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. There is a mistake in your list, or, it can be better. We are going to camp right now and I was happy because I have this list. Unfortunately we forgot something: forks, spoons and knifes.

    I’m here in the car writing in my ipad because we found out we forgot it. I went back to the list to see how is it possible there is not forks, spoons and knifes in this huge list, and guess what, it’s not.

    Well, under cooking it says “Cooking utensils…. knife, spon”, but guess what, those are for cooking and we are not cooking. That doesn’t mean we are not eating.

    Remember, if it happened to one, can happen to others, so my sugestion is to make a category different than cooking and before it, something like “EATING” with all used for eating stuff but not cooking, I mean “forks, spoons, knifes, plates, cups, napkins, etc”.

    Now we need to stop and buy this stuff. Hope it helps others.

  2. Its always good to take items that serve multiple purposes, its already been said feminine hygiene pruducts can be used to stop a bloody nose, but if you spread them out like a plate and hit them with a spark, they light up right away to get a fire going…

    I’ve been camping for years and this is one of my favorite ways to get a fire goingsince i dont have to rely on matches or lighters, just a simple firestarter that costs a few dollars at walmart and lasts years…plus it always feels good to show my friends something new

  3. I went camping over the weekend. Brought a box of matches, hammer, a tent, six stakes, machete, and 4 packages of hot dogs.

  4. you might want to bring a sewing kit because there is nothing like opening something up and noticing that they are a hole in it

  5. This is a great list! I’ve been camping since I was little. I can’t do campfires any more because of asthma so we now use propane. We are trying to get our supply list down to that which will fit in two Native Watercraft Kayaks (angler 14.5).

  6. We are going camping for the first time with our 6 month old and I definitely needed this list! So thankful for the extreme detail, I’ve already made another list as long as my original one of things that would’ve been left behind. But a kindle? No no πŸ™‚ we are leaving technology at home. Batteries are charged for the camera though!

  7. Very helpful thanks! I am going with my two sons this weekend. This is the first time for me as a mom to go alone!

  8. before you go get self lighting matches,pour them out on the table boil some wax and dip the tips to keep them water proof, scratch wax off when needed

  9. I can’t believe how many haters there are out there! If you don’t like the list, don’t use it. If you don’t have something nice to say, just leave it alone. Rude comments only prove how immature and rude you are. Not everything revolves around you or your needs or beliefs. Learn what you will and leave the rest alone.

  10. Wow, this pie iron thing sounds amazing! How have I never heard of a pudgie pie before? I’ll definitely see if I can find pie irons in the UK, it will make a nice change from bacon butties.
    Thanks everyone!

  11. Im a scout/pathfinder director and every year for the past 3 years I lead more 100 your boys and girls to widerness camp but I never fail to have a checklist and even sourcing information like yours… advice always seek local knowledge to update your checklist.

  12. A pie iron is used to make pudgie pies – duh!
    Really though, it’s a pair of matched iron plates. You put buttered bread (butter sides out) with stuffing in between (cheese and hotdog slices, cherry pie filling, or peanut butter and bananas, or whatever you want) inside, close the irons, trim the crust that overhangs the irons, and put it in the coals to toast, turning occasionally. Ummmmm – now I want to go camping!

  13. Ring Wrapper….I love it for hiking and swimming, and in general so my ring won’t get damaged or fall off…hope this helps πŸ™‚

  14. Hey Cat, here in Aus, we call it a jaffle iron. You put ur bread onto each inside of the iron, sometimes round, sometimes square, (buttered of course) then fill it with baked beans, cheese, spaghetti, wateva you feel like then close it and hold it over the fire to toast! Absolutely delicious!

  15. I love your list! Only go camping once a year in the woods with a bunch of friends, but i found that you have a lot of things that I would have forgotten. Leaving Thurs and can’t wait! Would have forgot my clock, book, and something to sleep in without u!
    Some people are so critical! There are different kinds of camping and u may not need an axe in your RV. Be happy, people!

