The Ultimate Camping Checklist

Before you head out on your long awaited camping trip, know that preparation is key! With some foresight into the kind of trip that you want to have, you will be able to get everything you need together before you go. This will save the stress of forgetting things last minute. We compiled an ultimate checklist so that you will have anything and everything you could want and need while on your camping trip. Of course, depending on the specific activities you plan to do, you may need to add to this list.

Note that this list does not include specific food items. We recommend preparing your menu before you go and doing any pre-work that you can including chopping vegetables and marinating meats.


At Camp

  • Tent including poles and stakes
  • Tent footprint (to protect the tent from the ground)
  • Canopy or tarp to protect from rain or sun
  • Sleeping bags
  • Sleeping pads
  • Air mattress including air pump
  • Pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Lanterns with lantern fuel
  • Headlamps
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Pocket knife
  • Chairs
  • Insect repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • First aid kit
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Soap, shampoo, conditioner
  • Bath towels
  • Other toiletries
  • Any personal medications
  • Campsite map
  • Area information
  • Toilet paper (just in case)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Antibacterial wipes



  • Stove
  • Charcoal (with starter fluid)
  • Firewood (depending what type of stove you have and what your campsite allows)
  • Matches or lighter
  • Grilling rack
  • Pots
  • Frying pan
  • Skillet
  • Oven mitts
  • Cutlery
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Mixing bowls
  • Cups, mugs
  • Water bottles
  • Ice
  • Spatula
  • Serving spoon
  • Cooler
  • Cutting board
  • Roasting sticks
  • Tinfoil
  • Container bags for food
  • Trash bags
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Washing bin
  • Sponge, dish towel, paper towel
  • Bottle opener, corkscrew
  • Portable coffee maker or french press



  • Rain jacket
  • Waterproof pants
  • Breathable t-shirts
  • Athletic pants or shorts
  • Long sleeve shirt (protect from sun/bugs)
  • Pajamas
  • Bathing suit
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Thick socks
  • Sweatshirt
  • Hiking Boots
  • Water shoes
  • Sneakers


  • Camera
  • Playing cards
  • Small board games
  • Portable speakers
  • Pre-loaded iPod or phone
  • Pre-downloaded movies or podcasts
  • Guitar to play around the fire (if you’re so inclined)
  • A book or journal
  • Water balloons or water guns
  • Bikes
  • Hiking Poles
  • Kayaks / canoe / rafts
  • Fishing poles, line, bait
  • A football, a baseball and baseball mitts, a soccer ball, a volleyball, a kickball

Now you’re all set to enjoy your trip!

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