The Best Darn Camping Supplies List

Your camping supplies list comprises of some basic stuff that cannot be left out on any camping adventure. While most campers are tempted to stuff dozens of items in their backpacks; they can plan an exciting camping trip with just a few basic camping items.

However, we have listed all important and trivial camping gear that you may need for enjoying your outdoor camping experience.

The Basics


There is no camping without a backpack. Make sure you invest in a durable and trusted model that is engineered to store your valuables safely. (This Mountaintop backpack is a great choice)


If you are not planning to rest in a hammock tent; you are going to need an enclosure to sleep in. A tent is beneficial since it shields you from all outside elements and is a must-have accessory if you are camping out with children.

Sleeping bag

Camping experts recommend purchasing a high quality and relaxing sleeping bag. Never settle for a cheap product that fails to offer the kind of comfort you are looking for to keep you warm and cozy. There are many options available to suit campers of all ages and sizes.


Make it a point to collect enough information about the climate and weather conditions of your campsite before packing your clothes. Go for clothes that are easy to store and can withstand the terrain of your campsite.

Go for light-weight and water-resistant clothing gear. Make sure you have something to keep you warm when the temperature drops at night.

Check for rain forecasts and carry waterproof gear so you can enjoy the showers without worrying about your clothing.


Of course, you can’t survive a day without enough water. This is why bringing water bottles or a bunch of jugs is extremely crucial for keeping you well hydrated. If your campsite is hot during the day, you can also use some filtration method to utilize water from a nearby source.


There is no way of camping at night without a good source of light. Thanks to a myriad of lighting options from different brands, you can choose the best one according to your needs and specifications. Go for a headlamp or an LED light source that lights up the inside or outside of your tent. You can also benefit from battery operated lanterns or flashlights to add more light sources to your camping gear.

A Knife or a Cutter

You will need a knife to clean a trout or dice some onions. But a cutting tool comes in handy when you are venturing into the wild. Get yourself a traditional Swiss-Army knife and carry it always when you are out camping.

Fire-starting Equipment

There is nothing like a campfire to warm up cold and chilly evenings. If you are looking forward to enjoying a ghost storytelling session while gathering around a campfire; make sure you bring all the necessary things needed to light up a fire.

You can easily find firewood at a grocery store and all the accessories you need to light a fire while camping outdoors.


Cooking with friends and family is fun, especially when you have packed all the essentials to prepare a camping feast. It’s important to do some planning before you head out to camp. Keep a list of easy to prepare recipes and buy all ingredients as well as accessories that you will need to prepare them.

Cooking is easier when you have a small stove to cook quick meals. There are many types of tiny stoves that get screwed into the top of a fuel canister. But if you are traveling with a large group of people, you will need a large stove.

If you are car-camping or just going out to explore the woods for a short time; you can pack some freeze-dried camp food to feed your family and children.


Even if you are preparing any camp food yourself, always carry a set of basic utensils. Make sure you pack serving spoons, bottle and can openers, skewers, tongs, knives, spoons, forks and mugs to eat without messing up your tent or car.


Now that we have covered the basics, let’s take a look at the accessories. You will find that although we have categorized these items as accessories, you can’t possibly enjoy a pleasant camping experience in the absence of these items.

Appropriate Footwear

Camping is not a time to test new trainers or wear stinky old shoes. Go for comfortable boots that you can also wear when hiking. Synthetic or light wool socks are recommended to protect your feet from creepy crawly insects.

Caps and Shades

Cover your face and eyes with protective accessories. Bring your bandanas and ball caps to provide shade during the day and protect you from cold at night. Always carry a pair of sunglasses and use a sun-block to protect your skin.

Tissue Paper Rolls

It is always great to have one or two rolls of tissue paper on hand, particularly when you are camping out with young children. Never forget to keep towels or disposable tissues in case your young one gets sick or nauseated on a campsite. Tissues and wipes are used for many things you will only get to know when you are out in the wild.


You won’t need this accessory if you are hiking. However, this is an indispensable item if you are car camping. Get some ice or frozen water bottles to make the most out of it. Stay away from a disposable styrofoam cooler that breaks apart and rarely delivers what it promises. Invest in a good product and you will never leave it out on your next camping trip. (We’ve been loving this RTIC cooler lately)

A Mess Kit

This is a place to keep all the messy things inside in one place. If you need to carry strainers, a small cutting board and kitchen items such as soaps; keep them inside this kit. You can also bring a small squeeze bottle of dish soap and keep it safe in this kit.


You will crave a warm blanket when you want some cushioning to create an extra layer between you and the earth. Bring lightweight and easy to manage blankets that are cheap solutions for many camping woes. Make sure you keep an extra blanket to warm your tired toes after trekking.


A rope is one of the most important things to carry when heading out to the wild. It not only helps you to get out of unforeseen events; it can also help you to dry your clothes. You can easily find a tough rope at your local supplies shop that may be specially built for camping purposes.

First-Aid Kit

Your first-aid kit for camping should also have a bug spray to keep you away from a cloud of mosquitoes. An insect bite can ruin your camping trip in more ways than you can imagine. Surprisingly, many first-time campers forget to keep a first-aid kit in their camping gear. This can lead to serious complications if anyone gets hurt while fishing or exploring the woods.

Waterproof dry bag

Although you won’t always need a waterproof bag, it serves a great deal if you need to cross a river or get stuck during a downpour. A dry bag is a valuable accessory to include in your camping gear list to keep your precious items safe throughout your camping adventure.

Journal or Books

If you intend to pen down your camping experiences, don’t forget to bring your journal. You can also record your memories on your smartphone. If you are fond of reading; camping offers the perfect environment for you to get lost in your favorite book.


Packing a telescope is also a great idea to let you explore the beautiful skies at night. However, a simple tool such as binoculars comes in handy to spot distant objects such as sailboats and waterfalls.

Music Gear

If you know how to play an instrument; bring it along to impress your friends and family. Campers frequently bring a guitar to sing their favorite songs around a campfire.

A Water Flask

Again, this is a small, but important accessory that will always remind you to keep yourself hydrated. You will be surprised to know how much it helps you during trekking. (We recommend the FIREKI Tumbler)

Quick Checklist

We have tried to cover almost all the items that are necessary for a trouble-free camping trip. Here is a quick check list to make sure you have packed all the basics to enjoy a memorable camping experience.


  • Tent
  • Sleeping bags
  • Ground Cloth
  • Sleeping bags
  • Sleeping pads
  • Pillows


  • Stove
  • Cooking and boiling utensils
  • Spoons, plates and mugs
  • Water container
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Water cans or bottles
  • Cooler


  • Comfortable boots
  • Quick drying and convertible clothing gear
  • Synthetic t-shirts
  • Hiking socks
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece sweater


  • Towels
  • Tooth brushes and Toothpaste
  • Comb
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap (biodegradable)


  • Lantern
  • Head lamps
  • Flash lights
  • Firestarters and matches
  • Knife
  • First aid
  • Firewood
  • Compass
  • Maps
  • Bug Spray
  • Sun protection
  • Emergency whistles



Jim Sabellico
Author: Jim Sabellico

Jim Sabellico is the founder of, and an avid outdoors fan who loves traveling the world with his family, cooking over an open campfire and all things outdoorsy. When Jim isn't camping, he's running his marketing agency J. Louis.

Jim Sabellico

Jim Sabellico

Jim Sabellico is the founder of, and an avid outdoors fan who loves traveling the world with his family, cooking over an open campfire and all things outdoorsy. When Jim isn't camping, he's running his marketing agency J. Louis.

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