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Camping Checklist

Complete Listing of Essential Gear

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Below is a camping checklist of essential and optional camping gear to consider packing for your next camping trip. Use the print version to tailor your own camping checklist.

Shelter and Bedding (essentials)

  • tent
  • tarp
  • sleeping bag
  • sleeping pad
  • headrest

Shelter and Bedding (optionals)

  • books
  • cot
  • comforter
  • throw rug
  • pillow

Cooking and Dining (essentials)

  • water
  • food
  • cooler
  • camp stove
  • mess kit
  • can opener
  • charcoal

Cooking and Dining (extras)

  • charcoal chimney
  • smoker
  • Dutch oven
  • hot dog sticks
  • pie irons
  • folding chairs
  • folding table
  • table cloth
  • butane lighter
  • screen room
  • chuck box

Chuck Box Items

  • salt and pepper
  • herbs and spices
  • cooking oil
  • pot holders
  • paper towels
  • napkins
  • plastic trash bags
  • tongs and spatula
  • aluminum foil
  • measuring cups
  • plastic silverware
  • paper plates/bowls
  • plastic cups
  • zip lock bags
  • knives
  • cutting board
  • cork screw

First Aid Kit

  • personal medication
  • bandages
  • aspirin, Tylenol
  • medical tape
  • sterile gauze
  • elastic wrap
  • antibiotic wipes
  • antiseptic cream
  • burn ointment
  • sunburn lotion
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • scissors
  • tweezers
  • eye wash
  • sanitary napkins
  • snake bite kit

Personal Hygiene

  • tooth brush
  • tooth paste
  • wash rag(s)
  • towel(s)
  • soap
  • comb/brush
  • nail clippers
  • razor
  • toilet paper

Cleaning Items

  • broom
  • dust pan
  • whisk broom
  • lawn rake
  • dish pan
  • detergent
  • dish rags
  • pot scrubber

Clothes

  • t-shirts
  • shorts
  • jeans/pants
  • socks
  • shoes/boots
  • camp shoes
  • hat/cap
  • sweater
  • rain poncho
  • underwear
  • swim suit
  • laundry bag

Miscellaneous Items

  • binoculars
  • bird guide
  • bug spray
  • bungi cords
  • camera
  • candles
  • cards, games
  • cell phone
  • clothes pins
  • compass
  • duct tape
  • fishing gear
  • flashlight
  • frisbee
  • GPS
  • kites
  • knife
  • lantern
  • matches
  • pen and paper
  • rope
  • shower bag
  • sun block
  • tools
  • water filters
  • whistle
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