Camping Checklist

Amy Jacko is here today to help you pack for your weekend camping trips this season. Check out her camping checklist of everything you’ll need to be prepared!

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Amy Jacko

My family and I love camping! We never seem to take enough camping trips each year. Camping with friends, or just as family, is a fun way to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. The key to a fun, safe, and relaxing camping trip is to prepare and pack for a camping trip well ahead of your departure day. It can be a lot of work the first time, but having pre-packed bins for camping trips, ready and waiting in a storage area, will help reduce stress and the risk of not having what you need when you arrive at your campsite.

Once you get to your campground and are all set-up, you can sit back and relax.

I have listed items that we take with us on most camping trips. Store the items listed below in storage bins for quick packing, and easy and stress-free camping trips.

Our Camping Checklist

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Camp Kitchen:

(If given the option, buy small versions of any of the kitchen utensils listed.)

  • A Folding Camp Kitchen (It is nice to have one place to storage your camp kitchen items neatly.)
  • Coolers
  • Ice
  • Plastic Plates or Paper Plates (which are great of starting a campfire)
  • Silverware
  • Mugs
  • Water bottles
  • Paper towels
  • Pots and Pans 
  • Potholder
  • Mixing bowl
  • Tea Kettle
  • Cutting board
  • Knife with a Cover
  • Spatula
  • Tongs (that you can use on a grill)
  • Roasting Forks
  • Can Opener
  • Scissors
  • Ziplock Bags
  • Garbage Bags
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Dishwashing Pan
  • Dish Soap (Pack bottle inside of a ziplock bag)
  • Sponge
  • Plastic Tablecloth
  • Clips for Tablecloth
  • Camp Stove/Grill (Ms. Spicy recommended this grill to us and we love it!)
  • Extra Propane Tanks
  • Water Jug
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Cooking Spray
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Seasonings for Cooking
  • Food and Beverages

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For Sweet Dreams:

  • Tent (My daughter had her own tent and this one is similar. It was so easy to put up!)
  • Tent Footprint (Make sure it fits your tent.)
  • Plastic tarp
  • Sleeping bags (These are a couple of sleeping bags that we love … #1, #2,)
  • Air mattress
  • Battery operated air pump
  • Spare batteries
  • Battery operated fan
  • Pillows

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Items That All Campers Should Have:

  • Flashlights and Headlamp (You almost can never have to many.)
  • Duct Tape
  • Cash (For buying firewood, etc.)
  • Campsite Reservation Info
  • Directions Directions to Campground (As cell phone coverage is not always available.)
  • Cordless Chargers for Charging Cell Phone or Camera
  • Bungee Cords
  • Mini-Tool Kit
  • Hatchet
  • Mallet
  • Rope
  • Lighters
  • Personal Happiness (If given the option, buy small versions or travel size items listed):
  • Shampoo
  • Body Wash
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Tooth Brush
  • Tooth Paste
  • Face Cleaner (Trust me you will be happy to scrub dirty, sunscreen, etc at the end of the day.)
  • Hair Bands/Ties
  • Head Band(s)
  • Deodorant
  • Nail Clippers
  • Razor
  • Mirror

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Traveling with Man’s (Or Woman’s) Best Friend:

  • Dog Lead Rope
  • Dog Food
  • Dog Leash
  • Water Bowl
  • Food Bowl
  • Dog Blanket
  • Dog Waste Bags
  • Dog ID Tags (Correct and Up-To-Date)
  • A Copy of Vaccine Records

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Camping Activity or Rain Day Bag:

  • Deck of Cards
  • Favorite Card Games
  • Frisbee 
  • Football (Yep, I am one of those fans.)
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Bubbles
  • Dice (Here is 21 dice games)
  • Camping Games (Check out these 7 Camping Games from iMom.)
  • Flash! – The Lightening Fast Game

Campsite Needs:

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Tips for Food Storage:

  • Marinate your meats and freeze them: Pour the marinade into a plastic freezer bag with a meat of your choice. It will help keep the cooler colder and the meat slowly marinate as it thaws.
  • Fill gallon size jugs with water and place them it your cooler. It will thaw slower than bags of ice and without water leaking, you will not have soggy food.
  • Freeze all your breakfast meats before you leave. The more items that you have frozen the cooler your cooler will stay. Say that 5 times fast!
  • Freeze juices and waters for added coolness in your cooler.
  • Plan out your meals. I have 3 bags for our meal ingredients. A breakfast, a lunch and a dinner bag. Then you take a meal at a time and place the items in the coordinated bag. This helps as well if you need to storage your food in your car or a bear safe locker, just grab the bag you need instead of having to bring all your food out to figure out what you will need.
  • As you can see we fashioned a griddle out of aluminum foil and the pancakes made not have turned out pretty but they were tasty. Also, we created a memory that our kids have to tell their kids.

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Here’s to creating happy camping memories. Happy Trails!

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11 comments on “Camping Checklist

  1. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted August 29, 2014 at 6:25 am Reply

    Great post Amy! I’m not much of a camper, but this list could really come in handy. I can’t believe you made pancakes on the grill. So creative!

    • Amyposted August 29, 2014 at 6:52 am Reply

      Thanks Julie!

  2. Amandaposted August 29, 2014 at 8:56 am Reply

    I love camping and it has been so long since we last went. What a great checklist, it’s really making long for a camping weekend this fall!: )

    • Amyposted September 9, 2014 at 10:38 am Reply

      Fall camping trips are the best!

  3. Alison Jeanineposted August 29, 2014 at 11:34 pm Reply

    Really wanting to fit in a camping trip (my first in years!) before the cooler temps of Fall roll in…these tips will be so handy! Thanks for posting. :) Xo, Alison

    http://www.simplyfairbyalisonjeanine.com

  4. Kristieposted August 30, 2014 at 12:42 am Reply

    That’s a pretty solid list, I used to always forget important stuff like aluminum foil and trash bags before I started keeping a list in my phone. Freezing meats in the marinade is a really good idea I hadn’t thought of.

    I also like to separate my meats, cheeses & butter, and veggies into separate dry bags like these http://www.amazon.com/SealLine-EcoSee-Clear-Dry-Liter/dp/B0028YYKPC/ref=sr_1_sc_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1409380682&sr=8-2-spell&keywords=sealline+drybag to keep everything dry and not covered in hot dog juice. But if you use the frozen gallons of water technique and don’t ever have to buy cubed ice, you don’t really have to worry about that.

    • Amyposted September 9, 2014 at 10:33 am Reply

      Kristie, I love these bags! Thanks for mentioning them. I will have order a few. They would be perfect for canoeing or kayaking trips too!

  5. Gabyposted August 30, 2014 at 8:03 pm Reply

    Fantastic list and tips!

    • Amyposted September 9, 2014 at 10:34 am Reply

      Thanks Gaby!

  6. Michelleposted September 1, 2014 at 4:19 am Reply

    Now this is an experienced list. I even bring an extra car key, just in case.

    • Amyposted September 1, 2014 at 8:08 am Reply

      Great idea Michelle!