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Camping checklist

Wondering what to bring camping? Our family camping checklist has all the camping essentials listed for your convenience. Print out our camping packing list and get packing!


Camping packing list


Before you head out to the great outdoors, please take the time and think through what you will need for your trip. A simple checklist always does the trick for me. Below are some camping checklists with the essentials, as well as some room for your notes, or anything we may have missed.

Camping packing list | Camping checklist



A simple, handy camping checklist with lots of useful information available at a glance. This camping packing list has essentials and room for your notes



Essentials for your camping trip

We usually go on 2-4 camping trips per year as a family. Family camping trips are always an exciting time for everyone, especially the little ones. Some of your best family memories will be made on your camping trips. Ditch the electronics for the smores, trade the couch for the trail, or simply just be, with your family naming stars. Depending on what you bring, and the time of year, the trip could be a daunting task for the adults, essentially a mini-move. Hopefully, our lists can help with the camping essentials.

If I had to pick a single favourite camping product, it would be the Lodge seasoned cast iron Dutch oven.
Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron Deep Camp Dutch Oven - 12 Inch / 8 Quart
We have had ours for over 10 years. This is basically a lifetime product that you will be handing down to your Grandchildren (if you take proper care of it). I like the Dutch oven over the skillet because you can do more with it. Chilli, sausage and eggs for a cowboy breakfast, casserole, deep fryer, it does it all and then some! For more camping resources, check out this camping information resource

Mark your calendar

Popular camping spots fill up months in advance, especially during the fair weather seasons of Spring and Fall. Be sure to make your reservations ahead of time.

Inspect your gear

Its always a good idea to inspect your gear a week or 2 before your camping trip. You may need to air out your tent, or replace some pegs, or tend to something you put off from last time because you were too tired.

Plan your meals

Our checklist does not take into account your length of stay and meals. It just accounts for snack items and favourites such as sandwiches, hotdogs etc. The entry of "prepared meals*" is where you would check that your pre-cooked meals, or easy to cook over campfire meals have been packed in your cooler.