Going Camping in Brown County, Indiana - Be Prepared!

Camping Preparation

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Camping is a Way of Life

If you're from Brown County, like we are, camping is sort of a way of life, as we live in the county.  Growing up, I managed to sell enough vegetable and flower seeds to neighbors to win a coleman barbeque from the company prize catalog, as well as earn some commission and learn some valuable sales skills. 

We wore that little barbeque out with our backyard barbeques, We also did a lot of what you might call 'primitive camping', meaning we played in the surrounding forest.  Today, thousands of people come to Brown County year round to camp, hike, ride and enjoy.  If you're planning on coming to Brown County to camp, we prepared a little checklist you might find handy.

Always Be Prepared

Before you go camping in Brown County, Indiana, it's important to be prepared. Here are some things to consider:

- Camping location: Will you be Camping in a state park, national forest, or on private land?

- Camping type: Are you car camping, backpacking, canoe camping, or something else?

- Campsite: Have you reserved a campsite ahead of time, or do you plan on finding one when you arrive?

- Weather: What is the weather forecast for your trip? Be sure to pack appropriate clothing and gear for the conditions.

- Food and Water: Do you have enough food and water for everyone in your group?

When preparing for a camping trip, there are a few things you'll need to consider. Brown County, Indiana offers a variety of Camping options, from car and RV camping to backpacking. Depending on your Camping style, you will need to pack different items. Here is a list of items you might need for your Camping adventure in Brown County, Indiana.

  • Tent: A tent is essential for any Camping trip. Be sure to choose a tent that is appropriate for the season and the weather conditions.
  • Sleeping Bag: A sleeping bag will keep you warm at night. Choose a sleeping bag that is rated for the temperature conditions you will be Camping in.
  • Sleeping Pad: A sleeping pad provides insulation from the ground and will make sleeping more comfortable.
  • Camping Stove: A Camping stove is essential for cooking meals while Camping. Choose a stove that is easy to use and is appropriate for the number of people you will be Camping with.
  • Camping Lantern: A Camping lantern is useful for lighting up your campsite at night.
  • Camping Chair: A Camping chair is a comfortable place to sit around the campfire.
  • Campfire: A campfire is a great way to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Be sure to build your campfire in a safe area away from trees or other flammable objects.
  • Water: Be sure to bring plenty of water with you on your Camping trip. Brown County has a variety of Camping options, from car camping to backpacking. Depending on your Camping style, you will need to pack different items. Here is a list of items you might need for your Camping adventure in Brown County, Indiana.
  • Compression sack: A compression sack is a type of bag that is used to store sleeping bags, air mattresses, and other bulky items. The sack compresses the items, making them easier to carry.
  • Air Mattress: An air mattress is a convenient way to sleep while Camping. Be sure to bring a pump so you can inflate the mattress.
  • Pad or Mattress Repair Kit: A pad or mattress repair kit is useful in case your air mattress or sleeping pad springs a leak.
  • Pillow: A pillow will make sleeping more comfortable.
  • Cot: A cot is a Camping bed that is elevated off the ground.


Gear: Camping gear includes items such as:

    1. Backpack
    2. Child carrier
    3. Multi-tool A multi tool is usually the same size as a knife but will have more functionality
    4. Knife
    5. Safety Whistle
    6. Trekking pols
    7. Stroller jogger
    8. Headlamps
    9. Flashlights
    10. Lanterns
    11. Lantern fuel. Only if gas based
    12. Lantern batteries
    13. Rope
    14. Maps
    15. Guidebook
    16. Notebook
    17. Pen
    18. Two-way radio
    19. GPS receiver
    20. Compass. As a backup or just for the challenge
    21. Cell phone
    22. Umbrella
    23. Bikes
    24. Bike trailer
    25. Inflatable boat
    26. PFD. Personal Floatation Device
    27. Canoeing gear
    28. Kayaking gear
    29. Fishing gear
    30. Fishing license
    31. Binoculars

      Setting Up Camp

      • Kitchen
      • Camp stove
      • Windscreen Very useful when trying to keep your pots warm
      • Fuel
      • Fuel bottles
      • Matches
      • Lighter
      • Charcoal
      • Firewood
      • Saw
      • BBQ Grill
      • Folding table
      • Folding chairs
      • Frying pan
      • Cook pots
      • Pot grabber
      • Dutch oven
      • Portable coffee maker
      • Vacuum bottle
      • Bottle opener
      • Can opener
      • Marshmallow roasting sticks
      • Food storage containers
      • Resealable storage bags
      • Garbage bags
      • Water filter
      • Water treatment tablets
      • Tablecloth
      • Table clips
      • Cooler
      • Ice
      • Water bottles
      • Plates
      • Bowls
      • Cups
      • Utensils
      • Spatula
      • Whisk
      • Measuring cup
      • Measuring spoon
      • Cutting board
      • Egg holders
      • Aluminium foil
      • Biodegradable Soap
      • Sponges
      • Collapsible water container
      • Camp sink
      • Drying rack
      • Towels
      • Paper towels. Avoid if possible for the sake of the environment
      • Collapsible water container
      • Camping recipes
      • Food
      • Coffee
      • Cereal
      • Eggs
      • Breakfast bars
      • Syrup
      • Butter or margarine
      • Peanut butter
      • Jelly
      • Bread
      • Fresh meat
      • Jerky
      • Bouillon cubes
      • Cooking oil
      • Salt
      • Pepper
      • Tea
      • Milk
      • Drinks
      • Bottled water
      • Energy bars
      • Fruit
      • Vegetables
      • Cheese
      • Crackers
      • Chips
      • Chocolate
      • Sweets
      • Spice kit
      • Herbs
      • Marshmallow

      Clothes - You'll Need to Dress Properly

        • Moisture wicking T-shirts
        • Moisture wicking underwear
        • Quick drying pants
        • Long-sleeve shirts
        • Sun-shielding hat
        • Swimsuit
        • Bandana
        • Hiking boots
        • Hiking socks
        • Long underwear
        • Sleepwear
        • Fleece jacket
        • Insulated pants
        • Gloves
        • Rain jacket
        • Rain pants
        • Water sandals

        Personal care - The Nearest Store is Far Away

        • Toilet paper
        • Sunscreen
        • Lip balm
        • Insect repellent
        • Hand sanitizer
        • Antibacterial wipes
        • Spare eyeglasses
        • Small mirror
        • First aid kit.
        • Prescription medication
        • Toothbrush
        • Toothpaste
        • Floss
        • Feminine items
        • Shaving equipment
        • Prescriptions
        • Razors
        • Shampoo
        • Cosmetics
        • Brush
        • Earplugs
        • Body lotion
        • Deodorant

        Fun - When you're back at Camp, Entertainment is a Must

        • Books
        • Magazines
        • Kindle
        • Tablet
        • Camera
        • Memory cards
        • Playing cards
        • Boomerang
        • Ball
        • Kite
        • Glow sticks
        • Flying discs
        • Puzzles
        • Board games
        • Water toys
        • Hammock

        There you have it, about everything we could think of you might need to go camping and enjoy it.



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