Packing List for Camping

Packing List for Camping

Suttle Lake CampgroundI have to keep around a Camping Packing list of everything to take camping, because otherwise I’ll forget the most important thing like the camping tent!  Until last week I had my list on my phone. When the phone went dead I lost my list. I decided to make another here on my blog that way it is always handy and I can’t lose it again!

Medicine is always at the top of any packing list, because unfortunately we’ve had at least two camping trips cut short because we forgot our daughter’s medicine.

Here is my list of essential Camping Gear!

Medicine: Prescription, allergy medicine, anti bug itch cream, pain reliever, heartburn tablets

Air Mattress
Air pump
Sleeping Bags (Winter weight)



Glow Sticks


Headlamps – LED Headlamp Flashlight. With this headlamp, you can take a walk at night and be able to see where you are stepping and view all the activity of nature going on around you. Plus, being LED means that it will be a brighter light that lasts longer too!  Lighter

Roasting sticks



Gram crackers

Baby wipes

Hand sanitizer






Citronella candle

Mosquito spray


Ice chest

Bag of ice

Block of ice
Frisbee and other outdoor toys

Scooters (if there is sidewalk)

Games: Deck of cards, Uno, Head Banz
Camping Stove preferably one with a coffee maker

Camping Cookware Set Charcoal

Paper plates

Paper towels


Bungee cords

Trash bags



Jackets & fleece pullovers
Hiking shoes
Shower shoes (we use flip flops)
Life jackets


SPF Shirt

Emergency Survival Kit. Life happens. You never know when you will be in an emergency situation where you need help, but with this kit, you will be prepared just in case.

Lightweight Travel, Hiking BackpackBe prepared and able to pack whatever items you for a possible day hike or bike ride. You need one that is lightweight, but it offers room for your necessities, bonus it’s waterproof as well. If you get caught in some rain, you may feel the effects, but your personal items can stay nice and dry.

Free Printable Camping Packing List

For those of you that like to be able to print off a checklist I have created this simple camping packing list that you can check off. No two families are alike, but this at least covers the basics!

Camping Trip Packing list - free printable

How to make camping easier!

There are a few ways to make your camping trip easier on yourself. For example, did you know that they have tents that are super easy to set up called Instant Tents. The same thing goes for a lot of the items like a hammock set up in a little bag.  Here is a list of camping hacks to make the entire event easier on yourself.

  1. Get an instant pop up tent.
  2. Before you leave the house, prepare as much food as possible. Chop, dice, measure, and mix what you can.
  3. Use some rope to create a clothesline between two trees.  It’s ideal for drying towels and clothes.
  4. Use small bungee cords to hang paper towels up under the awning.


By | 2018-04-18T16:37:20+00:00 August 12th, 2011|travel gear, Travel Tips|0 Comments

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Meagan is the author and host of Mommy Travels, a family travel and lifestyle blog. She has been traveling the world with her three kids for over a decade and loves sharing her adventures and tips with others.

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