Camping Checklist with the Family

Camping is not a easy thing, many things need to prepare.

First, get a camping date on your calender. Campgrounds can fill up quickly so plan ahead to get a spot. And try to leave early in the day on Friday (or head out during the work week) to avoid commuter traffic and have a better chance of setting up camp before it gets dark.

Invite friends. Camping with kids alone is great. But camping with another family or bringing your kids’ friends along helps keep everyone happy and occupied.

Prepare the gear. Use the camping checklist below to make sure you take what you need, but not much more. Check the tent, stove, matches/lighters, and lanterns beforehand for damage and working condition.

Prepare the food. The checklist doesn’t include food—you’ll have to create that yourself. Here’s a tip: Write down what you plan to eat for each meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner.) Then prepare what you can at home—marinate the meats, cut the vegetables, wrap the potatoes in foil. You’ll be thankful once you get to camp.

When you pack the cooler, set out the foods meal by meal, thinking about how you’ll serve each meal so you don’t forget condiments and necessary utensils, can opener, etc.

That’s it for the tips! Now on to the checklist. Have fun!

Shelter

  • Tent
  • Ground cloth/tarp
  • Extra stakes
  • Shade tarp/poles/rope/stakes
  • Axe or hammer
  • Mat for tent entrance
  • Dust pan/brush

Bedding

  • Sleeping bag
  • Sheets/blankets
  • Pillow
  • Air mattress/sleeping pad/cot/tarp
  • Air pump
  • Repair kit for air mattress
  • Utility bags for storage

Cooking

  • Large water jug & water bucket
  • Coolers/ice
  • Thermos
  • Stove with fuel/propane
  • Matches/lighter
  • Charcoal/firewood/buddy burner
  • Dutch oven/tin can stove/box oven/etc
  • Campfire grill/BBQ grill
  • Fire starters/newspaper
  • Tablecloth/thumb tacks/clips
  • Plates & bowls/paper plates & bowls
  • Silverware/plastic silverware
  • Measuring cups
  • Heavy-duty aluminum foil
  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags
  • Dish soap
  • Clothes pins
  • Cooking oil/Pam spray
  • Containers for food storage
  • Potholders/oven mitts
  • Pots and frying pans with lids
  • Soap for outside of pots and pans
  • Cook utensils-spatula, knife, spoon
  • Tongs
  • Skewers/grill forks
  • Can opener/bottle opener
  • Folding table
  • Dutch oven
  • Pie irons
  • Mugs/paper cups
  • Mixing bowl
  • Cutting board
  • Ziplock bags
  • Napkins
  • Dish pan
  • Dish rags/towels
  • Scrub pad/brillo
  • Seasonings/sugar/condiments
  • Potato peeler

Clothes

  • Shoes/boots
  • Jeans/pant/belt
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Socks/extra socks
  • Hat
  • Bandana
  • Sweatshirt/jacket
  • Underwear
  • Sleep clothes
  • Rain gear
  • Swim suit/towel
  • Laundry bag

Personal

  • Shower shoes/flip flops
  • Towels/washcloth
  • Soap in plastic case/shampoo
  • Tooth brush/tooth paste
  • Deodorant
  • Comb/brush
  • Razor
  • Feminine products
  • Toilet paper
  • Shower bag or 5 gallon bucket
  • Camping shower/shower pump
  • Other personal items
  • Personal medications – take extra

 

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