Essential Camping Gear Checklist

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Essential Camping Gear Checklist

Below is an extended gear list for camping trips. Some of the items are handy things I have come across over the years and some are items I have not ever had to use on a trip. 

Do your research on the location you are traveling to for your outdoor trip. Do they have a nearby general store for essentials? Is there food nearby or will you cook every meal at camp? Will you be fully exposed to the sun during the day or is there tree coverage? What is the duration and predicted weather?

Take the approach of being over-prepared rather than under-prepared.

General

Tent, poles, stakes, footprint

Sleeping bags and pads

Air mattresses and pump (or cots)

Repair kit for tent, sleeping bags, and air mattress

Pillows

Multi-tool or knife

Backpacks

Folding chairs

Folding table

General tools, hammer for tent stakes

Headlamps and flashlights (with extra batteries)

Water filter or treatment tablets

Clothing

Clothes for daytime

Sleepwear

Swimsuits

Rainwear

Shoes: hiking/walking shoes, easy-on shoes, water shoes

Extra layers for warmth

Gloves

Hats

Kitchen (depends on needs)

Stove, fuel

Matches/lighter

Firewood

Frying pans

Pots

Portable coffee / espresso maker

Food-storage containers / Resealable storage bags

Trash bags

Tablecloth and clips (or tape)

Coolers

Ice

Water bottles

Plates, bowls, mixing bowls, paper towels, mugs/cups

Utensils, spatula

Cutting board

Foil

Soap

Sponge, quick-dry towels

Collapsible water container(s)

Food

Coffee, tea

Eggs

Breakfast bars

Jelly/jam/peanut butter

Bread/bagels

Meat (fresh and jerky)

Cooking oil/spray

Salt/pepper

Energy food (bars, gels, trail mix)

Fruit (dried and fresh)

Vegetables

Crackers/chips

Chocolate/sweets

Personal Items

Toilet paper

Sunscreen

Lip balm

Insect repellent

Hand sanitizer

First-aid kit

Prescription medications

Toothbrush, toiletry kit

Soap

Sunglasses

Other Items

Camera, Camcorder

Memory cards/film

Binoculars

Bluetooth speaker

Campsite reservation confirmation

Maps, area information

Pet tent

Pet bed

Two-way radios, GPS receiver

Cell phone

Chargers

Umbrella

Pet supplies

Fun Stuff

Inflatable boat with paddles or tube for floating

Fishing gear (and license)

Canoeing/kayaking gear

Frisbee

Football

Volleyball

Corn hole

Kites

Board games

Water toys

Bikes

Playing cards

 


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