Packing for a camping trip can be daunting—but not so much when you have this handy checklist!
This checklist is meant for your average car to tent camping trip, but of course some gear will have to be substituted or added based on where you’re camping (desert, forest, beach?), how long you’re going, how you’re getting there (car camping? backpacking in?) the weather, etc. Necessities are bolded.
Next time you’re camping, print this list out and never forget your sleeping pad, toothbrush or lighter again! (We’ve all been there…)
Sleeping bag (appropriately ranked for the temperature)
Pillows (stuffing clothes in a stuff sack works well too)
Headlamp or flashlight (with fully charged batteries!)
Camp chairs (fold ups or more portable ones, like Crazy Creeks—logs and stumps work great too)
Dry clothes for sleeping
Rainwear (you never know!)
Swimsuit (and towels)
Sturdy shoes for exploring
Comfy camp shoes, like Chacos, flip-flops, crocs, etc.
Warm hat for nighttime
Socks and underwear (a pair or two extra than you think you need)
Lighter or matches
Firewood (if fires are allowed)
Portable coffee maker
Trash bags (you can often make do with a make-shift bag)
Plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives, etc.
Cups and mugs
Cooler (if you’re car camping)
Biodegradable soap, washcloths
Easy Breakfast Ideas:
Yogurt and granola (if you have a cooler)
Granola and/or meal replacement bars (like Clif, Kind, Luna, etc.)
Easy Lunch Ideas:
Hummus and veggies
Peanut Butter and Trail Mix Tortilla Wrap
Easy Dinner Ideas:
Instant rice or couscous with veggies
Mac and Cheese
S’mores (or, Banana Split S’mores!)
Toothbrush and paste
Alcohol or antiseptic wipes
Antihistamine for allergic reactions
Sketchpad and art supplies
Battery operated LED lights (for vibes and extra light)
Animal Spirit Cards (we’re obsessed)
A note on gear and spending money: Camping gear can be an expensive investment, but luckily there are lots of rental gear companies out there, places to buy used gear (Patagonia Worn Wear, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, Gear Trade, seriously Google this!), and camping ‘hacks’ to make gear right from your household supplies If you plan on camping more than once a year, it’s worth investing in some good, dependable gear that can last you years. Plus, chances are if you buy it, you’ll be more incentivized to spend more sweet, sweet time in nature. (And time in nature = priceless).
You can also bypass all that gear stuff and camp in a cabin, glamping tent, yurt or outfitted treehouse instead! We’ve got lots listed on Hipcamp.
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