Camping Checklist – Don’t Forget To Take Your Essentials!

Camping is one of the best ways to get out and about in the outdoors, whether you are on a solo adventure or spending time with family and friends. 

There are lots of popular places to camp around the US, UK and the rest of the world. National parks, private campsites, wild camping, and even in your backyard. 

Depending on where you are going, you will have to alter the camping checklist to suit your needs. For example, if you are going to a campsite with fire-pits and camping tables already set up, you wont need to take them with you. 

One of the biggest benefits of camping in the outdoors, is how little the amount of gear is needed to live comfortably and have fun. If you are a beginner it’s likely you’ll take a lot of stuff with you, but as you get more experienced and learn to use only what you need, you’ll start to reduce your list to suit your needs.

While you are packing all of your gear, use this handy camping checklist to ensure you don’t forget anything important! You won’t need every item on the list for your situation, but it should give you a good idea of what to take. 

Campsite Essentials

Our camping checklist covers all of the essentials that you will need to take with you whilst attending a campsite and arriving via car. It’s not practical to take items like a table and chairs with you if you are hiking and wild camping in the outdoors.

  • Tent & tent pegs
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping pad/roll out mat
  • Camping Pillow
  • Headlamp/flashlight
  • Camping chairs
  • Camping Table
  • Lantern
  • Firewood – Taken with you, or sourced locally

Tools & Repair Items

These are items that you will need with you to repair an items, and to use the tools for constructing your campsite and chopping up your firewood. A saw or axe is important to chop up your firewood, this will help you shape your wood to build the perfect campfire

Cooking & Camp-kitchen

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Being able to cook tasty food and have warm drinks can really improve the quality of your camping trip. Who doesn’t love having smores and hot chocolate around a campfire? Below are all of the cooking items that you will need for your camp kitchen. 

  • Camp stove
  • Cooking Fuel
  • Waterproof matches or lighter
  • Cooking pots & frying pan
  • Cooking utensils
  • Eating utensils
  • Sharp Knife
  • Camping plates/bowls
  • Water carrier or water bottle
  • Cups
  • Bin bags
  • Biodegradable soap

Clothing & Footwear

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The clothing and footwear that you take on your camping trip will largely depend upon the environment and climate you are in. Below is some of the most common clothing items you should take along with you to ensure you stay warm, dry and protected whilst camping. 

  • Hiking Boots & shoes which are suitable to the terrain you are exploring
  • Hiking socks
  • Long sleeve shirt – great for sun and insect protection
  • Hiking Underwear
  • Quick-drying pants & shorts
  • Lightweight fleece and jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Hiking Hat
  • Sleepwear

Additional items for cold weather:

Health & Hygiene

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  • Toilet paper
  • Menstrual products
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • First aid kit
  • Medical prescriptions

Sun & Bug Protection

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Misquito Net

Campsite Extras

That’s the end of our camping checklist. We hope that you have found it useful in packing everything you need for your trip. 


Growing up in the Lake District, UK I've always been surrounded by nature, whether it's snowy mountains, lakes, or the sea. Throughout school, I gained qualifications in Outdoor Education, and mainly focus my time camping, hiking & kayaking.

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