Camping / Tents / Tent Vacation Packing List
I learned that from my many camping trips, I want to share my experiences with you so that you always have everything with you.
I was about 13 years old when I was camping with a friend and her family. At that time I got a taste for it and from then on very often returned to exactly the same campground. I find nothing nicer than spending the night in a tent at the campsite under trees, by the sea or by the lake. Then as now, I like to go to the Baltic Sea on the island of Ruegen. At times I camped there with friends, now I’m there with my partner, but we still see some friends there every year.
Setting up the tent directly behind the dunes is a highlight for me and for many other hobby and professional campers every year. In the meantime, I have gained a lot of experience with the equipment that is required. Admittedly, one would get by with less clutter. But when I’m on site for two weeks, I want to have it a bit comfortable and luxurious – I admit that. What you can or have to take with you to camp is shown below on my camping checklist to check off! Reasonable pegs, mosquito spray, sunscreen, camping chair and table, as well as camping dishes and can openers – the packing list is long if you want to take care of yourself and not just live from cans. So that nothing is missing when camping with the family, at the festival or with friends, go through the packing list for the tent vacation in peace. The best thing to do is start with a few weeks before your camping holiday, so that your subconscious can go in and think about things you may have forgotten.
Money & finance
Of course, you also need bars at the campsite to shop or eat at the local supermarket, if necessary. You should research in advance whether there is an ATM. If you camp abroad, you need foreign currency and your EC or credit card to withdraw money. It is practical in my eyes if you take 2 wallets with you, e.g. B. a breast bag and a small wallet for your pocket. So you don’t always have to carry all the money with you. This in turn reduces the likelihood of losing all your money at once. It is also useful to save the bank’s emergency numbers on your cell phone beforehand if you have problems with your cash cards. Sometimes you camp in remote areas and can then be difficult to research on the Internet in an emergency.
Chest bag with RFID blocker
Bank emergency phone numbers
Even if things are a little more rustic when camping, you still need a few hygiene items. Depending on your needs, hair and skin care, toothbrushes and razors are included. If you are camping in the wild, biodegradable soaps, toilet paper and possibly washing powder are advisable. I handle the cosmetics in a similar way to the wallets: I have a hanging wash bag, which I usually leave in the tent. I have everything in there, from make-up to nail scissors. When I make my way to the sanitary island, I only take what I really need in a cloth bag. Of course you can also take the entire toiletry bag with you if you don’t always want to sort it back and forth. In any case, the toilet bag should be hanging, because there is not always enough storage space in the shared showers and toilets. It is not uncommon for everything to be a bit under water, which is why we are grateful for every hook.
♀ Apres lotion (travel size)
♀ Hairbrush / comb
Deodorant (travel size)
Travel set: shampoo, conditioner etc.
Disposable seat pads
♀ hair tie
Contact lenses + accessories
Toiletry bag / laundrette
♀ Labello / lip balm
Nail care set including tweezers (for ticks)
Shaver for travel
♀ Make-up utensils / make-up wipes
Sunscreen (travel size)
♀ Tampons / feminine hygiene products
♂ Contraceptives / condoms
♀ contraceptive / pill / condoms
Detergent for travel
Toothbrush + toothpaste for travel
Nowhere is comfortable and functional outdoor clothing as important as when camping. Anyway, my packing list always has a number of jackets for different weather conditions that I can put on and take off according to the onion principle. The most important are fleece, softshell and rain jackets. I also always have functional underwear (also for hiking and sports) with me. I also discovered mosquito-proof trekking pants for me. I am very often bitten by mosquitoes, but mosquito-proof pants cannot bite through the beasts. That’s why I wear them especially in the evenings when mosquitoes are particularly active. In addition, your bathing suit should of course not be missing from the packing list if you camp near a lake or by the sea. I have often camped on the Baltic Sea, so bathing for camping is always part of it for me. Whether a bathrobe belongs on the packing list is a question of belief. It takes up a lot of space, but is nice and cozy and practical on the way to the Sani Island. Otherwise, depending on the weather, you shouldn’t forget a hat or baseball cap and sunglasses!
