Camping Checklists


Get Yourself Out There

Do you have a trip to the great outdoors planned? Our camping checklists page has everything you need to pick up your life and take it
to the woods or the water's edge.

Once you're there, a camping trip can be profoundly relaxing and connect you to the world in such a meaningful way ... that is if you remembered to bring at least the essentials. And what would a camping trip be without a few items that are strictly for fun?

You could get by on survival mode should you discover that you've forgotten something important when you arrive in the wilderness ... but if you use our list, you won't have to.



Tailor These Lists To Fit Your Camping Needs


So, here it is, a comprehensive list of cooking, sleeping, cleaning, first aid, activities and campfire needs that you can tailor to suit your camping style.

You don't have to pack every item that's included, but it's all here and works equally well for tenters and RV'ers.

We'll even link you to a page that lists all of your camping food needs!


Cooking/Eating - Camping Lists

  • Barbeque, camp stove, grill for campfire
  • Fuel, propane, charcoal
  • Pot, pan, griddle, kettle
  • Strainer (collapsible)
  • Coffee pot, teapot
  • Matches, lighter
  • Bottle/can opener, corkscrew
  • Cooler, Ice
  • Timer
  • Plastic containers, zip lock bags
  • Napkins
  • Table cloth, weights or clamps
  • Placemats
  • Plates, bowls, mugs, go cups
  • Wine glasses
  • Knives, forks, spoons
  • Cooking tools (flippers, grabbers, stirrers etc.)
  • Serving spoons
  • Flame resistant gloves
  • Knife, knife sharpener (we use Wiltshire self sharpening)
  • Toothpicks
  • Skewers
  • Mixing bowl
  • Oven mitts, pot holders
  • Meat thermometer


Sleeping/Tenting - Camping Lists

  • Tent, poles. pegs
  • Sleeping roll, inflatable mattress, cot
  • Sleeping bags/Bedding
  • Pillows
  • Book light
  • Brush or whisk
  • Mosquito netting
  • Ground cover for under tent
  • Floor mats
  • Tarps for shade and rain protection
  • Foot pump for mattress & inflatables


Around The Campfire - Camping Lists

  • Firewood
  • Axe
  • Firestarter, fat sticks
  • Long handled lighter
  • Marshmallows, grahams and chocolate
  • Weiner stick, popcorn popper
  • Newspaper or other non-glossy paper
  • Camp chairs, side table
  • Weiner sticks
  • Other campfire cooking tools

Keep plenty of water handy when campfires are burning.


Washing Up & Hygiene - Camping Checklists

  • Toiletries - Go here for a complete list of personal gear.
  • Garbage bags
  • Dish cloth, soap, towels
  • Plastic washing bin
  • Towels, face cloths, soap, shampoo, conditioner
  • Paper towels, Toilet paper, wet wipes
  • Laundry soap
  • Rags, shop towels
  • Scrub pad


Leave-in conditioner gets the job done without using excess water. That's a big plus when you're camping!


Medical - Camping Checklists

  • Prescription medication
  • Inhalers, Epi pens
  • Reading glasses, sunglasses, extras
  • Contacts and solution
  • Eyeglass/hearing aid repair kit
  • Ear plugs, hearing aids
  • Toothpicks, brush, paste, floss
  • ASA
  • Antacid - Tums
  • Benadryl
  • Tissues
  • Eye drops
  • Aloe Vera, soothing lotions
  • Sunscreen, bugspray
  • Pain relief, Tylenol, Motrin, etc.
  • Vitamins, herbal preparations
  • Day and night cold medication
  • Immodium, Metamucil
  • Water purification tablets
  • Polysporin
  • Hot water bottle


First Aid - Camping Checklists

  • Emergency phone numbers, poison control
  • Flashlight, extra batteries
  • Pen/pencil, paper
  • 1 Barrier device (breathing)
  • 5 Pair non-latex gloves
  • 2 Burn dressings
  • 5 Gauze pads 4X4 and 2X2
  • 2 Pressure dressings
  • 2 Eye patches
  • 1 Abdominal pad
  • 2 Roller gauze
  • 1 Adhesive tape
  • 1 Pair scissors
  • 1 Pair tweezers
  • 1 Triangular bandage
  • 3 Alcohol wipes
  • 1 Each hot and cold packs
  • 1 Space blanket
  • 6 Steri strips, butterfly sutures
  • Bandaids (various shapes and sizes)
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • 1 pocket mask
  • 1 First Aid Guide


Activities - Camping Checklists

  • Life jackets
  • Swimsuits, fins, goggles, towels
  • Kayak/canoe, paddles
  • Tubes, noodles, float toys
  • Bicycle, wagon
  • Dominoes, cards, dice, board games
  • Bocci, frisbee, horseshoes
  • Baseball/glove, volleyball, basketball, etc.
  • Kite, remote control toys
  • Compass, maps
  • Mirror
  • Foot pump for inflatables
  • Fishing gear, license, bait
  • Golf clubs, racquets


Other Important Stuff - Camping Checklists

  • Folding chairs
  • Large piece of outdoor carpet or an Outdoor Camping Rug
  • Lantern, fuel, mantles
  • catalytic heater , fuel
  • Flashlights, headlamp
  • Reminder

    Check out the Road Trip Packing List to find out what should be in your vehicle in case of emergencies.

  • Smoking materials
  • Insect discouragers
  • Foil, wax paper, plastic wrap
  • Folding table & chairs
  • Batteries
  • Scented candles
  • Water jugs
  • Camera, GPS, cell phone
  • Swiss army knife, multi tool
  • Warm clothing, wool socks
  • Binoculars
  • Rain gear, umbrella, gum boots
  • Duct tape, gorilla glue, WD40
  • Hammock
  • Sewing kit, safety pins
  • Solar garden light
  • Solar panel
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Toilet paper, paper towel
  • Small shovel
  • Music - iPod, satellite radio, etc.
  • Musical instruments
  • Travel clock
  • Clothesline/pins
  • Unsalted peanuts (for the squirrels and birds)
  • Water, water filter
  • Whistles
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