Camping Checklist

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

Free printable 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 – 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

*Checklist line items are clickable for more information and resources.

Sleeping bag w/stuff sack

Sleeping pad/air mattress


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, as a comfort 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 its own gear bag. Take a look and see what is available for your camping comfort.


Tent stakes/Guy-lines

Tent ground cloth

Tent rain-fly or tarp

Stake mallet and stake puller

Tent light

Entrance door mat/carpet

Sm. Wisk broom – dust pan


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 its convenience and versatility.

Personal Gear

Backpack/Duffel bag

Clothes (Personal checklist)


Canteen/Water Bottle

Camping knife

Lighter/Waterproof Matches

Drinking Cup


Personal Gear
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


Toilet paper

Insect repellant



Camping Multitool

Camera/film/data cards

Fire sparker



GPS unit

Glow Sticks

Extra batteries

Extra shoe/Boot Laces

Safety pins – assorted sizes

Cord – nylon or parachute cord

Lip Balm




Deck of cards





Shower shoes/Flip-flops

Shampoo, Conditioner

Pocket mirror


Razor/Shaving cream


Face cloth/Hand towel

Shower cap

Nail clippers

Special needs products

Personal medications

Feminine products


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 that 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)


Charcoal/Charcoal lighter fluid

Camping cookware
Skillet(s), Skillet lid


Dutch Oven

Pot(s), large, small, lids

Coffee pot

Pie iron(s)

Dutch Oven lid lifter

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


Knife, large, Sm.

Cutting board(s)

Can/Bottle opener

Measuring cup(s)/Spoons

Basting brush

Cups, Bowls, Plates


Personal mess kit

Campfire roasting forks


Paper towels

Toilet paper

Camp Kitchen/Chuck Box
Coffee, Tea

Coffee filters

Powdered creamer


Hot chocolate Mix

Instant cold drink mix

Cooking oil

Cooking spray (Pam, etc.)

Salt & Pepper

Spices – personal choices

Pot holders/Hot pads


Heavy-duty tin foil

Paper towels

Trash bags

Ziploc bags

Dish soap

Scouring pad

Dish washing tubs

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.
printable camping checklist
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 the kitchen counter when you leave.



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.



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

Camping Checklist for Kids, Toddlers, and Babies


Items that are basic, personal, and needed no matter what type of outing you are going on.

Personal Gear/Bedding Checklist

kid with camping checklist and gear


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

Camp Safety/First Aid Checklist

camping first aid symbol



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.

Camp Tools/Accessories Checklist:

camp tools


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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, 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 overnight 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.

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.

Handy Camping Gear You Might Like:


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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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