Camping Check List

Camping Check List

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. 

There’s no doubt about it, camping is a hard work. Organizing gear, getting a reservation, preparing food for several days ahead, packing the car, and making sure there is enough to do to entertain the whole family—it can overwhelm. But it’s worth it! You’re guaranteed to make lasting family memories, enjoy lots of laughs with the family, and get plenty of outdoor time for the kids.

To help you enjoy your camping, we’ve put together some tips for camping with the family and a camping checklist of what to take.

CAMPSITE GEAR

Tent, poles, stakes
Tent footprint (ground cover for under your tent)
Extra tarp or canopy
Sleeping bag for each camper
Sleeping pad for each camper
Repair kit for pads, mattress, tent, tarp
Pillows
Extra blankets
Chairs
Headlamps or flashlights (extra batteries)
Lantern
Lantern fuel or batteries
Camp table (if no picnic table)

KITCHEN

Stove and fuel
Matches/light/firestarter
Firewood
Frying pan
Cook pots (and pot holder)
French press or portable coffee maker
Corkscrew
Tablecloth
Roasting sticks for marshmallows, hot dogs
Food-storage containers, bags
Trash bags
Cooler
Ice
Water bottles
Plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives
Cups, mugs
Paring knife, spatula, cooking spoon
Cutting board
Foil
Biodegradable soap
Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel
Dish towel
Extra bin for washing dishes
Bottle opener, can opener, corkscrew
Sharp knife

CLOTHES

Clothes for daytime
Sleepwear
Swimsuits
Rainwear
Shoes: hiking/walking shoes, easy-on shoes, water shoes
Extra layers for warmth
Gloves
Hats
Socks (synthetic or wool)

Health & Hygiene

Toilet paper
Hand sanitizer
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Toiletry kit
Quick-dry towel
Menstrual products
Prescription medications
First-aid kit or first-aid supplies 
Insect repellant
Brush/comb

OTHER ITEMS

Camera
Campsite reservation confirmation, phone number
Maps, area information
Bikes, toys
Pet supplies and food
Earplugs
Portable camp shower
Cellphone
Credit card and/or cash
ID
Campsite reservation confirmation (if required)

Tell someone of your plans - give details of where you are going and when you expect to return, give directions and possible alternative roads that you may take, provide cell phone numbers, vehicle description and license plate numbers, hand-held radio channel and codes that you will use, and provide local authority phone numbers (State Police, Game & Fish Commission, Sheriff Dept, etc.) for the county or area that you will be in.