A Camping Checklist For A Successful Trip

checklist for camping

This camping checklist is purposely long, so as to help make it easy to prepare for your next camping trip. When you are going camping it pays to be prepared with all the gear you will need for the trip. Some of the items you’ll need will depend on where you are going, when you are going, who you are going with and for how long. So please feel free to add or subtract from the camping gear checklist provided here. If you see anything you think we are missing please let us know by leaving a comment below.

Shelter:

Tent
Stakes
Tarp for shade and poles
Ground sheet
Mat
Brush/dustpan
Broom
Hammer or mallet
Stake or peg remover
Tent repair kit

Bedding

Sleeping bags (and liners)
Extra blankets
Air mattress/hammock/cot/stretcher/sleeping pad
Pillow
Air pump
Air mattress repair kit

Hygiene

Toothbrush
Tooth paste
Feminine items
Biodegradable Soap
Wash Cloth
Shampoo
Towel
Toilet paper
Razor
Camp Shower

Cooking

Stove/fuel
Matches/lighter
Wood/
Dutch oven
Aluminum Foil
Sticks for hot dogs and marshmallows
Cookware
Pot/Pans
Can Opener
Bottle Opener
Grill
Plates/Bowls/Knives/Forks/Spoons
Chairs
Dining Table/Table Cloth
Dish Rag
Pot Scrubber
Tongs
Mixing Bowl
Coolers
Ice
Re-sealable storage bags
Biodegradable Detergent
Wind shelter
Coffee Maker
Measuring cups and spoons
Water containers
Cutting board

Food

Coffee
Tea
Marshmallows
Water Filters
Water
Seasonings/Sugar/Spices
Breakfast cereals
Meat
Vegetables
Fruit (Dried/Fresh)
Prepared or freeze dried meals
Salt and pepper
Bread and Bagels
Soup Mixes
Milk (powered/fresh)

Clothing

Hats
T Shirts
Jeans
Socks
Shoes/Boots
Sweater
Rain poncho/coat
Under clothes
Swimming gear
Sleep wear

Miscellaneous

First aid kit
Bug spray
Sunscreen
Duct tape
Cord
Binoculars
Camera
Camcorder
Soccer ball
Board games
Cards
Compass
GPS
Maps
Guidebook
Swiss Army Knife
Flashlight
Gas Lantern (with mantles and fuel)
Spare batteries
Pen and paper
Whistle
Fishing Gear
Frisbee
Book
Trash bags
Day packs

Not all the things here could be considered camping essentials, but they all can help in contributing to a successful camping trip. A big consideration as to what you can do without is just how far you will need to carry the stuff when you are setting up camp. You don’t want to be loaded down with stuff. Are there any other items you can’t live without, things we’ve omitted from our camping gear list – may be a hairdryer or personal medications. Please let us know.

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