Your Forever Florida Camping Checklist

Posted by: Forever Florida on 18 Oct, 2018

So, you’ve decided to spend a night, or several, in the great outdoors at Forever Florida. What do you need to bring with you? Well, that depends on your choice of camping packages, of course. Since you’re coming for the exciting open-air adventures, we want you to enjoy your time with us and not sweat the big stuff. Wherever you choose to camp, we provide the basics. However, you will need some personal items and proper protection from the sun, insects and other natural elements.

We’ve listed everything you need to wear and bring along for each distinct camping experience.

1. Overnight Horseback Camping

For this single-night option, we’ll take you into the wilderness like a cowboy on a roundup. We’ll provide running water and a restroom, the tent, bedding and the food. All you need are:

  1. Long pants
  2. Close-toed shoes or boots
  3. Something comfortable to sleep in
  4. Funny bone
  5. Bug spray
  6. A change of day clothes
  7. Your toothbrush kit
  8. Teeth to enjoy a delicious campfire-grilled steak

2. Remote Camping

At the Tracy Branch Outpost, you’ll enjoy a trip to a remote section of Forever Florida where you’ll share the stars with the nocturnal wildlife. Here, you’ll pitch your tent and sleep on the ground, but we’ve set you up with restrooms and running water for showers and sinks. For your group, you bring:

  1. Tent(s)
  2. Sleeping bags
  3. Pillows
  4. Toiletries
  5. Ghost stories
  6. Towel
  7. Bug spray
  8. Flashlight

3. Cabins

Okay, so spending nights in a climate-controlled cabin isn’t technically “camping,” but it is a fun way to enjoy some time in the midst of wild Florida and all the adventures Forever Florida offers. When you want to remain close to the action but prefer more privacy and physical ease overnight, then one of our two cabins has your name written all over it. Each cabin can sleep four adults and four children/teens, so prepare according to the size of your crew. Pack up with:

  1. Food
  2. Toiletries
  3. Clothes
  4. Verve
  5. Bug spray
  6. Flashlight
  7. Conviviality

4. Bunk House

The bunk house will shelter your whole gang in climate-controlled comfort, also not exactly camping in the classic sense. However, for company retreats and family reunions (or any event where you’ll have lots of folks), everyone will appreciate the simplicity of snoozing under one roof with all the sanitary amenities you need. With two bunk houses that sleep 30 each, you can bring all your friends, family and associates. For a bunk house vacation, you should outfit yourselves with:

  1. Sleeping bags
  2. Pillows
  3. Toiletries
  4. Kindness
  5. Bug spray
  6. Flashlights
  7. Team spirit

5. Camp Illahaw

Camp Illahaw, a week-long (minimum) activity camp, disconnects children ages 9 to 16 from all the electronic noise of daily life. Here, they have the opportunity to explore nature, ranching, cracker horses, cattle, kayaking, archery and rifle shooting, paint ball, zip lines, survival skills and, basically, the whole nine yards. Items to bring include:

  1. Sleeping bag
  2. Camaraderie
  3. Spiral notebook and pen/pencil for daily journal writing
  4. 2 to 4 pairs long pants/jeans for horseback riding
  5. 2 to 3 long-sleeved shirts
  6. Enthusiasm
  7. 6 pairs shorts & T-shirts
  8. 6 to 8 pairs of underwear
  9. 8 to 10 pairs of socks
  10. Bucket of awe
  11. 2 pairs old shoes or boots (they will get mucky and wet)
  12. Flip-flops for shower
  13. Rainwear
  14. Sincerity
  15. Swimsuit (for shower and water games)
  16. Favorite pillow (labeled) in identifiable pillowcase
  17. Group-appropriate indoor sleepwear (nothing revealing)
  18. Weather-appropriate camping sleepwear
  19. Toiletries in a kit or fanny pack
  20. 2 Towels and washcloths
  21. Love for Nature
  22. Plastic garbage bags for wet/dirty clothes
  23. Medications (must be labeled for disbursement by camp staff)
  24. Sunscreen
  25. Lip balm with sunscreen
  26. Insect repellant
  27. Mojo
  28. Hat with chin strap
  29. Imagination
  30. Flashlight

Items NOT to bring include:

  • Cell phones, although campers coming from other countries must bring their cell phones to call home.
  • ipods/ipads
  • Music devices
  • Hand-held games
  • Laptop
  • Frowns
  • Electronic devices of any kind
  • Knives/guns or weapons of any kind
  • Cooties

When you arrive with the proper gear, and not too much of it, you’ll find your time with us at Forever Florida quite rewarding. Can’t decide which adventure package you should do first? Give us a call! We’ll answer all your questions so you can start planning your vacation today.