Swimwear (for her, for him)
Fleece pullover / jacket (for her, for him)
Functional underwear made of merino wool (for her, for him)
Belt (light, with money compartment)
Pants / shorts, short (for her, for him)
Pants / Jeans, long (for her, for him)
Hat / caps / hats
Outdoor shirt, short, made of merino wool
♂ Outdoor shirt, mosquito-proof
♀ Outdoor blouse, mosquito-proof
Rain jacket / rain cape (for her, for him)
Trekking pants, mosquito-proof (for her, for him)
Hiking / functional socks, mosquito-proof (for her, for him)
Cooking / grilling
There is nothing better than sitting and eating on a camping chair at the tent after a (preferably) sunny day outdoors in nature or at the campsite you trust. If the weather permits, barbecuing on the tent is also particularly attractive. What you need depends on your personal taste and, of course, the space available. The good thing is that you can easily divide up your gear when camping in a group. For the minimalists among campers, most items in this section of the packing list are too much of a good thing. You also get by with fewer utensils, i.e. dishes and gas cookers. Luxury campers are better equipped and have something for every eventuality. See the list as a suggestion! Attention: Gas cartridges must not be taken on the plane, but must be bought on site.
Camping dishes (plates, cups)
Camping grill + cutlery
Can / bottle opener / corkscrew
Fresh storage boxes
Charcoal + lighter
Coffee maker / Bialetti / Handpresso
Wooden spoon / spatula
Hot plate (alternative to gas cooker)
Kitchen knife / peeler
Kitchen roll / napkins / aluminum foil
Cool box / bag
Bowl for salad or similar
Dishwashing liquid / sponge / rag / drying cloth
Thermos flask / bottle
Pots / pans
Water canister, foldable
Whether you have to bring groceries for camping or can buy them on site depends on the destination and the type of your vacation. At larger festivals there is now sometimes a shop on the premises to stock up on canned food etc. On my favorite campsite on the Baltic Sea there is also a small supermarket, which is a bit more expensive, but surprisingly well sorted. If you camp in the pampas and are looking for seclusion, you are more likely to be off the beaten path and better stock up on food beforehand. Below is a list of the basics to survive a few days with a camping stove.
Alcohol / beer
Bread / rolls / topping / butter
Canned food / bag soups
Meat / sausages / vegetarian
Coffee (instant) / tea / sugar
Ketchup / sauces
Nibbles and sweets (snacks)
Muesli / milk
salt and pepper
Medicines / pharmacy
It’s always a conflict: you don’t want to take a lot of luggage with you when camping, but on the other hand it can be very valuable to have a good first-aid kit with you if the worst comes to the worst. In my experience, mosquito repellent is very important, because wasp and mosquito bites as well as tick bites are not only annoying but also dangerous. The number of mosquitoes varies greatly from year to year. I personally prefer to take plenty of mosquito repellent for the skin and clothes so that I don’t feel embarrassed to have to get anything else on site. It is usually relatively expensive (just like sunscreen at vacation spots). Otherwise, a couple of headache pills will do well if it has gotten late until you crawled into the tent. Also, don’t forget to pack some plasters, including anti-blister plasters for hiking! An anti-bubble stick is always on my packing list, because it ensures that the bubbles do not even form.
First aid kit
Mosquito repellent / mosquito spray
Mosquito repellent for clothing
Insect bite healer
Pain reliever (headache)
Tick card or tweezers
Papers & records
When camping, you don’t usually need a lot of documents, especially not if you’re camping inland. Then you only need the documents for the parking space, provided that you have already received them in advance. Security pins are practical for attaching the camping card to the tent. Possibly. these are also provided by the campsite management. Those who do not travel by car may need documents for the trip. Otherwise, as with every trip, the packing list should include identity cards and, if applicable, a driver’s license as well as a travel or camping guide and, if applicable, proof of health insurance if you are abroad.
Address list for postcards
Health insurance abroad (proof)
Driving license (international / national) / car license, if applicable
Vaccination certificate / allergy passport, if applicable
Map / map
Health insurance card
Rental car documents
Student ID card (international / national)
Proof of diving / sailing license / etc.
