What To Take Camping?

A camping checklist is necessary to make your camping less tumultuous. Camping can make for a fun time. Camping can give you a chance to reflect on yourself and the wonders of nature. While camping you’ll discover trails and various hiking opportunities. Hiking is a great way to unwind, and at the end of your journey, a campfire can be incredibly relaxing. There is a lot to consider and plan when you want to go camping, and this article is going to help go over some of those things for you.

Before you pack, use this handy checklist to help you plan and make sure to carry all the essential items. This comprehensive list does have a lot of items that you probably don’t need and it’s ok not to bring everything and the kitchen sink. However, our motto here at Always Wanderlust is “It’s always better to be prepared than not!”

Camping Checklist:

1 – Camping Tips

2 – Campsite Essentials

3 – Tools and Repair Essentials

4 – Kitchen Essentials

5 – Clothing Essentials

6 – Hygiene and Health Essentials

7 – Personal Items

8 – Luxury Items or Extras

9 – Pet


Camping Tips

Things to consider and learn before going camping.

If you have children or pets, over-packing is better than under-packing. Camping can be messy. Your kids may love playing around in the grass and dirt. As the day moves along, your children are going to get really messy. It is almost impossible to prevent, but luckily, you will not need to worry if you have extra clothes on hand. So it is important to be prepared.

It’s imperative that you pitch your tent before the sun goes down. Once things go dark, you will find it very hard to erect a tent, locate wood and cook a meal. Some people cannot see very well at night, and this makes setting up camp at night next to impossible. Don’t let this happen to you, and have a shelter set up before dark.

Camping Checklist - The Ultimate Necessities And Supplies List

Moonlit Night Under The Minarets

Make sure that your sleeping bag is right for the season and climate where you are camping. You are going to roast all night long in a sleeping bag designed for cold weather that you camp with during summer. On the flip side, bring a sleeping bag meant for summer camping will make you very cold during your winter camping trip. Hypothermia can be experienced, as well.

Don’t forget to include special pillows made just for camping on your adventure. Since standard pillows can pick up a lot of humidity, debris or even creepy-crawlers, leave them safely at home. They can mildew quickly after absorbing moisture. Camping pillows are made with a protective, moisture-proof coating to prevent these issues.

For Kids and Family

camping checklist with pet Know where your kids are at all times. You have to be sure they don’t wander off into the woods. Something could happen very quickly, so if you keep an eye on your kids, your supervision will help keep them safe. If you have pets, make sure you have them leashed at all times. You never know when a wild animal might wander into the campground and your dog might go off and chase it.

An orange peel may just be the natural answer to repelling mosquitoes when you’re out camping. If you neglected to pack mosquito spray, fear not. Rub the inner peel of an orange over your body as mosquitoes will refrain from biting you. This should effectively repel mosquitoes for hours.

Pack ready to eat foods in your camping gear, like trail mix and jerky. It’s likely that you’ll be so worn out at dinnertime that you will only feel like snacking and not cooking. They are also convenient because they keep well and don’t need to be refrigerated.

Don’t Forget The Duct Tape

Duct tape is a great fix-all for camping trips. Tents may get torn, in which case duct tape can provide a seal. A little duct tape can mean you can still sleep dry through a rainy night.

Before setting out on your camping adventure, make sure you can read a map and a compass. Even if you know the area well, getting lost is always a possibility. Also, this will help to avoid tragedy with friends or family.

Bring waterproof matches as part of your survival kit. Even though they are waterproof, you still want to have them sealed off from any liquid. Matches can be made waterproof by simply placing them in either nail polish or paraffin for a quick dip. You can store them in a prescription bottle or film canister.

Don’t Forget The TP

Toilet paper is one of the essential items that you need while camping. If you go camping at a location with no toilets, you will have to use the bathroom in the woods. To keep from having to use potentially dangerous leaves, you need to have toilet paper on hand. It would be wise to use is to bring along some baby wipes as well.

Ensure that your food is safe while camping. Place food in sealed containers so it does not come in contact with water. Also, carry ice packs so you can insulate and cool your food. Keep your raw food away from cooked foods. Wash your hands while preparing food and afterward, and keep any surfaces, utensils and cooking containers clean as well. Make sure your food is thoroughly cooked, and keep perishable foods cold.

When you are camping, layers of clothing are ideal. Weather can change on a dime. It can be chilly in the early morning, only to be followed up with a sweltering, humid and hot afternoon. Then it can turn cold again in the evenings. It is best to bring all types of clothing so that no matter what the weather is, you will be prepared.

Not So Essentials

If you are camping for several days or weeks, bring along some form of entertainment. Try to leave the electronics at home, enjoy the outdoors and only bring a radio or a book for those evenings sitting around the campfire. Speaking of campfires, you can source the firewood at the campsite instead of buying them.

You can find firewood at the campsite

You can find firewood at the campsite

Water purification tablets should be taken with you. Use these for emergency situations where you either run out of water or do not have the time or means to clean the water otherwise. Try the tablets at home so you know how they will taste beforehand. You will want to get a different type of tablet if you don’t like the way your water taste.

Build yourself a survival kit; keep it with you anywhere you go while camping. A survival kit should include items like a flare gun, matches that are waterproof, a knife and other items you think you may need. If you were to get lost or were put in an emergency situation, the survival kit will be of great help. Always keep it nearby and never leave it behind at the campsite.

Helpful Tent and Camping Guides:

Campsite Essentials

These are things you need to have when you go camping:

Nice to Have:

Tools and Repair Essentials

It’s always nice to have tools and gadgets available to help fix things. Having tools also make camping less of hassle when you’re cleaning up.

Kitchen Essentials

Why not bring the whole kitchen sink too? Ok, perhaps you don’t need some of the items here but it sure makes camping more fun when you have the most of the things you use in your own kitchen.

  •  Washbasin
  • Microfiber dish towel

Nice to Have:

Clothing Essentials

Outdoors clothing is obviously different than the clothing you wear for business or weddings. Go for practical and function over style – you don’t have to give up the “style” part as some outdoor clothes can indeed be stylish!

  •  Hiking pants or shorts

Emergency/Cold Weather:

It’s always good to have the following items no matter where you are since the weather can change drastically.

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Swimming/Warm Weather:

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Hygiene and Health Essentials

Maintaining proper hygiene while camping might be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be.

Sun and Insect Protection:

Nice to Have:

  •  Portable 

Personal Items

  •  Cellphone or Smartphone

Luxury Items or Extras

You certainly don’t need the following items to have a fun camping trip. If you’re camping in a very remote place or for a very long time some of the items below might be required. Maybe you want to watch a movie before you go to sleep or perhaps even read a book.


  • Favorite toy from home
  • Familiar blanket or bed from home
  • Extra collar
  • Dog tags
  • Sturdy leash and harness
  • Pet first aid kit
  • Medications or supplements
  • Motion sickness remedy
  • Rawhide or chew bone
  • Portable food and water bowls
  • Waste removal bags
  • Puppy pads
  • Disinfectant spray
  • Paper towels
  • Copy of health/vaccination papers
  • Paper towels



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