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Camping Checklist (And A Few Camping Tips)


Camping is an outdoor leisure activity involving overnight stays away from home in a tent, a caravan, or Motorhomes. Generally, campers leave the city to spend time outdoors in more natural setting in pursuit of adventure. Packing for a camping adventure can proof to be a daunting task. The below camping checklist will save you the headache of forgetting essential items that can make or spoil your adventures.

When travelling long distance by road, camping is a convenient and cheap means of accommodation.

Camping activities also enable one to learn life survival skills like lighting a fire, putting up a tent as well as learning to survive in a limited space which helps with organization skills.

Having camped several times in different countries and continually learning from my mistakes, i have prepared a camping checklist which you could use when preparing for your upcoming outdoor adventures.

Some items in my camping checklist may be specific to a certain country/location but others cut across the board.

The quantities you pack for camping depends on whether you’re going camping with family or two or more adults. Please note it’s not advisable to camp solo especially in secluded areas.

Not every item may be relevant to you, but it’s best to be prepared as possible.

Camping Tips


  • Only camp in designated areas- in campsites or hotel/resort compounds
  • Avoid camping near running water, animal trails, thick bushes, or berry patches
  • Keep yourself and your campsite odour free to avoid attracting wild animals
  • Store toiletries and personal items together with food
  • Don’t bring strongly scented cosmetics to the campsite
  • Set up cooking and eating areas at a safe distance from your tent. Better still lock all food items in the car at night
  • Wash and store all dishware immediately after use
  • Store garbage away from your tent
  • Keep tents, sleeping bags, and clothes free of food
  • Do not snack in your tent


Camping Gear Checklist


  • Tent, tarp, sleeping bag and sleeping pad.
  • Pillows for extra comfort
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Gear repair/sewing kit.
  • Pocket Knife, folding shovel.
  • Map and compass
  • Bug spray
  • Bear spray
  • Camera with charger
  • Playing cards


Clothing & Toiletries


  • Rain coat
  • Warm clothing for the night (long pajamas, extra socks, jacket, sweater, jeans, T-shirts)
  • Change of clothes
  • Waterproof boots
  • Hiking shoes if you plan to hike around the campsite
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel and face cloth
  • Biodegradable toiletries




  • Waterproof matches or lighter
  • Cooking equipment, dishes, and utensils
  • Food (Bring extra supplies if you can)
  • Drinking water and water bottle
  • Water purifier /Filter if on a cross-country road trip
  • Beers/wine
  • Paper Towels
  • Stove and fuel
  • Firewood (Check in advance if available at your campsite)
  • Frying pan
  • Pots
  • Portable coffee maker
  • Corkscrew with beer opener
  • Tablecloth
  • Roasting sticks for marshmallows, hot dogs, and Mshikaki
  • Containers or bags for food storage
  • Trash bags
  • Cooler and Ice
  • Cups, mugs
  • Paring knife, spatula, cooking spoon
  • Chopping board
  • Foil
  • Biodegradable dish soap/paste/liquid
  • Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel
  • Extra pot for washing dishes


The best camping checklist is the one you make yourself. I, therefore, hope mine above will help you tailor-make one. Is there any camping essential I missed? Let me know by adding it on the comments section below.

Read: Camping at Quinn Creek in British Columbia

Happy Camping!



Comments (19)

  1. Hi Caroline,

    Thanks for the heads up on your article plus I’m always glad to meet other campers who actually write about it. Cheers for sharing your list though if I packed as much as you do I’d never leave the house 🙂 It does really depend if I’m I’m rolling solo and the length of trip I’ve recently been trying to really cut down on my kit so lets see how that goes!


    1. Thank you too Kenyan Camper. I agree packing for camping depends on how many days you’ll be out, and if solo or with kids or adults only. This camping checklist caters for all the above options.

  2. I have actually never camped before so this definitely alot. Thanks for the tips I sure won’t be snacking while in the tent.

    1. Give it a try Patience. Snacking in the tent attracts wild animals which could be dangerous.
      Happy first camping xx

  3. Hi, Myglobalattitude,
    Great post. I like your great camping checklist. I love to go outdoor and camping stays longtime getting fun and adventure. I impressed your great struggle on this post. I appreciate you. This camping checklist best for all explorer.

  4. We camp a few times a year- always bring the pocket knife! It comes in handy so often!

  5. You forgot chocolate and graham crackers for s’mores! Haha…just kidding [kinda]. I haven’t gone camping in YEARS. I may need to plan a camping trip soon. I had no idea there was a such thing as bear spray! I’ll definitely be bringing that with me when I go camping!

    1. I’m sure after all those years you’ll still go for camping as prepared. Don’t forget to bring a few Graham crackers 😉

  6. Do you notice that the older you get the more camping equipment you require? My friends and I used to go with sleeping bags, hot dogs, and beer. Now it’s like we need every item on this list and then some!

    1. Oh wow! Makes sense. Just bring whatever makes your camping adventure comfortable 😉

  7. Great tips! I haven’t been camping in a while but I’d love to go again soon!

  8. Camping is definitely easier to prepare for the more you do it! Love this checklist!

  9. I’m not sure the list you’ve mentioned under “cooking” is really essential at all. We’ve been on several camping trips with just the bare minimum and had a comfortable night out. I guess everyone has different needs. Having said that, some of the camping tips you’ve mentioned are actually quite interesting. Great job. Keep it up.

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