Family Camping Checklist For Beginners(Download Printable PDF)

Camping is a very pleasant activity, either it’s camping with your family, as a married couple, or alone with friends. It is especially fun for persons who enjoy outdoor activities.

We know that each camping trip is something you will never forget. Most of the times camping trips are enjoyable. But the worse thing is after placing your camp, you realize you forgot several essential items back at your place. This is because you didn’t use a camping checklist.

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Either you are going on a camping trip tomorrow or you plan to go on a camping trip in the near future, you should always make sure you have all the stuff you need. This is why we built A Camping Checklist.

Probably more than anything else, inadequate planning will produce your camping travel discomforts. You can download the complete checklist from our website (Camping Checklist) to make yourself the perfect planning for camping. By doing so, you can avoid all the things I’ve just told you.

Tent Camping Checklist

A great camping experience is not complete without setting up a tent on the campground. As we have witnessed firsthand or seen in movies, tents are not that easy to pitch. The situation can become even harder if you don’t have the skill to set up a tent.

Your camping experience will also depend on your level of comfort. Who said that when camping you need to suffer and be uncomfortable? Just because you are outdoors doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be comfortable. To ensure that you are comfortable and extremely enjoy your camping experience, there are a number of camping related items that you should carry along with you.

When come to pack your items for camping, first thing comes to most people’s minds would be clothes and toiletries. When packing for these items, you need to know where is the location of your campsite. You can then pack for the right clothes that are appropriate for you to wear according to the weather of the campsite. You wouldn’t want to carry heavy clothes and end up at a campsite that is extremely sunny and vice versa.

Try to find out the weather conditions of the campsite where you will set your tent. Carry the necessary clothes that are appropriate for the particular weather. Otherwise, carry a balance of heavy and light clothes since weather conditions always change especially at night. Going camping does not mean that you should throw your grooming out of the window.

Since you will be in the outdoors grooming will require quick fixes, you should carry the necessary items that will facilitate this. The items should include basic things such as toothpaste and brush, hairbrush/comb, deodorant, soap, towels, lotion, insect repellent, and tissue paper. If you want to go completely the natural way and go in the bush as our forefathers did that is entirely up to you. But grooming is very important regardless of where you are.

The second batch of items includes cooking and cleaning utensils and food. You have to eat regardless of where you are when camping. You are out of your element so you want to have cooking utensils for you to cook. You also need items that will enable you to make easy and quick meals. These include a camp stove, matchbox, plates, measuring cups, cutlery (forks, spoons, knives), can openers, corkscrews, cooking oil, and food which is easy to cook.

Don’t forget that plates need to be cleaned. So carry some cleaning fluid with you and a small dish rack where your plates will dry. If you don’t want to keep on washing utensils, paper cups and plates would be ideal. The food you carry with you should be none perishable and should last you through the number of days which you will be camping. Do not forget condiments that go with food such as salt, pepper, chilies and so on. The last item on this list is water, do not forget to carry lots of water with you.

The third batch of items is the camping gear. These include a tent if the camping site you are going to doesn’t provide them. Lantern lamps, flashlights and batteries, rope, folding shovel, folding table, sleeping bags, foldable chairs and beds (if you require one), hammocks which are great for resting on especially while camping, penknife, binoculars, camera, writing material (pen and writing pad), air mattress and camping bags.

The items you take with you also depends on what kind of camping it is. If it is a tent camp which will last an extended period of time you, of course, need more items to ensure your comfortability and safety. Some items which are highly recommended are umbrellas in the case of rain, blankets (extra ones) especially if it gets extremely cold at night.

The last bunch of items which is far from all the items you will need is safety and first aid items. Anything can happen while camping. To get ready for any incident happen, you should always be prepared for anything. A first aid kit that is fully equipped with band-aids, antiseptics, aspirins, and anti-acids should be carried along with you. It should also carry a small fire extinguisher along to put out the unforeseeable fires. Also, bring along your identification documents. You are always safe if you can provide your identification at any instance.

