Camping with your plane is especially great fun – as long as you are prepared for it.
This list is by no means exhaustive, but here are a few “must-haves” before heading out into the great outdoors or encountering an unexpected overnight stay at the airport.
A blue tarp
You know the one we’re talking about. They can be used as ground towels or together with parachute lines as a shelter. If you have a high-wing aircraft, the tarpaulin should be large enough to go over the wing.
You will be in nature where the bugs are. There are some places where the mosquitoes are so big that they should be given N numbers. protect yourself
A sleeping bag
There are times when a pilot does not intend to spend the night on the plane but is forced to do so by accident. If you don’t have a tent and a hotel isn’t an option, you might end up sleeping on the plane. Be prepared. It’s also a good idea to have extra clothing for the same reason.
This can be as simple as a poncho – which can also double as a shelter.
food & water
There are times when airport food is not convenient and the vending machines are non-existent or inaccessible. Carry non-perishable foods like nuts and granola bars.
It’s always a good idea to carry a bottle of water on your plane. If there are no toilet facilities at the campsite, you might be looking for a tap on the outside of a hangar just to brush your teeth. Also, pack some treats to celebrate the evening at the airport.
Replacement bands, straps
Lash down tools, including an anchor kit, straps, and chocks, as the airport may not have them.
You can get really clean with this.
Public restrooms (if any) often run out of toilet paper. To be safe, bring your own.
A garbage bag
“Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints,” is the motto of the campers. If you pack it up, unpack it.