Camping Checklist

Preparation is essential for any outdoor adventure. Having the necessary supplies and equipment can make a difference in your overall enjoyment and experience. Checklists are a great tool to help with your organization. Your camping list will vary according to the type of camping and activities you have planned, the places you are going, the time of year and the length of your trip. Add or remove items to suit your individual needs. Please email us with any other items that you would include in your camping checklist or write comment below.

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Basic First Aid Kit

Tell someone of your plans - give details of where you are going and when you expect to return, give directions and possible alternative roads that you may take, provide cell phone numbers, vehicle description and license plate numbers, hand-held radio channel and codes that you will use, and provide local authority phone numbers (State Police, Game & Fish Commission, Sheriff Dept, etc.) for the county or area that you will be in.

Additional First Aid Tips

  • Take a First Aid class and a CPR class – keep current on this information
  • Keep supplies in a well marked, durable, waterproof container
  • Keep the contents organized
  • Know how to use everything in your first aid kit
  • Inspect content often, re-supply as needed
  • Keep readily available at all times

739 Replies to “Camping Checklist”

  1. “Add or remove items to suit your individual needs”…There are some real jackholes in this world. Did you not freaking read the lead-in article???? ITS A FREAKING CHECKLIST!!! Where does it say DO NOT GO CAMPING UNLESS YOU TAKE EVERYTHING LISTED????!!!! …….AWESOME LIST.

  2. You never know what you will leave behind and this list is a good starting place to ensure that you don’t forget anything. As an avid and veteran camper, I can say there have been a number of times we left home packing just “the basics” only to arrive to camp and two days in we find there is SOMETHING we should’ve thought ahead to bring with us but did not. Whether your a novice or a veteran, this list is a great starting place and one our camping group uses to give to newbies joining us for the first time (and even some of us hardened four season campers use this list to double check and make sure our camp boxes are up to par for one to two week camping trips!).

  3. After scanning through the “Better because its shorter” lists below, I noticed that most of them forgot very important items.

    The list provided above is an excellent list, BECAUSE it is so long and inclusive. Most of us probably know what to take camping, but we all probably ended up here because we did a quick search to see if we forgot something.
    Obviously you tailor the list to your own needs, but at least it is comprehensive enough to give you security in knowing you have all the important stuff.

    Take Mr. Eagle scout’s list right below, short and sweet, until you wake up, crawl out of the tent in the morning and and realize you have no food, no coffee, no snacks…

    Food is one of the three PRIMARY survival needs, do you really feel confident that he remembered the other, not as necessary but pretty damn convenient, items like bug repellent?

    Oops, he missed that too. Better stick with the guy who only went once if ever.

  4. Whoa….that’s a hefty list right there. And again all of this depends on how many, where, how long, what kind of amenities are available and what comfort level you want. If you have cell service you can cut out most of the medical kit. Anyway, too many variables for a ‘list’ but those are ‘ideas’. Deodorant ? An Alarm Clock ? Road flares, splints…pie pans and dutch ovens ? I’d like to ‘visit’ your campsite, maybe have some pie, but no way I’m hauling all of that. Not even from the 3/4 ton truck you’ll need to the campsite.

  5. great list. But it can be modified according to its necessity and practicality. It looks like I had to bring the whole house with me:)

  6. Add bear bells, my family and I go hiking/camping quite often. someone suggested to shrink this list, but if anything you should be adding to it, better safe than sorry. I would rather have a lot of stuff to bring with me and not need it, than to get in some sort of predicament and need these things. So if anything I would add to the list, NOT take away.
    Experience: A family that I care about.

  7. What about an rv how are you supposed to go camping and bring all that stuff if you don’t have an rv or if you want to ruff it a pop up

  8. Love the list and love Sid. πŸ˜› Just a thought: as reading your list it made my memory click to items that I would need to bring that was only specific to my family. With out reading the list theses would of been forgoten. THANKS.

  9. Love it:) Very useful , especially for me and all the other double-checkers out there! Thanks:) Happy Camping to All!

  10. It is crazy how much stuff there is on this list. You probably won’t need everything on this list, but it is a great list to make sure you at least go prepared.

  11. why do you have so many things on your list? are you camping for your first time? it sounds like you are planing to stay there for a couple of weeks and climb cliff faces and stuff. is bungi cords and binoculars really necessary? and who take card games with them when they go camping? i know i don’t. and a bottle opener- really? if your not man enough to open a bottle, then i’m pretty sure you shouldn’t go camping!!!

  12. I am going on a camping trip with my mommadukes and this list is PERFECT. Yes, it may seem like a lot to some of you people, but use your brain for once. ITS BETTER TO HAVE MORE THAN WHAT YOU NEED CAUSE THEN NEXT THING YOU KNOW YOURE IN THE WOODS LOOKING FOR MEAT BECAUSE YOU DECIDED TO CALL PEOPLES LIST OVERBOARD! You never know what you may need so just be safe. I cant wait to go camping with my extra gear. Lol HAVE FUN ON YOURS!!

  13. I cant believe you say to a kindle is better than a book….. most people camp to unplug and get away from that crap. thanks for the info nonetheless.

  14. This is a very good checklist for someone who just bought a camper as well. I used this list after I fully stocked my camper. Voila….

