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The Complete Camping Packing List

Selecting the right kind of camping supplies can make the difference between a great experience or having a miserable time. If you go camping on a regular basis, be sure to reference this ultimate list so you can enjoy your camping experience with the right camping equipment.

What to Wear

You should be more thoughtful than just throwing some shirts and jeans in your bag before heading out camping. Keeping dry and warm is the most important thing while camping. The apparel you bring should be tailored to protect you from the elements and wick away moisture.

If you anticipate cold weather:

  • Extra layers
  • Long underwear
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Beanie or warm hat
  • Insulated coat or vest
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Ear warmers 

Tools & Supplies You’ll Need Camping

Camping tools are usually the first items on everyone’s list, such as tents, sleeping bags and flashlights. The ideal tent to bring depends on your group size, trip duration and campground location. Most people only have one sleeping bag they use on every camping trip, but the best sleeping bag should be rated higher than the coldest temperature of your campsite.

General Camping & Tenting Equipment

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bags
  • Sleeping pads
  • Flashlights – don’t forget extra batteries
  • Lantern with fuel or batteries
  • Pillow
  • Camping chairs
  • Multi-tool
  • Duct tape
  • Extra rope
  • Hammer for tent stakes
  • Axe for firewood

Kitchen Tools for Camping

  • Charcoal Grill and briquettes or Camping stove and fuel
  • Matches, lighter and fire starters
  • Sharp knife
  • Cooking pots and pans
  • Cooking utensils
  • Can opener
  • Eating utensils
  • Mugs and cups
  • Plates and bowls
  • Cutting board
  • Bottled water
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Cooler with ice
  • Sponges and dish towels
  • Aluminum foil
  • Trash bags
  • Food
  • Canned and bagged food that doesn’t spoil (good for longer trips)

Planning for the Weather

You never know what Mother Nature can throw at you when you’re out in the woods. Weather conditions can change quickly so make sure you have these items to be prepared.

  • Tarps
  • Rainwear – jacket and pants
  • Extra garbage bags to protect your gear
  • Waterproof your tent – spray and seam sealant
  • Clothesline to dry out your items
  • Hand and foot warmers

Protection From Bugs, Sun and Animals

It’s easy to forget to bring protection from bugs and critters. Make sure to bring these items to stay safe and comfortable on your camping trip.

  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Bug spray
  • Citronella candles
  • Bear spray
  • First aid kit
  • Pepper spray, stun gun or other self-defense protection, possibly, if it is legal and you know how to use it and exercise extreme safety measures

You don’t want to be stuck in the outdoors wishing you would have brought an item that would have made your camping trip a success. Plan ahead and bring the camping supplies on this list to ensure you have the best experience.

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