  16. Thanks for the list! very very helpful, I feel a lot better about going camping with 3 small children now that we will be prepared……………….safe camping to all πŸ™‚

  17. Don’t forget the ice! I freeze gallon jugs and 2 liter bottles. The cubes melt too fast so it is best to keep them in the bag.

  18. Thank you! Loved the comments as well, now i will remember my Bible & Guns πŸ™‚
    I also have never heard of keeping a fem hygine product for stopping blood, but that is a really excellent idea, if you are in that bad of a situation. Glad I learned something new!
    Thanks again!

  19. Great list, but don’t forget bear spray. In many parks, bears are becoming “part of the family”. You may not need it, but it’s nice to have, just in case.

  20. Actually, a potable weather radio IS a good idea to add to the list. Although, we’re from Wisconsin…not the South…and could have used it last time we went camping. So, my conclusion is that anyone camping ANYWHERE may want to bring one. Again, great idea!!!

  21. This is a very comprehensive list. The definition of camping can vary from person to person . For some people camping means bring children or maybe a couple tenting but also preferring to have electricity with showers close by … To others camping means heading off into the bush surviving off what you can carry on your back.
    But most of the items on this list will be utilized by the hardcore and not so hardcore.

    One thing I did not see on the list was green glowsticks. You can buy them dirt cheap at most Dollar Stores, very light weight and good to have for an emergency light source if you gotta make the dreaded trip to use the bathroom and your having flashlight / battery problems.

  22. great list! and folks it’s a list not requirement. backbacking is different than campground camping. plan and adjust but above all have fun.

  23. Great list for beginners and experienced campers alike. One tip though, make sure you are prepared for the climate. We have camped many times in mountain ranges where the night temperatures can drop radically, even in July/August. We have a double size sleeping bag that has a summer and winter side but sometimes even the winter side was not warm enough. Blankets are on the list but a lot of people think they don’t need one if they have a sleeping bag. I always keep an extra wool blanket in the car just in case. It doesn’t take much space if you lay it over the seat.

  24. I was with the 101st Airborne (Iraq, 03-04, 05-06) and we didn’t have a shower on the first tour for three months! We slept on top of our trucks, in sand storms and all. Take the first aid stuff and tents, then figure the rest out people! Ok, take some food too, I guess…

  25. This list is insane. I’d say half of this stuff is overdoing it a bit. Don’t think I’ll be bringing a saw… Plus some of these comments are ridiculous too.

  26. Very comprehensive list . Definitely don,t forget the wet gear if coming to camp in Ireland!!

  27. @Bob… keep not just pads…. great for stopping a bloody nose that just won’t quit…. and in a PINCH if bleeding too much to get to medical l help (stress all those a LOT) super glue is essentially dermabond. a kids med syringe great for squirting out gravel from wounds (more adventurous outdoor people, or clutsy πŸ˜‰ And a bar of soap (dial great for no additives) because best suggestion for almost any minor wound care soap and water and cover only to stop bleeding or get really gross things in it….
    – Your friendly neighborhood nurse
    (hydrogen peroxide bad plan… kills good healing body cells and bad……)

  28. Thanks this list is great! A nice tool to help me pack and to double check my own list.!

  29. Chris, I respect your beliefs, but don’t put mine down. I take my Bible and beliefs, and especially my Jesus with me every where I go. I’m quite happy with mind as I’m sure you are with yours, so lets just leave it at that.

  30. Do you have waterproofs on the list? I never go camping without a water proof coat and waterproof pair of trousers since one ‘damp’ camping trip πŸ˜‰

  31. Nice list. Haven’t camped in a while,even though I spent everyweekend of my childhood camping. Refreshed my memory on some little things we forget.

  32. Im Only 12! Yes Its Weird…Im Going Camping &&’ I Need This Type Of Stuff….I Just Find It Really Funny How You Guys Commented That Something Was Forgotten On The List But It Was Ther! Its Called READING!

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