|Hay Bag Available at Riding Warehouse|
I like to pack each day’s grain and supplements into individual tupperwares labeled with the horse’s name and day for feeding it. That way I don’t have to pack bags of grain and multiple jars of supplements.
|These also work well as muck buckets|
Blankets and Rain Sheets
Even if you’re camping in the summer, it can be cold at some campgrounds, especially at high elevations. Last year it snowed in July in Yosemite. Your horse won’t have access to a stall or shelter if it rains so a rain sheet can be helpful even if it’s not cold. I like to put my blankets in travel vacuum bags. These can be flattened without a vacuum by rolling the air out. Then the blankets take up almost no room.
Miscellaneous Trailer Supplies
We keep all of these things in our trailer all the time, but you’ll especially want to have them if you’re camping:
Tools for tack and trailer repair
Jack and tools for changing a flat
Extra halter and lead rope
Muck fork and bucket
First Aid Kit – Both people and horse versions
Mosquito repellent and sunscreen
If you have a dedicated living quarters, you can store stuff in cabinets and closets. If you’re tent or truck camping, get some large plastic bins. I don’t think I’ve yet been on a camping trip where I don’t get to the campground and inevitably realize I’ve forgotten something. To make sure the thing I’ve forgotten isn’t terrible important (not having graham crackers for s’more is okay, but not having propane for the camp stove would be bad) I’ve made lists that are taped to the bins the items go in.
Since we don’t have an LQ with a fridge, we rely on coolers for all of our food and drinks. For short trips, we’ll shove everything in one cooler. For longer trips, we’ll use one cooler for drinks and one for food. We’ve managed 4 day trips with just coolers and ice without anything going bad. For longer trips, you could still manage without a fridge, you might just need to get some extra ice as the week goes on.
Food is probably the best part of camping. To me camping is basically an excuse to eat all the good food. And who doesn’t love cooking over an open fire? I have a post coming soon on my favorite camping recipes, so stay tuned for that. There’s no reason to exist on sandwiches and pre-packed food even if you don’t have an LQ or motorhome with a kitchen.
Even without an LQ, you can live it up while horse camping. A solar shower will heat up sitting in the sun and be ready for you to take a nice, hot shower after your ride. Some people hang them in their trailers for privacy. I don’t like to get water in my trailer, so we hang ours from our EZ-Up and use a popup shower tent for privacy.
Even if you’re camping in a tent, you can still stay warm when it’s cold or cool when it’s hot. We have a Little Buddy propane heater for staying warm and a Coleman tent fan for staying cool. The coleman fan runs on a battery that can be subbed in and out of your Coleman lanterns. And the batteries come with a car charger so you can top them up if you need to even if you’re staying at a primitive campground. The propane heater doesn’t require any electricity, just an extra propane tank.
Finally, even if you don’t have an LQ, you can still be entertained. We like to take an iPad with us while camping and watch movies that we downloaded in advance.
Interested in going horse camping? Then check out the other parts of this series: