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Title: The Camp Forget List
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Blog Entry: The Camp Forget List   There I was… sitting by the campfire all forlorn.   A bottle of wine in one hand and a pocketknife in the other.   The cork all gouged out and broken.   I had forgotten to pack a corkscrew.   Then there was the time I had to cook my food on the blade of a shovel because I forgot to bring a pan.     For all you campers out there that have pounded your tent stakes in with a rock or made coffee by pouring boiling water over regular grounds in your cup; here is my official “Camp Forget List”.   It is not meant to be an all inclusive list of things to bring.   It’s more of a “wish I would have brought that” list.   Little extras that make things easier or more fun.   Small can of diesel – this stuff is great to clean things with.   It takes off sap, grease, gum, etc.   It also makes a terrific fire starter.   Unlike gas, it is less combustible.   You can soak a couple pieces off wood with it and light it without singing your eye brows off. Cork Screw – as mentioned above… better have one if you plan to crack open a bottle of wine.   Or you will have to literally crack it open. Small chainsaw – depending on how much room you have in your vehicle, this is a nice thing to bring along.   Use it for firewood or clearing the road if blocked by a fallen tree. A hammer – makes setting up a tent much easier. Instant coffee – just add hot water and your done.   And some of it tastes better than regular coffee. Extra batteries – dead flashlight?   No problem. Shovel – all kinds of uses for this one.   Once I was caught in a surprise rain storm and had to dig a trench around my tent with a flat head screw driver and my hands.   I would have paid $100 for a shovel that day. Small hand broom – for sweeping out the tent or car. Can opener – I’ve ruined many knives by pounding my way into a can of chili. Can of chili – If you never had chili while camping, then you’re missing out on a treat.   Plus, it’s quick, easy, and nutritious.   Kids love it.   Extra long dog chain .   If you camp with pets in a campground, it is nice to give them some room to walk around while you are focusing on other things.   Frozen hash browns – make your breakfast tasty and filling.   Fly swatter – just in case they get out of hand.   Can you think of anything else?