  15. The list is long, but has a lot of unneeded items. The best way to pack and buy gear for your trip is to plan your meals,storage,sleeping and personal items. If camping from a vehicle, the extra items don’t matter. If hiking…then give your gear list a look for limitation of seldom used items and take just what is needed for a great camping trip!

  16. Did i missed “LIFE JACKETS,VEST,STEARNS, & BABY FLOATS”???Am going camping this weekend w my kids & family and last year i had to look for a Wal-Mart ..(cause their like groceries stores”in every cuner”) just for STEARNS! Love youre list THANK YOU! MY KIDS & I HAVE FUN GOING OVER IT! U know their learning! I LOVE IT!

  17. Everyone’s list will be different but I like going over the checklist just in case I forgot something on my personal list. We are leaving tomorrow to go camping n some hiking w my kiddos so this list was very helpful.

  18. this list saved me from having a dreadful weekend !! I packed everything I needed and thought I woul google a checklist as most of us probably did, i would of forgot my tin opener ha don’t listen to the simpletons telling you to shorten the list as this list works for everyone allover the world !!! Cheers bud πŸ˜€

  19. This list is great! I’ve been camping on my own or with friends for 29 years. Thorough lists like this have saved my butt many a time. Scroll down to SID’s comments. He said it best.

  20. Quite an extensive list, I’ve only been on three trips, but it is still way more than I need. Some of the items are certainly nice to have, but surely there is a store nearby! I noticed you have ipecac listed? It is no longer recommended to induce vomiting after swallowing poison. It is also no longer available in stores. see Thanks for the list!

  21. Wow how about some reading comprehension for those who say this list is too exhaustive. If ignorance is bliss there must be a TON of blissful people out there.

    Only a twit would consider bringing every single thing on the list. As the very first block of text BEFORE the list states, “Your camping list will vary according to the type of camping and activities you have planned, the places you are going, the time of year and the length of your trip.”

    So don’t knock the list unless you’ve bother to READ THE PARAGRAPH BEFORE IT. Go troll somewhere else.

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  23. Whoa, this list is way overboard. This is more like the things you need when you are setting up a new house. It probably helps someone to glance through the list to see which items they may be missing, but if someone is carrying all of that, then you are doing camping wrong.

  24. This list is large, but it’s great! When posting things like this on the Internet to ultimately help people you want to be broad. They did not say they brought all this stuff, they just listed everything you COULD need. I personally won’t bring alot on the list with my camping situation not all is needed. But I’ve been camping for the past 20 years and reading this made me laugh because there was a few times I wish we would’ve followed this list. This is an amazing list because its not designed for use from one person but rather to assist everyone in all camping situations. I believe they’ve been camping a few times since alot of this stuff on the list seems experience based. Thank you!

  25. all have good reason and comments whether its a weekend or a week for first timers always good to dub check

  26. This check list is amazing… Please do not shrink it as suggested!!! This check list is good for various different camping trips, places you visit, whether conditions, dangerous areas, vs, camp sites, you might want to add “snake bite kit”… Unless it is there and I didn’t see it at first glance… It’s an awesome list, and people should print and scratch out things they do not need for their trip! Leave it as is, it takes two seconds for me to say; oh, I’m not going to need this this particular trip! Again, awesome list, thanks sooo much for putting it together πŸ™‚

  27. it doesn’t sound like camping supply it sounds like the supply you need if you’re moving

  28. Thank you for this list, and for all of you “hardcore”, “extreme” and ‘expert” campers that gripe about this list being too long, shut your pie holes! Just cross off the things you don’t need. We know,you spent $2000 on your .4 ounce tent, your backpack is made of compressed butterfly wings, and you only camp above 14,000 feet. ….. so go to those sites and leave we, the unwashed masses alone! I’ve been camping for 40 years, and this list is a really good starting point for everyone from beginners to experienced campers.

  29. Love this list! Obviously not everyone will need everything on this list, but it is a great list to make sure you included everything that you might need. You need to add a picture to this page so we can “Pin It” to Pinterest

  30. Honestly, I’ve been camping/hiking a 20-miler and you do not need all of this stuff. I did it when I was 6, and all we needed was a tent, food, firestarters, waterpurifier/water bottles, 20-30 feet of paracord, sleeping bags, a lot of blankets, an axe, extra clothes, swimming wear, and the proper first aid kit and radio.

  31. cool
    this sounds like camping for weeks on your own and im just going 4 a weekend with guides
    its still cool though!

  32. Great great checklist to jog my memory. Going camping for a week and a half and this is exactly what type of list I was looking for!

  33. This looks like the checklist for someone who’s completely car camping and who’s only gone about once if ever. There is way, way, way too much stuff on this list.
    You need to shrink this list a lot.
    You need the following: water, map and compass (not very important if just camping and not backpacking or hiking), firestarter (with tinder), shelter (normally a tent), first aid kit, flashlight, sunscreen, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, pocket knife, rain gear, water purification method, mess kit (bowl, spoon, and cooking pot), 20-30 ft. of paracord can be nice sometimes, some duct tape (wrap some around a nalgene water bottle), and a camera can be nice as well.
    That is more than enough than what you need. Go backpacking and you will realize that much more than this will really add up in weight. My favorite lightweight backpacking book I have found up until now is “The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear and Clinic Guide” by Andrew Skurka.
    There’s just way too much extra stuff on that list. By the way I am an Eagle Scout with two palms.


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