If you camp often then you probably have your gear list on lockdown. If not, use this as your guide.
- Sleeping bags and pillows
- Extra blankets
- Life jackets for all kids
- Water bottles (bring one per camper)
- Lantern with extra fuel
- Camp chairs
- Physical map of the area (don’t rely on your phone)
- Spare tire, jack and tire iron
- Fix-a-flat (it came in handy last year)
- The Brink is the perfect time to introduce your kids to knife use and safety. Gerber’s Dime Micro is a great first folding knife.
- For dads who want a functional and stylish knife without the price tag, Opinel makes some classically beautiful folding knives.
- In-tent LED lantern
- Sleeping pads
Feel free to bring your favorite play things, as long as they don’t need to be plugged in. But if you want to pack light, don’t worry—we’ll have more than enough stuff to share.
- Kayaks, canoes, float tubes or rafts
- Goggles/swim gear
- Musical instruments (banjo, ukulele, harmonica...)
- Board games
- Playing cards
- Sketchpad with paints/pencils
- Bows and arrows
- We’ll bring a few fishing poles, but you’ll get more reps if you bring your own (this spinning rod works for kids and will probably last longer than this easier-to-use spincaster)
- Water balloons or squirt guns
- Paintball guns
- Tablets, portable TVs or electronics
Stories, Songs and Skits
Evenings will be finished around the campfire. We’d love each family to share a few stories (real life or tall tales), a couple of songs (double-word score if you use an instrument) and a skit or two. If it’s too far outside your comfort zone, then don’t sweat it—but it will be a fun part of the week and the kids really love it.
Need some ideas? Get a book from the library or look online and you are sure to stumble upon some classics.
Clothing & personals
The days will be really hot, but the nights will be surprisingly cold. Make sure to pack clothes that can be layered. Also, make sure to pack a good pair of shoes or hiking boots that can take a beating, as well as shoes or flip flops that can be used near the water. One last thing—please prepare for mosquitos. Pack bug spray, bite-relief and some clothing that covers your skin for the evenings.
- Two pairs of pants
- Two pairs of shorts
- Six tee shirts
- One long sleeve shirt
- Six pairs of socks and unders
- Sunglasses if you have sensitive eyes
- Brimmed hat
- Water shoes (flip flops or Keens are great)
- Sturdy, comfortable shoes (for hiking and running around)
- Fleece top or hoodie
- Warm jacket
- Bug spray and bite-relief (as much as we like the idea of the DEET-free stuff, it definitely doesn't work as good)
- Sunscreen (water-repellent if possible)
- Biodegradable soap/shampoo (optional for lake/river showers)
Apart from snacks, special items and alcohol, you shouldn’t have to worry about food or food related items.
- Enough food for 4-5 on-the-go lunches for your family (keep it simple: bread, peanut butter, chips, cookies, etc—the types of things that don’t need to be refrigerated, cooked or warmed up)
- Special foods or drinks
- Bring a cooler and a bit of extra ice if you decide to bring lunch stuff that needs to stay cold.
- Enamelware cups
Don’t worry about
- Cooking equipment
Every Brinker (dads and savages) should come prepared to share a skill or activity. Past skills have ranged from blowdart making to sewing to magic tricks. The key is to share something that you enjoy.
If you’re skill or activity requires supplies, please bring enough for 25 or so folks.
Things we need
Here are a few items that we would love to have at the Brink, but haven’t locked down yet. If can bring any of them, let us know.
- Non-motorized boats (i.e. canoe, raft, kayak)