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

719 Replies to “Camping Checklist”

  1. RE: “feminine products”
    um, no, these are generally *not* stocked in a first aid kit for someone who is menstruating. I usually keep one or two feminine napkins (rated for heavy days) in my first aid kit — they can be used to stop hemorraging. They are completely sanitary and can be packed into fairly large wounds to stop blood loss.

  2. Great list!

    I print it before each trip, highlight the items we’ll need, and check off accordingly.

    Thanks for putting it together!

  3. love the list! it is really great! My husband has been camping for years and of course when we got together i started as well. However this will be our 1st year going w/o his side of the family and in our own camper. This list is going to help tremendously as I set up our camper. one thing that i can think of that is not on the list is Velcro if you have a camper that way when you are on the go your things arent. my MIL has them and i thought it was the coolest thing.

  4. Angie – buy sticks? You are camping. Bring a pocketknife, find a stick and whittle the end to a point. Now, if you were doing kebobs, then I’d say yes, bring your own skewers (metal)…but not for marshmallows.

  5. This list was so amazing guys. Totally awesome. Cant wait for the trip of a life time. Gosh you made my day!!!!!

  6. Great list! It is very complete and will help if going on a long trip or short trip…you can just cross off stuff you don’t need. I appreciate having this list because it makes camping trips much easier.
    The last trip we used the camper after our nephew and he used up all the paper products. If I would have had this list…my life would have been much easier! Thanks

  7. Very, very comprehensive list, it’s great!!!

    (I never got the most of those items, even, for home!!!)

    It helps a lot, when you organize a trip to check what things could you take, what you already have and what are you able to buy before departure

  8. Why don’t you just list what you’ve got in your household? Oh wait I believe you have; I’m confused, are you going camping or to spawn a brand new race of forest people?

  9. Your list seems to have everything you could imagine. Under the Shelter category, I would add that it’s a good idea to practice pitching the tent at home, to make sure there are no problems.

  10. Thanks, I’m going camping with friends and getting plastered. made my day. makes me not forget anything.

  11. GREAT list. Found ALOT of gaps that i was missing so over the past few days i stocked up on coleman products at wal-mart 😉 Thanks so much

  12. Wow I dont have kids yet and Ive never been on a trip but when I go I have everything printed thanks for a great list and you must have been on alot of trips!

  13. Thanks for the list, it’s a great starting point. I usually copy it into a spreadsheet and eliminate what is not needed for a given trip (depending on duration, destination and who is all going). I find it quite comprehensive and I seem to always come back to this one when I google “camping checklist”.

  14. Great list, but 2 things I personally can’t go camping without include:

    1. Music – preferably an iPod with a portable sound dock, and
    2. Games – a wide assortment of active games, including; bag toss, water balloons/soaker guns, UNO, chess, monolopy, etc.

  15. I’m with the Red Cross about to go and serve at the shelter in NY. My co-worker suggested this site as a great pack aide for the basics (minus cookwear of course). Thanks so much!

  16. Sweet list I just had to show my mother and father in law. This really help people whom haven’t been camping or camping in a long time and that camping has changed so much. Can’t just go pitch a tent and fill a cooler up for a couple of days .. anyways
    thanks

  17. Thanks so much for posting this list! We’re planning our first family camping trip, my kids are 6-13(sad I know), and because it’s been almost 20 years since I myself have been camping (sadder I know), I need all the help I can get!

  18. This is EXACTLY what I needed. Thank you so much. With this list, it’s gonna be a fantastic weekend :o)

  19. Great list. Had one similar to this when our kids were little. Haven’t camped in a few years and couldn’t find my list, so this was extremely helpful….Thank you so much .

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  21. Thanks for ruining the rest of my day with an enormously long list! thanks to you, if i dont get EVERYTHING on this list, my husband will have my head! So much for camping being fun…

  22. i LOVE the internet – anything and everything anyone could want to know. jeez – i was hoping to find a list just to be sure i hand’t forgotten anything on my list – DUH – childrens Tylenol….how is it that i didnt have it on my list when i have a 3 yr old PRONE to boo-boos???? Thanks soooo much for the checklist. i recommend you add benedryl/childrens benedryl in case of poison ivy/bug bites/bee stings. and there’s this neat adapter that turns the cigarette lighter in your car into a 3-prong electrical outlet – great for charging cell phones/charging portable DVD player so kids can have movies on long car trips. (our family car didnt come equipted with DVD players like many of todays vehicles)

    Also – sunglasses and if you wear prescription glasses remember your eyeglass repair kit and cleaning wipes.
    Camera – i suggest the waterproof disposable kind after dropping my digital into 20+ ft of lake water trying to take a pic of my husband tubing – NOT COOL! lol
    happy camping everyone!

  23. Thank you!! This just saved me a LOT of brainstorming stressed out “i know I’m forgetting something” time. This is my first time camping with buddies, no authority figures around so I’m a little anxious.

  24. I went to one of those poisonous snake learning centers and they said to NOT BUY a snake bite kit because they don’t work, they are a complete rip-off, and you are wasting valuable time thar you need to be using to getting to the hospital quicker. Only antivenom is going to help. I had no idea until I went to that class.

  25. thank you for the complete info, as well as the breakdown by categories to help me ID my specifics 🙂 TYVM!! My first week long camping trip w my kids… prior to this, we’ve only done weekends.

  26. This list is great. You may not be able to take it all but at least you won’t forget what you really need!

  27. For the First Aid Checklist, a Qwikclot pack may be useful for large bleeding wounds. And don’t forget the bear spray if you are in bear country.

  28. Wonderful list! I’m camping this weekend and I had a few ‘oh yeah!’ moments while reading this.
    Last time I went camping, what really helped us were those stake-in-the-ground solar lights that you put on your front walkway outside your house- they’re pretty cheap at walmart. We packed a couple last minute and put them outside our tent and it made it super easy to use the zipper-door in the dark.

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