Camping Checklist

Camping is a very enjoyable activity, whether it's camping with the family, as a couple, or just by yourself. It's our experience that every camping trip is something to remember for good or bad. There's nothing worse than setting up camp and realizing you forgot some crucial items back at home. Perhaps more than anything else, poor planning will make your camping trip one of frustration and irritation. Use the camping supply checklist below to make sure you have the necessary camping equipment to make your camping experience a good one.

The camping checklist below is meant for someone who is tent camping, although there are items that are practical for any type of camping trip. Everybody's needs are different and chances are you won't need every single piece of camping gear on the checklist, but it should help you not to forget any of the most important stuff.

You can print this page to use as your camping supply checklist, or for a little neater version you can click here for a PDF version to download and print. Happy camping!

Kitchen

Food Preparation
[  ] Spatula
[  ] Cutting Knife
[  ] Large Serving Spoon
[  ] Tongs
[  ] Strainer
[  ] Can opener/bottle opener
[  ] Pots and frying pans with lids
[  ] Griddle
[  ] Potholders/oven mitts
[  ] Plastic Utensils (forks, spoons, knives)
[  ] Plates & bowls/paper plates & bowls
[  ] Mugs/paper cups
[  ] Mixing bowl
[  ] Measuring cups
[  ] Cutting board
[  ] Soup Ladle
[  ] Coffee Pot
[  ] Cooking oil/Pam spray
[  ] Cork Screw
[  ] Skewers/grill forks
[  ] Pie irons
[  ] Potato peeler

Cooking
[  ] Stove
[  ] Propane/Fuel
[  ] Matches/lighter
[  ] Charcoal/firewood/buddy burner
[  ] Dutch oven/tin can stove/box oven/etc
[  ] Campfire grill/BBQ grill
[  ] Folding table

Cleaning
[  ] Sponge/Scrubber
[  ] Dish Pan
[  ] Dish Soap
[  ] Dish Rags/Towels
[  ] Rubber Gloves

Storage/Miscellaneous
[  ] Large water jug & water bucket
[  ] Containers for food storage
[  ] Cooler(s)
[  ] Tablecloth/thumb tacks/clips
[  ] Heavy-duty aluminum foil
[  ] Ziplock bags
[  ] Plastic grocery bags
[  ] Paper towels
[  ] Napkins
[  ] Trash bags
[  ] Thermos

Food & Drink

Condiments
[  ] Catsup
[  ] Mustard
[  ] Mayo - Small jar or squeeze bottle
[  ] Relish

Breakfast
[  ] Pancake Mix - Krusteaze, 1/2 cup per person per day (need large skillet)
[  ] Frozen hashbrowns in the bag
[  ] Eggs - 1-2 per person per day, fresh or powdered
[  ] Syrup - About 2 oz per person per day
[  ] Malt-o-meal, or Cream of Wheat
[  ] Oatmeal - Instant single serving packs
[  ] Bacon - 2 slices per person per day
[  ] Ham
[  ] Cereal

Lunch/Dinner
[  ] Hot dogs & buns
[  ] Hamburger meat (pre seasoned and ready to cook)
[  ] Hamburger Buns
[  ] Vienna Sausages
[  ] Peanut Butter & Jelly
[  ] Deli meat slices (Turkey, Ham, Salami)
[  ] Noodles (Spaghetti, Angel Hair, Ramen, or shells)
[  ] Spaghetti Sauce (In jars or dehydrated)
[  ] Soup/Chili (mix or cans)
[  ] Tuna
[  ] Corn on Cob
[  ] Taco Stuff (Meat, seasoning package, olives, lettuce, tortillas, buns)
[  ] Lil Smokies
[  ] Steak
[  ] Chicken Breasts
[  ] Fixin's for stew
[  ] Beans

Staples
[  ] Butter (1/2 stick per person per day)
[  ] Potatoes (1-2 per person per day -- freeze dried if packing)
[  ] Bouillon cubes (Chicken & Vegetable)
[  ] Rice packages
[  ] Onions
[  ] Lemons
[  ] Mushrooms
[  ] Tomatoes
[  ] Bread (One or two loaves per day if camping with a small group)
[  ] Cheese (String, Cheddar, Swiss, American)

Snacks
[  ] Fruit - Small fruit cups or fresh fruit
[  ] Veggies - carrot/celery sticks daily
[  ] Nutri Grain Bars/Granola Bars
[  ] Chips/Dip/Salsa
[  ] Trail Mix
[  ] Nuts
[  ] Yogurt
[  ] Jiffy Pop or Regular Popcorn

Beverages
[  ] Tea Bags
[  ] Coffee
[  ] Milk
[  ] Juice
[  ] Water
[  ] Hot Chocolate
[  ] Drinks (soft drinks, Iced Tea, Lemonade, Kool-Aid)
[  ] Beer

Miscellaneous
[  ] Cooking Oil (About 1 oz per person per day)
[  ] Ice
[  ] Seasonings
[  ] Salt/Pepper
[  ] Sugar
[  ] Marshmallows, Graham Crackers & Hershey Bars (S'mores)
[  ] Parmesan cheese

