The Ultimate Camping Checklist

Camping in the great outdoors can be an entertaining and relaxing event. That being said, sometimes the packing process can be a little bit of work. To make things as easy and smooth as possible, we’ve created the ultimate camping checklist to help you pack for your camping trip.

This list is meant to be comprehensive. That does not mean you need to pack everything on the list for your trip though. Pick and choose what’s most appropriate for your situation. A couple going backpacking for a week will likely check off a much different list than a family of 4 going camping for the weekend. Better to be reminded of everything than to forget something important!

 

(Click here for a printable checklist!)

 

Ultimate Camping Checklist with printable PDF by Rice Lake, WI tourism

 

General Campsite

 

  • Firewood
  • Fire Tinder
  • Fire Starter / Matches / Lighter
  • Charcoal
  • Candles
  • Tarps in Assorted Sizes
  • Eyelet Repair Kit
  • Rope / Nylon Cord
  • Zip-Ties
  • Stakes / Poles
  • Tent Pol Repair Sleeves
  • Duct Tape
  • Camping Chairs
  • Tent / RV / Pop-Up Camper
  • Tent Footprint
  • Wheel Chocks
  • Hatchet / Axe / Saw
  • Camping Knife
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Hammer / Mallet
  • Compass
  • Sleeping Bags / Sheets & Blankets
  • Sleeping Mats / Cots / Air Mattress & Pump
  • Pillows
  • Folding Table
  • Mat, Rug or Tarp for Tent Entrance
  • Dustpan & Broom
  • Hammock & Ropes
  • Clothing Line & Clothespins
  • Spade / Shovel
  • Bucket
  • Any Necessary Permits or Licenses for Campsite, Campfire, or Vehicles

 

campsite in Northern WI with tents

 

Kitchen

 

  • Cooler
  • Large Water Jug
  • Tin Foil / Plastic Wrap
  • Air Tight Containers and Bags
  • Pots / Pans / Cast Iron Stoves
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Cutlery
  • Cups / Mugs
  • Tea Pot
  • Coffee Pot
  • Dish Soap
  • Dish Rags / Scrubbers
  • Washing Tub
  • Roasting Sticks/Forks
  • Camp Stove & Propane Tanks
  • Toaster Rack or Grill
  • Tongs / Spatula / Serving Spoons
  • Oven Glove or Mitt
  • Trash Bags
  • Water Purifier
  • Table Cloth & Clips
  • Cutting Board
  • Skewers
  • Thermos / Bottles
  • Bottle Opener / Corkscrew
  • Can Opener
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Vegetable Peeler
  • Measuring Cups & Spoons
  • Strainer
  • Toothpicks
  • Cooking Spray
  • Paper Towels
  • Whisk
  • Funnel
  • Drying Rack

 

heating coffee on a grill over a campfire

 

Food

 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

 

Recommendations:

  • Eggs
  • Sausage
  • Bacon
  • Biscuits
  • Oatmeal
  • Cereal
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate Bars
  • Graham Crackers
  • Fruit & Veggies
  • Bread / Crackers/ Bagels
  • Pb&J
  • Lunch Meat
  • Cheese
  • Hot Dogs
  • Burgers
  • Buns
  • Condiments
  • Salt / Pepper / Spices
  • Noodles / Pasta Salad
  • Popcorn
  • Olive Oil
  • Butter
  • Potatoes
  • Baked Beans
  • Pancake Mix & Syrup
  • Milk
  • Water
  • Juice / Soda
  • Tea / Cocoa
  • Beer / Wine
  • Ice
  • Snack Bars & Mixes
  • Sugar
  • Rice
  • Soup

 

cooking meat on a grill over a campfire

 

Clothing / Toiletries

 

  • Shirts / Tanks
  • Moisture Wicking Clothes
  • Pants / Shorts / Capris
  • Socks / Wool Socks
  • Underwear
  • Sweater
  • Jacket / Vest
  • Rain Gear
  • Hiking Boots / Tennis Shoes
  • Sandals or Flip Flops
  • Hat / Bandana
  • Sunglasses
  • Pajamas / Sweat Pants
  • Swim Suit
  • Water Socks / Shoes
  • Long Underwear
  • Gloves
  • Watch
  • Laundry Bag
  • Towels & Hand Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Face Wash
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Body Soap / Wet Ones
  • Nail Clippers / Tweezers
  • Tooth Brush & Toothpaste
  • Cotton Balls / Swabs
  • Comb / Brush
  • Lotion
  • Bug Spray
  • Sunblock
  • Hair Ties
  • Chapstick / Makeup
  • Medications
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Mirror
  • Earplugs
  • Shower Water Bag
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Diapers / Wipes
  • Deodorant
  • Tissues

 

close-up of hiking boots

 

Fishing Gear

 

  • Fishing Rods
  • Fishing Reels
  • Fishing Line
  • Hooks
  • Bait / Lures
  • Tackle Box (Full)
  • Bobbers / Sinkers
  • Net
  • Pliers
  • Fishing License
  • Filleting Knife & Board
  • Hand Towels
  • Bucket
  • Hand Spear
  • Throw Net
  • Stringer
  • Minnow Trap

 

fishing pole, net and tackle box

 

Electronics

 

  • Flashlights / Lantern / Head Lamp
  • Phone
  • GPS
  • Walkie Talkies
  • Radio / Mp3 Player
  • Portable DVD Player
  • DVDs
  • Laptop
  • Generator
  • Batteries (Including Extras)
  • Charging Cords
  • Camera & Memory Card
  • Headphones
  • Portable Fan
  • Book Light
  • Alarm Clock

 

ipod and notebook with pen

 

Misc. Items

 

  • Reservation / Booking Info
  • Map / Directions
  • Playing Cards
  • Board Games/Dice
  • Books
  • First Aid Kit (Bandaids, Ibuprofen)
  • Solar Lights
  • WD40
  • Spare Tire
  • Flares
  • Jumper Cables
  • Seam Sealer Repair Kit
  • Notebook / Pens
  • Bungee Cords
  • Bear Spray
  • Binoculars
  • Whistle
  • Backpack
  • Sewing Kit & Safety Pins
  • Boat / ATV / UTV
  • Life Jackets
  • Swimming Goggles
  • Bicycles / Scooters
  • Yard Games / Sports Balls / Frisbee
  • Kayak / Canoe & Paddles
  • Bug Net
  • Camping Toilet
  • Air Pump
  • Child Carrier / Stroller
  • Pet Food & Bowl
  • Pet Leash & Toys
  • Pet Bed
  • Money / Pay Phone Coins
  • Field Guide / Star Chart

 

2 men canoeing on a lake

 

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Be sure to check out our post on 85+ Fun Family Activities To Do While Camping too!

 




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