By Jack Spencer
Novice Campers, as well as seasoned campers, should prepare a camping checklist of the gear that they should include when packing for a camping trip. It is easy to get sidetracked and possibly forget important items without a checklist.
Sometimes it is easy to have a lapse in concentration and simply not include small items that are none the less important. If you have a standard “Camping Checklist” it will help ensure you have a safe and happy camping trip, because you will feel confident knowing you have included all necessary gear you will need while on your trip.
As a seasoned outdoorsman I have been on hundreds of camping trips and until I actually sat down and made my Camping Checklist I was always forgetting something. I am going to provide you with a gear checklist to help get you started. I hope this checklist will keep you organized as you pack for your trips.
Camping Checklist Outline, for Happy Campers!
Tent – Along with the tent, you should be sure to pack the tent stakes, and mallet for driving the stakes.
Rope & Twine – I always carry extra for unforeseen uses, and in case of emergencies.
Sleeping Bag(s) – Be sure to include sleeping bags for each person that is going on the trip.
Lanterns & Flashlights – Remember to take extra lantern fuel as well as Batteries if needed.
Garbage Bags – I use the Large Yard Leaf Bags because they can be used for raincoats and trash.
Hiking Poles: Great if you like walk rockier areas and need some extra balance.
Camping Stove – Don’t forget to include fuel for your stove.
Eating Utensils – Forks, Spoons, and Knives etc., I used the nicer plastic disposable type.
Cooking Utensils – Large Spoon, Hamburger Flipper, Filet Knife, etc.
Plastic Plates – You may use either plastic plates or the traditional paper plates.
Camping Grill – I use a small grill for cooking Fish and I use store bought charcoal.
Cooking Oil – I personally like cooking fresh fish and it is high on my checklist.
Flour & Cornmeal – This is a personal choice for me.
Canned Goods – Beans and fruits.
Peanut Butter – I eat lots of peanut butter sandwiches. (Don’t forget the bread)
Snacks – Granola Bars are nice, potato chips etc.
Drinks – Bottled Water.
Emergency Camping Supplies:
First Aid Kit – I bought a Complete First Aid Kit with a thermometer on eBay.
Snake Bite Kit – It is always important to carry a Snake Bite Kit because you never know.
Insect Repellent – I use Deep Woods Off, but this is just my personal choice.
Pain Medication – Yep, you may still get a headache in the great outdoors.
Stomach Medication – I pack Pepto-Bismol Pink Tablets and Imodium for diarrhea.
Antiseptics – Remember to add rubbing alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide on your checklist.
Eye Water – I have just added this to my emergency supplies in the past year.
Personal Camping Items:
Cash – Yep, you better carry along a little cash because Country Stores don’t issue credit.
Personal Identification – You never know if the Game Warden will check in on you.
Cell phone – Hopefully, used ONLY in case of emergencies.
Camera – Be sure to pack extra memory Cards, batteries, and film if you have a 35mm camera.
Map – You really should have a map of the area where you will be camping
Personal Camping Supplies:
Anti Bacterial Soap – I personally use Sulfur Soap which helps prevent itching.
Sunscreen – 20 SPF Sunscreen will do just fine. An important item for your checklist.
Paper Products – Don’t forget the toilet paper and paper Towels.
Jacket – You may need a warm jacket even in the Summer if you are in the mountains.
Hats & Caps – Always include a cap or hat for sun and rain protection.
Other Clothing – This becomes a personal issue, so just carry what you will need.
Miscellaneous Camping Supplies:
Camping Knife – I personally carry along (2) military Grade Machetes & a Hunting Knife.
Camping Axe – I always pack (2) axes so I will have an extra to chop campfire wood.
Candles – I always carry a dozen or so emergency candles. They really come in handy.
Water Purification – I have always packed my water purification kit for emergencies.
Portable Radio – It is advised to include a portable radio in your gear, not only for entertainment but also for weather reports should the weather turn bad while camping.
My personal Camping Gear List has grown and has been changed and modified, many times over the years. I now keep my list on my computer so it is easy to make changes, add and delete items, and when ready I just print a copy and I’m ready to get packing for the trip.
I hope this Camping List will get you started with your own personalized checklist, and maybe you will make it a priority to update yours before each camping trip.
Please understand that I have NOT added everything on the list above. This checklist is only meant as a guide and I expect you to adapt and improvise in making your own to include the gear and supplies that fit your own personal style of camping.
As far as my own personal list I would also include an ice chest type cooler, thermos, camping coffee pot, emergency fire making kit, ponchos, flares, compass, walking stick, hunting bow, prescription medications, frisbee, towels, blankets, sewing kit, and other camping supplies that are suited to my own personal camping supply needs.
If you are taking kids along on the camping trip then you will need to include gear suited for kids. I think you get the picture of what a complete list should include, and hopefully, your own personal camping gear list will help make you a happy camper while out in the great outdoors.
As a closing note:
Please be careful with your fires while camping and extinguish unattended fires, Also remember to clean up your camping site before you head back home.
This article was written by Jack Spencer who is a Seasoned Camper and Avid Outdoorsman. Jack has over 35 years of camping experience, and many folks consider him the go-to Guy for Camping Information. For information and Informative Articles about buying Discount Camping Gear.
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