Personal

[  ] First Aid Kit (see section below)
[  ] Sewing kit
[  ] Soap
[  ] Deodorant
[  ] Comb/Brush/Hair products
[  ] Razor
[  ] Tissues
[  ] Toilet paper
[  ] Toothbrush/Toothpaste
[  ] Wet wipes
[  ] Shower shoes/Flip Flops
[  ] Towels/Washcloth
[  ] Chapstick/Lip Balm
[  ] Insect Repellent
[  ] Sunglasses
[  ] Sunscreen
[  ] Feminine products
[  ] Shower bag or 5 gallon bucket
[  ] Camping shower/shower pump
[  ] Personal medications

Miscellaneous

Necessities
[  ] Flashlight/bulbs
[  ] Batteries
[  ] Clothes pins
[  ] Lantern with fuel/mantles
[  ] Lantern Pole/Hanger
[  ] Pocket Knife
[  ] Citronella candles
[  ] Rope/Clothes Line
[  ] Camp Chairs
[  ] Backpack/Fanny Pack
[  ] Duct Tape/Electrical Tape
[  ] Scissors
[  ] Watch
[  ] Cell Phone/Charger & 2-way radios/walkie talkies
[  ] Camera/Battery/Film/Video
[  ] Fire Extinguisher
[  ] Canteen/Water Bottle

Tools/Utilities
[  ] Small shovel
[  ] Compass
[  ] Whistle
[  ] Misc. tools
[  ] Work gloves
[  ] Bungi cords/straps

Informational Items
[  ] List of important phone numbers
[  ] Maps/directions
[  ] Reservations info./confirmation
[  ] Park map/guidebooks/trail maps
[  ] Money/ID/Credit Card/Quarters
[  ] Notepad/pen
[  ] Spare car/truck/boat/rv keys

Entertainment
[  ] Cards/Games/Toys
[  ] Books/Magazines
[  ] Musical instruments/song books
[  ] Bikes/Scooters/Helmets
[  ] Radio
[  ] Sports gear (baseball, football)
[  ] Fishing gear/license/bait

Miscellaneous
[  ] Torches
[  ] Binoculars
[  ] Water filters/purification/treatment
[  ] Travel alarm clock
[  ] Hammock
[  ] Umbrella
[  ] Collapsible drying rack
[  ] Life jackets
[  ] Toothpicks

Sleeping/Shelter

[  ] Blankets
[  ] Mallet/Hammer
[  ] Sleeping Mats/Air Mattress (air pump)
[  ] Repair kit for air mattress
[  ] Pillow
[  ] Poles/stakes
[  ] Rain Fly/Tent Topper
[  ] Sleeping bag
[  ] Tarp
[  ] Tent
[  ] Whisk Broom
[  ] Mat for tent entrance
[  ] Utility bags for storage
[  ] Shade Tarp (with poles/rope/stakes)

Fire

[  ] Axe
[  ] Bucket
[  ] Kindling
[  ] Matches
[  ] Newspaper
[  ] Shovel
[  ] Wood

Basic First Aid

Basics
[  ] Misc. Band Aides/bandages
[  ] Triangular bandages
[  ] Ace bandages
[  ] Roll bandages
[  ] Adhesive tape
[  ] Antiseptic wipes
[  ] Antibiotic cream
[  ] Sterile gauze pads
[  ] Cotton swabs
[  ] Heat/cold packs
[  ] Tweezers
[  ] Safety pins
[  ] Scissors
[  ] Burn ointment
[  ] Hydrogen Peroxide
[  ] First aid manual
[  ] Ipecac
[  ] Aspirin/Ibuprofen/Tylenol/Naproxin
[  ] Anti-acids (Tums, Rolaides)
[  ] Personal medications

Extra
[  ] Bee Sting Kit
[  ] Snake Bite Kit
[  ] Eye Drops
[  ] Sinus medications
[  ] Poison Ivy cream/cleansers
[  ] Latex gloves
[  ] Sterile compresses
[  ] Antibacterial soap
[  ] Splinting materials
[  ] Thermometer
[  ] Coins for emergency phone calls
[  ] Antibiotic soap
[  ] Butterfly bandages
[  ] Razor blades
[  ] Twine
[  ] Plastic bags
[  ] Mole skin for blisters
[  ] Small bottle of water
[  ] Sunburn lotion
[  ] Road flares
[  ] Blanket
[  ] Other personal needs
[  ] Nail Clippers
[  ] Small Mirror

Camping with Children

[  ] Current photos of the children in case they get lost
[  ] Diapers
[  ] Swim Diapers
[  ] Wipes
[  ] Bottles/Sippy Cups
[  ] Playyards
[  ] Jogging strollers
[  ] Backpack carriers
[  ] MANY sets of clothing
[  ] Extra pair(s) of shoes
[  ] Formula
[  ] Jar foods
[  ] Gerber toddler foods
[  ] Hats
[  ] Toys,
[  ] Favorite blanket or stuffed toy (very important!)
[  ] Powdered milk (for children that have outgrown formula)
[  ] Snacks
[  ] Storybooks
[  ] Baby Hammock
[  ] Baby Swing
[  ] Kid-safe Bug spray
[  ] Sunblock
[  ] Portapotty with grocery bag liner (easy cleanup)