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The Ultimate Camping Checklist
Camping is such a great way to unplug from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get outside. Spending time with friends and family while camping creates lasting memories that will bring a smile to your face. It is even better when you remember to bring all the camping gear with you that need.
I hate it when I forget something when I go camping, which is why we created this camping checklist. It is a great tool to help you pack for your trip so you wouldn’t miss anything important you need while you are camping.
If you are just heading out for the day you might like our Day Trip Checklist, and if you are off for some angling then our Fishing Trip Checklist will be right up your alley.
“Did you remember to pack your”, is a common phrase used by parents everywhere as they help their families get ready to go camping. I remember my mom and dad asking me that question, and my wife and I do the same thing with our kids.
A camping checklist will help parents save their sanity, without having to repeat themselves a hundred times. Instead, they can just continue to refer everyone to the list. We hope you have a great time on your trip, and we hope this camping checklist is a huge help to you. Have fun!
Planning Trips for Larger Groups
Not everyone is going to want to bring the exact same gear when they are planning for their outdoor adventures. Camping checklists like the ones below are great when you have a whole family or a large group of people going camping. Using a centralized checklist for the whole group to go from makes sure the group as a whole has everything they need, without wasted space and effort by doubling up on items you don’t need more than one of.
Let’s face it, you only need one ax or hatchet to split wood for your campfire. Four families don’t all need to bring an ax. Unless of course, you plan to have an ax-throwing competition, in which multiple axes might be a good idea.
Having a group checklist is a good way to review and determine who is responsible to bring certain items. Planning and clarity of who is responsible for what items is a good thing. That way you don’t end up missing things you wish you had for your camping trip. It can also help save money, and who doesn’t like saving money.
Checkout family tents for camping
So here it is, our complete camping checklist. When planning your camping trip, it’s a good idea to have a list to go by. Our goal is to provide you with a complete checklist to help you think of things you may not have considered, or simply forgotten. This is especially handy if you haven’t gone camping a lot. Having this checklist makes our inner Boy Scout smile.
We realize that having one great big camping checklist with two hundred possible items can be overwhelming. To help organize your packing and planning, we have grouped your camping items by category. We find this especially helpful as the last moment check to make sure something doesn’t stand out to you.
So when it comes to a camping checklist for your campsite, these are some of the big items you are going to make sure you have. It has a few of the must-have necessities such as your tent, camping mattress, and your sleeping bag. Add in a lantern or a headlamp so you can see when it gets dark and you are pretty much good to survive a night. Of course, you may be hungry, but those are the things that will get you by for a quick trip.
Our camping tools checklist are things that will make your life easier, especially the ax and saw for getting firewood and setting up your tent. Having a folding saw makes it easy to store with the rest of your gear and also protects the blade. It is always a good idea to carry a multitool because they are just so handy. There are also a few items to help repair some of your gear.
Camping Tools Checklist
tent pole repair sleeve
air mattress repair kit
What you choose to bring for footwear really depends on the activities you plan on doing while you are camping. We always suggest either wool or synthetic socks as they are good at wicking away moisture. If you plan on hiking while you camping it is a good idea to bring some hiking boots with you for more strenuous trails. Many people just wear sneakers on easier trails. There are some great trail sneakers that give extra support and have a more aggressive tread but tend to be lighter than hiking boots. Depending on where you are camping (or glamping), there may be shower facilities. If that is the case you should bring shower shoes with you or sandals. If you are going to end up in a lake or stream, a lot of people prefer to have water shoes.
wool or synthetic socks
So this part of our camping checklist contains a few extras that are nice to have. Having a pair of binoculars is great for bird watching and viewing other wildlife from a distance. We always like to have a good book while relaxing around camp. Having a couple of games, even if it is just a deck of cards, is great fun along with laughter and good memories. Having a solar charger for cell phones or rechargeable batteries when you are camping can be a lifesaver to make sure the batteries do not get drained. Being in nature, away from the hustle and bustle of life and be a great time to reflect on things. Having a notebook or journal to write things down, whether they are great life revelations, or if you just want to journal about your camping trip. Also, a dry bag is good for storing your electronics and other sensitive items in the event of rain.
Campsite Extras Checklist
notebook or journal
There are several things to consider for your camping checklist when it comes to cooking. First off you are going to need a cooking camp stove or at a minimum a grate to go over your campfire. Make sure you have plenty of fuel for your stove. You won’t want to run out in the middle of cooking. You’ll need something to cook in like pots or pans, and then eating utensils along with plates or bowls. They make kits, or you can just grab something from your kitchen cabinets.
large water jug
plates and bowls
Sun Protection Bug Spray
If you don’t normally spend a lot of time outdoors, make sure you bring some insect repellant in case there are a lot of flies or mosquitoes. Also, a great idea to bring some sunscreen as well.
Sun Protection Bug Spray Checklist
insect repellent candles
spf lip balm
Misc Camping Items
These are some miscellaneous items for your camping checklist. You can certainly get away without having them, but they are items worth considering.
Misc Camping Items Checklist
deck of cards
small fire extinguisher
travel alarm clock
So while you are camping, you still need to maintain your personal hygiene, especially if you are going camping for several days. Okay, so you may not care about combing your hair or shaving, but you definitely want toilet paper and you should brush your teeth. Your mom will be proud.
Hygiene Items Checklist
comb or brush
Many campsite registrations take place online, so it’s a good idea to print a copy of your campsite registration and bring it with you. Make sure you have a credit card, some cash, and your id when you leave. Your emergency contact numbers are probably already stored in your cell phone so you should be good in case something happens along the way. We always suggest bring a first-aid kit with you in case an injury or accident takes place.
Personal Items Checklist
emergency contact numbers
Clothing for your camping checklist is pretty self-explanatory. You need clothes. Choice wisely.
long sleeve shirt
Rainy And Cold Weather
The temperature can change pretty significantly over the course of a full day. When the sun goes down it can get chilly. Make sure you plan appropriately and bring some items to help keep you warm and dry in the event it rains. A rain jacket or rain poncho can go a long way towards keeping you comfortable and dry.
Rainy And Cold Weather Checklist
gloves or mittens
Final Advice For Your Camping Checklist
No two people are the same when it comes to planning your camping trip. What is important to one person may not matter to another when it comes to camping gear. My son prefers to go ultralight when he is camping. As a family, we tend to bring more items. All this to say, there is no right or wrong answer to what you bring on your camping trip. Our goal is to provide you with a solid camping checklist to plan from. Take what you need and enjoy your adventure.
Camping Checklist PDF
Want a printable copy of our camping checklist? Sometimes it is just easier to print off your camping checklist on a piece of paper when you are shopping or packing your gear. It is handy to cross items off your list that way. Click on our link for our camping checklist pdf.
We hope these camping checklists have been helpful for in getting ready for your camping trip. We tried to organize them in a way that would give you a full list as well as different categories to consider as you get prepared. If you think of something we forgot, please reach out and let us know on our contact form.