The Camping Checklist You Know You Need

At last– camping season is among us! It’s a time for family, or an outing with friends, or a majestic excursion into masculinity. Whichever your reason, there’s a whole laundry-list (no pun intended) of possible items to include. So here it is… your camping checklist!  Trailer_Camping_Marmora_KOA_May_2006

Let’s start with clothes:  (Usually a no-brainer here)

  • T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Jeans
  • Hiking boots
  • Hat or Cap
  • Sweater ?
  • Rain gear
  • Swim suit
  • Laundry bag

I’m sure there may be a few extra things depending on the age of the campers, time of year, and terrain of the area where you’re headed.

Shelter and Bedding:

  • Tent
  • Tent lantern
  • Sleeping bags
  • Pillow
  • Headrest


  • ALL the essentials, including perhaps some nail clippers. And don’t forget the toilet paper!
  • Towel & wash cloth
  • Razor (unless you WANT to look like a back woodsman)
  • Soap and shampoo

First Aid: camping checklist

  • Burn ointment
  • Band-aids
  • Aspirin/Tylenol etc.
  • Sterile gauze
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Sun lotion
  • Scissors/tweezers
  • Snake bite kit
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Medical tape
  • Prescriptions
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Antiseptic wipes


Kitchen Apparel:

  • Pot scrubber
  • Dish pan
  • Detergent
  • Dish rags

Of course food, and things to eat with, and on, are absolutely essential; including

  • Salt & Pepper
  • Herbs/Spices
  • Cooking oil
  • Cutting board
  • Napkins
  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags
  • Paper cups
  • Knives, Forks & Spoons
  • Tongs and Spatula
  • Pot holder
  • Measuring cup
  • Aluminum foil/Plastic wrap
  • Frying pan
  • Can opener
  • Thermos
  • …. and don’t forget the camping ‘snacks’, like trail mix, peanut butter, popcorn, and stuff that ‘travels’ well.  800px-Camping_by_Barriere_Lake,_British_Columbia_-_20040801


  • LED flashlight
  • Gas lantern
  • Spare lantern
  • Waterproof matches
  • Spare lantern fuel
  • Firewood and/or newspaper

Now, the miscellaneous items can be anything you think might make your journey a bit more comfortable…unless you and your gang are planning a complete Daniel Boone experience, or are the new age Lewis & Clark.

  • Compass
  • Binoculars
  • Whistle
  • Travel clock
  • Swiss army knife
  • Deck of cards
  • Radio
  • Walking stick
  • Duct tape
  • Camera

I’m always available for questions, should you have any. If so, please let me know in the spaces below. 

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  1. This is great article. I have been camping all my life. I think you have covered pretty much everything. A few things I would add to your list is sunglasses, plastic jugs to carry water, stock pan to heat water to wash up, gloves for carrying wood, axe and hand saw for cutting wood. I would recommend leather gloves.

    My family camped out in the woods so we needed to carry fresh water. We carried 5 lb plastic jugs back to the woods.

    Happy camping. Debbie

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