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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Shelter

Bedding

Cooking

Clothes

Personal

Miscellaneous

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

734 Replies to “Camping Checklist”

  1. for a two week camp this list is fab – i had most on my list already but this identified some gaps – thanks

  2. This is a great list. Obviously you wouldn’t take everything on it, but it was sure handy for me to check through it and make sure that I had everything I (personally) would require for camping. Thanks so much, I’ve been consulting it all week as I’ve been preparing!

  3. I was just wondering the basics im 13 and im going cmping today and i wanted to make sure i hade all the basic stuff u need for a camping trip these people must think we are going out in the middle of know where.

  4. I can’t see how some people thought this is a have to bring list… I took it as a list that suggests things that might be needed on a camping trip maybe for the weekend or a week or two. Anyway for the people that take it as necessary book early for your first aid class and make sure you get a certificate when completing .. If you fail theres always next year…

  5. I think this is a bit of a stretch, I mean don’t get me wrong, a lot of these things are quite useful, but a lot of them are unnecessary, and pretty obvious. And ladies, if you have an idea for when you’re going to get your period, don’t go when you think you’re going to get it. Plan ahead.

  6. Great list, thanks for thinking for me. My ten yr old ‘know it all says just bring the things you need 10 things that’s it.

  7. @Damiane.ca: No, the Kindle mentioned (next to books/magazines) is an e-reader made by Amazon. And Kimberly was implying that bringing your Kindle – or any other electronics, presumably – with you on a camping trip would ruin it.

    You’re thinking of *kindling* which is the intermediate fuel, between tender and your main fuel, when building a fire.

  8. I found this soooo helpful!! We just went camping over the weekend and are going again the 4th of July weekend.We forgot so much,that is why I chose to look online for ideas.Alot was overlooked by us,I travel with a 3 yr old so I need more than I thought!!!

  9. omg… I forgot to add “Goldbond” or baby powder for the men and sometimes women, camping in the heat!!!

  10. great list…. just googled camping list to double. triple check i’m not forgetting anything…. from St. Louis head to the Catskills for a week of primative camping…. reading this list made me secure i haven’t forgotten anything!!

  11. This is an excellent list for first timers whom do not know what to bring exactly . It also helps if your trip is spur of the moment to . I do not believe that the list was to be intended to take everything on the list , just choose what you think you may need . If you are going for a week or more I bet you need it all though.

    Great job guys !

  12. Actually I always bring my Kindle camping with me. I love to sit by the river and read while my kids are fishing. You won’t ruin it if you take care of it.

  13. @Katie, I like your idea of the beach mats – they don’t take up much room! We camp with our horses in a trailer with just a bed and a dressing room, and I am putting in a plastic 3-drawer thingy to put my camping gear in. This list helps me remember stuff. Of course, I don’t need ALL of it! And we brought a 5-gal white bucket with a toilet seat and clumping cat litter. It was great to put in the back of the horsetrailer for late night emergencies, and didn’t smell at all! Easy to clean like a cat litter box! And if you put all your stuff in big and med plastic bins, it’s easy to find stuff and put them under your camp table. Also, a rechargable wine opener is the BOMB! πŸ™‚

  14. This is a very thourgh list. If you camp often most of these items can be packed in a plastic storage container and be ready to go on your next trip. The folks that think this list is way too long well, I would like to see them pack for a week long trip without a list. Especially if you have kids of any age – when you get to your destination they will always ask Did you bring…? Besides all this we also include a screen room to put over the picnic table to keep the bugs off your food and a place to play cards when it is raining. also a canopy shelter to hang the wet towels and swimsuits to dry, because it ALWAYS rains when you go camping.
    HAPPY CAMPING EVERYONE!

    The kindle they are speaking of is not the one used for a fire it is the portable book and the response why bring it just to ruin it well just use a little common sense and keep it safe. There is no need to be hateful.

  15. What about –

    RV, Television, DVD, home theatre system, diesel generator, maid, butler, wine cellar, potpouri, …

    or is that too much as well? whatever happened to “roughing it”?

  16. Thank you! This is a pretty good list to pick & choose from. Obviously, not everything applies to everybody. And if you camp with children versus camping alone, or camp for a weekend versus a full week, it changes what you will “need.” It’s all about personal preference. And it’s really not all that much if you have a Pop-Up or other type of Camper trailer/vehicle. Basically, you just stock the drawers & cabinets with non-perishable, miscellaneous, items once (as you would do at home), you should be all set for multiple trips from there and only replenishing items as you go (such as a can of bug spray that gets used up or matches that run out). This leaves you to only pack a cooler of perishable foods and a bag of clothes for each trip. No need to pack & unpack anything else. I have a friend who camps with a tent (as opposed to a camper) and she keeps a giant Rubber Maid tub stocked and completely dedicated to camping- so again … she doesn’t have to pack & unpack. The tub stays in her basement when she’s not camping and goes right into her car trunk when she does. This way she & her family are fully prepared every time. This list is pretty cool.

