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Camping for Beginners: A Checklist of Things to Prepare

Camping is a great way to unplug technology and reconnect with nature. But as with every activity, camping can be overwhelming to prepare for. When preparing for your camping trip, a camping checklist can alleviate stress.

That’s why we put together this comprehensive checklist of the must-have items you need for your next camping trip. See if there are any camping items we think you should leave behind and what made our list of necessary camping items.


  • Tent(s)

  • Sleeping Bags

  • Pillow

  • Cooler(s)

  • Portable Stove

  • Pots/Pans

  • Lighter

  • Utensils

  • Food

  • Plates/Bowls/Cups

  • Napkins

  • Sharp Knife

  • Trash Bags

  • Raincoat

  • Hats

  • Jacket(s)/Gloves

  • Sunglasses

  • Hiking Shoes

  • Clothes

  • Camelback

  • Money/IDs

  • Powerbank

  • Flashlights

  • Toilet Paper

  • Toothbrush & Paste

  • Sunscreen/Bug Spray

  • Shampoo/Soap/Deo

EXTRAS with Kids

  • Portable Potty

  • Mini backpack

  • Blanket

You probably already know this, but camping can be complicated. There is nothing about camping that is off-the-cuff or completely improvised.

That is unless you forgot to pack some of the essentials mentioned above. Regardless of the work that goes into preparing for your first camping trip, if you become a seasoned camper, you’ll look back on your first with fond memories.

Family camping trips are a great experience that can share with all. Even if the trip is just you and your sweetheart, if you do it right, you’ll have some amazing memories created under the stars and next to a campfire.

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