Camping Gear Checklist

Welcome to the best Camping Gear Checklist. 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.

This interactive checklist will remember your current selections when you leave this site so you can come back at any time while you go and gather your equipment. To start over and remove all of your selected checkboxes just use the clear button at the bottom of the page.

 

The Checklist

Shelter/Bedding


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

 

Clothing


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

 

Tools


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

 

Cooking and kitchen


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

 

Extra gear


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

 

Toiletries


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


 

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.