A Happy Camper Camping Essentials Checklist

Basic

  • Matches / match case
  • Water bottle
  • Water filter / purifier
  • First aid kit
  • Maps / compass
  • Mirror / whistle
  • Candles
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlight / batteries
  • Nylon cord
  • Emergency blanket
  • Watch
  • Biodegradable Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Fire starters
  • Knife

General

  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Ground cloth
  • Mattress / pad
  • Tent / pegs / poles
  • Tarp
  • Stuff sacks
  • Boots / Shoes
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Long underwear
  • Swimsuit
  • Shirts
  • Pants & belt
  • Shorts
  • Sweater
  • Poncho / rain gear
  • Hat / cap / bandana
  • Sunscreen & lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen & lip balm
  • Insect repellant
  • Emergency shelter (Tube tent, space blankets)
  • Tooth brush / paste
  • Towel / washcloth
  • Comb
  • Foods
  • Snacks
  • Beverages
  • Stove & fuel
  • Fuel containers
  • Knife, fork & spoon
  • Spatula
  • Pots & pans
  • Pot Grip
  • Sierra cup
  • Bowls
  • Id / money / keys
  • Foil
  • Trash bags
  • Can opener
  • Grill
  • Cooking oil
  • Safety pins
  • Pad & pencil
  • Moleskin
  • Gloves

Accessories

  • Pack rain cover
  • Hammock
  • Binoculars
  • Thermometer
  • Altimeter / barometer
  • Sharpening stone 
  • Head lamp
  • Fishing gear
  • Lantern
  • Spare batteries
  • Saw / ax
  • Trowel
  • Radio
  • Emergency rations
  • Flare
  • Thermos
  • Staff / walking stick
  • Seam sealer
  • Scissors
  • Sewing kit
  • Tools
  • Tape
  • Field guides
  • Maps 
  • Books
  • Games
  • License for fishing / hunting
  • Hand warmers

With Vehicle

  • Water cooler
  • Ice chest & ice
  • Shade / screen tent
  • Extra fuel / gas cans
  • Heater / fuel
  • Rope
  • Bar-B-Q & fuel / starter
  • Tackle box
  • Fishing pole
  • Guns / ammo
  • Horse shoes
  • Dutch ovens
  • Lid lifter
  • Cookbook
  • Lawn chairs
  • Folding table
  • Water carriers
  • Dish pans
  • Air mattress
  • Jumper cables
  • Balls / bats / mitts
  • Camera / flash
  • Tripod