Backpacking/car camping

A Listmania! list by Tetsu Noguchi "tekkster" (Santa Clara, CA United States)
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The list author says: "Only two self-imposed survival tests under my belt. The first a two night stay and the second a three night stay. For the second trip, I brought less gear and faired okay. The first test was a nightmare."
Garmin GPS V Waterproof Hiking GPS
1.  Garmin GPS V Waterproof Hiking GPS by Garmin
The list author says:
  "The Garmin GPS V is an extremely slow, a black and white screen that is hard to see, and obsolete compared to the high tech gadgets out there today.  But its cheap, uses 4 AA batteries, is uber-rugged, and waterproof.  For basic coordinates and military grade reliability, this GPS is hard to beat."
Used & New from: $88.00
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Seattle Sports Camp Bucket (Blue)
2.  Seattle Sports Camp Bucket (Blue) by Seattle Sports
The list author says:
  "This little bucket folds small and if there's one thing I learned when backpacking, it's always good to have a bucket of water nearby.  The multitude of uses for a bucket of water make this a near indispensable tool"
$13.27   Used & New from: $9.58
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)

Kuissential SlickDrip - Collapsible Silicone Coffee Dripper, Filter Cone
3.  Kuissential SlickDrip - Collapsible Silicone Coffee Dripper, Filter Cone by Cuissential - Kuissential
The list author says:
  "It's a single piece, so nothing to really lose.  And it has no rigid surfaces so never worry about part of it breaking in your pack. if you want to backpack, but are addicted to coffee, you can get one of these, carry the big weight of a percolator or french press, or suffer through cowboy coffee.  Get this, you won't regret it."
$11.99
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (432 customer reviews)

Sea to Summit DryLite Towel
4.  Sea to Summit DryLite Towel by Sea to Summit
The list author says:
  "With backpacking, every ounce counts, so this drylite towel, with it's incredible lightness, ability to soak tons of water, and speed in drying, is an absolutel godsend compared to the rag I was using before.  It takes up so little space, I highly recommend getting it."
$11.95 - $45.72
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (479 customer reviews)

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GSI Outdoors Halulite Tea Kettle,32 Ounce
5.  GSI Outdoors Halulite Tea Kettle,32 Ounce by GSI
The list author says:
  "While this is a bit overkill for backpacking, if you're not going alone, and can distribute load, this compact kettle, holding 32 ounces of water is a mighty hard worker.  the silicone wrapped handle is resistant to heat, and stays cool enough to pick up even when water is boiling."
$22.99   Used & New from: $22.95
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)

GSI Outdoors Insulated Infinity Mug - 17 oz.
6.  GSI Outdoors Insulated Infinity Mug - 17 oz. by GSI Outdoors
The list author says:
  "This is my all time favorite backpacking food container.  it holds coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon, a cool beverage when it's hot, soup in the evening, instant ramen, or my favorite, a bowl rice with a bullion cube and some freeze dried chicken all boiled together for a hot chicken and rice stew.  Yum."
$9.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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GSI Outdoors Micro Table
7.  GSI Outdoors Micro Table by GSI
The list author says:
  "This is a sheer luxury for backpacking, but really useful for car-based tent camping.  in the tent, you can have this to hold a lamp or rest some food on.  Next to a low chair, this is a perfect little end table.  And if it's raining, you can put your shoes on it in the vestibule area to keep the inside of your tent dry.  It's so useful for car camping that, well, I bought two."
$27.49   Used & New from: $25.29
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

Nite Ize C9S-03-TP01 Small Figure 9 Carabiner with Rope, Black, Two-Pack
8.  Nite Ize C9S-03-TP01 Small Figure 9 Carabiner with Rope, Black, Two-Pack by Nite Ize
The list author says:
  "This makes tying things up super easy.  When your hands are cold, numb and clumsy, this is the way to go.  While not strictly a necessity, it makes a world of difference.  If you can afford the ounces, get it."
$6.98   Used & New from: $5.66
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

Solo Scientific
9.  Solo Scientific by Aurora
The list author says:
  "There are a lot of magnesium fire starters out there.  But one problem with magnesium is that it degrades around other minerals like salt water.  this Aurora comes with a seal cap complete with rubber ring to protect the magnesium from the elements.  It's more expensive, but worth it."
$16.10 - $77.99
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

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EMT Gel - 1 ounce
10.  EMT Gel - 1 ounce by EMT
The list author says:
  "This is really for pets, but it works on people too.  It's basically like super glue, but the chemical makeup has been modified to be safe for bio-use.  You essentially glue a gash together.  It includes disinfectant and is non-toxic.  This should get most small gashes taken care of until proper care is available."
$13.99
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Potable Aqua Water Treatment Tablets
11.  Potable Aqua Water Treatment Tablets by Potable Aqua
The list author says:
  "As emergencies go, this is a must have item.

