Central New Yorkers know that camping season can be limited.  It could be the perfect weekend for camping, or it can be miserable.  So the best thing to do is always be prepared for that impromptu getaway.

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Most people have a "camp box" filled with the basic essentials.  It could be mealtime items - plastic utensils, paper plates, paper towels, koozies, aluminum foil and plastic wrap.

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Always bring lots of plastic bags for sealing up food and keeping things dry.  Don't forget cooking spray and some of the usual spices.  Some people pack baggies of pre-mixed spices - salt, pepper and onion powder for burgers, etc.

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Of course this doesn't include all the camping gear you'll need.  What other essentials do you always have on hand for when the camping bug strikes?  Let us know in the comments below.