camping checklist printable

camping checklist

 

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.

Relax.

Do nothing.

Stargaze.

Be adventurous.

And most important of all HAVE SOME FUN!

 

 

Essential Camping Checklist

 

 

150 THINGS YOU NEED TO TAKE ON YOUR CAMPING TRIP

 

BIG ESSENTIALS

 

Tent

Tent Pegs

Mats for tent entrance

Hammer/Mallet

Dust pan and brush

Gazebo

Air Mattress/camp stretchers

Sleeping Bags

Sheets

Pillows

Extra Blankets

Trestle table for eating

Smaller table for food prep

Camping chairs

Ground mat

Camp Cupboard

Beach chairs

Extra Tarp & Rope

Gear Repair Kit

 

LITTLE ESSENTIALS

 

Sunglasses

Baby wipes

Plastic bags for dirty laundry

Laundry Detergent

Insect Repellent

First aid kit (see below for more info)

Swimming bag

Swiss army knife

Cash

Credit Card

Daybag

Shower bag/basket

 

GADGETS STUFF

 

Torches

Lantern

Electric Air Pump

Electric power board

Extension cord

Gazebo lights

Phone Charger

Extra Batteries/Electronic Chargers

Video Camera

Digital Camera

Walkie- Talkies – 2 Way Radios

Headphones

Solar powered LED lights

 

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CLOTHING STUFF

 

Swimmers

Warm jacket

Long sleeved top

Long pants

T-shirts

Shorts

Comfortable Dresses

Pyjamas

Hat

Bras/Underwear

Extra Socks

Shoes including flip flops and runners

Shower shoes

Beach towels

Bath Towels

Swimming Rash top

Rain gear

Rope for Clothes line

Clothes pegs

 

 

 

TOILETRIES STUFF

 

Sunscreen

Body Wash

Shampoo

Conditioner

Toothbrushes

Toothpaste

Hair Ties

Brush

Deodorant

Razor

Feminine Products

Toilet Paper

Beauty bag (with cleanser/moisturiser)

Scissors

Tweezers/Nail file and clippers

Aloe Vera Cream

Paw paw cream/lip balm

 

 

KITCHEN STUFF

 

Easy-to-wipe-down Tablecloth

Plates

Bowls

Cups

Serving bowl/dish

Mugs

Forks/Knifes/Spoons

Cooking knife

Frying Pan

Pots If Required

Serving Utensils

BBQ Utensils

Kettle

Toaster

Cutting board

Cling wrap

Aluminium Foil

Aluminium Trays

Napkins

Tissues

Main meal ingredients

Snack foods

Sugar/Salt

Olive Oil Spray

Water bottles

Other drinks

Condiments

Herbal tea

Ziploc Bags

Paper towels

Camp stove

Extra Butane bottles

Matches

Plastic wine glasses

Washing up tub

Washing up liquid

Tea towels

Disinfectant Spray for wiping down table

Garbage Bags

Hand Sanitizer

Cooler / Ice

Water Jug (or 10Litre Water Container for week)

Bottle Opener

Food storage containers

 

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FUN STUFF

 

Board Games

Card Games

Books/Magazines

Bikes & Helmets

Scooters

Paper/Pens

Puzzle books

Bluetooth speaker

iPad

Beach boards

Swim floatation toys

Sports Equipment

Sand Mat

Beach umbrella

 

 

 

 

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BONUS STUFF

 

Ear plugs

Binoculars

Citronella Candles

Whistle

Mirror

Spade/Bucket

Radio

Picnic rug

Hammock

Umbrella

 

 

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.

 

-First aid manual

-Adhesive bandages in various sizes

-Sterile gauze pads or dressings

-Antiseptic cream or ointment

-Alcohol wipes

-Anti-histamine

-Pain Relievers

-Thermometer

-Elastic bandage

-Pair of scissors

-Non-latex disposable gloves

-Tweezers

-Safety pins

-Insect repellent

-Saline/Distilled water for cleaning wounds

-Cold pack (disposable and instant)

-Hand disinfectant

-Multi-use tool (such as a Swiss Knife)

-List of personal medications

-Notepad and pencil

-Small torch

 

 

OOPS!

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.

 

 

Essential Camping Checklist

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