Your camping essentials checklist

Wondering if you’ve packed everything you’ll need to camp in the great outdoors? Check our list so you don’t forget any of these camping essentials

Your camping essentials checklist


Camping equipment

Portable stove & fuel
Bedding: sheets, pillows, sleeping bags if using
Air mattress & pump
Tarp and rope in case of rain
Camp chairs
Bug repellent
Extra batteries
Garbage & recycling bags
Lighter and matches
Axe for making kindling
Towels (including beach towels if swimming)
First-aid kit
Personal care items: soap, shampoo/conditioner, hairbrush, toothpaste & toothbrush, razor, prescription drugs

Food basics and cooking gear (does not include food!)

2 large coolers with ice packs
Thermos-type flask
Salt, pepper, sugar
Condiments (mustard, ketchup, relish, olive oil, butter, vinegar)
Cooking oil
Coffee, tea
Bottled water
Ziplock-type bags
Paper towels
Dishcloths & tea towels
Aluminum foil, plastic wrap
Frying pans (preferably cast-iron), pots
Coffee pot
Utensils: Forks, knives, spoons, spatula
Dishes: Mugs, cups, plates, cereal bowls, large bowl
Dish soap
Oven mitt
Plastic containers with lids to store foods

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