Basic Camping List {Printable}

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It is officially that time of year when we pack up our tents and sleeping bags and…dang! I ALWAYS forget something! To help you out we have joined forces with some of our favorite campers to come up with a basic camping list. For those backpackers, you can bring a lot less, but when you have a car handy, this is the way to go!

This post contains affiliate linksAre you missing something on the list? We have hyperlinked the entries to Amazon so you can get your MUST HAVE camping supplies before you hit the road.

If you don’t have EVERYTHING on this list, don’t panic. We filled out our list over the years and upgraded here and there. There are still quite a few items we don’t have (kayaks!) and they are on the top of our wishlists.

Are you ready to go and you just need the list? Download a printable version HERE.

Basic Camping List

Sleeping and Shelter:

Around Camp:

Camp Kitchen:

Cooking Utensils:

  • Knives (this is a GREAT Father’s Day gift)
  • Spatulas
  • Slatted Spoon
  • Measuring Cups

Washing & Cleaning Station:

  • Biodegradable Dish soap
  • Washing Tub
  • Sponge/Scrub Pad
  • Paper towels
  • Drying Towel
  • Trash bags

Clothing & Outerwear:

  • Jacket
  • Fleece Sweater
  • T-shirts: Short & Long Sleeves
  • Camp Pants
  • Sweats
  • Shorts
  • Underwear
  • Sleep clothes
  • Laundry bag



Swimming & Rain Gear:

  • Rain Jacket or Poncho
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel

Personal Hygiene

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Comb/brush
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine products
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medications
  • Contact Lens Solution
  • Contact Lens Case
  • Hand-sanitizer
  • Lip Balm

Safety & Navigation


  • Camera
  • Cash & Coins
  • Notepad & pen
  • Rubberbands

For Families…

For Outdoor Activities…

For A Little Glamping…

Again, here is the free printable list.

One last mention, Coleman sent us this bad boy:

and we were THRILLED! We took it camping, to the beach, on the dock and sailing. When we had a backyard BBQ, we wheeled it over next to our large BBQ and threw on 10 m0re burgers! Coleman has DEFINITELY upped their game with this portable outdoor cooking DREAM! Get your own here.


 What would YOU add to this list?

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Tent - check; Sleeping bag - check; What else do you need to make your camping trip comfortable and complete? We have a printable checklist and some GREAT suggestions from our favorite camping gear.

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