  17. Damiane.ca – kindle is an electronic book and kindling is the sticks to start the fire. I wouldn’t take a Kindle but I definitely take a book. There is nothing better than sitting out under the trees reading a book and listening to the birds singing!

  18. Damaine, I’m trying to decide if YOU are being sarcastic. The word “Kindle’ is capitalized, links to a page about the Kindle device, and is suggested as an alternative to reading material. Also, everyone I know says ‘kindling,’ not ‘Kindle.’

  19. Great list.To open a wine bottle you can get a big knife screwdriver other metal rod, wrap a cloth around the top, put another cloth around the neck of the bottle, put it on the ground between your feet and push the cork in-HARD. The secong cloth is to stop the wine (red) spraying all over your nice white shirt. Done this many times.
    Better still take screw tops like we do in New Zealand

  20. we gonna be going camping for a few weeks so this really is helpful for a bunch that indulges in alcohol,we’ve been known to forget alot

  21. This is hilarious. Robin thanks for that note, you gave me one hell of a good bellylaugh.

    Jose, from now on, I’m going to be sure to shower when I share a tent, that was sure the kick-in-the-pants that I needed.

    All you people forgot the rubber spiders and snakes to throw on your tent-mates in the middle of the night…don’t forget the video camera.

  22. girls i suggest if you have your period to stay home if your going near BEARS…you will be dinner to them they will smell you out!!!
    bear food!!

  23. This is a great list.I go camping every year with my family of 4. We are always forgetting something, no matter how much planning in advance I do. Nail clippers is a good one. As we go at least 100 miles away from home, for 5-7 days, nails tend to grow a bit. And as other people have stated YOU DO NOT have to include everything on the list, although most of it is on my list PLUS more.
    Just a suggestion DON’T forget the coffee, cup, spoon and pot.
    Have fun camping

  24. This is a great list for any level of camper. As she recommends take what you need and go from there. Many items when packing for camping for a quick weekend or even two weeks or longer you will most likely forget something. With this list of recommendations you are more than covered for what you may need; even for an experienced camper this is still very helpful.
    Thanks for taking the time to make the list.
    Tim

  25. I think this list was helpful. I am going camping with my youth group and we need like everything so this helped me add on to my list!

  26. (a Kindle would be better) <— Lame. You're camping. Bring a book. Good list. Thanks for some reminders:) Hammock is gonna be sweet. First time with it this year.

  27. Forgot air pump and mat on my own list… again. last year my bf kept dragging dirt in because i forgot the mat then too. thank you so much for the reminders. Don’t forget the s’more fixins.

    =) happy camping!

  28. This looks like a very thorough list. We are going from camping in a 26′ bunkhouse to a tent. Never have we had to worry about all this stuff. We are going to the UP in Michigan over the 4th of July with two children, (16 & 10). We are going to try this list and see what happens. Thanks for the comments. God Bless.

  29. Kindle is little sticks used to start a fire πŸ™‚

    i am trying to decide if you were being sarcastic.

  30. well see im about to go camping but i dont think i ned all that i mean seriuosly es
    all u need is a blanket tent pillow and clothes

  31. I’ve been camping all over (always in a tent 4 at least a week)and this is a good reminder list. I always forget something on every trip. I’ll never forget the time I did not pack the wine opener! I mean, most things you can get by without but there’s NO alternative way to open a bottle of wine-believe me. Plus, thumbtacks are great tip 4 the picnic tablecloth because the clips hardly ever fit right. And for the matt in front of the tent-I use those rattan beach mats, they roll up small so they’re easy to pack and they are great to put your shoes on outside the tent so your not dragging a bunch of dirt inside to track into your bed. They only cost $1-2 at the dollar store.

  32. It’s been years since I’ve been camping and we are taking the whole family this time around…..I found the list very helpful. With four kids under six years old, I’ll take all the help I can get! Thanks so much!

  33. Another essential I have found that is good for a lot of camping needs is Baby Wipes, I take a makeshift bath in them and it keeps our feet clean too!

  34. I noticed something you might need as a beginner camper….a bag of charcoal. Maybe it was on the list and I missed it. Not everyone wants to chop down a tree or cook their food over old dead logs!

  35. Thanks great list .Been out of camping for about 8yrs and the list reminded me of some things I had forgotten to load. Just brought a 08 fleetwood niagara and nothing like getting there and not have salt for a steak. Thanks again

  36. Wow, a lot of proud minimalists here. I have 3 kids and I would take as much CRAP as I could fit in the car. If you want to actually enjoy your camping trip, bring everything you can think of and more. It absolutely sucks to find yourself underprepared or wishing you had brought…

  37. that is way to much stuff to bring i would just need like sun screen, toothbrush/toothpaste, brush, bug spray, and things like that y would u bring a hammock or a kindle?? i mean how would u have room for all that stuff??

  38. Thanks for the list, I forgot a few things. People who are criticizing it need to find something else to do with their time(“Add or remove items to suit your individual needs”). Oh, and a thermometer is a MUST if you are bringing a child!

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