Your next family camping trip will be hassle free with our camping checklist.
Packing for a family camping trip can seem like a daunting task. You have to remember everything, from the tent to the food to emergency survival gear. Use our camping checklist to get started. All you need to do is get the gear and the family ready for a great adventure.
Think about what you plan on cooking while you’re camping. You might be campfire cooking or using a camping stove. You will want to bring camping cookware and utensils such as camp forks and pie irons. If you plan on using a camp stove, don’t forget extra fuel. Aluminum foil can serve double duty for cooking on the campfire and saving leftovers. If you need coffee in the morning, a coffee percolator will be your best friend.
Keeping food in coolers with ice will give you more menu options. It’s a good idea to bring a few coolers, one for ready-to-eat food and/or beverages, and one for raw food.
Of course, you’ll need to clean up after yourself. Bring along garbage bags and paper towel for easy clean up. A collapsible water carrier works great for washing hands and dirty dishes. A dish drying rack will also come in handy.
Survival Gear and First Aid
Having the right camping gear on your camping checklist is essential. Bring along a first aid kit for minor cuts and bruises. Flashlights, extra batteries and waterproof matches can provide a light source in case there’s an emergency. A multi-tool can come in handy for a variety of emergencies.
Depending on where you’re camping, you’ll need toilet paper and hand soap or sanitizer. Bring enough toiletries for the duration of the camping trip. A camping shower can also come in handy if you’re not staying in a RV or campgrounds with showers. Don’t forget any medications you or other campers will need. It’s a good idea to bring extra medication in case of an emergency or prolonged stay.
Don’t forget to mark a cabin or dome tent off of your camping checklist. It’s a good idea to bring a tent repair kit in case your tent rips. It’s also a good idea to bring extra tent stakes. Bring a tent tarp along to pitch your tent on. It will provide an extra layer between you and the ground. If it’s going to be hot when you’re camping, it might not be a bad idea to bring a tent fan. A tent rain fly will also help keep your tent dry if it rains. Mosquito netting can save you from pesky bugs.
You’ll feel rejuvenated after a good night’s sleep while camping. Remember to bring an air mattress, camping pad or cot for extra comfort. If you’re bringing an air mattress, don’t forget an air pump and repair kit. A sleeping bag will keep you toasty, while sheets, blankets and pillows will bring a feel of home.
Our camping checklist covers the essentials. Of course, it’s also a good idea to bring along some form of entertainment, too. Pack up the kayaks or canoes for a day on the water. If hanging around the campsite is more your style, bring along some lawn games to play.
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