Camping Trip Packing List

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camping trip packing list

Do you enjoy going camping but find that you don’t quite go often enough to remember everything you need and, without fail, you forget a handful of useful items? I know I have that very problem. If you can say the same then this camping trip packing list is for you!

DOWNLOAD FILE: Choose to download the following camping trip packing list as a PDF file for easier use. Right-click here to download now. Note that if the file opens in your browser instead then you still need to save the file by choosing “File -> Save” or something similar.

DIRECTIONS: It’s easy to use, categorized, and sorted in alphabetical order. 🙂 Simply print out and check off items as you gather them for your camping trip. There is no need to try and take everything listed; some are just reminders, alternative options, or may not apply to you. Cross off what doesn’t apply. Use the blank spaces to add your own items, if need be.

Feel free to share this post and the PDF file with anyone you like, be they friends, family, co-workers, fellow camping enthusiasts… anyone. Last, if you have suggestions to add for future versions please leave them in the comments section below the post. Thank you. Enjoy!

P.S. you might also enjoy these 35 Survival Foods to Stockpile as a supplemental to this list.

SHELTER / SLEEPING

Air mattresses / cots
Air pump
Eyeshades, earplugs
Hammock, rope
Mallet / hammer
Mattress repair patches
Pillows
Sheets, blankets
Sleeping bags
Sleeping pads
Tent
Tent footprint / tarp
Tent light, fan (and batteries)
Tent poles, stakes (include extra stakes)
Tent rain fly, guylines
Tent repair supplies
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CLOTHING

(for each person)
Bandana
Gloves, mittens
Hat
Lightweight jacket
Long underwear
Pants, shorts
Rain poncho
Sandals (for around camp)
Shirts
Sleepwear
Stocking cap
Sturdy shoes, boots
Sunglasses
Sweatshirt
Swimsuits
Underclothes, extra socks
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WATER

Portable water container (several gallon size)
Water filter / tablets
Water bottles, canteens
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LIGHTING

Flashlights
Glow sticks
Headlamps
Lantern
Lantern fuel or batteries
Lantern mantles / wicks
Lantern pole, hanger
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ELECTRONICS

AM/FM/Shortwave radio
Camera (with extra film and/or memory card)
Cell phone chargers (e.g., car auxiliary charger)
Cell phones
Two-way radios
Video camera
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ENTERTAINMENT

Baseball, gloves, bat
Board games
Deck of playing cards
Fishing gear, bait, license
Football
Frisbee, boomerang
Kites
Paperback books and/or eBooks (on Kindle, iPad)
Puzzles (e.g., crosswords, Sudoku)
Soccer ball
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DAY HIKING

Backpack, fanny pack
Bicycles, helmets, trailer
Binoculars
Compass
Geocaching materials (e.g., coordinates, trinket, etc)
Guidebooks (e.g., plants, wildlife, birds, bugs, etc)
Handheld GPS
Maps
Trekking poles
Whistle
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COOKING / CAMPFIRE

Camp stove
Camp stove fuel (e.g., propane canister)
Campfire grill rack
Cast iron skillet (with lid)
Charcoal briquettes
Cooking utensils (e.g., spatula, tongs, grill brush)
Dutch oven, lid lifter, tripod, pie insert
Firewood (and kindling)
Hot pads / potholders
Lighter fluid
Lighter, butane
Marshmallow skewers
Matches, strike-on-box
Percolator, tea kettle
Tinder (e.g., fire starter bricks, newspaper)
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FOOD PREP / USE

Aluminum foil, heavy duty
Bags of ice
Bottle opener / corkscrew
Can / bottle coolies
Can opener
Coolers
Cutting board, small
Disposable plates, bowls, cups, silverware
Drying rack, collapsible
Food storage containers and/or Ziploc bags
Funnel
Insulated mugs
Measuring cups, spoons
Mixing bowls
Napkins
Paring knife
Permanent marker (to mark names on cups)
Recipes (e.g., Dutch oven)
Tablecloth, disposable
Thermos / vacuum bottle
Utensils (e.g., spatula, ladle, whisk, potato peeler)
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FOOD / DRINK

