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Lea and John are both guys that really enjoy camping. Seriously - why sleep indoors when there's so much more space outside? Unfortunately many of their camping experiences have been very off the cuff and have not been well prepared; or at least they have not been as well prepared as they could have been. Most of their camping experiences involve drive up camping, because the types of packs that allow an individual and their gear to hike to a site are, at least by their standards, prohibitively expensive. Besides, they already have cars (including one that has 4wd and is very capable off-road), so why not use what's available?
All of that said, they do have a decent amount of knowledge regarding what absolutely not to do, and what can be done to make life in the wilderness more acceptable for as much as 72hrs. There are much better camping resources and guides out there, and we wholeheartedly suggest that you pursue them instead of this when it comes to actually abstracting gainful knowledge. That we haven't died of exposure or been eaten by bears, wolves, and/or raccoons is nothing short of a miracle.
Where to go
Before you go into the wilderness, regardless of whether or not you're going to be camping or just hiking, there are a few absolute essentials you should have. This list includes those essentials (as we have discovered them) as well as a few amenities that make life easier in general.