camping checklist 2018

Going camping can be a stressful trip if you don’t take the time to make sure that you’re properly prepared and you don’t have everything you need packed, so we’ve assembled our official camping checklist – 2018 edition just for you to make sure you have everything you need before you head out! We know how much fun camping can really be and we want to make sure that you have absolutely everything you need for your upcoming trip and don’t forget anything important you’ll later regret.

We’ll cover some of the most important and most forgotten items on this camping checklist, but be sure to give it a good and thorough read through and make sure you think about any specific items that may apply only to you we hadn’t accounted for.  Also, for your convenience, we’ve included some links to products we recommend, so if you don’t have a certain item, follow through to our link to get our recommended items.

The Official Camping Checklist 2018 Edition

Bedding & Sleep Gear


  • Tent
  • Tent stakes/Guy-lines
  • Tent ground cloth
  • Tent rain-fly or tarp
  • Stake mallet and stake puller
  • Tent light
  • Entrance door mat/carpet
  • Sm. Wisk broom – dust pan
  • Cot(s)
  • Mosquito/Insect netting
  • Rope for extra tie-down lines
  • Extra tent stakes
  • Duct tape or tent repair kit
  • Tent-pole repair sleeve
  • Guy-line markers

Personal Gear

  • Backpack/Duffel bag
  • Clothes
  • Flashlight
  • Canteen/Water Bottle
  • Camping knife
  • Lighter/Waterproof Matches
  • Drinking Cup
  • Hat
  • Personal pocket First Aid kit
  • Stuff sack for dirty laundry
  • Small stuff sack for small items
  • Camp Shoes – Slip-ons
  • Camp chair/Stool
  • Headlamp/Hat light
  • Fork/Spoon
  • Toilet paper
  • Insect repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Camping Multitool
  • Camera/film/data cards
  • Fire sparker
  • Whistle
  • Compass
  • GPS unit
  • Glow Sticks
  • Extra batteries
  • Extra shoe/Boot Laces
  • Safety pins – assorted sizes
  • Cord – nylon or parachute cord
  • Lip Balm
  • Binoculars


  • Soap
  • Toothpaste/Toothbrush/Floss
  • Deodorant
  • Shower shoes/Flip-flops
  • Shampoo, Conditioner
  • Pocket mirror
  • Brush/Comb
  • Razor/Shaving cream
  • Aftershave
  • Face cloth/Hand towel
  • Shower cap
  • Nail clippers
  • Special needs products
  • Personal medications (if applicable)
  • Feminine products (if applicable)


  • Lanterns
  • Extra lantern mantles
  • Extra lantern fuel
  • Strike-Anywhere kitchen matches
  • Lantern – battery powered
  • Camp flashlight – large
  • Extra batteries
  • Table-top Citronella candle

Camp Tools and Accessories

  • Campsite First Aid kit
  • Camp chairs
  • Camp shovel
  • Camp rake
  • Camp axe and/or hatchet
  • Camp saw
  • Camp pliers
  • Camp gloves – leather gloves
  • Camp potable water containers
  • Camp water bucket (5-gal. Pail)
  • Tarp for eating/gathering Area
  • Rope for tarp and guy-lines
  • Tarp poles/Stakes
  • Camp shower
  • Portable camp toilet
  • Clothesline rope/clothes pins
  • Extra rope/cord/baling twine
  • Camp wash basin
  • Caution tape/White cloth strips
  • S-hooks, approx. 6 ea. 2″ s-hooks
  • Assorted bungee cords
  • Duct tape
  • Boy Scout Handbook

Camp Kitchen and Cooking

Cooking Gear/Utensils

  • Spatula(s), Serving spoon(s)
  • Tongs
  • Knife, large, Sm.
  • Cutting board(s)
  • Can/Bottle opener
  • Measuring cup(s)/Spoons
  • Basting brush
  • Cups, Bowls, Plates
  • Forks/Knives/Spoons
  • Personal mess kit
  • Campfire roasting forks


  • Trashbags
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper

Camp Kitchen/Chuck Box

  • Coffee, Tea
  • Coffee filters
  • Powdered creamer
  • Sugar
  • Hot chocolate Mix
  • Instant cold drink mix
  • Cooking oil
  • Cooking spray (Pam, etc.)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Spices – personal choices
  • Pot holders/Hot pads
  • Corkscrew
  • Heavy-duty tin foil
  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags
  • ZipLoc bags
  • Dish soap
  • Scouring pad
  • Dish washing tubs


  • Water filters
  • Lantern poles
  • Charcoal chimney
  • Camp heaters
  • Camp flag
  • Fishing/Sports/Activity gear

Printer Friendly 2018 Camping Checklist

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