Vignettes / toll tickets
Visa if required
Train ticket / Bahncard / air ticket
Backpacks & bags
There are people who pull a trolley case over the campsite and there are people who prefer to travel with a large trekking backpack or a travel bag. In my experience, the most practical way is to rummage through a large travel bag. A trekking backpack is best carried, but is quite confusing in the tent. If you have more space, you can of course also use wall cabinets and clear everything out. But this is not for minimalists. In addition, a daypack should be on the packing list, because it is ideal for day trips and for shopping in the supermarket, if applicable. You only need a zip bag when you’re flying. Packing cubes help to sort things out and find them quickly. In any case, I recommend waterproof bags (either plastic bags or zip bags, e.g. from Noaks Bags) that keep the clothes dry in wind and weather.
Dry Bag / Packsack (waterproof)
Packing cubes / garment bags
Backpack rain cover
(Roll) travel bag
Zip bag for shampoo etc.
I spend most of my time on camping holidays in flip-flops. However, I sometimes have problems with my toe joint and am happy when I can slip on my light hiking shoes. They are very pleasant and warm, especially in the evening, when the temperature drops a little. In addition, mosquitoes no longer have a chance. For the beach and the shared showers, you should definitely plan for bathing shoes or flip-flops. If it could get wet, rubber boots are recommended. However, it doesn’t need much more. I would leave shoes at home that are sensitive to dirt or rub lightly, because in the end you will not wear them anyway or regret that they have been affected by the mud.
Flip flops / slippers / flip flops
Shoes (also for changing)
Depending on your preference, there are many other things that camping enthusiasts swear by. There would be a portable ashtray (note if there is a risk of forest fires!), a comfortable, inflatable cushion, musical instruments, travel towels, sewing kit and a padlock for the tent. In absolutely every vacation I also have Oropax with me, because either the partner or someone from the neighbors snores. Sleeping goggles are also advisable because a. early in summer bright, which can be unusual and disturb sleep. Last but not least, there is always a thermos bottle on my packing list, which I fill up with drinking water on the way and at the campsite. This saves money and ways. Of course, you should also think about reading material and other activities on the campsite.
Glasses / contact lenses + case
Book / magazine
Lighter / matches
Carabiner (to hang in the tent if possible)
Air pump / bellows
Musical instruments / notes if necessary
Sewing kit (for tent and clothes)
Oropax / earplugs for snoring
Travel blanket for train / bus / flight
1 to 2 travel towels (quick drying)
Lanyard for sanitary card
Outdoor games (Viking chess, Frisbee)
Indoor games (card game)
Headlamp / flashlight + batteries
Pocket knife / tool
Table tennis trowel + ball
Padlock for the tent
Clothesline, flexible + clips
Water bottle, foldable
Bathing / beach
I love camping on the Baltic Sea because I can not only be outside a lot, but also go swimming. If you too by the sea, e.g. B. on the Baltic Sea, on Lake Constance or on Lake Garda, you should also have the things on your packing list that you need for swimming. For some, this only means taking large travel towels and, if necessary, an umbrella. Others also want to take beach toys, mats, or a beach sofa with them. Maybe you want to go snorkeling and take fins and diving mask with you? Here too, preferences and space are very different.
inflatable toy / boat
inflatable lounger / sofa
Swimming goggles / snorkel / mask
Floating wing / ring
Beach safe / money hiding place
You don’t need a lot of technology when camping, because it’s also about turning your head off. Surely you still want to have your cell phone with you and a few headphones, a charging cable and maybe your eBook reader? Distributors have proven useful so that you have enough sockets at the same time. Frequent cell phone users may want to take a power bank with them. Important: If you have booked electricity on campsites, you usually have to think of a CE plug!
