Camping Packing List

Checklists for Tenting Excursions

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If you think a camping packing list isn't important, try opening a can of beans with a spork because you forgot the can opener -

assuming that you remembered the spork...and the beans.

Tenting is one of the most self sufficient activities enjoyed in the outdoors. If you didn't pack it you're going to have to get the job done without it.

Using a list ensures that you don't forget something important (like a can opener or a match) that could seriously cramp your camping style.

Cooking & Cleaning - Camping Packing List

  • Matches, lighter, butane torch
  • Cooking tools (flippers, grabbers, stirrers, pokers, etc.)
  • BBQ, camp stove, grill for campfire
  • Cooking fuel
  • Frying pan, Pot
  • Cooking tools (flippers, stirrers & grabbers)
  • Stainless steel coffee percolater (we use it as a teapot too)
  • Bottle/can opener, corkscrew (or a Swiss army knife)
  • Cooler, Ice
  • Zip lock bags, foil, plastic containers with lids
  • Serviettes
  • Table cloth, weights or clamps
  • Plates, bowls, mugs, go cups
  • Eating utensils, serving spoons, Spork
  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board
  • Toothpicks
  • Stainless steel mixing bowl
  • Fire resistant gloves
  • Oven mitts, pot holders
  • Dish soap, cloth, scrubber and towels.
  • Plastic washing bin or bucket
  • Laundry soap
  • Rags, shop towels, paper towels
  • Garbage bags

Tent - Camping Packing List

  • Tent, poles
  • Stakes, rope
  • Sleeping pad, inflatable mattress or cot
  • Bedding or Sleeping bags
  • Pillows
  • Book light
  • Brush or whisk broom
  • Ground cover for under tent
  • Floor mats
  • Tarps for shade and protection from wind & rain

The ground cover should be the same size as the floor of the tent to keep rain from puddling around the edges.

Situate the doorway so that smoke from the campfire won't enter the tent.

Around the Campfire ~ Camping Packing List


  • Axe/hatchet
  • Firestarter, fat sticks, newspaper
  • Long handled lighter
  • Marshmallows, grahams and chocolate
  • Weiner stick, popcorn popper
  • Pie Iron
  • Folding chairs, side table

Be vigilant while campfires are burning. Keep plenty of water handy.

Washing Up & Hygiene - Camping Packing List

  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, brush/comb
  • Toothpicks, floss
  • Towels, face cloths
  • Soap, shampoo, conditioner
  • Toilet paper, tissue, wet wipes
  • Feminine products

Medical - Camping Packing List

  • Prescription medication
  • Inhalers, Epi pens
  • Benadryl
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray, mosquito coils
  • Tylenol, Motrin
  • Vitamins, herbals
  • Bandaids

Go here for a full list of Medical & First Aid items.

Clothing & Gear

  • Cargo pants, Shorts
  • T-shirts, sweater
  • Flip-flops, walking shoes
  • Swimsuit, coverup, undergarments, socks
  • Ball cap, sun hat
  • Daypack, water bottle
  • Rain gear, boots
  • Music - ipod, satellite radio, etc.
  • Musical instruments
  • Warm jacket, vest, wool socks

Activities ~ Camping Checklists

  • PFD's
  • Swimsuits, fins, goggles, beach towels
  • Paddleboard, kayak, canoe, paddles
  • Water toys
  • Butterfly net
  • Bicycle
  • Wagon
  • Dominoes, cards, dice
  • Bocci, frisbee, horseshoes
  • Ball/glove, football, basketball, etc.
  • Kite, remote control toys
  • Compass, maps, GPS
  • Mirror, magnifying glass
  • Inflatables, paddles, pump
  • Fishing gear, licence, bait
  • Golf clubs, racquets

Other Essentials - Camping Checklists

  • Flashlight, headlamp, extra batteries
  • Folding chairs
  • Outdoor carpet or a Outdoor Camping Rug
  • Lantern, fuel, mantles
  • Catalytic Heater , fuel
  • Reminder

    Check here for a list of what to pack in the RV

  • Insect discouragers
  • Batteries
  • Water jugs
  • Camera, cell phone
  • Solar chargers
  • Swiss army knife, Leatherman multi tool
  • Binoculars
  • alaska cruise umbrella and boots

  • Duct tape
  • Hammock
  • Sewing needle, thread and safety pins
  • Solar path light
  • Solar panel
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Small shovel
  • Whistles
  • Travel clock
  • Clothesline/pins
  • Water, filter
  • Timer
  • Skewers
  • Wine glasses
  • Strainer
  • Mosquito netting
  • Firewood - can usually be bought on site.
  • Campfire sandwich toaster

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