This past weekend I went on a camping trip to Yosemite.  I brought all the essential things that you might need for a weekend of camping and hiking.

Every time I go camping, I bring these things with me:

  • First Aid kit – deal with minor wounds.
  • Tent – for protection from the elements
  • Sleeping bag & sleeping pad – for comfort while sleeping
  • Layered clothing – handle temperature extremes from the 30s at night to the warm/hot daytime temperatures.
  • Mess kit – eating utensils
  • Toiletry kit – cleanup
  • Hydration pack – water while hiking 

Unfortunately, I didn’t remember everything.  I somehow missed the most important camping tool of all;  the spoon.  You might not realize how much you rely on the simple spoon until you don’t have one on hand.

Spoon acitivies:

  • Scooping
  • Measuring
  • Mixing Stirring
  • Eating

Final thoughts:

I survived the weekend campout using a fork instead of a spoon.  Fortunately, for me, the menu was mostly fork friendly.

In the future, I plan to pack the most important camping tool, the spoon.