Essential Camping Checklist

Essential Camping Checklist

Camping is one of the best adventures that we can go on. It is a trip that we can take with family, friends, or even our dogs. It is a journey without limits, and one that allows us to distance ourselves from the rush and bustle that comes with everyday life in the modern world. Of course, when you go camping it is important that you bring all of the essentials, and I have made this ultimate checklist because I know how easy it is to forget the things you need most. The number of times I have forgotten a torch or a lighter is bordering on comical. So, before you go on your next trip, take a look at this list and make sure you check it all off.

What You Will Need

The checklist that I have compiled is one that is suited to a group of campers who are going on a camping trip. It is easy to alter for smaller groups or a single person, and can also be altered to suit festival camping as well. It’s easy to work out which gear will be most relevant to your camping trip.

The Tent Checklist

The tent is the central point of any camping trip. For those going on a wild camping trip, not everything on this list will be relevant to you, as it tends to be a minimalist venture.

  • Tent. Always choose a tent that has a larger berth than the number of people staying inside it. This gives you room to store your rucksacks.
  • Tent accessories. Including, but not limited to, porch, carpet, footprint.
  • Spare tent pegs.
  • Mallet for knocking the pegs into the ground.
  • Lantern.
  • Brush.
  • Duct tape for emergency repairs.
  • Electric hook up so you can charge phones and other devices.

Your Sleeping Checklist

This list generally applies to every form of camping. The main thing to remember is that the weight of items can vary. If you are a backpacker, go for the lightweight options. On the other hand, family groups may want something more luxurious, especially as it tends to be packed in the car.

  • Sleeping bag.
  • Sleeping mat or airbed. This adds an extra layer of cushioning for added comfort. Also, keeps you off the ground, so you don’t end up damp.
  • Camp bed. Fells a little homier and keeps you higher off the ground.
  • Pillow.
  • Extra clothing for when the temperature drops at night.

The Campsite Checklist

For many, the campsite itself is like a home away from home, and it’s something that you can customise to match your own personal needs and requirements.

  • Outdoor furniture such as camping tables or chairs to create a more sociable area.
  • Portable toilet.
  • Windbreak. Good for the wind as well as privacy.
  • Torches. You could also bring a headtorch if you need to navigate in the dark.
  • Bin bags. It is essential that you leave nothing behind. Both for other campers and the safety of the wildlife.
  • String or cord. This can be used as a washing line to hang clothing, or it can be used for binding.

The Camping Kitchen Checklist

The kitchen can require a lot of alteration, as the majority of it depends on the type of camping trip you are taking. If you are a hiker and camper, you will probably want a stove that is small and lightweight, making it easier to carry around in your pack.

On the other hand, those attending festivals may find themselves facing strict rules with regards to the type of fuel they can bring. Those who are travelling as a group or family, however, may find themselves in need of larger equipment so that they can make larger meals.

  • Water container. This is ideal for drinking water.
  • A stove and/or BBQ.
  • Gas or charcoal. This is dependent on the type of cooking appliance you decide to bring.
  • Pots and pans for cooking your food.
  • Low wattage appliances. This is so that they work with your electricity hook-up. Can offer a little extra luxury.
  • Kettle for evening cups of tea!
  • Cooking utensils.
  • Cutlery.
  • Tableware. Things like plates, bowls, and cups.
  • A basin for washing dirty dishes and carrying them across the campsite.
  • Tin opener. This is an essential item that you really don’t want to forget!
  • Bottle opener. For a cool beer on a hot day outdoors.
  • Pocket knife. In case you forget the tin opener and the bottle opener.
  • A cooler box to keep food cool.
  • Matches and a lighter.
  • Wet wipes.

The Health and Safety Checklist

A key thing to remember is that if you take personal medication, you should bring more than usual with you. This is just in case of emergency, and ensures that you always have some with you. This checklist is applicable to all types of camping, so pay careful attention.

  • Personal medication.
  • First aid kit.
  • Sun cream.
  • Antibacterial hand sanitiser.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Extra batteries.
  • Pocket knife / Swiss army knife.
  • Toilet roll.

To Conclude

Hopefully, this checklist has everything you will need for your next camping list. Of course, these are the essentials, so if you want to add a few luxury items then feel free. Things like mobile phones tend to be considered a luxury, but they can be a lifesaver in an emergency, so make sure you bring it with you, along with a portable charging pack.

Whether you are going alone or with family/friends, with this checklist, your camping trip is sure to be one of the best ones. Just remember to print it out and bring it with you so that you don’t forget anything when you are preparing to set out on your trip, and so that you don’t leave anything behind when you return.

What did you think of your essential camping checklist? Is there anything that you would have added? We love hearing from you, so leave a message in the comment section below.