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The Great American Camping Checklist

Being prepared before your outdoor adventure usually means having the right supplies and equipment - this, along with who you are camnping with, can make all the difference in the world in your overall enjoyment of your camping trip! We created a little checklist here to assist with your trip organization. what you bring from the list below will vary of course, depending on the kind of activities you've got planned, where  you are going, the time of year and the tempurature, the length of your trip, and so on.

    Tent (with stakes and guylines)
    Tent footprint
    Tent-pole repair sleeve
    Sun shade, tarp or screen house
    Sleeping bags (with optional liners)
    Sleeping pads
    Air mattresses
    Pad/mattress repair kit
    Pump for air mattresses
    Pillows
    Multi-tool or knife
    Daypacks (see our Day Hiking Checklist)
    Trekking poles
    Child carrier
    Rolling jogger
    Folding chairs
    Folding table
    Cots
    Mallet or hammer (for tent stakes)
    Headlamps (with extra batteries)
    Flashlights (with extra batteries, bulbs)
    Lanterns (with mantles, if needed)
    Lantern fuel or batteries
    Water filter or treatment tablets
    Bikes
    Bike trailers
    Inflatable boat with paddles and PFDs
    Fishing gear (and license)
    Canoeing/kayaking gear

Clothing

    Moisture-wicking shirts and underwear
    Long-sleeve shirts (for sun, bugs)
    Sun-shielding hats
    Swimsuits
    Bandanas or buffs
    Boots or shoes suited to terrain
    Long underwear
    Insulating jacket or vest
    Gloves or mittens
    Rainwear
    Clothesline with clips

Cooking

    Stove &  Fuel
    Matches/lighter
    Charcoal
    Firewood
    Grill rack
    Frying pan
    Cook pots
    Pot grabber
    Portable coffee maker
    Hot-cold vacuum bottle
    Bottle opener
    Can opener
    Marshmallow sticks
    Food-storage containers
    Resealable storage bags
    Trash bags
    Tablecloth and clips (or tape)
    Coolers
    Ice
    Water bottles
    Plates, bowls, mixing bowls
    Measuring cups & spoons
    Utensils &  Paring knife
    Spatula
    Cutting board or cutting surface
    Foil
    Dish soap
    sponge
    Portable sink
    Towels

Food

    Coffee
    Cereal/granola/oatmeal
    Eggs (freeze-dried or fresh)
    Breakfast bars
    Batter mix
    Syrup
    Butter/margarine
    Jelly/jam
    Bread/bagels
    Meat (fresh and jerky)
    Soup mixes/bouillon cubes
    Prepared or freeze-dried meals
    Cooking oil/spray
    Salt/pepper
    Tea
    Milk (powdered or fresh)
    Cocoa
    Drink mixes
    Bottled/canned beverages
    Energy food (bars, gels, trail mix)
    Fruit (dried and fresh)
    Vegetables
    Cheese
    Crackers/chips
    Chocolate/sweets
    Marshmallows
    Spice kit
    Herbs
 

Personal Items

    Toilet paper
    Sunscreen
    Lip balm
    Insect repellent
    Hand sanitizer
    Alcohol or antiseptic wipes
    Spare eyeglasses/contact lenses
    Mirror
    First-aid kit (see First-Aid Checklist)
    Prescription medications
    Toothbrush, toiletry kit
    Cosmetics
    Brush/comb
    Eyeshades; earplugs
    Biodegradable soap
    Shower water bag
 

Other Items

    Camera
    Camcorder
    Memory cards/film
    Binoculars
    Campsite reservation confirmation
    Maps
    Guidebook
    Interpretive field guides (flowers, insects)
    Star chart/night-sky identifier
    Pet tent
    Pet bed
    Paperbacks/DVDs or e-Books
    Notebook and pen/pencil
    Sketchpad with art supplies
    Radio or music player with headphones
    Two-way radios
    GPS receiver
    Cell phone
    Travel alarm clock
    Umbrella
    Pet food (with favorite bowl)
    Pet toys (such as Chuckit!)

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