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Camping Checklist

Shelter Bedding
  • Tent and canopy
  • Ground cloth/tarp
  • Extra tent stakes
  • Shade tarp
  • Axe or hammer
  • Entry mat
  • Dust pan & brush
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sheets & blankets
  • Pillow
  • Air mattress, sleeping pad or cot
  • Air pump
  • Air mattress repair kit
  • Utility Bag
 Clothing Personal 
  • Underwear and/or long johns
  • Socks and extra socks
  • Long pants
  • ShortsBelt
  • Shirts and T-shirts
  • Boots: hiking or wet weather
  • Shoes
  • Bandana
  • Hat
  • Sweatshirt or jacket
  • Rain gear
  • Sleeping clothes
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Laundry bag
  • Towel and wash cloth
  • Soap in plastic case
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Brush or comb
  • Razor and shave cream
  • Toilet paper
  • Shower shoes, flip flops
  • Chapstick
  • Hand wipes
  • Tweezers
  • Medications
  • Money, I.D., etc.
  • Dental floss
  • Mirror
  • Fanny pack
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • First aid kit
  • Sewing kit with safety pins
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellant
  • Pocket Knife
  • Flashlight, extra batteries & bulb
  • Alarm clock or watch
  • Candle
  • Canteen or water bottle 
  • Scout handbook
  • Maps or guidebooks
  • Notepad and pen
  • Camp chair
  • Musical instrument
  • Camera and film
  • Rope for clothes line
  • Bungee cords
  • Plastic trash bags
  • Duct tape
  • Waterproof matches
  • Ziploc Bags
  • Canteen or water bottle 


  • Mess kit
  • Knife, fork & spoon
  • Thermally insulated cup or mug
  • Napkins
  • Potholders or hot gloves
  • Skewers
  • Pot lifter or pliers


A good place to start is with the checklist you used to pack up before the camping trip. Write down from your mental notes things to add to or remove from to the list from your latest experience. This will help with the checklist for your next trip. Now put your gear away so you can rest.

A few things to consider...

  • As you unpack your gear, take inventory. Did you leave anything behind? Identify any items that are damaged or broken; make a list of what needs repair or replacement.
  • Separate all clothes and bedding items that may need laundering. Don't wait to start doing the laundry, wash whatever you can, as soon as you can, to remove outdoor smells that can come from campfires, or from lakes, streams, and beaches, or from dirt, mud, and sand, etc.
  • Set up your tent to air it out, especially if it got wet while camping, and to give it a good sweeping before stowing it. Be sure to air out any other camping gear that may have gotten wet on the trip, to avoid possible mold and mildew.
  • Clean all kitchen utensils, cookware, dishes, glasses, and silverware. Return items not normally dedicated to camping to where they belong and store all camping specific cooking items together.
  • Make sure that any battery-operated devices are turned off or have the batteries removed.
  • Repack your gear in your backpack or store it all in a footlocker. This way all your gear is in one place and you will be able to find it quickly before your next trip. Take good care of your camping gear and it will reward you for many years to come! Follow a check-in routine when you return from each camping trip, and you'll always be ready for the next.