Digital camera incl.battery / tripod
Digicam case / case (waterproof)
eBook reader (e.g. Kindle)
External battery for the cell phone
Mobile phone including charging cable
Mobile phone case, waterproof
Headphone adapter for 2 people
Chargers for electronics
Power strip / extension cord / cable drum
Camping / sleeping
It’s nice when camping in my eyes that you can appreciate the luxury of a real bed and a roof over your head afterwards. In the meantime I am also equipped to sleep almost as comfortably in a tent as in bed. If you want to be more spartan and with less luggage, you can also get by with a simple sleeping mat or air mattress for a few days. Depending on the weather and local temperature, a thin hut sleeping bag may also be sufficient. A bed sheet that is stretched over the air mattress is practical. In any case, you should take a good look at this part of the packing list, because most things are really important when camping, B. sitting on camping chairs and want to eat at the camping table. If you camp puristically alone, you can ignore a lot. Another experience of recent years: Since storms and storms have increased, tarpaulins and guy lines have become more important. We also use stable pegs instead of the simplest pegs. They hold up better, even when the wind speeds sometimes reach peaks.
Hut sleeping bag / inlet
Chinese lanterns / torches
Lines / straps for tensioning
Awning or umbrella including poles
Tension ropes with hooks
Tea lights / candles
Telescopic poles for anchoring
Padlock (for tent)
More tips for campers
As you can see from this packing list, camping is a real equipment battle – unless you take a minimalist approach and take very few things with you. Most tent vacationers at the campsite I trust have a lot of equipment with them when they arrive at the campsite. I would like to summarize the experiences and knowledge I have gained in camping in the past 15 years:
Enough preliminary: I start going through my packing list and collecting the luggage at least two weeks before departure.
Writing down: With enough lead time and when I write everything down in peace, I don’t forget anything.
Plastic bags or zip bags keep the clothes dry, even in high humidity or rain.
With packing cubes you have a better view of your things, hygiene items and other utensils and can find them again more quickly.
I use carabiners and S-shaped hooks (meat hooks) to get as many things as possible off the ground.
Mosquito repellent is becoming increasingly important: I always equip myself generously so that I don’t get into a bottleneck. My tips here.
I prefer to take practical and functional clothes (e.g. mosquito-proof blouse and pants) rather than chic things.
Guy straps: Since storms and storms have increased, I take plenty of straps, lines and possibly telescopic poles with me.
Stable pegs hold better than primitive pegs and are worth the investment.
Sleeping glasses and oropax help you sleep better and longer, regardless of the brightness and the neighbors.
A silent cool box that works with electricity and gas is a little more expensive, but the investment is worth it.
Don’t forget the lamp: when you come into the tent in the evening, a headlamp or LED lantern are very useful
Comfortable sleeping pad: You should not save money on sleeping comfort
What I wouldn’t take with me
Now I would like to share a few tips about what I have taken with me in some years but have not needed. So there are items that you can safely leave at home in my eyes:
heavy things that dry poorly, e.g. B. Jeans, cotton
Valuables that are easily lost
Shoes that rub (if only “a little”) or are uncomfortable (space = in short supply)
sensitive books, because everything suffers when camping; Better: Kindle or used books that can suffer
bright things that get dirty quickly
Ceramic tableware such as cups, bowls, plates, better instead: plastic tableware
Things that you might be able to use again but haven’t done in years
30 camping gadgets for tent holidays and festivals
A camping holiday like this is sometimes an equipment battle. I still remember how we used to camp with friends on the Baltic Sea on Rügen for two or three weeks and packed at least one car with crockery, food, tent, etc.
Even if we lived on a civilized campsite, where there was e.g. For example, there were sanitary blocks and a supermarket nearby, so there were some camping gadgets and equipment that we had in our luggage.
You probably already know my camping packing list. On this page I present you some useful gadgets for camping, of which you may need one or the other on your next tent vacation, at a picnic, barbecuing in the park or at the festival.
Thanks to a camping lantern, we held out very long at open-air concerts in the park! When others gave up in the face of the cold and wet, we sat around the cozy warmth. You can also grill with some camping lanterns.
Solar camping shower
If there is no sanitary island, a solar shower is a useful gadget when camping. I remember that out of sporting ambition we built a shower with the help of a plastic bag. It didn’t work very well, but it was funny!
Padlock / travel lock
Locks are among the most frequently bought camping gadgets. If you want to secure your bag, tent or suitcase.
The classic among camping gadgets! This foldable tripod takes up little space, is easily and quickly picked up in your hand or carried to the beach. They are available from many manufacturers for little money.
