Free Camping Checklists (Printable Templates)

Camping has increasingly become a popular leisure activity enjoyed by people of all ages. It often spans multiple days, providing an opportunity to explore the outdoors and have time for activities like hiking, fishing, swimming, hunting, and sightseeing. If you are considering a camping trip (whether for the first time or as a seasoned camper), it can be challenging to remember everything you need to bring with you on the trip. Keeping a checklist is therefore useful, as it ensures you do not forget the necessary camping gear or supplies.

This article outlines the essentials of packing for a camping trip and suggests what to pack and how to pack for maximum efficacy. 

Camping Checklist

A camping checklist is essential to your preparation, especially if you have never been camping before.

You can create it and add items as you plan your trip or make one beforehand. Since it is always recommended to pack light and compact, forgetting something crucial is possible, but a practical checklist will save you from that situation. Once you have created your checklist, cross-reference it as you pack and tick-mark those items that you have already packed. This will help you ascertain that all the essentials and must-haves are packed before leaving for your trip.

Below is a sample checklist that you can use to guide your packing process:


  • Camping tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Mattress
  • Pillow
  • Chairs
  • Headlamp
  • Lantern
  • Portable toilet and shower

Kitchen Essentials

  • Camping stove
  • Fuel
  • Table
  • Cooler
  • Cookware (pots & pans)
  • Dinnerware
  • Food prep and dish-washing supplies
  • Coffee-making supplies
  • Matches or Lighter
  • Can opener

Clothing & Footwear

  • Moisture-wicking base layer
  • Down jacket or synthetic jacket
  • Rain jackets
  • Hiking pants
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Wool hiking socks
  • Gloves & beanie

Tools & Repair Items

  • Pad/mattress repair kit
  • Tent-pole repair sleeve
  • Multi-tool
  • Mallet or hammer
  • Axe or saw
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Extra cord
  • Duct tape

Health & Hygiene

  • Toiletries, e.g., soap, shampoo, conditioner, toilet papers
  • Any regular medicines
  • First aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Anti-bacterial wipes
  • Face masks
  • Insects repellant
  • Toothpaste & toothbrush
  • Clean towels

Extras & Personal Items

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Earplugs
  • Lip balm
  • Games
  • Book or Kindle
  • Batteries or solar charger
  • Notebook, pen, pencil
  • Trash bags
  • Food and gear storage, e.g., plastic bins, Ziplock bags, etc.
  • Sun hat

Camping Essentials

A wide range of essential gear and accessories can make your trip extra fun, especially if you are taking kids along. You can choose to take all the items provided on our sample checklist provided above or select the ones you need most based on how adventurous you want your trip to be, where you will camp (if you are in a restricted area), and the duration of the trip. Regardless of which item/s you choose to pack, it is important to remember that carrying lightweight items is critical when choosing what to pack for your trip.

This section details the essentials to pack for your trip:

Campsite/sleeping gear

The most suitable choices for tents for a camping trip depends on several factors, including the weather conditions, the number of people, the level of comfort desired, and the type of activity. Some popular tent types include dome tents, cabin tents, backpacking tents, and inflatable tents. The material of the tent is also important, with options like nylon, polyester, and canvas.

Additionally, features such as waterproofing, ventilation, and ease of setup should be considered. Ultimately, the best tent for a camping trip will depend on individual preferences and the specific needs of the trip.

Other than the tent, other essentials include sleeping gear, including a sleeping bag or an inflatable mattress for comfort, a sleeping bag liner, a pillow, foldable chairs and tables, a headlamp/flashlight, lantern, a sleeping mat, and a portable folding travel toilet and shower that are lightweight and easy to transport. An air pump is also helpful if you have an inflatable mattress and warm blankets.

The following is a checklist of all campsite/sleeping gear to pack for your trip:

  Camping tent
☐ Sleeping bag/inflatable mattress
☐  Sleeping bag liner
☐  Pillow
☐  Sleeping mat
☐ Warm Blankets
☐  Headlamp/flashlight/lantern
☐  Foldable chairs
☐  Foldable table
☐  Portable folding travel toilet and shower
☐  An air pump

Kitchen essentials

The kitchen essentials that should feature on a checklist typically depend on the type of camping you will be doing (car camping, caravan camping, or glamping). However, some kitchen items should always be on your checklist. These include a portable camping stove, fuel, pots, pans, mugs, plates, spoons, and cutlery; a portable cooler; food preparation supplies; and dish-washing supplies.

In addition, food storage containers/ Ziplock bags, sufficient water, a firestarter or matches, a bottle opener/can opener/corkscrew, tablecloths, and dish towels.

Sample kitchen essentials camping checklist:

  Portable camping stove
☐ Fuel
☐ Pots, pans, mugs, plates, spoons, and cutlery
☐ A portable cooler
☐ Food preparation and dish-washing supplies
☐ Food storage containers/Ziplock bags
☐ Water
☐ Firestarter/matches
☐ Bottle opener/can opener
☐ Corkscrew
☐ Table cloth/dish towels

Clothing and footwear

The type of clothing and footwear you should bring on your trip depends on the time of year and where you will be going. For a summer holiday, light clothes should suffice, while a good quality jacket or even a fleece and thermal layers are essential during the winter season. As far as camping footwear is concerned, it is advisable to wear comfortable hiking shoes or boots that can be used on different types of terrain.

Moreover, you may want to pack waterproof items such as rain jackets, gloves, and a beanie. You may also consider packing good-quality hiking pants, woolen socks, a moisture-wicking base layer, a sun hat, sunglasses, etc.