Car Camping Checklist

Many of us enjoy camping trips without wanting to carry full backpacks and cross exhausting routes by foot and that is why the preferred alternative is car camping. Unlike backpacking, car camping allows you to transport more diverse equipment in a safer and less strenuous manner. However, just like with backpacking, preparing a thorough car camping checklist in advance is a necessity.

Many of the items that you would normally take along on any camping trip are also to be found on your car camping checklist. They represent the basics like sleeping and sheltering items, first aid kit, food, beverages, items for cooking and eating, for hygiene and personal safety, for entertainment and so on.

When making our car camping checklist, it is particularly important to keep in mind that having a functional GPS can be crucial for drivers, especially when exploring unknown areas.

Having a running cell phone is also useful and, as such, it is best to camp out in areas with cell phone coverage. It is also critical that the vehicle used is in very good shape and suited for off-roading. Which means that the car camping checklist should contain at least one extra tire, a toolkit and strong rope.

There are also a number of nonessential items which you can afford to take along on your backcountry ventures by car. Those items are lawn chairs and pliable tables, tablecloth, a wider variety of cooking and heating devices, fuel, food for all meals in storage containers, blankets, cooler and ice, more clothing items and virtually any other things that you may want to bring along and that would not overload the car.

Consequently, it would seem that car camping is a preferable solution not only to elder persons. For families with young children and also just about anyone who wants to enjoy the outdoors can go for car camping as well. It can be done without any of the difficulty of having to reach some remote destination by foot.

RV Camping Checklist

When you decide to go camping with your RV, it is best for you to prepare an RV camping checklist in advance. So you will not forget any essential items you need when you reach the campground.

Even though most of the RV already equipped with many useful items and tools when you buy it, but it is still a good practice for you to do a checking so that all the necessary items that are in need for you to carry are not missed out.

On your list, you should first check all the essential items you need are already put in your RV. Then, go on the list and see if anything missing and you still have time to put them on.

The essential items are shelter, safety items, clothes, personal hygiene, food, water, utensil, kitchenware, and so on.

Since the RV is bigger than a car, you can load more items for you to take to the campsite. You can even load up a fire pit, a foldable table, a portable camping toilet, and a couple of foldable camping chairs in your RV.

The day before you take off, it is advisable for you to give your itinerary to your family and friends for them to help in checking the weather condition for the day you go camping. You need to bring powerbank, a weather radio, and GPS with you so that you can always have the latest update of the weather condition.

Other useful items are backpacks, knife, binoculars, bugs and mosquitoes repellent, power cord, electric fan, groceries, firewood cutting tools, grill, beverages and containers, dishes and utensils, fuel and charcoal, lighters, dishwashing items, trash bags and so on.

Essential Camping Checklist

This is the checklist with essential items only. This camping checklist also divided into main categories so it would be easier for you:

Shelter

Here is where you will do everything–sleep, eat or keep warm.

Solution: You need a good tent that should:

  • be selected based on the number of persons that will stay on it.
  • have a ground tarp to keep the insects out.
  • include a canopy.

Cooking

Your camping checklist should contain everything to have some agreeable outdoor food.

  • campfire grill or barbeque grill
  • salt, pepper, herbs, and oil
  • lighters
  • dishes
  • soap
  • kitchen instruments: spatula, knife, spoon, fork
  • food containers

Individual Camping Checklist

  • Sleeping / Bedding
    • sleeping sack
    • pillow
  • Hygienic essentials
    • shower equipment (pump, water container, a pair of shoes)
    • towels, toothbrush, toothpaste
    • shaving tools
    • toilet paper
  • Clothing
    You should take into consideration the weather and the activities.

    • underwear
    • camp shoes
    • pants and t-shirt
    • jacket
    • umbrella or rainwear
  • First aid
    You should buy a good aid kit and take it on all of your trips.
  • Miscellaneous
    • books
    • sunglasses
    • binoculars
    • bug spray
    • cell phone
    • pen and paper
    • flashlight with batteries
    • GPS
    • magnetic compass

Complete Camping Checklist

Here you can find the complete camping checklist. Of course, this camping checklist will vary from time to time depending on many factors such as the ages of the campers, the season, the number of campers, type of camping, activities and so on.