Pros:
- the bottle is teeny.  fits anywhere (also easy to lose tho)
- expiration date:  two decades folks....two decades.
- works

Cons:
- tastes like crap
- steripen is waaaay better since no chemicals are used"
$5.99   Used & New from: $4.59
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (979 customer reviews)

Equinox Nylon Poncho Rain Gear - In Your Choice of Colors
12.  Equinox Nylon Poncho Rain Gear - In Your Choice of Colors by Equinox
The list author says:
  "If you've been backpacking when it's raining, then you know that even with a rain protector, the area of the backpack against your back gets wet, heavy, and starts to smell after a while in humid weather.  So in wet weather, what you really need is a poncho with back extension.  You need this."
$29.99 - $56.00
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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UCO GR1 Grlliput Portable Camping Grill
13.  UCO GR1 Grlliput Portable Camping Grill by UCO
The list author says:
  "This campfire grill has a myriad of problems.  it warps easily, takes time to assemble, and is pretty heavy for its size.  and when you're backpacking, this is pretty significant. 

but....good for emergencies and while heavy, packs small to one cylinder."
$25.78   Used & New from: $22.89
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

Israeli Bandage Battle Dressing, First Aid Compression Bandage
14.  Israeli Bandage Battle Dressing, First Aid Compression Bandage by Israeli bandage
The list author says:
  "Don't let the intimidating name turn you away.  This little multi-purpose bandage is a godsend.  it comes in a sterilized package and can be used in a number of different ways as the elastic bandage has some clever pockets and tie-overs.  whether creating a brace, and arm sling, a wraparound bandage, this is one seriously versatile injury dressing."
$5.25 - $12.95
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (423 customer reviews)

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HotHands Body & Hand Super Warmer (40 count)
15.  HotHands Body & Hand Super Warmer (40 count) by Heatmax, Inc.
The list author says:
  "Okay, if you're a little wimpy when it comes to cold weather camping, you might find yourself in a situation where your body isn't producing heat fast enough.  sometimes you need a little help.  These guys pack a lot of heat over many hours in a tiny little package.  Get it."
$29.99   Used & New from: $26.09
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (478 customer reviews)

Okuma VS-605-20 Voyager Spinning Travel Kit
16.  Okuma VS-605-20 Voyager Spinning Travel Kit by Okuma
The list author says:
  "Not a backpacker's fishing rod, but as portable fishing equipment goes, this rod and reel is hard to be.  With 5 pieces that are fit together, this makes a full size 6' flexing rod for some decent lake fishing.  in a backpack, I'd take a plastic frame with fishing line, but for fun, this is something to have in the car."
$39.25   Used & New from: $33.93
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)

SteriPen Freedom
17.  SteriPen Freedom by SteriPen
The list author says:
  "For a primary water purifying device, it's hard to be the steripen.  if you have a usb solar charger, the steripen freedom is definitely the steripen to get as it's the only one with a li-ion battery and usb charging port.  it's also smaller than other steripens.  Also good on business trips where water safety is a tad suspect."
$79.96 - $148.99
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Sierra Designs Hurricane Full Zip Rain Pant - Men's
18.  Sierra Designs Hurricane Full Zip Rain Pant - Men's by Sierra Designs
The list author says:
  "When it rains, staying dry is important, especially in colder weather.  The last thing you want to do is sit, take your shoes/boots off thrown on a second layer and then go through the same process in reverse.  Full zip pants are the way to go.  These are among the best out there."
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First Aid Only Water Jel Burn Jel Burn Relief, 4-Ounce Plastic Bottle (Pack of 3)
19.  First Aid Only Water Jel Burn Jel Burn Relief, 4-Ounce Plastic Bottle (Pack of 3) by First Aid Only
The list author says:
  "This bottle packs pain relief, burn healing, and disinfectant built right into one neat little package.  it's effective against most basic burns, makes a helps blisters from forming and aids healing. As a clutz, I burn myself a lot, and this burn jel has made a marked difference in healing, with much less pain over successive days."
$16.40   Used & New from: $16.10
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

Solar Joos Orange Portable Solar Charger
20.  Solar Joos Orange Portable Solar Charger by Solar Joos
The list author says:
  "If you need a solar charger with integrated battery, this is really the only one on the market that actually allows you to use your usb devices every day, and not just be an emergency quick juicer.  While no solar charger is very efficient, this is the best set of compromises there is: big solar panel, charges under cloudy skies, tough and waterproof."
$149.00   Used & New from: $125.58
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)

LifeProof iPhone 4/4s Case - Black
21.  LifeProof iPhone 4/4s Case - Black by Lifeproof
The list author says:
  "if you're an iphone 4/4s user, then this waterproofing case is a must have for backpacking.  sometimes it's just impossible to stay dry, and the last thing you want under wet conditions is a broken phone.   if you drop it in a puddle, you'll be fine.  The only problem is you will have to dry it to charge it as you have to open a port to do so."
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3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7,041 customer reviews)
High Peak Extreme Pak 0 Degrees Sleeping Bag
22.  High Peak Extreme Pak 0 Degrees Sleeping Bag by HIGH PEAK USA
The list author says:
  "considering how compact this sleeping bag is, it's shockingly warm. 
This sleeping bag is about as warm as it gets considering it's compact size. even better, it's cheap compared to a lot of other 0 degree sleeping bags I've seen on the market."
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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

