Camping Checklist


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A Master Camping Checklist
A camping list you can make fit your camping needs.

Free printable camping checklist. From lists for camping gear and supplies, to food and kids clothes.

From beginners to veterans – a checklist can make the difference between a camping trip that is as fun as you hoped, or one you suffer through. They can be especially helpful to new campers because they may also suggest camping items you might not have thought of.




As you scan the list below, don’t get overwhelmed – remember, you will not need everything on it. It is intended to include everything you might need, not everything you have to take.

Also, when printed or viewed as a pdf, (links below), this checklist is formatted as a one-page “checkable” checklist

*Note – all shopping links are my own Amazon affiliate links – which I only use to recommend good-quality camping gear – Gus

Complete camping checklist:
Personal gear, Camping equipment, and Camp food & cookware list

Bedding

(essentials)
Sleeping bag w/stuff sack

Sleeping pad/air mattress

(optional)
Pillow/Headrest

Sleeping bag liners

Extra blankets/sheets

Pump for air mattresses

Tip: A pillow isn’t really “optional,” you will want one, even if it is only a small camping-size pillow.

Also, whether it is a comfort or age choice many car campers, (this isn’t gear you want to back-pack into your site), have switched from sleeping pads to inflatable air mattresses/beds. Coleman has an air mattress/cot combo that is rated as an Amazon Choice Top Pick that comes in it’s own gear bag. Take a look and see what is available for your camping comfort.

 
Shelter
(essentials)
Tent

Tent stakes/Guy-lines

Tent ground cloth

(optional)
Tent rain-fly or tarp

Stake mallet and stake puller

Tent light

Entrance door mat/carpet

Sm. Wisk broom – dust pan

Cot(s)

Mosquito/Insect netting

Rope for extra tie-down lines

Extra tent stakes

Duct tape or tent repair kit

Tent-pole repair sleeve

Guy-line markers

Tip: Just like a camping pillow, a tent light isn’t really “optional” unless you are a back-packing or “bare-bones” camper. You can use a flashlight to look around, or make-do, but once you use a tent light you will really appreciate the convenience and versatility ot it.

 
Personal Gear
(essentials)

Backpack/Duffel bag

Clothes (Personal checklist)

Flashlight

Canteen/Water Bottle

Camping knife

Lighter/Waterproof Matches

Drinking Cup

Hat




Personal Gear
(optional)
Personal pocket First Aid kit

Stuff sack for dirty laundry

Small stuff sack for small items

Camp Shoes – Slip-ons

Camp chair/Stool

Headlamp/Hat light

Fork/Spoon

Toilet paper

Insect repellant

Sunscreen

Sunglasses

Camping Multitool

Camera/film/data cards

Fire sparker

Whistle

Compass

GPS unit

Glow Sticks

Extra batteries

Extra shoe/Boot Laces

Safety pins – assorted sizes

Cord – nylon or parachute cord

Lip Balm

Binoculars

Journal/pen/pencil

Book(s)

Deck of cards

Toiletries

(essentials)
Soap

Toothpaste/Toothbrush/Floss

Deodorant

(optional)
Shower shoes/Flip-flops

Shampoo, Conditioner

Pocket mirror

Brush/Comb

Razor/Shaving cream

Aftershave

Face cloth/Hand towel

Shower cap

Nail clippers

Special needs products

Personal medications

Feminine products




Lighting
Lanterns
Extra lantern mantles

Extra lantern fuel

Strike-Anywhere kitchen matches

Lantern – battery powered

Camp flashlight – large

Extra batteries

Table-top Citronella candle

Camp Tools and Accessories
General Campsite

Campsite First Aid kit

Camp chairs

Camp shovel

Camp rake

Camp axe and/or hatchet

Camp saw

Camp pliers – med-size pair

Camp gloves – leather gloves

Camp potable water containers

Camp water bucket (5-gal. Pail)

Tarp for eating/gathering Area

Rope for tarp and guy-lines

Tarp poles/Stakes

Camp shower

Portable camp toilet

Clothesline rope/clothes pins

Extra rope/cord/baling twine

Camp wash basin

Caution tape/White cloth strips

S-hooks, approx. 6 ea. 2″ s-hooks

Assorted bungee cords

Duct tape

Boy Scout Handbook
* it will provide answers/how-to’s
to almost any camping question
you have.

Tip: Once again, something that could be an “optional item” turns out to be something you will soon discover you need and will really appreciate having – a small or folding camp shovel. They are so handy and inexpensive you really should consider adding one to your camping gear.

