Camping Trip Essentials

This list of items is intended to help prepare the happy Manx camper for a trip into the boonies. Many of the items included on the list are for an over-night (or several day) trip. You don't need to carry all this gear yourself (it won't fit in your car)...split the burden with your camping buddies! The value of these items is directly proportional to the distance that you might have to travel (or walk) to obtain them. It should be noted that on a hot day in the desert a 5 mile hike may be the same as a death sentence so be sure to follow the desert safety rules:

  1. Always travel with more than one vehicle.
  2. Always carry plenty of drinking water (1 gallon per day per person).
  3. Never leave your vehicle and walk across the desert for help.
  4. Always tell someone where you are going.


  • Water (drinking)
  • Water (non-drinking)
  • Emergency food
  • Gas (extra)
  • Oil
  • Brake fluid
  • Fire wood
  • WD40 lubricant
  • Epoxie

Camping Gear

  • Y.B.D.B. Power Blender
  • Chair
  • Chapstick
  • Compass
  • Camp Stove / Cooking Grill
  • Cooking Gear
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hat
  • Map
  • Rope (small line)
  • Sleeping bag & Pillow
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Tarp
  • Tent
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Trash Bags

Auto Supplies

  • fire extinguisher (for "car-becues")
  • spare tire
  • tire pump
  • skid plate
  • C.B. Radio
  • spare distributor
  • spark plugs
  • fuses
  • fan belt
  • fuel pump
  • tire patching kit
  • duct tape
  • spare duct tape
  • extra spare duct tape
  • bailing wire
  • coat hangers
  • hose clamps (assorted sizes)
  • extra hose clamps
  • clutch cable
  • accelerator cable
  • cable shortening clamps
  • brake hoses
  • silicone sealer
  • repair manual (if you haven't yet broken, and personally fixed, every part on your VW)


  • tire gauge
  • jack (hydraulic or scissors)
  • lug nut wrench
  • hammer
  • axle nut wrench (hammer driven)
  • shovel
  • tow-rope
  • socket set
  • open end wrenches
  • pliers
  • screw drivers