Camping is an amazing way to get outside and spend time with your friends and family. Preparation is critical for a successful camping trip. This ultimate camping checklist can help make packing a breeze.

Having all the right supplies and camping gear can either make or break your camping trip. Even for the experienced outdoor enthusiast, it is easy to forget essential camping supplies. To help you out, we have put together this free camping checklist to make sure that you don’t forget anything important.

camping checklist

This camping checklist will be especially helpful to new campers because it may also suggest camping items or gear that you might not have thought of. Most state and national parks, and private campground have sites that include a few amenitites like: a picnic table, level camping spot, parking, firepits, bathrooms, shower houses, and running water.

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Complete Camping Checklist

This a comprehensive camping check list that includes everything you may need on your camping trip. Keep in mind that part of camping is being able to survive with less gear. Don’t feel like you need to pack every single item if it does not fit your needs.

Shelter

  • Tent
  • Extra Tent Stakes
  • Rope
  • Tarp
  • Hammer

Bedding

  • Sleeping Bags
  • Sleeping Pad / Air Mattress
  • Extra Blankets
  • Camp Pillow
  • Air Pump

Hygiene

  • Towels / Washcloths
  • Shower Shoes / Flip Flops
  • Soap / Shampoo
  • Tooth Brush / Tooth Paste
  • Deodorant
  • Brush
  • Toilet Paper
  • Camp Shower
  • Feminine Products
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Other Personal Items
  • Prescription Medications

Safety

Kitchen

  • Portable Grill / Camp BBQ Grill
  • Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil
  • Paper Towels
  • Paper Plates / Paper Bowls
  • Plastic Silverware
  • Trash Bags
  • Dish Soap
  • Dish Washing Pans (3)
  • Cooking Oil
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Can Opener
  • Sharp Knife
  • Cups / Mugs
  • Cutting Board
  • Dish Towels
  • Frying Pan
  • Ziplock Bags
  • Napkins
  • Tongs
  • Pot Holders
  • Potato Peeler
  • Salt & Pepper / Seasonings
  • Folding Table

Clothing

Tools

  • Pants / Shorts
  • Shirts
  • Undergarments
  • Socks
  • Sweatshirt / Jacket
  • Swim Suit
  • Sleep Clothes
  • Hat
  • Laundry Bag
  • Rain Gear
  • Shovel
  • Axe
  • Duct Tape
  • Extension Cord
  • Broom
  • Clothesline
  • Rope
  • Extra Rope
  • Bungee Cords
  • Flash Lights
  • Lanterns /Lantern Fuel
  • Gloves

Campsite

Other

  • Camp Chairs
  • Folding Table
  • Water Bottles
  • Camp Rug / Outdoor Ground
  • Cover Plastic Bins / Dry Bags (for storage)
  • Solar / Portable Charger
  • Table Cloth
  • Fire Wood
  • Campsite Map / Reservation Info
  • Cash & Cell Phone
  • Extra Batteries
  • Citronella Candles
  • Camera
  • Compass
  • GPS Device
  • Cots
  • Insect Netting
  • Hammock
  • Sunglasses
  • Binocculars
  • Games / Toys
  • Portable Radio

If it’s your first time camping, it might be best to borrow or rent some of this camping gear. As you become more experienced camping in the outdoors, you will figure out what are your essentals and what gear you can leave at home.


Camping Tips for Before You Go

Research The Area

Do a little bit of research on the area that you will be camping in. If you are staying in a campground, learn about the facilities and if you need to make reservations or not. If you are headed to the mountains learn about the terrain and potential water sources in the area. 

Plan A Complete Camping Menu

Think about the activities that you will be doing during your camping trip. Is your family going to a water park one day, or maybe you have a day hike planned.

Food is not included in this checklist, so make a camping food checklist specific to what your family eats. Figure out how many breakfast, lunches, and dinners you will need to prepare for your entire trip. Plan out each meal so you can make sure you don’t forget any of the ingredients. You might not be able to run into the grocery store if you forget hamburger buns.

Go During The Week

This camping tips can save you the headaches of an overcrowded campground. If you can work it into your schedule try and plan your camping trip during the week.

Campgrounds are usually packed with people on any summer weekend because everyone is looking for the escape from their busy lives. If you’re looking for a more quiet and relaxing camping trip, see if you can work a mid-week escape into your schedule.

Bring Bug Spray

Don’t forget the bug spray on your camping trip. In fact, bring a few different types so you can see what will work best. Find something that works and doesn’t irritate your skin and the less greasy the better. 


Don’t forget to grab your free printable camping checklist below!

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Great list! I’ll certainly refer to this next time we make it out. #outdoorsymommy

    1. Great! Im so glad you found it helpful.

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