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The Ultimate Checklist for Camping

There’s nothing more frustrating than getting to your camping spot and realising you’ve forgotten key items. The Ultimate Checklist for camping takes you through all the camping essentials you need to take with you on your trip to make sure you don’t forget anything and make your trip the best it can be. 

Every camping trip is different, however, when organising a camping equipment list and deciding what to take with you there will be some key items that are needed for every occasion and things you definitely don’t want to forget. 

Here is what to take camping from all the essential items that you won’t want to be without to a few things you may not have thought of but may want to consider depending on the type of trip you’re going on. 

What to take on a camping trip

By getting organised and creating a list, it’s much easier to remember to take everything you need on your camping trip. Here’s a rundown of all of the essentials for cooking, accommodation, health and safety essentials, clothing and extras to make sure your camping trip is fun and exciting for all.

Camping essentials list 

This section of the camping packing list includes all the must-have items that you should consider taking with you when you go on any type of camping trip. You want to make sure you remember your tent and something to sleep on and in as a bare minimum. 

Optional – Extra Essentials to Take Camping 

  • Electric hook up 
  • Camping Toilet 
  • Windbreak
  • Tent carpet 
  • Tent porch 
  • Tent Footprint 

Camping Cooking Essentials 

If you’re going to be cooking for yourself when you’re out camping you will need to create a list of food, equipment and utensils that you need to cook, eat and store delicious meals. 

Before deciding what to take, write a list of the meals you plan to make and then decide what equipment and ingredients you will need to have with you. If you are out camping for a few days you will need to think about how to store your food, a cool bag is often good enough, however, if you are taking perishables you may want to consider taking a camping fridge.

Be sure to take air tight sealable containers to keep food and leftovers to keep bugs out of your tent and food.

  • Camping stove 
  • Fuel for your cooker
  • Pots and pans 
  • Cutlery 
  • Cups, plates and bowls 
  • Jerry can or water carrier 
  • Coolbox 
  • Tupperware/ food storage 
  • Dried food 
  • Thermos 
  • Matches
  • Kettle 
  • Washing up liquid, washing up bowl and sponge 
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Tea towel 
  • Measuring cups 
  • BBQ
  • Oil 
  • Seasoning 
  • Tin Foil 
  • Oven gloves 
  • Mixing bowl 
  • Tin opener 

Camping Clothing Checklist 

Be sure to plan what clothes to take on a camping trip before you start packing. When staying in the great outdoors you want to make sure you have lots of layers so you can dress appropriately for the weather. Pack the right amount of clothing for the number of days you will be away (and add some extra in case you get caught in bad weather.) 

If you’re planning on going out walking or are camping out in the wilderness, make sure you have extra layers as temperatures can really drop off at night.

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers 
  • Pyjamas
  • Underwear
  • T-shirts 
  • Long-sleeved tops 
  • Shorts 
  • Trousers 
  • Belts 
  • Jumpers 
  • Sun hat 
  • Winter hat 
  • Walking boots 
  • Sandals 
  • Walking socks 
  • Gloves 
  • Swimwear 
  • Laundry bag 

Camping Toiletries Checklist 

Your campsite is likely to have facilities where you can go and use the bathroom, have a shower and brush your teeth, however, this is likely to be a bit of a walk from your pitch. Remember to take a toiletries bag with you so you remember to take everything to the bathroom with you in one go rather than having to traipse backward and forward from the tent.  

  • Towel 
  • Toiletry bag /wash bag
  • Hairbrush/comb 
  • Body wash/soap 
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Face wash 
  • Flannel 
  • Deodorant 
  • Toothbrush 
  • Toothpaste 
  • Razor
  • Moisturiser 
  • Hand cream 
  • Shower shoes 
  • Feminine products 

Camping Health and Safety

You should always plan to have suitable health and safety supplies with you whenever you go camping. You may be undertaking activities that you don’t normally do, so could get a few more scrapes and bruises than normal.

If you are planning on going out hiking too you may want a small first aid kit to fit in a backpack as well as a full kit to keep back in the tent. Making a camping first aid checklist is a must especially if you have specialist medication that you need to remember to take with you. 

  • First aid kit 
  • Insect repellent 
  • Sun cream 
  • Lip balm
  • Medication 
  • Anti bac 
  • Pain killers 
  • Anti Histamines 
  • Whistle 
  • Tweezers 
  • Bandages 
  • Cotton pads 
  • Safety pins
  • Gloves
  • Plasters
  • Kid safe box to keep medication in

Extra camping items 

Here are some other items that you may choose to add to your camping list, they aren’t compulsory but may be useful depending on the type of trip you are taking.

  • Compas 
  • Camera 
  • Candles
  • Books 
  • Maps 
  • Backpack 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Tissues 
  • Clothesline 
  • Binoculars
  • Phone and charger 
  • Umbrella 
  • Small sewing kit 
  • Scissors 
  • Fire blanket
  • Radio 
  • Board games 
  • Cards 
  • Toys 
  • Watch
  • Saw 
  • Laundry detergent