Thermoelectric cool box
Depending on the size of the box, food and drinks can be stored in cool boxes. The cool boxes protect from the sun and small animals. It has also proven to be very useful for shopping and long car trips.
Camping stove and charger in one
This camping stove has a built-in USB port, with which you can bring a liter of water to a boil in 4.5 minutes and at the same time charge your cell phone. It is heated with wooden branches, wood pellets, pine cones etc.
Foldable camping grill
Foldable camping grills are one of the most popular gadgets on the camping packing list. A so-called box grill is also available in my storage room for the next barbecue.
Water purifier / filter
With this water filter you can also drink from contaminated water sources. The water purifier is ideal for camping, trekking and hiking.
Folding canister for water
Getting water is part of the daily to dos when camping. Whether for cooking or washing, someone has to go out and get water! Foldable canisters are practical, light and have a small pack size.
Foldable wash bowl (sink)
A camping gadget for everyone who is away from camping sites and sanitary islands. Suitable for washing dishes and laundry, light and naturally waterproof.
This small spice set has saved many a bland meal from the camping stove or grilled vegetables. Either buy filled or buy an empty container and fill it yourself.
Handpresso: coffee machine to go
A gadget for luxury campers! The small espresso machine works without a power connection in the tent or during a break. You create 16 bar pressure with a pump, fill in hot water and use coffee pads or ground coffee. Finished!
Foldable camping dishes
Foldable camping dishes take up little space and don’t weigh much. This set contains two foldable tableware items: a mug and a bowl. Other sets also include pots or cutlery.
Solar Battery Charger
If you are camping in the wild or have not booked a power supply at the campsite, a solar charger is a useful camping gadget. Some chargers also allow multiple devices to be charged in parallel at the same time.
It took me a long time to understand the importance of a headlamp when traveling. If you are looking for something in the tent or in your pocket or in the evening to find your way to the tent, a headlamp is worth its weight in gold! It also helps with a power cut or jogging. Depending on the intended use, it should then be a little lighter and more durable. For a short trip, it also does a simpler and cheaper option.
Cigarette lighter adapter
With this adapter for the cigarette lighter in the car you can use your smartphone or tablet, your digital camera, power bank and much more. Operate or charge (up to two devices simultaneously) while driving.
Waterproof cell phone case
When the rain comes and you’re busy digging a ditch around the tent, electronics can quickly be forgotten. Waterproof cases have therefore saved many a cell phone. Not only useful for camping, but also for all other trips!
Mini wash bag
A laundromat has been part of my standard travel equipment for many years and is on all my packing lists. This lite variant is a bit smaller and lighter and therefore also a useful camping gadget.
Scrubba wash bag
This portable washing machine is for permanent campers or outdoor vacationers without access to a washing machine. You can find out more about washing while traveling here.
(Self-) inflatable pillow
Both in the tent and on the beach it is more comfortable than on a sweater or towels. This pillow inflates itself and has a lifetime guarantee.
Inflatable outdoor camping mat
This mat weighs 480 grams and is one of the lighter camping mats on the market. Inflated, the dimensions are 187 × 56 × 5.5cm (mat with pillow), 185 × 56 × 5.5cm (mat without pillow).
Quick drying travel towel
A classic that I always recommend. Travel towels are light, even when wet. They dry quickly and are e.g. B. an ideal companion on day trips to various beaches. My towel has served me well on many trips.
Such a nap in the hammock between the trees on the campsite … Travel hammocks made of parachute silk are tearproof, light and are among the most popular camping gadgets.
When the rain comes, the motto is: take out a folding spade and dig a trench! What did we swear before when we had no or no proper folding spade! At the latest when the tent is in the water, you regret having saved in the wrong place…
Insect bite healer
I swear by my insect bite healer since I used it on two trips to Thailand and it saved me a lot of scratching and itching.
Money stash: can safe
If you want to hide your money in the tent or outside, a can safe is a good idea.
Women’s urinal / disposable final
If the sanitary island at the campsite leaves a lot to be desired, you are stuck in a traffic jam or you camp wild and you don’t want to squat anywhere, urinals for single or multiple use are a solution.