Beverages (canned, bottles, water, juice, etc)
Bread, bagels, muffins
Butter / margarine
Cereal / granola / oatmeal
Cheese
Cocoa / hot chocolate
Coffee, tea
Cooking oil / spray
Crackers, chips
Eggs
Fruit
Granola / energy bars
Jelly / jam
Meats (including jerky)
Milk (powdered or fresh)
Pancake mix
Seasonings (e.g., salt, pepper, bouillon, etc)
S’mores (graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate)
Soup mixes
Syrup
Trail mix
Vegetables
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CLEANING SUPPLIES

Dish soap
Dish towels
Dust pan and whisk (for cleaning out tent)
Paper towels
Portable camp sink or bins to wash and rinse dishes
Pot scrubber, sponges
Trash bags
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CHILDREN

Blankets
Carrier / stroller
Children’s pain / fever reducer
Diapers, pull-ups, wipes
Toys
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TOOLS / SUPPLIES

Camp saw, hatchet, axe
Duct tape
Gloves, leather-palmed
Knives (e.g., fixed blade)
Multi-tool
Mylar blankets
Sewing kit, safety pins
Shovel, small folding
Umbrella
Wristwatch
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HYGIENE / PERSONAL

Bar soap, shampoo
Brush, comb
Bug spray (e.g., DEET)
Camp shower
Clothesline, clothespins
Deodorant
Facial tissue
Feminine pads
Hand sanitizer
Laundry bag
Lip balm
Mirror, compact
Razor, blades, cream
Shower shoes / flip flops
Spare eyeglasses, contacts, solution
Sunscreen
Toilet paper
Toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash
Towels, large
Washcloths
Wet wipes / alcohol pads
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FIRST AID SUPPLIES / MEDS

Adhesive tape
Antacids (e.g., Tums)
Anti-diarrheal medication
Antifungal foot powder
Antihistamine
Bandages, assorted
Burn cream
Butterfly bandages
Cotton swabs
Dental repair kit
Disposable gloves
Elastic wrap
Eye drops, lubricating
Gauze pads, assorted sizes
Gauze rolls, assorted
Glucose tablets
Hemostatic agent (e.g., QuikClot)
Hot / cold packs
Insect sting / itch relief
Irrigation syringe
Moleskin
Oral rehydration salts
Pain reliever (e.g., Ibuprofen, Tylenol)
Poison ivy scrub
Prescription medications (pack extra few days)
Thermometer, oral
Throat lozenges
Topical antibiotic ointment
Triangular bandage
Tweezers (e.g., for ticks)
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PET SUPPLIES

Collar
Leash
Food
Food / water bowls
Toys
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MISCELLANEOUS

Campsite directions
Campsite map
Campsite reservation info
Citronella candle
Extra batteries (for radio, flashlights, lanterns two-way radios, fans, etc)
Folding camp chairs
Folding table
Identification
Money (cash, credit card)
Notepad, pencil / pen
Personal fans
Utility bags
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ADDITIONAL NOTES

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Author: Damian Brindle

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4 thoughts on “Camping Trip Packing List”

  1. Wood should never be carried in or out of an area.
    Always acquire wood and kindling within the camping area.
    Share any left over wood with others camping when you leave,
    don’t just leave it at the site as the campground may get rid of it.

    Wood carries and harbors diseases and insects. You may inadvertently bring something
    Into and area that has managed to keep the issue out, or bring it home with you just
    by carrying wood.

    Wood should be harvested or purchased as close to your camping area as possible.

    1. You certainly make a good point but it’s hard NOT to do so when the campgrounds charge ridiculous prices for small bundles of wood and/or often have rules against procuring firewood within the campground.

    2. We bring a lot of lumber wood for our campfires. It burns fast and makes great hot ashes for aluminum foil dinners and smores.

  2. I think this is an excellent, well thought-out list. However, I would give one warning in the use of “QuikClot” type of items. One it is applied, it can only be removed by a medical doctor because it bonds to the skin, so it is not for use for minor cuts and scrapes unless you want to go to the ER to get it removed. But as a life saving substance for major bleeding – it works. You just have to use it cautiously and according to the instructions on the package.

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