 
Camp Kitchen and Cooking
Camp stove(s)

Camp stove fuel

Fire grate

Campfire tripod

Gloves – heavy-duty

Folding table(s)

Fire-starter/Firewood

Charcoal/Charcoal lighter fluid

Camping cookware
Skillet(s), Skillet lid

Griddle

Dutch Oven

Pot(s), large, small, lids

Coffee pot

Pie iron(s)

Dutch Oven lid lifter

Cooking Gear/Utensils
Spatula(s), Serving spoon(s)

Tongs

Knife, large, Sm.

Cutting board(s)

Can/Bottle opener

Measuring cup(s)/Spoons

Basting brush

Cups, Bowls, Plates

Forks/Knives/Spoons

Personal mess kit

Campfire roasting forks

Disposables
Trashbags

Paper towels

Toilet paper

Camp Kitchen/Chuck Box
Coffee, Tea

Coffee filters

Powdered creamer

Sugar

Hot chocolate Mix

Instant cold drink mix

Cooking oil

Cooking spray (Pam, etc.)

Salt & Pepper

Spices – personal choices

Pot holders/Hot pads

Corkscrew

Heavy-duty tin foil

Paper towels

Trash bags

ZipLoc bags

Dish soap

Scouring pad

Dish washing tubs




Extras
Water filters

Lantern poles

Charcoal chimney

Camp heaters

Camp flag

Fishing/Sports/Activity gear

Save/Print this camping checklist

*The printable “master” list can be edited, (a customizable MS Word doc), to become your own personalized camping list – just print a copy for each camping trip.

*This is what the printed format looks like.
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Camping Checklist Word doc icon
As a customizable MS Word format

… that you can edit to become a personalized camping list for your camping trips.
Camping Checklist Adobe PDF icon
As a PDF format

… which can also be customized with a PDF editor.
Tip: Be double sure – turn your checklist into an “X” list.

Check items when you gather them, but make that check an “X” as you actually load them. It doesn’t do any good to remember to get extra lantern mantles if you leave them on kitchen counter when you leave.

 

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Ready to plan your meals and food list?

Here are some camp meal ideas, How-to guides, plus, complete weekend menu packages – with formatted grocery lists.

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New to camping, or just starting your planning?

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1st Steps for Planning a Camping Trip Tips

An organized camping trip needs planning! This checklist will walk you through the planning stage – step by step. Almost all public camping areas have camping and campfire regulations/restrictions. To-do’s and No-no’s, you need to know to plan your camping trip!

Here is a printable Camping Trip Planning Checklist:




More individual camping checklists:

Sometimes all you need is a specific individual camping list. Particularly when it comes to personal clothing, food, and supplies.

These checklists are intended to be complete enough to cover almost any type of outdoor camping; from an over-night tent camp out in a local field, to a week-long hunting camp in the mountains, but of course there may be stuff you need to add for your particular needs.

NOTE: Each camping checklist will have printer-friendly options for print-outs in MS Word format that you can edit and customize, or as a PDF doc that you can download and save.




Camping with young kids, toddlers, and babies means it is extra important not to forget those items that are especially important to them.

Whether it is a group outdoor camping event with a base camp, or a hiking trip where it is all on your back, there are some items that are basic/personal and needed no matter what type of outing you are going on.

Being mindful of camping safety and basic First Aid can keep minor issues from becoming major problems. This should be your most important checklist.

 

It’s easy to remember the lanterns and tarps for your campsite, but it’s amazing how often the little things that make camp life easy, (like S-hooks), get forgotten and left behind. This checklist will help.

 
Tents/Shelter Checklist:
A tent camping checklist might seem pretty basic, but you only need to forget one or two small items, and what should have been a pleasure can quickly become an ordeal! Now where are those tent stakes?

Campfire Checklist
This campfire checklist includes the basics needed to build a campfire, and what you need for campfire safety! From a small hiking campfire, to a large group-use campfire.

Campfire Cooking Checklist:
A campfire cooking checklist can be as simple as a fork, spoon, and individual mess kit, to a multi-page full camp kitchen set-up. Just evaluate your single or group meal needs to pack the right items.

How to customize this Master camping checklist

You can customize this to be a camping list tailored to your specific camping gear and equipment.
It is in DOC column format. So all you have to do is add or delete lines and the columns will automatically adjust.
Bingo! You have a camping checklist made Just for you. And it’s FREE. So you can print, (or even change it again), as many copies as you need for each camping trip.

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Note: This free printable camping checklist can also help involve the kids in the family camping trip. You can assign specific sections, or items, to the kids to gather and check off. If you have more than one kid, they can pass around the camping list until all items are gathered.

Don’t just use your checklist to gather your gear – it should be the last thing you look at as you get ready to leave. Scan the camping list to make sure all the stuff you remembered actually got packed and loaded – not left lying on the counter or in the garage.

A checklist isn’t just for remembering what to take, it’s also for remembering to actually take it.

A printable blank grocery checklist for camp food and recipe ingredients for all camp meals and menu items is also available: Free Camp Food Grocery Checklist


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