Basic Camping Checklist

Whether you plan on camping in a tent or using your recreational vehicle to get away for a couple of days, compiling a checklist will help ensure your trip does not have to be interrupted by trips to town for essentials. Here are a few examples of items that should be on every camping checklist, regardless of the type of camping that will take place.

One key category of your checklist has to do with shelter. For people who prefer wilderness camping, this will include a tent of some type. If you really want to get the full natural experience make sure to take along basic tools that can be used to create a natural shelter. Essential tools for building your own shelter include a hammer, a handsaw, and twine, or string.

With a tent or a shelter constructed with natural elements, make sure you include bedding on your checklist. This may be a sleeping bag, or even an old fashioned bedroll. If you really want to make the shelter comfortable, you may also consider adding an inflatable mattress and hand pump to your list.

Cooking tools are another basic category on your camping checklist. For traditional camping, this will mean taking along matches or a lighter to start the campfire. A skillet and a pot that can be hung over open fire will do for preparing simple camping cuisine. An old-fashioned coffeepot will also come in handy. If you plan on being a little more adventurous with the meals, consider taking along a propane powered range-top or grill and at least a couple containers of propane.

Utensils to use in preparing the food are essential items for your list. Make sure to list a fillet knife if you plan on fishing during the trip. Tin or resin plates and eating utensils will cut down on the trash and also be easy to wash. Non-breakable drinking cups and glasses will also be important.

Food is important to take along on any camping trip. Include staples like flour, breadcrumbs, ground coffee, and teabags. Canned goods containing food that can be warmed over an open fire are good choices. Include a couple of your favorite snacks as well. Try to limit your food to items that do not have to be refrigerated, unless you plan on keeping the RV hooked up to a power source for the duration of the trip. One important thing to note about food storage. Do not leave food in your tent or shelter. This is an open invitation for various forms of wildlife to pay a visit to your campsite. Store the food in your vehicle instead.

Clean drinking water is extremely important to take along. Unless you are prepared to purify your own water from a nearby river or lake, this is essential. Include a cooler to transport bottled water. The cooler can be left in the car or stored in the tent.

Don’t forget to include the right clothing on your camping checklist. It is generally a good idea to include one more complete set of clothing than you think you will need. Unplanned tumbles into the lake and other mishaps may take place to drain your clothing supply quicker than you thought possible. Make sure to take along clothing that is appropriate for any activity you have planned, such as fishing, walking, or swimming.

One last item to include on your camping checklist is a first aid kit. The kit should include basic antiseptics, bandages, and compounds to help with mosquito bites and other similar pests. Pain relievers and a snakebite kit should also be included in a larger first aid kit. While the hope is that none of these items will be required, a properly supplied first aid kit can help to prevent the setup of infection while an injured party is waiting for transport to a medical facility.