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When packing for a camping trip, several categories need to be considered. To start, first decide how many days you plan on camping. Research the area and the expected weather, always prepare for the worst. If you plan on traveling with others, confer about what essentials are needed. For example, if you are ok with sharing, then you don’t need more than one tent. Last consideration is weight. If you have to hike to your campground, then you also need to consider the weight of your pack. REI recommends that a pack should not weigh more than 10% of your body weight.

Camping now, in 2020 is dramatically different than it used to be. Retailers such as REI, Cabela’s, or Dicks Sporting Goods. If you are new to camping and not sure if it is going to be something you often do, do not feel obligated to buy all brand-new gear. There is a huge market for second-hand equipment and renting is an option too. When buying second hand, make sure to perform a thorough inspection before venturing out into the wilderness. While out in the wild take the proper precautions to protect yourself and the land around you. Do not leave food out as this can attract wild animals. Leaving food out is dangerous not only for the campers but also the animal. Once a wild animal gets a taste of our delicious food they are more likely to visit other campers in search of that food. If it becomes a problem, the local game and fish may have to remove the animal from his or her home forcibly. Other precautions to take is litter and fire. Make sure you are responsible for the cleanup and containment of your campsite. Always completely put out your fires, a tiny ember can lead to the destruction of thousands of acres.

Ultimate Camping Checklist

The comprehensive list below may be more than every person needs. Each category also includes an “extra” section. This section pertains specifically to extra comfort and extravagance. Every camper has different needs, and as each camper develops his or her packing strategies, their list will evolve.



  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Camping pillow


  • Cot
  • Sunshade or tarp
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Blowup mattress


  • Fire starter kit
  • Lantern
  • Trash bag


  • Camp chairs
  • Camp table
  • Camp rug
  • Hammock
  • Umbrella for shade


  • Cook pot and pot holder
  • Cooking and eating utensils
  • Mug/cup
  • Plate/bowl
  • Can opener
  • Water bottles


  • Grill and fuel
  • Cutting boards
  • Coffee maker apparatus
  • Wash bin and dishwashing accessories


  • Multi-tool
  • Mallet or hammer
  • Duct tape
  • Tent-pole repair
  • Flashlight and extra batteries


  • Saw or axe for fire wood


  • Moisture-wicking underwear and socks
  • Moisture-wicking t-shirt
  • Waterproof pants or shorts (or pants that turn into shorts)
  • Insulated jacket
  • Sleepwear
  • Boots or shoes (check terrain)
  • Rainwear
  • Wide brimmed hat


  • First-aid kit
  • Medications in water resistant packaging
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Lip balm


  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toiletries
  • Towel


  • Brush
  • Mirror
  • Portable camp shower


  • Book
  • Star chart
  • Field guides (ie. Birds, flowers and insects)


  • Music
  • Video
  • Games and toys

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