If you are looking for an in-depth camping checklist PDF printable – or even better, a list of 150 things to pack when camping (all the essentials), then you have come to the right place!
Approximately eight years our family ventured on our first camping trip and it was a DISASTER. We had torrential rain that weekend, which saw my kids stomping in puddles that were almost knee-deep for my toddler (you can imagine how much I loved that – NOT!).
Then we went again the following year and this time we experienced gale force winds, which howled like a wolf all through the night and saw my kids and I literally praying that our tent wouldn’t get swept away while we were sleeping in it (gosh, who I am kidding? No one was getting any sleep that night).
It was almost enough to turn me off for life, but nope.
Instead I caught the camping bug, after turning a blind eye to those first two crappy trips. Ever since then our family has packed up our bags (and everything else we can’t live without for a week) for a biannual camping trip with more than a half a dozen other families.
We honestly now love it. It’s our escape from the rush-rush lifestyle, our chance to relax and do nothing more but explore, play games and hang out with our friends and family.
Life seems to exist on a different level when we are away camping. The air feels fresher, the days feel longer.
Time especially seems to take on a new meaning when you are away from the daily grind and a home that needs constant attention to keep it in order (nope I don’t miss the non-stop cleaning, ironing, washing up etc. at all).
If it’s your first time camping, please have no fear!
My best advice is: have an open mind about it and enjoy the break.
Go and make some memories with your family.
And most important of all HAVE SOME FUN!
150 THINGS YOU NEED TO TAKE ON YOUR CAMPING TRIP
TENT – THE MOST IMPORTANT ITEM YOU WILL NEED TO PACK!
NOTE: These are the two Coleman tents I have used and LOVED because I can pretty much set them up on my own! Or at least with minimal help. We started with this 4 person tent and now use this larger 8 person tent.
Mats for tent entrance
Dust pan and brush
Air Mattress/camp stretchers
Trestle table for eating
Smaller table for food prep
Extra Tarp & Rope
Gear Repair Kit
Plastic bags for dirty laundry
First aid kit (see below for more info)
Swiss army knife
Electric Air Pump
Electric power board
Extra Batteries/Electronic Chargers
Walkie- Talkies – 2 Way Radios
Solar powered LED lights
Long sleeved top
Shoes including flip flops and runners
Swimming Rash top
Rope for Clothes line
Beauty bag (with cleanser/moisturiser)
Tweezers/Nail file and clippers
Aloe Vera Cream
Paw paw cream/lip balm
Pots If Required
Main meal ingredients
Olive Oil Spray
Extra Butane bottles
Plastic wine glasses
Washing up tub
Washing up liquid
Disinfectant Spray for wiping down table
Cooler / Ice
Water Jug (or 10Litre Water Container for week)
Food storage containers
Bikes & Helmets
Swim floatation toys
FIRST AID KIT ESSENTIALS
This First Aid Kit Essentials list was first included in my post WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY FOR KIDS – a great reference for you too before you and your family go away camping.
Please make sure to include any other important medications that you may need while you are away camping.
-Adhesive bandages in various sizes
-Sterile gauze pads or dressings
-Antiseptic cream or ointment
-Pair of scissors
-Non-latex disposable gloves
-Saline/Distilled water for cleaning wounds
-Cold pack (disposable and instant)
-Multi-use tool (such as a Swiss Knife)
-List of personal medications
-Notepad and pencil
DID YOU NOTICE SOME UNEXPECTED ITEMS ON THIS CAMPING LIST?
If you are reading this list and thinking “WOW! HER CAMPING EXPERIENCES ARE OBVIOUSLY VERY DIFFERENT FROM MINE IF SHE HAS ACCESS TO ELECTRICITY OR POWER!” I want to put your mind at ease.
No we aren’t just glampers.
While our annual summer camping trip takes place on a powered site, we have absolutely no access to power on our second annual trip.
Oh and have I mentioned the fact that my son has a power wheelchair that needs to be charged every night to run?
To deal with this issue (and the fact that we all want to keep our phones charged in case of an emergency – even though there’s no reception down in the valley) we bring along a generator with us, which has been a total lifesaver.
So please don’t the lack of power stop you from camping. A generator will keep your phone charged, kettle boiling, toast popping, air beds pumped and every other gadget that requires electricity running in the case of an emergency.
For the best family camping tents check out this post.
Wishing you the best of luck on your camping trip!
P.S. Here’s a great post on > 10 games to play while camping < to check out too, thanks to Sunny Home Creations.