 
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Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Person Tent
23.  Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Person Tent by Kelty
The list author says:
  "Rated for 2 people, it's really for 1 with a little extra room, but they are very light, structurally sound, fairly spacious in head room, compact, and offer good rain protection.  There are lighter tents out there, but this is probably the best compromise in price to weight to size if you want a 1 person tent with some extra room for gear."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Kelty Salida 2 Person Tent by Kelty

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Rothco 550lb. Type III Nylon Paracord
24.  Rothco 550lb. Type III Nylon Paracord by Rothco
The list author says:
  "If you're backpacking, you need paracord. Most paracord sold on amazon isn't the real deal, so they won't hold 550lbs.  but they will hold about 120-150 lbs.  whether creating guy lines, tarp line, clothes line or for setting traps or other odd rope required jobs, paracord is simply incomparably valuable as a light and strong rope."
$2.00 - $49.58
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,542 customer reviews)

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Grabber Outdoors Original Space Brand All Weather Blanket: Olive, 5 Feet X 7 Feet,  Box
25.  Grabber Outdoors Original Space Brand All Weather Blanket: Olive, 5 Feet X 7 Feet, Box by Grabber
The list author says:
  "Okay, you know the emergency mylar blankets that are uber thin and compact?  this tarp/mylar blanket is basically that, but a little thicker, tougher, and therefore reusable.  they still reflect close to 90% heat though, and are waterproof and durable enough to reuse.  they also have grommets like many small tarps do."
$15.47
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

Energizer 4 LED Headlight, Black/Grey/Red, 3AAA
26.  Energizer 4 LED Headlight, Black/Grey/Red, 3AAA by Energizer
The list author says:
  "This 4 LED headlight may not have all the bells and whistles, and is a touch heavy, but has all the features I need and is bright and wide enough to walk around in pitch black night without problems"
$14.14   Used & New from: $9.99
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

Smith's PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener
27.  Smith's PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener by Smith's
The list author says:
  "A sharpener on a backpacking trip is important as there's no way to sharpen a knife otherwise while out on a hike.  Having said that, tho, do you really need an super  sharpener?  no.  you just need to keep your knife sharp enough for camp duty, where the most sharpness-required task is whittling wood to make guy line stakes."
$9.11   Used & New from: $5.99
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,167 customer reviews)

Wenzel Closed Cell Camp Pad (Royal Blue)
28.  Wenzel Closed Cell Camp Pad (Royal Blue) by Wenzel
The list author says:
  "there are plenty of expensive, memory foam, self inflating mats and skeleton mats out there for the backpacker.  but this uber cheap camp pad is pretty tough, lasts long, and is fairly water proof."
$14.99
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Fiskars Ultra Light Knee Pads (9418)
29.  Fiskars Ultra Light Knee Pads (9418) by Fiskars
The list author says:
  "I see a lot of lists for backpacking, and none list knee pads.
Whether to work a campfire, setup guy lines on a tent, chop some wood low to the ground to avoid injury, or prep food, knee pads make a huge difference in comfort.  These knee pads are so light and pack so easy, it's a no brainer."
$9.95   Used & New from: $6.00
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (259 customer reviews)

Esbit Pocket Camping - Emergency - Survival Stoves: Set Of Two (2) Stoves with 12 Solid Fuel Cubes (Six Per Stove)
30.  Esbit Pocket Camping - Emergency - Survival Stoves: Set Of Two (2) Stoves with 12 Solid Fuel Cubes (Six Per Stove) by Esbit
The list author says:
  "This little set is hardly larger than a pack of cigarettes. 
When hands are cold, the ground is wet, this little fire starting package is a life saver.  When closed, this case holds 4 gels still in their packaging.  that's a whole lot of fuel in a tiny package."
$21.00
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Winchester® Bowie Knife
31.  Winchester® Bowie Knife by Winchester
The list author says:
  "I got this cheap knife before heading out on my first trip, and while most would probably say the steel isn't good or the construction isn't professional enough, I have to say, this cheap $20 knife is the most valuable tool in my pack.  I use it constantly for a multitude of tasks and as long as it's legal, will be with me on every trip I take."
$23.09   Used & New from: $17.42
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

High Peak Pocatello 70 Liter Internal Frame Backpack
32.  High Peak Pocatello 70 Liter Internal Frame Backpack by High Peak
The list author says:
  "It's not water proof, doesn't have all the nifty features of expensive packs, and isn't as light as new packs.  But it's a true expedition pack, built to last and survive rough treatment. Nothing broken after two multi-day backpacking trips plus a car camping trip.
It isn't water proof.  But that's what ponchos are for."
$108.25
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

North American Rescue IFAK Thigh Rig - BAG ONLY
33.  North American Rescue IFAK Thigh Rig - BAG ONLY by North American Rescue
The list author says:
  "though very corny, if you're going on a long backpacking trip, you might consider a thigh rig for a first aid kit or maybe additional storage.  it can be really hot, but thigh rigs offer extra storage and quick access that frees up space in a backpack and also avoid having to take it off.  worth considering on very long hikes."
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Last updated: 9/14/12
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