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.

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In and Around Camp

  • Tent (with stakes and guylines)
  • Tent footprint
  • Tent-pole repair sleeve
  • Sun Shade, tarp or screen house
  • Sleeping bags (with optional liners)
  • Sleeping pads/air mattresses
  • Pad/mattress repair kit
  • Pump for air mattresses
  • Pillows
  • Multi-tool or knife
  • Daypacks
  • Trekking poles
  • Folding chairs
  • Folding table
  • Cots
  • Mallet or hammer (for tent stakes)
  • Headlamps (with extra batteries)
  • Lanterns (with mantles if needed)
  • Lantern fuel or batteries
  • Water filter or treatment tablets
  • Bikes
  • Inflatable boat with paddles and PFDs
  • Fishing gear (and license)
  • Canoeing/kayaking gear

Clothing and Footwear

  • Moisture-wicking T-shirts
  • Moisture-wicking underwear
  • Quick-drying pants/shorts
  • Long-sleeve shirts (for sun/bugs)
  • Sun-shielding hats
  • Swimsuits
  • Bandanas or buffs
  • Boots or shoes suited to terrain
  • Socks (synthetic or wool)
  • Long underwear
  • Sleepwear
  • Insulated jacket or vest
  • Insulated pants
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Rainwear (jacket & pants)
  • Clothesline with clips
  • Water sandals
  • In-camp sandals or booties

Kitchen

  • Stove
  • Windscreen
  • Fuel
  • Fuel bottle(s)
  • Matches/lighter
  • Charcoal (with fire starter)
  • Firewood (if allowed, plus saw or axe)
  • Grill rack
  • Frying Pan
  • Cook pots
  • Pot grabber
  • Dutch oven
  • Portable coffee/espresso maker
  • Hot-cold vacuum bottle
  • Bottle opener/corscrew
  • Can opener
  • Recipes
  • Marshmallow roasting sticks
  • Food-storage containers
  • Resealable storage bags
  • Trash bags
  • Tablecloth and clips
  • Coolers
  • Ice
  • Water bottles
  • Plates, bowls, mixing bowls
  • Mugs/cups
  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • Utensials
  • Paring knife
  • Chef knife
  • Spatula
  • Whisk
  • Kitchen organizer
  • Cutting board
  • Foil
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Pot scrubbers/sponges
  • Collapsible sink
  • Drying rack
  • Hand towels
  • Water container

Food

  • Coffee
  • Cereal/granola/oatmeal
  • Eggs (freeze-dried or fresh)
  • Breakfast bars
  • Batter mix
  • Syrup
  • Butter/margarine
  • Jelly/jam
  • Bread/bagels
  • Meat (fresh and jerky)
  • Soup mixes/bouillon cubes
  • Cooking oil/spray
  • Salt & pepper
  • Spice kit
  • Herbs
  • Tea
  • Milk
  • Cocoa
  • Drink mixes
  • Bottled/canned beverages
  • Energy food (bars, gels, trail mix)
  • Fruit (dried and fresh)
  • Vegetables
  • Cheese
  • Crackers/chips
  • Chocolates/sweets
  • Marshmallows

Personal Items

  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrush/toiletry kit
  • First-aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Prescription medications
  • Lip balm
  • Insect repellant
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Spare glasses/contacts
  • Mirror
  • Brush/comb
  • Cosmetics
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Shower water bag

Other Items

  • Cell phone and charger
  • Camera and memory cards/film
  • Paperbacks/DVDs or e-Books
  • Notebook and pen/pencil
  • Sketchpad and art supplies
  • Radio or Bluetooth speaker
  • Two-way radios
  • GPS receiver
  • Binoculars
  • Campsite reservation confirmation
  • Maps
  • Guidebooks
  • Field guides
  • Star chart/night sky identifier
  • Umbrella
  • Pet tent
  • Pet bed
  • Pet food
  • Pet leash & toys

Fun Stuff

  • Playing cards
  • Frisbee/discs
  • Puzzles (crosswords, etc)
  • Balls (soccer, volleyball, football)
  • Board games
  • Kites
  • Water toys
  • Geocaching materials
  • Electronic games
  • Paddle ball set
  • Glow sticks