Bluestone Acres

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Checklist for off-grid camping!

Bluestone Acres

Off-Grid Camping Checklist

Your cabin/tent has been booked! You are ready to start packing for your adventurous trip to Bluestone Acres. Since off-grid is unlike a hotel and resort vacation as it gets you closer to nature, there are some items you can pack to ensure you are comfortable throughout your stay so you can fully immerse in the beauty and serenity of the land around you and not worry about your shelter, comfort, hygiene or food.

We’ve created a checklist for you that includes the basics. If you are renting a tent or cabin from us, your bedding is taken care of already, aside from any extra mattresses you might want to rent or extra tents if you are coming as a larger family. We have noted where you can rent or purchase items from us – but please do check with us ahead of time to ensure we have those items in stock and available for your booking period.

Let’s start packing! We look forward to welcoming you to the Viking Village!

Shelter and Comfort:

  • Tent (with stakes and guylines) Provided or can be rented
  • Tent footprint (ground cover for under your tent)
  • Sleeping bag (appropriate for the season)
  • Sleeping pad or inflatable mattress
  • Camping pillow or small travel pillow
  • Extra blankets (for colder nights)


  • Moisture-wicking t-shirts
  • Long-sleeve shirts (for sun and bug protection)
  • Quick-dry pants and shorts
  • Swimwear (for the river)
  • Insulating layers (fleece or wool)
  • Waterproof rain jacket and pants
  • Underwear and socks (extra pairs)
  • Sturdy hiking boots or shoes
  • Sandals or water shoes (for river use)
  • Hat (for sun protection)
  • Gloves and warm hat (if cold weather is expected)

Cooking and Food:

  • Portable stove or grill – Provided at most sites
  • Fuel for stove – Provided
  • Lighter/matches (waterproof container)
  • Cooking pots/pans
  • Eating utensils (spoons, forks, knives)
  • Plates, bowls, and cups
  • Biodegradable soap and sponge
  • Food storage containers
  • Cooler with ice packs
  • Drinking water containers
  • Food and snacks (non-perishable)

Health and Hygiene:

  • First aid kit
  • Prescription medications
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with SPF
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Biodegradable toilet paper
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste)
  • Compostable waste bags (for composting toilets) These are provided on-site in the village

Navigation and Tools:

  • Map of the area
  • Compass or GPS device
  • Multi-tool or knife
  • Duct tape (for quick repairs)
  • Rope or paracord


  • Headlamp or flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Lantern (solar or battery-powered) – Can be rented 

Safety and Emergency:

  • Whistle
  • Emergency blanket
  • Water purification tablets or filter
  • Bear spray (if in bear country)

Entertainment and Extras:

  • Camera or smartphone (for photos)
  • Portable power bank (for charging devices)
  • Waterproof dry bags (for electronics and valuables)
  • Fishing gear (if you plan to fish)
  • Binoculars (for wildlife viewing)
  • Notebook and pen (for journaling)
  • Books or e-reader
  • Lightweight chair or hammock
  • Firestarter (if fires are permitted)

Remember to check the weather forecast and adjust your packing list accordingly. Also, always follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize your environmental impact. Have a great trip!

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