When going camping for the first time, the idea of packing can be daunting. We have gathered up a list of items for our ultimate packing list. Obviously some of the items on this list aren't needed by every camper. This list should give you a good idea and you can personalize it for your own camping needs. If you have any suggestions on what every camper should bring along camping, leave us a comment below!
Shelter- (for tenters)
__Tent __Ground cloth/tarp __Extra stakes __Axe or hammer __Mat for tent entrance
__Sleeping bag __Sheets/blankets __Pillow __Air mattress __Air pump __Repair kit for air mattress
Cooking __Coolers/ice __Thermos __fuel/propane __Matches/lighter __Charcoal
__Firewood (Check local DNR restrictions on firewood being transported) __Grill __Fire starters & newspaper __Tablecloth & Clips __Plates & bowls __Silverware __Aluminum foil __Paper towels __Trash bags __Dish soap __Clothes pins __Cooking oil __Containers for food storage __Potholders & oven mitts __Pots and frying pans with lids __Cook utensils-spatula, knife, spoon __Tongs __Skewers & grill forks __Can opener & bottle opener __Folding table & Chairs __Pie irons __Mugs & Cups __Mixing bowl __Cutting board __Ziplock bags __Napkins __Dish rags & towels __Scrub pad & Washcloth __Seasonings & sugar & condiments
__Shoes/boots __Pant & belt __Shorts __T-shirts __Socks __Hat __Sweatshirt/jacket __Underwear __Sleep clothes __Rain gear __Swim suit & towel __Laundry bag
__Shower Shoes/Flip flops
Personal __Towels & washcloth __Soap
__Shampoo & Conditioner __Tooth brush & tooth paste __Deodorant __Comb/brush __Razor __Feminine products __Toilet paper __ Hair Ties __ Headband/Bandana __Personal medications – take extra
__Sunscreen __chapstick __Lantern (and fuel) or flashlight __Extra batteries __Compass/GPS __Bug repellant/candles __Whistle __Camera & Batteries __Maps/directions __Misc. tools __Backpack/fanny pack __Fishing gear/license/bait __Radio __Camp chairs
__ Koozie __Sunglasses __Hammock __First aid kit (See next category for first aid supplies) __Tissues __Collapsible drying rack __Pocket knife __Binoculars __Rope/clothes line __Canteen/water bottle __Bungi cords/straps __Cards/games/toys __Duct tape __Reservations info./confirmation __Cell phone/charger __Money/ID/credit card/quarters __Bikes & helmets __Travel alarm clock __Umbrella __Hand sanitizer __Drinks/snacks __Small sewing kit __Fire extinguisher __Coffee & Coffee Pot __Scissors
__Marshmallows, Graham crackers, Hershey bars
Basic First Aid Kit
__Personal medications __Roll bandages __Adhesive tape __Antiseptic wipes __Sterile gauze pads __Cotton swabs __Tweezers __Safety pins __Bee sting kit __Sinus medications __Personal information/contact person __Misc. Band Aides/bandages __Anti-acids such as Tums __Antibiotic cream __Aspirin/Ibuprofen/Tylenol __Hydrogen Peroxide __Ace bandages __Sunburn lotion __Burn ointment __Snake bit kit __Eye drops __Poison ivy cream/cleansers __Heat/cold packs __Latex gloves __Antibacterial soap __Thermometer
Are you bringing your furry friends? Don't forget their stuff: leash, food, dog dishes, pet bed, local veterinarian number, plastic bag for waste, pet medication, etc.
Don't forget to always tell someone of your plans – give details of where you are going and when you expect to return, give directions and possible alternative roads that you may take, provide cell phone numbers, and provide local authority phone numbers (State Police, Game & Fish Commission, Sheriff Dept, etc.) for the county or area that you will be in.
Did we forget something? Leave us a comment below and we will be sure to add it!