We divided the camping checklist into main categories so it would be easier for you. Here it is:

Shelter

Here is where you will do everything–sleep, eat or keep warm.

Solution: You need a good tent that should:

  • be selected based on the number of persons that will stay on it.
  • have a ground tarp to keep the insects out.
  • include a canopy.
  • include a hand brush to clean inside.

Cooking

Your camping checklist should contain everything to have some agreeable outdoor food.

  • campfire grill or barbeque grill
  • salt, pepper, herbs, and oil
  • fire starters such as gas or charcoal
  • lighters
  • few cups
  • dishes
  • dishpan
  • soap
  • microfiber cloths
  • cookware and bakeware
  • kitchen instruments: can opener, bottle opener, corkscrew, spatula, knife, spoon, fork
  • food containers
  • aluminum foil
  • mixing bowl
  • chopping board

Individual Camping Checklist

  • Sleeping / Bedding
    • sleeping sack
    • sleeping mats or air mattress
    • repair kit for the air mattress
    • pillow
    • storage bags
  • Hygienic essentials
    • shower equipment (pump, water container, a pair of shoes)
    • towels, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste
    • shaving tools, deodorant
    • toilet paper
  • Clothing
    You should take into consideration the weather and the activities.

    • underclothes, socks
    • boots, camp shoes
    • shorts, pants, and jeans
    • t-shirts or polo shirts
    • jacket
    • cap or hat
    • clothes for sleeping
    • clothes for swimming
    • umbrella or rainwear
    • laundry bag
  • First aid
    You should buy a good aid kit and take it on all of your trips.
  • Miscellaneous
    • books
    • mp3 player or iPad
    • camera with batteries
    • sunglasses
    • binoculars
    • bug spray
    • candles
    • cell phone
    • duct tape
    • fishing gear
    • pen and paper
    • sunblock
    • flashlight with batteries
    • GPS
    • magnetic compass
    • small camp chairs and table
    • board and cards games, soccer balls, tennis equipment, and others

Baby Camping Checklist

Clothes: Better bring clothes with long sleeves, long pant, socks, and glove. This is to cover the baby and give the baby good protection from getting bitten by insects especially mosquitoes.

Diapers and wipes: Just bring enough diapers and wipes (plus some spare ones) for camping. It is not necessary for you to bring a whole package.

Extra clothes and shoes: Take a few more clothes and shoes to ensure the comfort and warmth of your baby. Children love camping, but they are more likely to get wet and soiled than at home.

Camping with Dog Checklist

Understand the Rules and Regulation: There are many national parks have rules and regulations on pets that you bring along for camping. Please make sure you read and understand the relevant regulations before you go to the camping location.

Dog food bag: Remember to clean up every time after feeding the dog.

Pet food/snacks: Just like food that we eat, pet food also needs to store at a secure place at night or when you are out of the camp. This is to prevent the smell of the food lure in any unwanted insect or animal.

Brush: A brush can be used to remove dirt or other sticky from the dog fur.

The Fun Checklist

When we go camping sure we want to have fun and not just stay in the tent and doing nothing. Especially if we go with kids, there must be some entertainment items we need to bring along so that our kids and spend the time to play with. Here is an entertainment item list you can make it as your reference.

  • Playing Cards
  • Board Games
  • Sports Equipment: table tennis paddles, balls, badminton rackets, shuttlecocks
  • Camera
  • Music Player
  • Wireless Speaker
  • Portable DVD
  • Mountain Bike
  • Dirt Bike

Depending on the activities you have in the plan for your camping trip. This camping checklist can suffer modifications.

If you want to get a checklist that you can print out so that you can tick on the item when you are packing for your camping holiday, you can download the PDF version follow this link.

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