Camping Checklist


Now that winter is finally over, it’s time to spend more time in the great outdoors! There are few better ways to do that than camping. Camping is a great way to get outside with family and friends or even by yourself. You can go camping in many state and national parks, at private campgrounds, in the backcountry or even in your own backyard. Camping can be really fun, but it can also be hard work. Especially, if you aren’t prepared with everything that you’ll need. So, here is a great checklist to review before you pack up and head out into the great wide open.


  • Tent
  • Tent Stakes/Lines
  • Tent Ground Cloth/Tarp
  • Stake Mallet and Stake Puller
  • Cot
  • Mosquito Netting
  • Extra Rope
  • Extra Tent Stakes
  • Entrance Mat


  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad/Air Mattress
  • Pillow
  • Sleeping Bag Liners
  • Extra Blankets
  • Air Mattress Pump

Personal Camping Gear

  • First Aid Kit
  • Any Toiletries You’ll Need (soap, deodorant, toothpaste/brush, hair brush, feminine products, etc.)
  • Dirty Laundry Bag
  • Camp Shoes
  • Lights
  • Cutlery
  • Toilet Paper
  • Bug Spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Fire Starter (matches, lighter, flint/steel)
  • Extra Batteries
  • Compass
  • Lip Balm
  • Binoculars
  • Safety Pins
  • Extra Boot/Shoe Laces
  • Foul Weather Activities (book, cards, journal, etc.)
  • Food (stock up on snacks here!)

Camping Tools and Accessories

  • Camp Chairs
  • Camp Shovel
  • Axe or Hatchet
  • Pliers
  • Cooking Gear
  • Gloves (leather work gloves)
  • Bucket and/or water containers
  • Camp Shower
  • Duct Tape
  • Bungee Cords
  • Reference Book of Plants and Animals in the Area

If there is anything you think we’ve forgotten or a must have item that you never go camping without, please leave and comment and let us know.

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