What to Bring Camping

Do you know what to bring camping? Picture spending an evening outdoors where the sky is filled with brilliant starlight. Imagine roasting hot dogs and marshmallows over an open flame. If your idea of camping includes a tent beneath the stars or a RV with a bedroom and modern kitchen, camping offers something for everyone. What items should be included on a camping trip?

Be Prepared
It never fails. You get to the campsite, unpack, and realize you're missing a few essentials. Make a checklist and check it twice. Break items down into different categories.

Meal and Snacks
Include items for meal preparation.

  • Aluminum foil
  • Bottled water
  • Charcoal
  • Cleaning supplies, including dish soap, paper towels, and cleaner
  • Coffee pot, coffee filters, and coffee
  • Cooking utensils
  • Cutting board
  • Dishes
  • Food supplies
  • Knifes and knife sharpener
  • Pot holders
  • Propane or charcoal grill
  • Matches or lighter
  • Napkins
  • Silverware (heavy duty plastic silverware works)
  • Starter fluid
  • Storage containers and bags
  • Tablecloth (plastic or vinyl works best)
  • Towels
  • Trash bags

Outdoor Equipment
Don't forget items that will be used outdoors.

  • Air mattress
  • Lantern and fuel for lighting
  • Outdoor furniture, including chairs
  • Radio
  • Sleeping bags
  • Tent

Campsite Safeguarding
Take care of the area you camp in.

  • Ax to chop wood
  • Batteries
  • Broom, map and dust pan (depending on type of camp area you stay in)
  • Bungee cords
  • Flashlight
  • Pail
  • Rope
  • Shovel
  • Tape
  • Toilet paper and toilet chemicals
  • Tools (screwdrivers are always handy in case of an emergency)

Essentials and Emergency Preparedness
Always bring the essentials.

  • Battery jumper cables
  • Cards
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Change, for vending machines
  • Clothing (bring an adequate supply depending on number of days planned for the trip)
  • Fishing poles
  • First Aid kit
  • Games and game supplies
  • Phone book, in case of emergency
  • Portable DVD player
  • Power inverter
  • Sturdy shoes for hiking
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimsuit
  • TV and satellite
  • Water shoes
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