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THE ULTIMATE CAMPING CHECKLIST

THE ULTIMATE CAMPING CHECKLIST

- April 20, 2024

What makes or breaks a happy camper varies greatly. Some don’t mind sleeping on the ground, wearing the same clothes for a few days, and eating baked beans from a tin can for a week. For most this won’t do. ​

An ultimate camping checklist is vital in ensuring successful outdoor getaways, whether you're a seasoned camper or embarking on your first wilderness experience. It aids thorough and systematic planning, guaranteeing that no essential item is left behind, from critical survival tools such as the first-aid kit, tent, and food supplies, to secondary comforts like camping games and hammocks. It also offers peace of mind and clarity, reducing the stress linked with the fear of forgetting necessary gear. More so, an ultimate camping checklist can be adjusted to cater to varying camping experiences – be it a relaxed weekend getaway or an intense week-long hike. ​

An ultimate camping checklist is a roadmap to an organized, stress-free, memorable getaway. Here is our ultimate camping checklist: ​

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© Nick Tortajada © Craig Kolesky

Shelter and Bedding:

Tent, poles, stakes​

Groundsheet ​

Extra tarp ​

Sleeping bag for each camper​

Sleeping mattress​

Repair kit for pads, mattress, tent, tarp​

Pillows​

Extra blankets​

Mallet ​

Hot Water Bottle​

Portable diesel heater (for extreme winter conditions)​

© Front Runner

Cooking and Food Supplies: 

CADAC Gas BBQ Cooker ​

Gas for cooker ​

Matches or lighter​

Firewood​

Frying pan​

Pot​

Portable coffee/tea maker​

Corkscrew​

Roasting sticks for marshmallows, hot dogs​

Food-storage containers​

Water-storage containers​

Dometic CFX3 Fridge/Freezer​

Front Runner Camp Kitchen Utensil Set ​

Dometic drinkware ​

Plates, bowls,​

Biodegradable soap​

Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel​

Dometic Patrol cooler box

Front Runner Wolf Pack Pro Storage Boxes

© Craig Kolesky

Clothing and Personal Items: 

Clothes for daytime​

Sleepwear​

Swimsuits​

Rainwear​

Shoes/boots​

Extra layers for warmth​

Gloves​

Towel​

Toiletries​

Personal medication​

Sunscreen​

Sunglasses​

Bug spray​

Portable camping toilet (if needed)​

© Craig Kolesky

Safety Supplies: 

First-aid kit​

Knife or multi-tool​

Lantern, flashlight, headlamp​

Spare Batteries​

Emergency whistle​

Map and compass/GPS​

Cellphone​

© Shayd Johnson © Pine Pins

Campsite Extras: 

Front Runner Expander Chair ​

Front Runner Expander Table​

Hammock​

Camp games and toys​

Notebook and pen/pencil​

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© Craig Kolesky

Optional: 

Camera​

Binoculars​

Fishing gear (and license)​

Canoeing/Kayaking gear​

Cycling gear ​

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