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

737 Replies to “Camping Checklist”

  1. I have been trying to come up with a list on my own…and found this!!! So very much appreciated!!! I’m going to be long term camping…a wilderness adventure…for about two months! This covers everything!

  2. Angela, I would use that Kindle to start the fire……….unless you are camping alone, leave the thing at home.

  3. This is a great list! heading to Michigan International Speedway for my first camping/NASCAR experience and this all inclusive list will come in handy…THANKS.

  4. All the talk about kindle vs kindling is funny. I don’t see it on the list anymore, maybe they took it off. in my opinion, if you don’t know the difference maybe you should stay home city slicker.. By the way a book makes great kindling in a pinch. Not sure about trying to light a fire with a kindle, might smell bad. Great list. Thanks a brazilion!

  5. My grown kids are taking me camping. Since it’s been so long since I’ve done this, I thought a list might help. This list must have been created through experiences of what people left behind! Awesome list…keeps you humble and prepared to deal with what’s “out there.” Thanks again!

  6. thanks, ima experienced boyscout and you always forget at least 1 thing and the thing i forgot was a tent lol fail

  7. Great list. I have one addition. A leaf rake. We use this to rake out the tent site before setting up the tent and for doing KP before we leave.

    Thanks for taking the time to put this together.


  9. This might have been on here, but the list is sooooo long that i passed over it, so dont forget the perculator for coffee in the a.m. the cheap camp ones at walmart are great!!! perfect for anyone that can’t do without their morning cup of joe πŸ™‚

  10. Great list

    And Alex, it’s just pads and tampons, i don’t know why some people are embarassed to say that, as it’s just a thing women go through

  11. thanks so much, finally now i never have to have that worry bout having forgotten something, very thorough list!!

    ” alex – girls private stuff for their time of the month

  12. feminine product are such things like nail polish, or blush. wildlife is quite critical of our species females. πŸ˜‰

  13. 1) It says scissors twice
    2) FANTASTIC list
    & 3) Im going camping….in my front yard πŸ˜€

  14. I’m sorry lol but this checklist is a bit ridiculous. The purpose of camping is to be outdoors and in a way assimate with the way of living of past civilizations not to shove ur house into a tent for the weekend. A kindle? Paper plates? Magazines? Come one now lol you want to knw bare essentials and must haves and still have a blast and possibly gain a sense of pride and self survival instinct? Ask any military or former military friend, family member or neighbor u may knw. Preferably army ranger or Marine. Ull get the essential packing list and will be in for a good time.

  15. You can go into your grocery store and ask what feminine products are…there is an entire aisle dedicated in every grocery/department store.

  16. Thank you! We use this list every time we camp or even go out of town for the weekend/week. Very helpful! It covers everything!

    I’d like to add Extension Cords and Disposable Cookware/Pans to the list, as extension cords are great for multiple-tent or camper sites, and disposable cookware is easier than regular cookware–and the mess goes with it!

  17. Hey, depending on where you are going you might want to take an air horn for bears. (There is a free app for a bear horn for iphone but it isn’t very loud) Oh and I may not need everything on there but just about everything I do need is on your list. Thanks!

  18. this list is awesome. i had no idea what to bring camping and this helped me out a lot. thank you so much πŸ™‚

  19. This list has helped me so much. I would have forgot some much while I was camping, thank you.

  20. this was a very helpful list..thank you very much for taking the time to post it πŸ™‚

  21. Don’t forget the most important untensils…dollar store marshmallow skewers for smores….and beer!!!!!

  22. Thank you so much for the list. It is very helpful for someone who has only camped 3 times in 40 years. I was so worried about forgetting something important and this list puts my mind at ease.

  23. FYI-Kindle is the electronic e-book device. Kindling is what is used to start a fire. Thought I’d clarify…


  24. Great list! I will be using it this weekend. I noticed however that maybe Life jackets and water shoes should be added.
    We really needed these when we went camping last week for the kids!

  25. Oh and the great thing about camping…….
    It keeps my boys unplugged from the video games and television!!!! In the age of technology, yes, even with all that stuff on the list, it is camping. When you sit with your kids around a fire at night in the woods and tell each other stories, that is family time you can’t get at any hotel.

  26. Thanks for the list. We are leaving tomorrow and I was missing a few items. 3 boys and the hubby. One thing to add would be long sticks for marshmallows. If you have to buy them at the campsite, they can be expensive and sometimes you can’t find good ones in the woods if it is a popular site. We usually tent but this year, we got the cabin-the baby can’t do 100 degree weather.
    I don’t agree with most haters on here, when my one son was 4 yrs. old, he accidentally drank some lake water at yogi bear and got really really sick.The camp store ONLY had alka seltzer for his upset stomach(vomit and diarrhea), we only gave him a tiny bit and didn’t know it had aspirin in it, he ended up having an allergic reaction- his face swelled up and he couldn’t breathe, ended up having the ranger ambulance him to the nearest ER in the middle of the night-they hit a deer on the way-luckily he was ok in the end after several shots and fluids but we packed up and went home with him vomiting in the car all the way. Better to be prepared for ANY emergency. With kids, you have to remember their meds(like children’s tylenol) and your own.

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