The Ultimate Camping and Hiking Packing List + [Printable PDF Checklist]

Preparation is the key to having an enjoyable and successful outdoor adventure.

The minute you find that any of your camping essentials is missing, it can mean the difference between a relaxing and rejuvenating camping trip to a disaster getaway you want to end right away.

A camping packing list is an excellent tool to help you plan, prepare, and organize your camping trip. You’ll need different things depending on where and how you plan to camp, the type of activities you plan on doing, and how long you will be camping.

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By having a camping checklist, you can ensure nothing important is left behind before leaving the house. Remember, home is many miles away and shopping amenities are not always available, especially in times of emergencies.

When camping, make sure you take all the essentials with you. A basic camping essentials list can serve as a guide and you can add or remove items depending on your individual needs.

Bonus: Download a Free Printable PDF version of this guide. The PDF version contains all the checklists found here.

Camping Essentials Checklist

Camping Gear List

SHELTER

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Basic camping checklists always include a sturdy shelter or high quality tent, proper sleeping gear, lighting, and cooking equipment.

SHELTER

TentGround sheet, Cloth, or Additional tarp
Additional stakesShade tarp, Rope, Poles and Stakes
Hammer and AxeDustpan and Brush
Tent entry mat Windbreaker and rainfly

BEDDING ESSENTIALS

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BEDDING ESSENTIALS

Sleeping bag Air mattress
Blankets and sheetsSitting or sleeping pads placed below sleeping bags
Air pumpUtility bags for storage
PillowMosquito head net
Sleeping pad. Cot, TarpAir mattress repair kit

LIGHTING

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LIGHTING

TorchesLanterns or Candles
FlashlightWaterproof Lighter or Matches
Spare Bulbs and Batteries

COOKING AND COOKING TOOLS

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COOKING AND COOKING TOOLS

CoolerWater Bucket Or Water Jug
ThermosWater Filter And Water Purifier
Water Purification Tablets (Iodine Tablets)Collapsible Water Container
Folding Table And Camp ChairsFuel And Propane Stove
Firewood Or CharcoalFire Starters, Newspaper
Fuel, Buddy Burner, Extra Fuel For Boiling WaterTin Can Stove, Box Oven, Dutch Oven
Bbq Grill, Campfire GrillGrill Fork And Brush
Metal SkewersUtensils, Knife, Tongs
Potato PeelerCutting Board
Aluminum FoilBottle Opener, Can Opener
Mixing BowlPaper Towel
Oven Mitts, PotholdersPots And Frying Pans
Plastic Ware, SilverwarePlates And Bowls
Mugs, CupsTablecloth, Clips, Thumbtacks
Food Storage ContainerZiploc Bags
Dish Towel, RagsBiodegradable Dish Soap
Bear Resistant Food CanisterRope For Hanging Food On Trees
Trash BagsDog Food If You’Re Camping With Your Dog
Dog Food, Water Dishes

Camping Supplies List

CLOTHING

Pack enough clothing and footwear according to the weather at your camping destination.

clothing for winter

CLOTHING

Wool or Fleece Clothing (Sweater, Gloves, Vest, Pants)Jeans
BandanaShort-Sleeved And Long-Sleeved Shirts
Sleep ClothesRegular Underwear And/Or Wicking Long Underwear
TowelLaundry Bag
Lightweight Gloves For Bug ProtectionQuick-Drying Shorts, Pants, Swimsuit
Rain Gear

SHOES AND FOOTWEAR

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SHOES AND FOOTWEAR

Hiking BootsHiking Socks
Wicking Liner SocksRubber Shoes
Flip Flops

PERSONAL HYGIENE

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Keep yourself clean even when you are outdoors and take with you the following hygiene items:

PERSONAL HYGIENE

Biodegradable Soap, Shampoo, ConditionerToothbrush And Toothpaste
Hairbrush And/Or CombFacial Cleanser
Body LotionDeodorant
Razor BladesShaving Cream
Toilet PaperFeminine Napkins And/Or Panty Liners
Feminine Wipes And Hygiene ProductsTweezers

