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So... you've heard of pee rags, but you aren't quite ready to try one.  It sounds pretty gross.  I mean, who wants to carry a urine soaked piece of cloth on the outside of their backpack for the world to see?  Actually, there are plenty of good reasons... some about you, and some about the wilderness.   Let's first look at what a pee rag is and how it's used. The Pee Rag Also called a pee cloth, a peedana, or reusable wipe, a pee rag is a piece of cloth that is for wiping urine.  That's it.  That is...

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Most of the ten essentials are items that I also like to keep in my car, and often carry with me in my work as an entertainment technician, or as some folks call us, stagehands.  There's a lot of crossover, and I often find myself raiding my work gear for stuff to take hiking, or digging through my hiking gear for stuff to take to work.  

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Hiking is great for families.  You don't have to be in tip-top shape, you don't have to be a professional... and you don't have to outfit yourself at REI from head to toe first.

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Water.  One of the most important requirements when you are camping, hiking, or backpacking.  Necessary for drinking, cooking, brushing your teeth... needless to say, you can't go without it.  But unless you're lucky enough to be drinking from a pure mountain spring at 14,000' that's never been touched by another human, you probably want to treat your water so that you won't get sick.

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For many folks, the idea of taking your kids camping is terrifying.  It shouldn't be.  Camping with kids does require a little extra planning and packing, but if you do these things, you will have a great time on your next trip... I promise! 

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