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Ultimate Camping Checklist | Go Prepared!

Getting ready to go on a camping trip in a pop up camper or tent (or better yet, are you camping for free?), but worried you might forget something? Don’t worry! We made this ultimate camping checklist so you can be prepared and not forget anything! There’s nothing worse than realizing you didn’t bring enough blankets or forgot your toothbrush. Or not knowing all of the camping hacks out there!

When it comes to camping, preparation is key. Whether you’re a seasoned outdoor enthusiast or a rookie camper, having a detailed checklist will help you avoid common camping mishaps and maximize your enjoyment of the wilderness. From basic survival items like tents and sleeping bags to creature comforts like camping chairs and board games, our Ultimate Camping Checklist covers it all. Remember, every camping trip is unique, so tailor this checklist to suit your specific needs and make your outdoor adventure as seamless as possible

Table of Contents

Campsite Essentials

  • Tent and stakes
  • Chairs
  • Picnic table
  • Sleeping pad
  • Sleeping bags
  • Sleeping pillows
  • Lights/Lanterns
  • Extra batteries
  • Air mattress/cot

Camping Kitchen Checklist

  • Propane grill
  • meal plan
  • Camp meals
  • Pots/pans
  • Cooking utensils
  • Eating utensils
  • Cutting board
  • Plates/Bowls
  • Trash bags
  • Mugs/Cups
  • Cooler with ice
  • Bottle/Can opener
  • Sponge/pan scraper


  • T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Undergarments
  • Sleepwear
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Sweatshirts
  • Lightweight sweater
  • Boots or shoes
  • Socks
  • Rain jacket/gear
  • Insulated Jacket (during cold weather)
  • Gloves/mittens
  • Swimsuits (if camping near water or pools)

Health & Hygiene

  • Toilet paper
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toiletry kit
  • Body wash
  • Deodorant
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Menstrual products
  • Prescription medications
  • First-aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Baby wipes
  • Cleaning wipes
  • Brush/comb
  • Earplugs
  • Portable camp shower

Personal Items

  • Phone
  • Wallet
  • I.D.
  • Cash/Debit cards/Credit Cards
  • Watch
  • Campsite Reservation (If required)

Tools & Repair Items

  • Multi-tool
  • Knife
  • Duct tape
  • Power cords
  • Mallet or hammer (for hammering tent stakes)
  • Saw or axe (for cutting firewood)
  • Small broom and dustpan
  • Wrench set

Camping Extras

  • Solar charger and portable power
  • GPS
  • Books
  • Radio
  • Games and toys
  • Deck of cards
  • Dog gear
  • Dry bags or clear plastic bins to store items
  • Generators

So, there you have it – the Ultimate Camping Checklist that will keep you prepared, safe, and able to fully immerse in the natural wonders around you. Before you load up the RV and head off, take a few moments to review this list and check off each item. Here’s to your next unforgettable camping adventure!

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