid items in your coffee can survival kit and gear is not an option, it is a must.

  • Steril pads
  • Bandages
  • Steril gauze
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Medical tape
  • Aspirin and painkillers
  • Personal medicine

Supporting Items

Accidents can happen and it can strike anywhere, anytime. But your preparation can be your passage to survival. Here are some additional items you might want to include in your coffee can survival kit. Remember, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

  • LED Flashlight
  • Compass
  • Nylon Rope or paracord
  • Poncho (bright colors to attract attention)
  • Duct tape
  • Extra batteries
  • Signal mirror
  • Mylar emergency blankets
  • Whistle
  • Paper and pencil
  • Toilet paper
  • Garbage bag
  • Plastic spoon
  • Small film canister fishing kit (fishing lines, hooks, dry flies, a few lead weights)
  • Money (a couple of nickels, dimes, quarters and $20 bills)

 

Other than a coffee can survival kit your car also needs to be ready when caught in an SHTF situation. Watch this video from Survival Lilly and find out how to turn your car into a bug out vehicle!

What’s so great about a car is that there is always enough space for a little survival kit. You can safely put a coffee can in more than one slot or cubbyhole in a car’s interior. You can put it in the glove compartment, under the seat and even in the trunk. There is no excuse for any prepper not to keep one stored safely in their car. It is also worth noting that you can put whatever you need in there without following the list. Each one of us has different needs so feel free to put the things you know you will need in case you are stranded in the middle of nowhere or got stuck in the car.

Do you have a coffee can survival kit? Tell us what’s inside your kit in the comments section below!

Up Next: How To Build DIY Survival Shelters To Survive Through The Night

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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in September 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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