There have been so many times that I have gone camping and forgotten that one important thing. It’s always worse the first couple of times you go camping each year. I have now made this list of important camping provisions. I hope this helps you not forget that one important thing. We also have this entire list as a Adobe PDF document so you can print it out and check everything off as you go

Printable Camping Checklist PDF

Outdoor Sleeping Equipment

  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Air mattresses (optional)
  • Backpack

Food and Water for camping

  • Cooler
  • Cooking pan
  • Food
  • Chips
  • Silverware
  • Plates
  • Beer
  • Water
  • Water filtration system (optional)
  • Propane stove (optional)
  • Napkins/paper towels

Camping Toiletries

  • Toothbrushes/toothpaste
  • Toilet paper
  • Tampons (women only)
  • Sunscreen
  • Dish Soap
  • Sponge/rag
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Bug spray
  • Comb/Hairbrush
  • Hair ties


  • Swimsuits
  • Towels
  • Long socks (at least one pair)
  • Underwear
  • Tennis shoes/Hiking Boots
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Shorts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Hats/gloves
  • At least one sweater
  • Jeans

Misc Camping Equipment

  • Flashlight/Batteries
  • Binoculars (opionial)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandwich bags
  • Lighter/Matches
  • Pocket Knife
  • Camera/Camcorder (optional)
  • Music Player (optional)
  • Firearms (If they are allowed)
  • Ammunition(If firearms are allowed)
  • First aid kit
  • Garbage bags
  • Fire starters (optional)
  • Firewood
  • Rope
  • Bicycles (optional)
  • Deck of cards
  • Books on identifying plant, bugs, and birds

Pets Items (optional)

  • Pet food
  • Leashes
  • Toys
  • Treats
  • Poop bags
  • Food and water dishes
  • Collars


Water – I usually bring one two liter per person per day unless you have a water filtration system or they have running water at the campsite. Always check to make sure the water they have is drinkable.

Sleeping Bags
Backpack –I always bring at least one extra backpack because If you decide to go biking or hiking while you’re camping you’re going to want to bring some water, food, sunscreen, swimsuit, hand sanitizer, and other misc things.
Blankets –It get rather cold at night especially during the first few months of the summer. I like to bring enough blankets for everyone. However if you have really nice sleeping bags its not completely necessary to bring that many blankets.
Pillows –having a body pillow works really well. However its best to have separate pillows that you will use just for camping. Many times you will be sleeping on the hard ground and having extra pillows helps for extra padding.
Air mattresses – I really love bringing my air mattresses. The ones I have are Insulmat. These mattresses are very small and lightweight. They inflate by themselves; I really like how comfortable they are to sleep on. If you’re on a motorcycle they are small enough to carry
Cooler –The size of cooler you bring depends on how many people are going and for how many days you’re camping. It also depends on how much room you have in your vehicle. Unless you’re taking a motorcycle then its best to have a small cooler with a lot of dry food to go with.
Portable propane stove –not all campsites let you you have fires. This is mostly in the National forest area where there is no campground and you’re just camping in the forest. Having a portable stove is not bad to take camping if you have the room for it.
Water filtration system –
Cooking pan – no plastic handles metal only. It’s best if you use a pan you really don’t care for because it will probably get ruined when you have it over the fire. Unless you bring your own gas stove.
Food –I often just bring bratwurst, hot dogs , ramen noodles, bread and eggs. Fruit and vegetables such as apples, oranges, or carrots are very nice to bring because they don’t need to be refrigerated and they are delicious. If it’s just me and my man ill bring some t-bones. It depends a lot on what kind of a cooler you have and how many people you’re camping with. Here are a few easy camping recopies that work very well over a campfire. Ramen noodles eggs and hot dogs. Graham crackers marshmallows and chocolate (smores). Eggs and hot dogs, Sandwiches not over a campfire.
Toothbrushes/toothpaste –Not completely necessary however you will have a much comfortable time if you bring them. If you go to the dollar tree or the dollar store you can get a pack of toothbrushes with caps those seem to work the best.
Deodorant –If I just get an unscented deodorant spray I find it works very well. You don’t have to get this kind I do because then everyone can use it and it won’t attract mosquitoes.
Shampoo –you really only need to bring it if you campsite has places to shower. I like to get the body wash/shampoo in one or just the cheap shampoo.
Hand sanitizer –This is a very important thing to bring. You are going to want to have clean hands for eating, after going to the bathroom (if there’s no bathroom/vault toilets), or if your treating a cut. It’s very cheap to get and it’s a very impotent thing to bring. Trust me to do not want to go to the bathroom in the wilderness then go eat a hotdog.
Dish soap –This works well for cleaning plate’s, dishes and other objects. It also works great for cleaning wounds, cuts, or for just washing your hands it’s very important to remember to wash your hands while you’re camping.
First aid kit –You can make your own first aid kit or buy one that already assembled. In mine I carry alcohol wipes antibacterial ointment band aids and bandage wraps. If you are on some kind of medication it’s good to bring them in your first aid kit.
Bug spray –This is optional it’s good to bring I would rather just wear a long sleeve shirt and jeans at night to avoid getting bit. It’s not a bad idea to bring.
Sponge/rags –Good for cleaning up messes you might accidently spill something in your tent or on your sleeping bag and you’re going to need something to wipe it up with
Towels –I only bring one towel per person. I have a lot of friends that bring one for going swimming and one for showering. I don’t really think that it’s necessary.
Tampons – ladies you should always bring at least one or two pads or tampons just in case. This is defiantly a really important thing to bring believe me it suck if you need it and don’t have it. I have many uncomfortable camping trips because if forgot this item.
Sunscreen –Even if you don’t get sunburns. I am very tan but I still use a little bit of sunscreen to protect myself from those u v rays.
Swimsuits -I like to bring a swimsuit even if im not swimming. It gets really hot during the summer and a swimsuit is a nice cool outfit. The same goes for swimming trunks. Swimsuits are also nice tanning.
Flashlight/batteries –There are many uses for having a flashlight.
Pocket knife –Pocket knives are important they nice for sharpening sticks and there have been a lot of times when I’ve just need a pocket knife for some random silly thing.
Sunglasses –This is a very important small thing to remember. You’ll survive without them but they are awesome if you don’t forget. I really like to use them when I go hiking.
Lighter/Matches –There really isn’t another easier way to start a fire without these. It is possible however a slight pain in the ass.
Plates – I just take regular plates however there’s nothing wrong with brining paper plates just remember to pick up after you. You can always throw them in the fire as well.
Silverware –I like to bring real silverware. The plastic ones are alright but they break easily. If there are a lot of people going camping, it’s better to bring the plastic one’s especially for kids.
Bicycles –I like to bring bikes if I can to take on the bike trails if they have them on the campsite. If you don’t have room they are not a necessary thing to bring.

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