Preparation is essential for any outdoor adventure. Having the necessary supplies and equipment can make a difference in your overall enjoyment and experience. Checklists are a great tool to help with your organization. Your camping list will vary according to the type of camping and activities you have planned, the places you are going, the time of year and the length of your trip. Add or remove items to suit your individual needs.



__Ground cloth/tarp

__Shade tarp/poles/rope/stakes


__Sleeping bag



__Air mattress/sleeping pad/cot/tarp

__Air pump

__Repair kit for air mattress


__Large water jug & water bucket



__Charcoal/firewood/buddy burner

__Campfire grill/BBQ grill

__Fire starters/newspaper

__Plates & bowls/paper plates & bowls

__Heavy-duty aluminum foil

__Paper towels

__Trash bags

__Containers for food storage

__Potholders/oven mitts

__Pots and frying pans with lids

__Cook utensils, Skewers/grill forks, Can opener/bottle opener

__Folding table

__Mugs/paper cups

__Ziplock bags






__Socks/extra socks



__Sleep clothes

__Rain gear

__Swim suit/towel



__Soap in plastic case/shampoo

__Tooth brush/tooth paste



__Toilet paper

__Other personal items

__Personal medications - take extra



__Lantern with fuel/mantles


__Bug repellant/candles



__Misc. tools

__Backpack/fanny pack

__Fishing gear/license/bait

__Camp chairs

__First aid kit


__Park map/guidebooks/trail maps



__Pocket knife

__Canteen/water bottle/coffee pot

__Cell phone/charger and two-way radios/walkie talkies

__Hand wipes


Tell someone of your plans - give details of where you are going and when you expect to return, give directions and possible alternative roads that you may take, provide cell phone numbers, vehicle description and license plate numbers, hand-held radio channel and codes that you will use, and provide local authority phone numbers (state Pplice, Game & Fish Commission, Sheriff Deptartment, etc.) for the county or area that you will be in.