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150+ outdoor camping checklist of items and tips

Have you ever wondered what sustenance you need for your outdoor camping? Read here on the essential camping checklist and tips to give you a pleasant camping experience.

Camping is an exciting and adventurous experience to look forward to for holidays, excursions, get-togethers or whatever the case may be.

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150+ outdoor camping checklist items and tips

A pleasant camping experience is, nevertheless, accomplished by careful planning, and preparation. Occasionally, while preparing for camping, you may experience roadblocks to packing such as deciding on what and what not to include in your travel pack. Well, don’t forget that all items of importance would definitely depend on the type of activities included on camp.

150+ outdoor camping checklist items and tips

In this article, I have prepared a list of general items that you will find quite beneficial to consider. The camping checklist is categorised into the following: personal accessories, clothing and foot wear, shelter, food and cook wares, safety kits and time-fillers and miscellaneous.

Personal accessories

Your personal accessories would include items you need on a daily basis. The duration of your stay gives you an idea of the quantity of items you deem necessary. A mental run through of your daily habits would help in ensuring that you are not missing out on any item.

A note of caution is to avoid using strong sweet smelling accessories such as body sprays when camping out in the woods, otherwise, you would unwittingly entertain bugs with their irritating bites. So, what personal accessories should you include?

  1. Flip-flops (or rubber slipas)
  2. Bathroom towel
  3. Bathing soap or shower gel
  4. Tooth brush and toothpaste
  5. Hair brush or comb
  6. Deodorant
  7. Roll-on
  8. Shaving or hair removers
  9. Powder
  10. Body lotion
  11. Bathing sponge
  12. Laundry bag
  13. Bathing bucket and scoop
  14. Sewing kit
  15. Shower cap (ladies)


  1. Sanitary towels (ladies)
  2. Under wears

Camping checklist for Clothing and Footwear

Obviously, clothing and footwear are a must. However, your choice would strongly depend on the type of climate and weather conditions of the region where you are camping.

Additionally, your choice would also be influenced by the type of activities to be done in camp. Whatever is your choice, always remember to pack body wears that: fit all weather conditions likely to occur, make you comfortable to move around with ease and would protect you from harsh elements out there. Find below what you need to include:

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  1. Flat shoes
  2. Snickers
  3. Hiking boots
  4. Sandals
  5. Jeans and belt
  6. Night wears
  7. Loose T-Shirt
  8. Long sleeve shirt
  9. Sweat shirt, Hoodies or pullover
  10. Lumberjack coat or warm jacket
  11. Shorts
  12. Hats or caps
  13. Ear warmers
  14. Handkerchief or bandana
  15. Raincoat
  16. Rain boots
  17. Swim suit and towel
  18. Socks
  19. Hand gloves
  20. Mufflers
  21. Workout legging
  22. Swim suit
  23. Tank top
  24. Wrist watch
  25. Sunglasses

Camping checklist for Shelter

One of the most important aspects of preparing for camping is deciding on where to sleep. Your personal safety and comfort makes it all the more relevant. While camping out in the woods, you would need the following provisions listed below.

  1. Tenth cloth
  2. Brush and dustpan
  3. Hammer or axe
  4. Ropes
  5. Stakes or poles
  6. Mat or ground cloth
  7. Sleeping mat, air/foam mattress or camp bed
  8. Pillow and pillow cases
  9. Bed sheets
  10. Umbrella
  11. Air pumps
  12. Repair kit (for air mattress)
  13. Blanket
  14. Utility bag

Camping checklist for Food and Cookware

Food and cookware are of highest priority if you would be spending many days out in the woods. Certainly, the amount of food you need to carry would depend on the duration of your stay.

Always ensure to carry a well balance diet and avoid food that can possibly irritate your bowel system or take so much time to prepare. To be sure of what you really need, there is no harm in drawing out a daily schedule for each day to be as detailed as possible. Avoid just assuming on the surface or you might be left stranded. Check out the list below to give you an idea.

