love that someone finally said a hatchet...great for cutting tinder and wood to keep that fire going. A good knife and a dependable headlamp are equally important too. I use my headlamp all the time, even at home. You never realize how nice it is to be handsfree in the dark. For a knife, I picked up a nice fixed blade before a camping trip and it has lasted great. I went with the Gerber Big Rock since it was cheap and had great reviews. I think I actually ended up getting it at Walmart on sale too. Also if car camping I would throw a tarp and some paracord in the car, incase the weather doenst cooperate. You can string that up over a picknick table or something to give you guys some shelter.
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Oddly enough Harbor Freight makes a great inexpensive headlamp that is about $3.00 each and if you lose it it won't make you cry.