Sample clothing and footwear camping checklist:

☐ Moisture-wicking base layer
☐ Down jacket or synthetic jacket
☐ Comfortable hiking shoes or boots
☐ Waterproof rain gear such as rain jackets
☐ Gloves
☐ Beanie
☐ Woolen hiking socks
☐ Sunhat
☐ Sunglasses
☐ Quick-drying pants/shorts
☐ Long sleeve shirts

Tools and repair items

The essential tool to pack for any camping trip is a multi-tool with a knife, screwdriver, pliers, and a bottle opener. In addition, some other items that you may want to include in your camping checklist are duct tape, extra tent pegs, spare rubber bands and ropes, extra cord, a pad/mattress repair kit, a tent-pole repair sleeve, an axe for cutting firewood, a small broom and dustpan for cleaning, and a trowel for digging. You may also pack a mallet or hammer to hammer tent stakes.

Sample checklist for camping tools and repair items:

☐ Multi-tool containing a knife, screwdriver, pliers, and bottle opener
☐ Duct tape
☐ Extra tent pegs
☐ Spare rubber bands and ropes
☐ Extra cord
☐ Pad/mattress repair kit
☐ Tent-pole repair sleeve
☐ An axe
☐ Broom and dustpan
☐ Trowel
☐ Mallet or hammer

Health and hygiene

To ensure that you stay healthy and clean at the campsite, make sure that your checklist incorporates a toiletry kit that contains all the essentials such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap or shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, towels, insect repellants, face masks, hand wash, and sanitizer or anti-bacterial wipes. In addition to this hygiene kit, you may also want to include some first-aid items, such as painkillers, anti-allergy medication, and bandages. Finally, pack your prescription medications as well.

Sample checklist for health and hygiene items to pack for a camping adventure:

☐ Toothbrush and toothpaste
☐ Soap or shower gel
☐ Shampoo and conditioner
☐ Toilet papers
☐ Towels
☐ Insect repellants
☐ Face masks
☐ Hand wash/sanitizer/antibacterial wipes
☐ First aid kit, which contains bandages, anti-allergy medications, and painkillers
☐ Prescription medications

Extras and personal items

To make the most of your trip, you may include additional items in your checklist. These additional items include things such as a camp grill and fuel, a grill rack, a griddle, a Dutch oven, charcoal, a portable coffee maker/tea maker, a rolling ice cream maker, marshmallow/hot dog roasting forks, small food storage containers or bags, aluminum foil, large clear plastic bins to store kitchen gear, water jugs, water bottles, spare batteries/a solar charger, a favorite toy, etc.

You may also want to pack items for hobbies or leisurely activities. For instance, if you like listening to music, make sure to pack earphones or headphones; if you love reading, carry a book. Other personal items include a notebook and pen/pencil or a diary for writing, a camera or DSLR for taking pictures and recording your adventure, and playing cards and board games for entertainment.

Sample camping checklist for extras and personal items:

Camp grill and fuel
☐ Grill rack
☐ Griddle
☐ Dutch oven
☐ Charcoal
☐ Portable coffee maker/tea maker
☐ Rolling ice cream maker
☐ Marshmallow/hot dog roasting forks
☐ Small food storage containers or bags and foil
☐ Clear plastic bins for storing kitchen gear
☐ Water jugs/water bottles
☐ Spare batteries/solar charger and cable
☐ Earphones/headphones
☐ A book
☐ Notebook/diary and pen
☐ Camera/DSLR
☐ Playing cards/board games

Free Checklists

Given below are camping checklist templates:

 rv camping checklist

Free Camping Checklist Template 01 in Word

 couples camping checklist

Free Camping Checklist Template 02 in Word

 festival camping checklist

Free Camping Checklist Template 03 in Excel

    Which Items Should Not Be Brought to Camping?

    Packing the right camping gear and essentials for your trip means paying attention to every little detail, including knowing what not to bring to the camp. This section provides a checklist for all the items that should not be taken on a camping trip:

    • Perfumes and scented items: Perfumes and scented items are at the top of the list of items to avoid at campsites. This is because colognes and scents, particularly the floral varieties, attract bugs and insects such as mosquitoes, bees, etc., which may ruin your experience due to stings and bites. Besides, scented products can affect other nearby campers by leaving an unpleasant lingering smell that can cause allergies, headaches, and stress. 
    • Glassware and beer bottles: Glasses, beer bottles, and other delicate glassware items are not allowed at most campsites. These delicate items may easily break and cause injuries or harm. Thus, make sure to remove them from your final checklist. Instead, consider packing plastic paper cups, disposable aluminum cups, metal dishes, and plastic bottles.
    • Family-size containers of foods: A general rule for packing is to pack light. This means that bringing larger packages of food, such as a family-size box of cereal, a bag of chips, or a large-size bottle of soda, is not advisable. This is because, once at the campsite, you may find it hard to store these items safely and efficiently, and they may also go stale. Instead, the best way to pack food for your camping trip is by bringing individual servings or travel packages.
    • High-fashion jewelry or clothes: Bringing your high-fashion jewelry on an outdoor trip is also not a good idea. This is because you may unintentionally damage or lose these items due to the strenuous nature of camping. Likewise, high-heeled shoes and clothes with intricate designs are also unsuitable for such trips. 

    Wrapping Up

    A camping trip is a fun-filled adventure for people of all ages. This is usually the case since camping allows you to enjoy nature in its most accurate form. Nevertheless, packing for such a trip can be daunting, mainly if you are a beginner or do not know how to prepare accordingly. If you find it difficult to prepare for such a trip, this article can be useful for you as it includes a practical checklist you can use when packing. A list of all the things you should not bring with you on your holiday has also been provided so that you can easily and correctly pack all the camping essentials to make your experience pleasant rather than stressful and frustrating.

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