Camping checklist for Food in the Camp

  1. Cereals
  2. beef, sausage or fish
  3. oats
  4. milk
  5. cheese
  6. egg
  7. chocolate and cream drinks
  8. fruits
  9. vegetables
  10. confectionery
  11. Bread
  12. semolina or wheat floor
  13. light soup
  14. Plantain, yam or potatoes
  15. Seasonings
  16. Drinking water and non-alcoholic drinks

Camping checklist for Cookware

  1. Coolers/Ice
  2. Grill
  3. Water container
  4. Thermos or hot water flask
  5. Oil (palm or vegetable)
  6. Dish pan and pot
  7. Mugs
  8. Dish scrubs
  9. kitchen knife
  10. Zip-lock bags
  11. Portable cooking stove
  12. Foldable table and sit
  13. Spatula and serving spoons
  14. Disposable plates and spoons
  15. Food storage container
  16. Trash bag
  17. Paper towels
  18. Aluminium foil
  19. Fire starters and rough papers
  20. Charcoal and firewood
  21. Lighter
  22. Silverware plates and cups
  23. Tray
  24. Cooking fuel

Safety kits camping checklist

Where there is no doctor, hospital or emergency response team close by, your safety kits become your most treasured companion next to you. However, you can save more cost financially and health wise by performing a medical fitness check up with your doctor and get precautionary advice on protecting your health. On your own initiative, you should also equip yourself with a basic knowledge of First Aid. Additionally, if you are to take with you a fire extinguisher, you must know how to use it. Hence, what should you need with regards to your safety?

  1. First Aid manual
  2. Road flares
  3. Bandages
  4. Methylated spirit
  5. Personal Medication
  6. Pain reliever
  7. Antacid
  8. Scissors
  9. Tweezers
  10. Cotton wool
  11. Bug repellent
  12. Antiseptic wipes
  13. Bee sting kit
  14. Antibiotics
  15. Sinus medication
  16. Hot balm
  17. Antibacterial soap
  18. Sunscreen cream
  19. Personal information (including contact person in case of emergency)
  20. GPS tracker
  21. Snake bite kit
  22. Hydrogen peroxide
  23. Health insurance document
  24. Twine
  25. Recharge card
  26. Phone
  27. Thermometer
  28. Latex hand gloves
  29. Flashlight
  30. Heat and cold packs
  31. Poison ivy cream/cleansers
  32. Eye drops
  33. Sterile gauze pads
  34. Iodine whistle
  35. Safety pins
  36. Money
  37. Fire Extinguishers
  38. Lamp
  39. Compass
  40. Portable shocking electric fence (ropes)
  41. Mosquito net
  42. Sealable garbage containers (to keep off preys)
  43. Animal spray

Time Fillers and Miscellaneous

With time, energy and money spent and for the good pleasure of camping; nobody embarks on a camp for the purpose of getting bored. How could you add to the extra fun and live? By having with you something to reflect on, create and store the pleasant memories you will enjoy afterwards? Therefore, be creative by considering adding few of the options found below.

  1. A motivational book
  2. Radio or music player
  3. A musical instrument
  4. Diary and pen
  5. digital camera
  6. Song book
  7. Binoculars
  8. Fishing gear kits
  9. Board games
  10. Poetries
  11. Selfie Stick

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Gathering your items for camping should never be too hard to get done. Remember, you are not going for an award party where you have to be flawless.

Camping affords you the opportunity to be yourself, relaxed, closely attached to nature, reflect and discover things you never knew.

So when next you are invited to camp outdoor, don’t hesitate to grab your belongings and hit the road to camp to muse over the other side of life. And as you pack, don’t fail to cross check your items here. Two heads are better than one!

So are you ready to go camping? Do you already have a camping experience? Feel free to share on this blog as your thoughts and comments would be welcome.

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