Unlock Unlimited $109 Dream Vacations with this Checklist

Jackie and I recently got back from the best vacation of our lives! It lasted 7 days and only cost us $109 each!

It was much more enjoyable than the typical stressful touristy vacations; full of big crowds, advertisements, and money vampires.

We went camping at Ricketts Glen State Park in PA known for it’s 23 breathtaking waterfalls within a 3 mile loop. If you’ve never been camping or have only heard/had negative experiences, rest assured there’s a right way to camp.

When done right, being surrounded by beautiful nature all day will leave you feeling relaxed, energized, and whole. Experiences of naysayers only happen because they make mistakes and don’t know the tips and tricks of happy campers.

Fortunately for us, we already owned everything we needed to make the $109 vacation possible. You probably already have a lot of what you need as well.

It’ll cost you a one time investment (<$500) to acquire all the gear, but that’ll unlock the ability to go on affordable vacations for the rest of your life.

This list includes everything imaginable for your next 100 camping adventures, feel free to print it out and check things off!

Here’s the gear:

Sleeping

  • Eye mask  ☐
  • Ear plugs  ☐
  • Pillows  ☐
  • Tent  (with a welcome mat and small broom to keep clean)  ☐
  • Blankets  ☐
  • Sleeping bags  ☐
  • Sleeping pads  ☐
  • Portable fan  ☐

Showering

  • Soap  ☐
  • Toothbrush  ☐
  • Toothpaste  ☐
  • Q-tips  ☐
  • Deordorant  ☐
  • Razor  ☐
  • Shaving cream  ☐
  • Towels  ☐
  • Shampoo & conditioner  ☐

Eating

  • Trash bags  ☐
  • Paper towels  ☐
  • Ziplock bags (10 sandwich and 2 freezer bags)  ☐
  • Plastic camp utensils  ☐
  • Tin foil  ☐
  • Strainer  ☐
  • Spatula  ☐
  • Tongs  ☐
  • Camp skillet  ☐
  • Hot dog pokers  ☐
  • Cooler  ☐
  • Sponge  ☐
  • Dish soap  ☐
  • Camp stove  ☐
  • Stove fuel  ☐
  • Little food cover  ☐
  • Scrub brush  ☐
  • 5 gallon collapsible water jug  ☐

Seeing in the Dark

  • Lantern  ☐
  • Flashlights  ☐
  • Headlamp with white and red light (to not disturb others at night)  ☐
  • Extra batteries  ☐

Relaxation and Fun

  • Board/card games  ☐
  • Books  ☐
  • Audiobooks downloaded (for the drive)  ☐
  • Notebook and pen  ☐
  • Hammocks  ☐
  • Wireless speaker (for audiobooks and music)  ☐
  • Camp chairs  ☐

Hiking

  • Binoculars  ☐
  • Hiking pants  ☐
  • Hiking shoes  ☐
  • Long hiking socks  ☐
  • Camelback backpacks with whistle attached  ☐

Fire Building

  • Welders gloves (prevents burns)  ☐
  • Hammer and wedge (splitting firewood)  ☐
  • Long handled lighter  ☐
  • Firestarter (cotton balls with vaseline)  ☐

Camp Clothes

  • Hat  ☐
  • Sunglasses  ☐
  • Flipflops  ☐
  • Swimsuit  ☐
  • Neck cooler  ☐
  • Ponchos  ☐
  • Mesh dirty laundry bag  ☐
  • Old clothes you don’t mind getting dirty  ☐

Misc.

  • First aid kit  ☐
  • Masking tape  ☐
  • Bug spray  ☐
  • Pepper spray  ☐
  • Sunscreen  ☐
  • Phone car chargers  ☐

When I buy camping gear I like to buy things that are earth tones like brown and green. It blends in with the natural environment more and doesn’t take away from the beauty around me.

Of course if you hate those colors, go with what you love. Unless you love yellow… eww.

I hope you have fun buying your gear and putting it to use!

Part 1: How to Go On the Best Vacation of Your Life for $109
Part 3: 75 East Tent Camping Tips and Tricks for Beginners

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