Camping Accessories List

MISCELLANEOUS

The following miscellaneous items are important to have on your packing list. You may want to include them depending on your camping trip.

map and camera

CAMPING ACCESSORIES LIST

MoneyPersonal ID
Backpack Or Fanny PackDay Pack For Shorter Hikes
Backpack CoverMaps
CompassBinoculars
Sun Hat Or Wide-Brimmed HatSunglasses, Contact Lenses
Waterproof GlassZiploc Bags
Mobile Phone, Extra Battery And Car Charging AdapterCamera And Spare Batteries
Notepad And PenBooks, Radio
Games, Board Games, CardsToys
Travel ClockSafety Pins
Clothesline And Clothing PinsCollapsible Drying Rack
Duct TapePocket Knife, Multi-Tool
Basic Tool Kit (Pliers, Screwdriver, Etc.)Small Sewing Kit
Cardboard Boxes, Stuff Sack If NecessaryCompression Sack (To Stuff Bulky Sleeping Bags)
Fishing GearHammock
Bike And HelmetsUmbrella
Pepper Spray Or Other Non-Lethal Bear DeterrentTrowel (For Burying Human Waste)

FIRST AID KIT

A first aid kit is essential if you are planning to spend time outdoors. You will need to have a camping first aid kit to ensure your outdoor safety.

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FIRST AID KIT

Personal MedicationsSinus Or Cold Medications
Antacid, Gas Relief Tablets, Antihistamine, Anti-Diarrheal, Mild LaxativeAloe Gel
Candied Ginger For Motion SicknessInsect Repellant
SunscreenAntiseptic Wipes
TissuesSterile Gauze Pads
Band-AidsGauze And Tape
Cotton SwabsDisinfectant
Hydrogen PeroxideSplinting Materials
Bee Sting KitSterile Compress
ScissorsThermometer
Adhesive TapeWhistle
Safety Pins Pain Reliever

CAMPING FOOD LIST

Food is always a big part of any camping trip to maintain your energy. Plan your camp meals and check out some of our easy and delicious camping recipes.

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CAMPING FOOD LIST

WaterIce And Ice Packs
Cooking OilButter
BreadBeer/Wine
Baked BeansS’Mores (Graham Crackers, Marshmallows And Chocolate)
Snacks And CrispsEggs
BaconCheese
Tomato SauceDry Pasta
RiceTomatoes, Potatoes, Onions
Sugar, Salt, Pepper, Dry Herbs And SpicesFlour
Dry YeastDry Fruit
Beef JerkyHotdogs And Burger Patties
Canned Vegetables And FruitsCanned Tuna
Canned MeatsMilk, Juice, And Soda
Coffee And TeaPeanut Butter
OatmealDried Beans
Energy Bars And Chocolate BarsTrail Mix
Powdered MilkApple Cider Vinegar
Baking SodaHoney

Camping Tips:

  • If you are new to camping and haven’t have never experienced the great outdoors, try camping in your backyard first to have an idea of what to expect.
  • Before leaving the house, tell someone close to you about your camping plans. Let them know where you intend to go, how long you’ll be there and when you’ll be back, directions to the camping ground as well as the roads that can be taken to get there.
  • Leave your phone number behind and your vehicle details including a description of the vehicle and the license plate number.
  • Moreover, check with the campground where you are staying whether they have functional restrooms on the site, or whether they provide firewood and picnic tables at your disposal.

For your safety, keep the camping essentials checklist with you. Do all of the necessary camping planning and preparations to ensure that your trip will be a memorable getaway for you and your family, a perfect camping getaway that you’ll continue to cherish in the years to come.

Bonus: Download a Free Printable PDF version of this guide. The PDF version contains all the checklists found here.

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Sources

http://www.realsimple.com/
http://www.lovetheoutdoors.com/
http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/
https://www.rei.com/
http://www.pc.gc.ca/
http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/
http://fun.familyeducation.com/

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