Camping is a lot of fun! You are out in nature with your friends or alone. You can leave the stress of the big city behind you and concentrate fully on the sounds of nature.
Of course it’s all fun, but you can’t just drive off and see what happens. If you are going to the next national park, for example, or in the desert where you want to spend a few nice days, of course you have to plan beforehand.
If you are far away from civilization, you of course have to take all the things you need for your camping trip with you. When you go out into nature, it’s unlikely that a Walmart is just around the corner where you can buy missing equipment or the food you need.
Of course, you also have to plan that everything fits in the trunk of your car. Or even better, so that all things fit in your camping backpack.
That’s why we’ve put together a camping-checklist for you with all the things you need for a successful camping trip. It would be a shame if you forgot something important at home and had to end your camping trip early. Our camping checklist will help you think of everything and pack your camping backpack.
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That’s probably what we all think of right away. This is about the right tent or the cozy sleeping bag, for example. These are the things that we forget the least and that we think of immediately when we load our car or pack our backpacks. Nevertheless, we would like to add the subject of “campsite” to our camping checklist.
☐ Tent and footprint, stakes
☐ Sleeping bags
☐ Sleeping pads
☐ Camping pillow
☐ Headlamps or flashlights (and extra batteries)
☐ Camp chairs
☐ Camp table (if no picnic table)
☐ Lantern (and mantles and fuel / batteries if needed)
☐ Sunshade, tarp or screen house
☐ Sleeping bag liners
☐ Firewood sourced near campsite
☐ Camp rug
☐ Tablecloth and clips (or tape)
☐ Clothesline with clips
Tools & Repair Items
Of course, you also need a few tools when you go to camping. In our camping checklist we have listed the most important tools that you should definitely take with you in order to be prepared for everything. It is better if you have a little too much with you than if you realize afterwards that you absolutely need a tool that you forgot at home.
☐ Duct tape
☐ Extra cord
☐ Tent-pole repair sleeve
☐ Pad / mattress repair kit
☐ Mallet or hammer (for hammering tent stakes)
☐ Saw or ax (for cutting firewood)
☐ Small broom and dustpan
You can argue about what is most important when camping. But the camping kitchen is probably one of the most important things you should have with you. Without a good coffee in the morning and a nice hot tea in the evening, the camping trip is almost over. You also have to take care of your food, without a real breakfast or a good dinner you don’t have the energy to go on the strenuous hike. That’s why we’ve put together the most important things for you here. Also remember to plan your meals well in advance. If you run out of food after two days and therefore have to stop camping, that would be a shame.
☐ Stove and fuel
☐ Matches / light / firestarter
☐ Cook pots (and pot holder)
☐ Frying pan
☐ Eating utensils
☐ Cooking utensils
☐ Bottle opener, can opener, corkscrew
☐ Sharp knife
☐ Plates / bowls
☐ Mugs / cups
☐ Cutting board
☐ Ice or ice substitutes
☐ Water bottles
☐ Camp sink or wash bins
☐ Biodegradable soap
☐ Pot scrubber / sponge (s)
☐ Trash / recycling bags
☐ Dish towel
☐ Camp grill and fuel
☐ Grill rack
☐ Dutch oven
☐ Portable coffee / tea maker
☐ Rolling ice cream maker
☐ Marshmallow / hot dog roasting forks
☐ Small food storage containers / bags / foil
☐ Large water jugs
☐ Large, clear plastic bins to store kitchen gear
Of course you also need things that make camping more pleasant and exciting. Here we have listed a few things that you can optionally take with you. But that also depends on how you plan your camping trip and what your preferences are. If you are planning a hike in the mountains or a hike in the nearby forests, you have to remember that you could come in emergency situations. So also think of a good map or a GPS device, a survival pack could also be important.
☐ Solar and portable power
☐ Navigation tools
☐ Field guides (flowers, insects)
☐ Star chart / night-sky identifier
☐ Book / reading material
☐ Notebook and pen / pencil
☐ Music player with headphones
☐ Games and toys
☐ Dog gear
☐ Dry bags, stuff sacks or clear plastic bins to store items
Clothing & Footwear
Proper clothing is very important on a camping trip. Take a good look at the weather report beforehand. There you can find out whether you have to pack a lot of warm clothes or whether it should be very warm on the days. Also remember that it can always get cold in the evening. Therefore, always pack warm clothes, even if it is warm during the day. Always expect that the weather can suddenly change. For example, it may start to rain. So expect that your clothes that you are wearing can get wet and that you also need clothes that you can change. You should also think of the right shoes. Do you go hiking a lot? Then you have to pack the right hiking boots. Also pack spare hiking shoes if the shoes break or if the shoes get wet. There is nothing more uncomfortable than having to wear wet shoes. Also pack light sports shoes for the evening by the camping fire.
☐ Moisture-wicking underwear
☐ Moisture-wicking t-shirts
☐ Quick-drying pants / shorts
☐ Long-sleeve shirts (for sun, bugs)
☐ Lightweight fleece or jacket
☐ Boots or shoes suited to terrain
☐ Socks (synthetic or wool)
Additional items for rainy and / or cold weather:
☐ Rainwear (jacket and pants)
☐ Long underwear
☐ Warm insulated jacket or vest
☐ Fleece pants
☐ Gloves or mittens
☐ Has warm
☐ Water sandals
☐ In-camp sandals or booties
Health & Hygiene
You go camping, but you don’t have to live like a war. Of course, you should also take the right hygiene items that you need at home with you when you go camping. If you go camping outside in nature, you also have to think about the necessary toiletries, you don’t want to be dependent on leaves from trees. Also think about the necessary sun protection. If you’ve been on a hiking trip all day and are distracted, you may not even notice when you catch a sunburn.
☐ Toilet paper
☐ Hand sanitizer
☐Toothbrush and toothpaste
☐ Toiletry kit
☐ Quick-dry towel
☐ Menstrual products
☐ Prescription medications
☐ First-aid kit or first-aid supplies
Sun and bug protection:
☐ Sunglasses (and sunglasses straps)
☐ Sun has
☐ Lip balm
☐ Insect repellent
☐ Insect repellent candles
☐ Urinary products
☐ Sanitation trowel (if no toilets)
☐ Baby wipes
☐ Alcohol or antiseptic wipes
☐ Brush / comb
☐ Spare eyeglasses / contact lens supplies
☐ Portable camp shower
Of course it is also important to add some personal items to our camping checklist. We have listed a few important things for you here, but that also depends on your personal needs. Perhaps you would like to take your laptop or iPad with you to work in the camp in the evenings or to read your favorite ebook.
☐ Credit card and / or cash
☐ Campsite reservation confirmation (if required)
Food is very important. You don’t want to go into your tent hungry in the evening or not enjoy a good breakfast in the morning. So plan all your meals carefully and buy all the things you need at home. It is best to pack all food in airtight bags or in coolers, so you don’t attract any animals with the smell of the food. For example, if you are camping in a place where there are bears, you should be careful not to store your food in the tent camp, but rather outside the tent camp and, if possible, higher up on a tree.