During the Exodus of the Israelites from Goshen Egypt both men and women were headed to a journey in the wilderness of Mount Sinai. When I think about that time I wonder, as an Israelite woman, would I have been one of the complaining ones who found herself put to death by the Most High God in the wilderness (Numbers 16:27,31-32), or would I have been a helper who sewed tapestry and fine things for the building of the Tabernacle?
Exodus 35:22; “And they came, both men and women, as many as were willing hearted…”
How about survival? Would I have known any survival skills or been willing to accept instruction from a fellow experienced Israelite sister regarding what it took to survive in the wilderness of Mount Sinai?
Well, fast forward to 2015, we are closely coming upon the Feast of Tabernacles and my family has decided to join a camping trip during this feast. As it stands I have minimum survival or wilderness experience, but I remember reading a scripture that says, it is wise to wear out the door of a person with understanding.
Ecclesiasticus 6:36; “And if thou seest a man of understanding, get thee betimes unto him, and let thy foot wear the steps of his door.”
Therefore, I asked a sister who is very experienced when it comes to performing the women’s role while camping to share and expound with me regarding what things to bring and what to expect while camping out in the “wilderness” during our Feast of Tabernacles. What she told me was…
First and Foremost understand why we celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, besides it being an ordinance of the Most High! (http://truenation.org/portfolio-view/feast-of-tabernacles/) Second is, go with an open positive mind. This trip will be what you make it. If you are already dreading going or not looking forward to it then it will be exactly that, a dreadful camping experience. Remember we are to do everything in gladness for the Most High.
Nehemiah 8:17; “And all the congregation of them that were come again out of the captivity made booths, and sat under the booths: for since the days of Jeshua the son on Nun unto that day had not the children of Israel done so. And there was very great gladness.”
Psalms 100:2; “Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.”
One important part to be able to enjoy this or any camping trip is to be properly prepared. The following is a list of items you will need. We have about two months until Tabernacles, it gives us plenty of time to purchase or gather what you will need. (**TIP#1: Many stores like Big 5, Walmart, Sport Chalet, Sears, will be having sales on most if not all camping gear the first weekend of September**)
_ Bible Bag _ Backpack _ Tent _ Sleeping Bag
_ Blankets _ Flashlights _ Lamps _ Batteries
_ Whistle _ Map of Trails/Site _ Pocket Knife _ Hand Sanitizer
_ Medicine _ Ice Pack _ Sun Block _ Sunglasses
_ Wipes _ Lotion _Toiletries _ Toilet Paper
_ Compass _ Rake (to clear ground for tent) _ Tarp (under tent)
_ Chairs _ Warm Clothing _ Long Socks _ Gloves
_ Beanie _ Comfortable shoes for hiking _ Trash Bags
_ Axe _ Rope _ Water _ Weapons
_ Bug Repellent Spray/Bracelets (**TIP#2: You can also use Bounty softener sheets**)
_ Charcoal _ Lighter Fluid _ Lighter _ Matches
_ Fire wood (check campground to see if you need to purchase fire wood at location)
_ Stove _ Fuel _ Utensils _ Serving Utensils
_ Cups _ Plates _ Napkins _ Paper Towels
_ Foil _ Pot/Pan _ Cooler _ Table Cloth
_ Dish Soap _ Ziplock Bags _ Condiments _ Seasonings
_ Cutting Board _ Coffee _ Hot Chocolate _ Ice
**TIP#3: It is best to prepare food at home that way you can eliminate bringing some items listed above**
**TIP#4: Pack cooler in layers, EX: ice, item, ice, item, ice. Add a towel on top between ice and lid to keep as much air as possible out. Air will cause ice to melt quicker. Pack drinks in a separate cooler**
**TIP#5: You can pack and spend less if you bring reusable plastic plates, cups, utensils for each member of your family**
Most campgrounds do not have flushable toilets or showers. You would need to find out what the campground provides prior to going so you can properly prepare for that. Most restrooms that do not have flushable toilets will be unpleasant but are usable. You have the option to purchase a portable toilet which can run between $13.99 – $30, plus bags $4.99 and seat covers $4.99. They also have portable camp showers and shelter. They hold around 5 gallons of water and you can also use the shelter for the portable toilet. If you are able to I would spend the extra money on this, it will be worth it. It is a one-time expense for the portable toilet and shower; you would only have to replace the seat covers and bags.
It is the wilderness and you will be entering bear, snake and mountain lion country. My family and I have been camping many times and have only encountered one rattle snake and one garden snake. They will have signs posted as to what to do in case of an encounter, be sure to read that and MOST IMPORTANTLY FOLLOW ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE MEN IN CHARGE!!!!! It is for your own safety, the safety of everyone, and it is, after all the order given to us by the Most High.
There will be many fun things to do while camping. Many things you probably have done on any given day, but you have never done it while camping! It is a completely different experience. I personally love the outdoors, the trees, the fresh air, nature noise, the stars, and the darkness, basically everything. I can just sit in my chair and stare at the sky. Some of the things you can do while camping is enjoy the hiking trails. It doesn’t have to be an extreme hike any hike is good. Check out the scenery, explore new ground. Play some board games, play card games, read a book in peace, get some studying done, practice your aim with some BB guns (My family loves doing this), fly a kite, remote controlled car, chop/gather fire wood, sit around the fire, have a nice drink, have wonderful conversations with your brethren, get to know each other on a different level!
- Pack all medications you take.
- If you have a baby or toddler pack everything you would pack for them for a day at the park times however many days you will be going camping and a bit extra, just in case.
- Keep it simple with the foods. Remember you are packing breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks for as many days you are staying and a bit extra, just in case.
- Pack drinkable water and water for anything else. It always comes in handy.
- If you have never set up a tent be sure to read the instructions and either practice setting it up at home or get to the campground early to have enough sun light.
- Make sure to fill up the gas tank in your car and have a printed map and/or directions.
- Let someone that is not going on the trip know where you are going and for how long.
These are just a few helpful tips from my experience and not mandatory. The only mandatory thing is to FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS OF YOUR MEN AND ELDERS. Be sure to have a great time, make pleasant memories, and enjoy the time spent with your family. I hope it was helpful. If I missed something PLEASE be sure to add it to the comments section and if you have ANY questions please feel free to ask in the comment section as well and I will try to answer it to the best of my ability or direct you in the right direction.
Written by: Taza Payan & Ruthy