The Best Interactive Camping Checklist

Welcome to the best and last camping checklist that you will ever need. Whether you are a beginner asking yourself “What should I bring for camping?” or a seasoned outdoor ranger wondering, “What am I forgetting this time?” this comprehensive checklist will ensure that you always have all the essential gear in your pack to help you have a great time adventuring outdoors and create the best camping memories.

While you definitely do not need to bring every single item on this list, and when weight limits are not a concern, it is always a good idea to always bring something along and not use it than to be stranded without.

If you prefer a simple printable spreadsheet there is a version available at the bottom of this list.

 

Camping Checklist

The Camping Checklist

 

How to use this list: This interactive checklist will remember your selections so you can leave and come back as needed. To start over and remove all of your selected checkboxes just use the clear button at the bottom of the page.

 

Tent

Shelter/Bedding

Arguably some of the most important things to bring along camping. Make sure you have a great night’s rest by bringing all the proper bedding.


Tent
Sleeping bag
Ground cloth or tarp
Air mattress and air pump
Sleeping pad or cot
Pillows
Extra blankets
Hammock
Canopy/Screen House
Camping Chairs
Folding Table

 

Hiking Boot

Clothing

Its always better to pack some extra clothes and not need them than to go without. Always check the weather ahead of time and dress accordingly.


Shoes
Socks
Underwear
Pants
Shorts
T-shirt
Long Sleeve Shirt
Sweater or Light Jacket
Hat
Gloves
Sunglasses
Raincoat or poncho
Swimming suit
Water shoes or sandals

 

Pocket Knife

Tools

These essential tools make everything from setting up a tent to building a fire a breeze.


Canteen or water bottle
Pocket knife
Multitool
Matches or lighter
Flashlight
Lantern
Hatchet or axe
Hammer
Saw
Tape
Rope
Water purifier
Hiking stick or ski pole
Extra Tarp

 

Hot Dog

Cooking and kitchen

Arguably the best part of camping is the cooking but food preparation can become a chore if you forget to bring a knife or cutting board.


Water storage
Cooler
Bear Bag
Thermos
Firestarter
Firewood
Cookware
Potholders, oven mitts, or gloves
Camp stove
Fuel for stove
Grill Grate
Chefs knife
Cutting board
Tongs
Skewers or grilling forks
Can opener
Storage bin
Mixing Bowl
Mugs or cups
Plates and bowls
Utensil or silverware
Paper towels
Aluminum foil
Cooking oil
Seasoning
Sponge or brillo pad

 

Back Pack

Extra gear

It wouldn’t ruin a trip if you forgot any of this stuff but it is always nice to bring along.


Backpack
First aid kit
Camera
Notepad and pencil
Cell phone charger
Solar or battery pack
Extra Batteries
Sunscreen
Chapstick
Bug repellent
Compass or GPS
Whistle
Book
Musical instrument
Radio or speaker
Playing cards or game
Dustpan and small broom

 

Toilet Paper

Toiletries

Staying clean requires a little bit of effort in the outdoors but it can still be very easy with the right stuff.


Toothbrush
Deodorant
Toilet paper and wet wipes
Hand Shovel
Hand sanitizer
Soap and shampoo
Razor and shaving cream
Mirror
Feminine hygiene
Personal medications

 

This camping checklist is also available as a printable spreadsheet to download in PDF or Excel file format:

PDF Camping Checklist

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Excel Camping Checklist

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Plan ahead

  • Before you head out always be sure to tell friends or family where you plan on going and for how long.
  • Research your campsite rules ahead of time. Not all campsites have fire rings or allow fires to be built on the ground at all. Some trails do not allow for dogs. A quick online search can help you find your campsite rules.
  • Practice setting up your tent before you head out and make sure everything is in working condition. You don’t want to have to learn how to pitch your tent for the very first time during a rainstorm or in the darkness with a flashlight.
  • After a successful trip always remember to air out any tents or sleeping bags to prevent mold from growing. You don’t want to discover a moldy tent the next time you set up your tent in the wilderness.



 

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