Few things are more enjoyable than getting your family together and spending quality time for a few days outdoors on a camping trip. You may be very eager to get away however it is important that you plan and prepare everything in advance. You may never know what nature has in store for you and good preparation will make that a no worry issue.
That is why every camper should have a camping checklist with them before leaving for the outdoor experience. Feel free to use the one below as a starter list.
Below is an extensive campering checklist that can be personally categorized into categories similar to:
Camping – Personals Camping essentials – Camp fire – Sleeping system – First aid kit – Children and baby supplies – Clothing Kitchen – utensils and gas appliances
Camping tent equipment – tent, ground sheet, mallet, spare pegs, spare poles, spare ground sheet, peg extractor, fabsil (tent reproofer), shock cord repair kit and tent repair kit.
General essentials – driver’s license, ID card, money, GPS or compass, map, pocket knife, binoculars, flashlights, battery packs, bulbs, lantern, water, canteen, rope, radio, camera, lots of films, clothesline, clothespin, foldable table, lounge chair and clock.
Personals – grooming and hygiene kit such as tooth brush, tooth paste, shampoo, towels, insect repellant, soap, deodorant, sun block, lip balm, comb, sunglasses, toilet paper and a trusty sewing kit
Sleeping gear – sleeping bags, camp beds, mattress or camper mat, pillows, air bed and pump, blankets and air bed repair kit.
Clothing – a cozy pair of shirt and sweat pants, gloves, jackets, sweater, thermals, hiking boots, sneakers, sandals, socks of varying thickness, underwear, wellies, fleece, swimsuits, pajamas, tank tops, hats and bandannas. Not to mention waterproof jackets and trousers.
Children and baby supplies – for babies, baby food, milk, diapers and baby wipes, pacifier, bottles, bibs, spoons, blankets, high chair, play pen, stroller, stuffed toys, tub and books. For toddlers, games for rainy days and for traveling, pencils, crayons, papers bucket and shovel, kites and frisbees.
Camp fire checklist – matches, wood, shovel, axe, kindling, newspaper, extinguisher and campfire permit.
Kitchen utensils and cooking supplies – food container, insulator for frozen food, pots and pans, thermos, aluminium foil, fuel, stove, matches or lighter, disposable utensils, dish towels, bottle and can opener, knife, trash bags, zip lock bags, mugs, bowls, coffee pot, spatula, dish soap, table cloth and skewers for campfire barbequing or marshmallow toasting.
First aid kit supplies – medicines for flu, fever, headaches, stomach ulcer and allergy. Band aids, antiseptics and antibiotic cream for wound. Tweezers to take out splinters. Pocket tissues are advisable.
Before leaving home checklist – lock all doors and windows, turn off all lights and appliances such as television and computer, hold all mail, water the garden, adjust the thermostat and make pet arrangements.
The above camp checklist should be used as a guide. Use it and add to it. Modify it so that is is more fully tailored to your particular needs. Keep it stored with your camping equipment so it will be easy to locate the next time you go camping..