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Old 08-10-2009, 02:28 AM
 
Location: Way on the outskirts of LA LA land.
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I have a lot of camping gear that I use regularly, but some things that I have are more cherished than others. For me, my Cabela's Camp Kitchen is probably my favorite item in my camping gear assortment because it allows me to set up my kitchen area much like what I have at home. It allows me to have all the comforts of my home kitchen with me in the woods, with the exception of the appliances. It even comes with the kitchen sink!

Do you have an item in your gear that is a favorite of yours? What is it, and why is it your favorite?

P.S.: RVs (Motorhomes and trailers) don't count, as they are basically a collection of items. A single item (e.g. microwave) that is in a trailer or motorhome is fair game, though.

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Old 08-10-2009, 05:52 AM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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Mine is a camp kitchen my dad made about 40 years or so ago. It's made where it could be used as a table to eat off of if needed. Being made of plywood that long ago, it's showing it's age, but still does good. As far as your kitchen sink, those plastic tubs you bring home after a stay in the hospital make great "sinks" for washing dishes on the edge of the picnic table.


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Old 08-11-2009, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Way on the outskirts of LA LA land.
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Mine is a camp kitchen my dad made about 40 years or so ago. It's made where it could be used as a table to eat off of if needed. Being made of plywood that long ago, it's showing it's age, but still does good. As far as your kitchen sink, those plastic tubs you bring home after a stay in the hospital make great "sinks" for washing dishes on the edge of the picnic table.
It's neat to have old stuff like that which just works. Being plywood, I'd bet it's heavy, but sturdy as well. Fortunately, I haven't had to stay in the hospital, but, unfortunately, because of that, I am not familiar with the plastic tubs of which you speak. It sounds like it might work a little better than the one in my camp kitchen, though, so I'll have to keep an eye out for one.

The sink in my camp kitchen is a vinyl trough with a drain at the bottom, and in general, it works, but the drain clogs easily with food scraps, and the sink doesn't drain very well anyway. It's usually easiest just to pour out the water than to use the built in drain.
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Old 08-11-2009, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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It's neat to have old stuff like that which just works. Being plywood, I'd bet it's heavy, but sturdy as well. Fortunately, I haven't had to stay in the hospital, but, unfortunately, because of that, I am not familiar with the plastic tubs of which you speak. It sounds like it might work a little better than the one in my camp kitchen, though, so I'll have to keep an eye out for one.

The sink in my camp kitchen is a vinyl trough with a drain at the bottom, and in general, it works, but the drain clogs easily with food scraps, and the sink doesn't drain very well anyway. It's usually easiest just to pour out the water than to use the built in drain.
They are a little smaller than a normal plastic dishpan My favorite is my enamel coffee pot whether camping or in the RV (in case of no power). It works for coffee and/or heating water over a fire for dishes and whatever else. I also carry at least one big stainless bowl for dishes and/or washing up
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Old 08-11-2009, 04:04 PM
 
Location: California
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Mine is my big comfortable camping chair for sitting around the fire.
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Old 08-11-2009, 07:18 PM
 
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Mine is an item which I recently saw (inexplicably) poorly reviewed in a camping guide. It's a battery powered, tennis racket style bug zapper. Whoever was reviewing this item clearly didn't know what it was for: it's to quickly remove (er, kill) mosquitoes and other insects from inside small enclosed spaces (like tents, screen rooms, etc). Very effective. And chemical free.

The reviewer apparently thought you were supposed to use it outside in your campground - flailing away at bugs all night. No... but it sure clears out a tent in 60 seconds!

(personally, I don't like using it myself, but my dad just loves it. I enjoy the effect it has on making tents insect-free, however.)
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Old 08-11-2009, 07:34 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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It's a battery powered, tennis racket style bug zapper.
LOL - we use one in our office at the college. Quite fun

(Our college is surrounded by dairies. Clouds and clouds of flies in certain kinds of weather)
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Old 08-11-2009, 07:41 PM
 
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Since I was already into cast iron cookware, air mattresses, high qual sleeping bags, and canvas wall tents, it took something that really transformed my camping into a whole 'nother dimension ...

a sunshower

how wonderful to come back to base camp at the end of a day and have a hot shower with enough hot water left over for doing clean-up chores at the end of a meal ... and I cook multi-course fancy meals from scratch when we're out tent camping from our cars or motorcycles, not serve stuff from freeze dry or cans or convenience foods. I've even taken a smaller sunshower into the backcountry on horseback trips ... with only the stuff that would fit into my outfitter packs on my horse for a several day trip.
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Old 08-11-2009, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Cambridge, Nebraska
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Thumbs up Multi Tool

Leatherman is one brand, and I prefer a Gerber brand multi tool. You name it, it seems like I can fix it, or make it, or whatever it with the multi tool. Put it on your belt, and you have knives, pliers, and a host of other possible tools available.
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Old 08-12-2009, 11:24 AM
 
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It is not my favorite but the one thing I never go camping without is a simple road flare (or divers flare if extensive hiking is involved) as it is the best fire starter I know of......You can stack up a pile of wet wood in the middle of a rain storm and one flare will have your fire burning great in just moments
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