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When campers live far north, like I do, enduring seven months of bitter cold and then five fast months when camping is possible, we do all we can to be ready to go as soon as the weather allows.

Here are 3 photos of my camp bin being unpacked, showing essential items that help make my home away from home as cozy and as safe as can be.

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Camp Bin includes: red first aid kit, small sleeping bag (an extra), blue camp hammock (a new fabric one!), mosquito jacket if bugs are really bad, two propane bottles, bear spray with belt holster, air horn (not shown), metal water bottle, bug spray, seat pad for picnic table, kitchen wash bin (see below), large tongs, green tablecloth, camp mirror, small dustpan set, lighter, bungee cord, solar shower, Off lantern with candles, LED lantern with batteries, shelter privacy wall (white shower curtain), small paper towel roll, 4 metal skewers, aluminum foil, fly swatter, and 14″ hatchet. Not bad for one bin!


Having an organized camp bin helps make the difference between enjoying a great getaway, or surviving an ordeal. Here’s my kitchen bin unpacked:

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1 – white plastic wash bin
1 – plastic cutting board
1 – wire rack (upcycled baking rack, to grill on fire pit grate)
1 – red silicone cutting/heat mat
3 – kitchen towels (1 cotton, 2 microfibre)
1 – cleaning supplies mesh bag (Biodegradable Camp Soap & dish brush, plus Pine-sol & Irish Spring as repellents only – not for washing)
1 – plastic water glass (with 1 silicone oven-mitt rolled inside)
1 – melamine cup (with a week’s worth of plastic bags for daily campsite garbage trips to the Bear Bins)
1 – camp cook stove attachment for propane
1 – small flashlight plus some extra cordage
7 – clothespins
2 – metal plates
1 – melamine bowl
2 – stacking pots with lid, black mesh bag
2 – extension fire pit forks
1 – cutlery bundle: steak knife, paring knife, 2 forks, 1 tablespoon, 1 teaspoon, small tongs, metal spatula, military can opener

Beyond this collection of smaller items packed in to one main bin, there are other essential items for comfortable SUV camping that I’ll share about in upcoming posts. Bring on the milder weather!

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