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Any experienced camper will have honed their list of items they take with them down to a fine art. But for new campers it can be a daunting experience and difficult to know exactly what to take. I would suggest being cautious and take more things than less. There is nothing worse than traveling miles and miles to your campsite to realise you have forgotten something important that could potentially ruin your trip. The area you are visiting and who you are going with will determine which items to take, but there are some basic essentials you should always take that we will list below. We do not advise you should take this as a definitive list and we expect you will need to add a lot more things to it.

camping checklist


  • The tent itself
  • Related tent items, pegs, ropes groundsheet, hammer
  • Sleeping bags and blankets
  • Air beds or sleeping mats
  • Pillows


  • Stove/bbq/cooker
  • Lighting tools, gas, matches, charcoal
  • Pans, plates, cutlery
  • Glasses mugs
  • Tin opener, bottle opener
  • Food storage, coolers
  • Bin bags
  • Bowl, washing up liquid, clothes
  • Food supplies, bread, canned goods, meat, milk
  • Drink supplies, Tea, Coffee, juice, bottled water


  • Waterproofs
  • Hats
  • Walking footwear
  • Gloves
  • Sets of cool clothes and warm clothes
  • Plenty of spares as you will get dirty or wet

First Aid

  • First aid kit, plasters, Paracetemol, aspirin
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun screen
  • Antiseptic


  • Mobile phone
  • Camera
  • Rucksack
  • Torch and candles
  • Maps and compass
  • Pen and paper
  • Entertainment, games, books
  • Chairs and tables

This list is in no way 100% everything you need for a camping trip, so carefully think about what you can add to it. Over the years, as you go on more and more trips you will be able to refine your list to optimize you experience.

Read our related post over at squidoo with our Camping Checklist lens


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