Our Complete Camping Checklist

Planning a camping trip doesn’t have to be hard. You only need to pick a date, find a campground, pack your gear, buy the food you need, and hit the road. Sounds simple, right? It actually is if you are well prepared.

If you’re thinking about going into the woods or camp at the beach for any extended length of time, you’re going to want to have the basics. However, if you’re a first-time camper, you may not know precisely what “the basics” are.

Whether you’re a new camper or a veteran, we are sharing below the complete camping checklist we personally use.

We’ve covered everything you need to be utterly prepared for the ultimate outdoor adventure. We’ve also created a printer-friendly version you can download here!

Camping Checklist

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Complete Camping Checklist

Shelter

These are the basic items you’ll need to protect yourself from the elements. These may vary depending on weather conditions.

  • Tent
  • Ground Tarp
  • Shade tarp/poles
  • Spare stakes
  • Hammer
  • Screen house

Bedding

These are the basic items you’ll need to stay warm and comfortable while sleeping in the wild. These may vary depending on the season.

  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillows
  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Sleeping pad and/or air mattress
  • Air Pump
  • Hammock

Clothing

Check the weather and pack according to the weather conditions.

  • T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Jeans/pants
  • Sweater
  • Jacket
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Shoes/boots
  • Sandals/flip flops
  • Hat/cap
  • Swimsuit
  • Pajamas
  • Rain gear
  • Gloves
  • Laundry bag
  • Laundry detergent
  • Clothes pins

Personal Hygiene

Camping doesn’t mean you absolutely need to rough it. These are the basic items that will help you stay fresh while you camp.

  • Toothbrush/ Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Washcloths
  • Towels
  • Tissues
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm
  • Hair Brush/comb
  • Nail clippers
  • Razor/blades
  • Small mirror
  • Toilet paper
  • Sanitary pads/tampons
  • Shower bag

Camp Kitchen – Gear

You don’t have to be a gourmet Chef to camp. These are the basic items that will allow you to cook up some pretty decent meals.

  • Frying pan
  • Pot
  • Kettle
  • Thermos
  • Cooler/ice
  • Camping stove
  • Camping grill
  • Charcoal or wood
  • Propane bottle
  • Smoker
  • Pie irons
  • Lighter or Matches
  • Fire starters
  • Folding chairs
  • Folding table
  • Table cloth

Camp Kitchen – Chuck Box

Fill the chuck box with the basic supplies and dry ingredients you may want to bring to prepare your meals.

  • Salt and pepper
  • Cooking oil
  • Herbs and spices
  • Ground coffee
  • Paper towel
  • Napkins
  • Tongs and spatula
  • Wooden spoon
  • Aluminum foil
  • Measuring cups
  • Utensils
  • Skewers
  • Grill forks
  • Potholders
  • Plates/bowls
  • Mugs
  • Plastic cups
  • Knives
  • Scissors
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Cutting board
  • Can opener
  • Cork screw
  • Zip lock bags
  • Plastic containers
  • Trash bags
  • 2 Tubs for dishwashing
  • Dish soap
  • Sponge & scrubber
  • Dish rag
  • Dish towel

First Aid Kit

Being out in the great outdoors is a wonderful experience but it doesn’t come without risks. A well-stocked first aid kit has more than band-aids. You don’t want to be out in the woods when you find out you don’t have what you need to treat an injury. Here are the basic items you should have in your first aid kit:

  • Personal medications
  • Aspirin, Tylenol or Ibuprofen
  • Bug repellent
  • Antihistamine
  • Sinus medication
  • Antacids (Rolaids)
  • Imodium
  • EPI pen
  • Bandages
  • Medical tape
  • Sterile gauze
  • Elastic wrap
  • Burn ointment
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Saline solution
  • Latex gloves
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Thermometer
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Safety Pins
  • Bee sting Kit
  • Snakebite kit
  • Sewing kit
  • Phone numbers of local hospital and emergency care

Camping Tools & Accessories

  • Sunglasses
  • Cell phone/charger
  • Backpack
  • Rope
  • Pegs
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Flashlight/headlamp
  • Lantern
  • Park/trail maps
  • Spare batteries
  • Candles
  • Batteries
  • Solar Panel
  • Binoculars
  • Bungee cords
  • Tools
  • Pocket knife
  • Small shovel
  • Repair Kit
  • Duct tape
  • Water filters
  • Whistle
  • Pen and paper
  • Broom & dustpan

Recreation

These are additional items you should plan to bring depending on the type of activities you enjoy doing. Research the area where you’ll be camping to see what activities you can do.

  • Camera
  • Deck of cards
  • Board games
  • Frisbee
  • Ball
  • Badminton kit
  • Lawn games
  • Kite
  • Books
  • Bikes/helmet
  • Hiking gear
  • Fishing gear
  • Snorkel gear
  • Flotation devices
  • Life Jacket

Exploring the world around you is fun and shouldn’t be stressful. Take care to follow this checklist to be fully prepared, and you’re sure to have a great time on your first trip, and every trip afterward.

If there are any other camping items you think we should add to this list, please let us know in the comments below. Happy camping!

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