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There is nothing I dislike more than choosing a campsite for the night and discovering we forgot to pack the (fill in the blank). It is never worth a trip back home, regardless of what we forgot and sometimes a quick trip into the next town to top up on missing supplies is more costly than it should be. That is why we spent a lot of work on putting together this ultimate checklist for camping. If you forget something after going over this list, maybe you should try something other than camping…lol!

 Camping Essentials Checklist Benefits…

A comprehensive camping essentials checklist is one which evolves over time. The benefits of a checklist make sure you have all the essentials for any outdoor adventure. Whether you are car camping or going ultralight, a comprehensive camping essentials list of necessary supplies and equipment makes a huge difference in the quality of your enjoyment and experience. They are a great tool to help with your organization.

A Camping Checklist Prevents You Forgetting The Essentials You Need…

It’s very easy to forget essential items in the last minute rush -trust me- we used to until we used our camping checklist regularly! Your checklist list will vary depending on the  camping and activities you have planned on. The list will depend on the places you are going to, the time of year, summer, spring, autumn or winter, as well as the length of your trip.

You can always add or remove any items to suit your individual needs. A good camping essentials checklist works as a reminder. You’ll find as you work through your list, you’ll suddenly have a lightbulb moment of what else you need to include!

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Necessities Camping Gear Checklist

This list includes basics everyone needs for hiking out for a few days.

  • Flashlight / head lamp
  • Flashlight Batteries/Extra Batteries
  • Bottled Water
  • Candle(s)
  • Compass
  • Maps/Guides
  • Knife
  • Knife Sharpener
  • Needle/Thread
  • Nylon Cord
  • Nylon Repair Tape/Duct Tape
  • Money/Debit Cards/Travelers Cheques

Food/Cooking Checklist For Camping

This list is a no brainer! Make sure you pack adequate food supplies to keep you energized!

  • Water jugs /containers
  • Bucket
  • Stove / BBQ/ Dutch oven
  • Stove Fuel
  • Pots /pans
  • Coffee pot
  • Pot holders / oven mitts
  • Cooking Oil
  • Cooking Utensils- spatula / tongs / knife / spoon
  • Eating Utensils
  • Matches (in waterproof container)
  • Fire starters
  • Cook Kit
  • Plates / bowls
  • Drinking Cup(s)
  • Spices/Seasonings
  • Powdered Milk
  • Sugar
  • Coffee/Tea/Drink Mixes
  • Dehydrated Foods
  • Trail Snacks
  • Plastic Bags
  • Paper towels
  • Containers for food storage
  • Folding table
  • Camp seats / chairs
  • Ziplock bags
  • Scrub pads / brillo for pots / pans
  • Soap / detergent
  • Dish cloth / tea towels
  • Cutting board
  • Mixing bowl
  • Bottle opener / can opener

Clothing Camping Gear Checklist

Making sure you have a couple of changes of whatever is needed for your trip is important, especially if you get wet!

  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Gloves
  • Shirt(s)
  • Pants
  • Hat/Bandana
  • Parka/Jacket(s)/Windbreaker/Fleece Vest/Sweater(s)
  • Waterproof Rain Gear
  • Swimwear
  • Towels
  • Hiking Boots/Sneakers/Footwear- Extras of everything

Medical Supplies Checklist For Camping

Gashed yourself on rock, use this checklist to create a basic first aid, just in case kit

  •  Sunscreen/Lip Balm
  • Moleskin
  • First Aid Kit
  • Required Prescriptions
  • Medic Alert ID/Info
  • Sunglasses
  • Water Purification Tablets/Filter
  • Insect Repellent
  • Throat Lozenges
  • Cold Medicines

Toiletries Camping Gear Checklist

Some folks like to have the basic toiletries on the trail….

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Toilet Paper
  • Sanitary Napkins
  • Biodegradable Soap
  • Hair Brushes
  • Paper Towels
  • Facial Tissue
  • Wet Wipes
  • Deodorants

Paperwork Camping Gear Checklist

Do you need any particular licenses or permits for where you are heading off to?

  • Fishing Licenses
  • Hunting Licenses
  • Driver’s License
  • Personal ID
  • Passports
  • Fire Permits
  • Camping Permits

Just In Case Checklist For Camping

A few other items to make the trip fun in the evenings or for noting down your experiences today

  • Fishing Gear (Poles, Hooks, Line)
  • Camera
  • Camera Film
  • Cellphone
  • Pens
  • Notebooks/Paper
  • Field Guides
  • Playing Cards
  • Crib Board/Compact Board Games
  • Nylon Water Bag
  • Nylon Bags (for organizing)
  • Washing line
  • Phone List/Emergency Numbers
  • Hammock

Checklists For Camping Evolve Over Time

These are the items we usually pack on one of our usual camping trips. You may find that there are some things on this list that will not apply to your specific activities and you may find that we have not included some items you would pack. We strongly urge you to use our list as a guideline and eventually create your own personal checklist from it.

Here are a few other good comprehensive checklists for camping sites:

A great way to add tasty treats and to lighten pack weight is by packing dried or smoked foods. They add a tasty treat, weigh very little and don’t take much to prepare!

A small gas smoker or dehydrator are handy, not only for camping trips. You can use them to preserve excess produce to enjoy over the colder months.

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