Tent Camping Master packing list

Hello friends. I am finally getting around to creating this post. I have had it on paper for a long time and have done many screen shots for friends so they can have it too. I though it would be best if I created a post so I can share it with friends and any one else that might need a list to follow so they don’t forget anything.

We have done Tent Camping for past 16 years. We missed on year due to trip to Europe but other than that we typically do one to two camping trips a year. The list grew each year as i always brought it with me and added thing that I felt I needed and it wasn’t on the list.

I am going to start with cooking bin


  • Kettle
  • Oven mitt
  • Grill Tongs, spatula
  • Marshmallow Sticks
  • Grill Scrubber
  • Dish Pans (2)
  • Wash cloth dish tower, sponge and brush
  • Sauce pan
  • sml stock pot
  • Aluminum foil
  • mugs, cups, plates, cutlery
  • soap for dishes
  • paper Towel
  • matches, lighter
  • cutting board
  • kitchen knives
  • Clorox wipes
  • can opener, wine opener
  • Ziploc bags (assorted sizes)
  • food saver clips
  • lrg and medium bowels (for salads and side dishes)
  • plastic cups and wine glasses
  • Stove and BBQ (We always cook on fire but good to have if there is a fire ban)
  • Cast Iron cook wear
  • Table Cloths and clips to keep the table cloth on
  • Cooking oil, vinegar
  • spices
  • Tongs
  • Water Container
  • Strainer (collapsable can be purchased and dollar store)
  • Veg Peeler
  • cheese shredder
  • cucumber cutter
  • whisk
  • wooden spoon
  • Fuel for stove
  • garbage bags
  • Recycle bin (blue like wash bin)
  • Frying pan
  • scissors
  • Scoop
  • Coffee Tea
  • Coffee Press (if using one)

Camp Site Maintenance Bin (Tool Bin)

  • Batteries
  • Citronella Candles
  • Rope
  • Duck Tape
  • Broom / Dust pan
  • Tent / Air Mattress repair kit
  • Wet Wipes
  • Newspaper or fire strarters
  • Collapsable showel
  • Tarps (for rain cover and tent floor)
  • Tent
  • Screen house
  • pegs
  • beach blanket
  • Chairs
  • beach chairs
  • Head Lamps
  • Lanterns, flash light (check batteries)
  • Poles for tarp
  • Extension cords (if you have an electrical site or a inverter)
  • bungie cords
  • camp hammer
  • axe
  • Mat/Rug for camp entrance
  • Whistle
  • Umbrella
  • Pop up Laundry Basket
  • Air Mattresses (check before packing)

Personal Items

  • Sunscreen, Aloe Vera, Chapsitck
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • toiletreis
  • Soap
  • Camera, chargers
  • deodorant
  • brush
  • Razor
  • Toilet Paper
  • Medication
  • Sunglasses
  • bug spray
  • backpack (for hiking)

First Aid Kit

  • Blister pads
  • gauze
  • elastic bandage
  • tape
  • bandages
  • Triangular bandages
  • cotton swabs/pads
  • Polysporin
  • Hydrogen peroxide / rubbing alcohol
  • Sanitizing gel
  • Advil, Tylenol, Midol
  • Tums, Imodium, peptol
  • Benadryl, Areus
  • Tweezers, Scissors, Safety pin, digital thermometer
  • Tee tree oil. calamine lotion
  • zinc, vaseline
  • Anti Monkey Powder

Kids Master List

  • Electronics and charger as well as portable battery charger
  • book
  • stuffed animal (age depending)
  • sunglasses
  • sun hats
  • tooth brush
  • face cloth
  • deodorant (age depending)
  • Chapstick
  • Camera
  • Hair Brush / Comb

Cloths Master List

  • Rain Gear
  • Running shoes
  • Water Shoes
  • flip flops
  • long pants
  • sweat shirt
  • thick seaters
  • lots of socks
  • hats, mittens (sometimes nights get cold)
  • long sleeve shirts
  • other weather appropriate clothing
  • swimsuits
  • hats for sun protection
  • sleepwear
  • long pants

Sleeping Master List

  • Sleeping Bags
  • Mattresses
  • Fitted sheets
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Hats and Mittens

This is my camping list. You can use it as a guide. I would love to know what is one thing you pack that you can not live without and I didn’t include it. I also want to recommend that you make a menue for all your meals so you can pack only what you need. We make block ice at home about a week before so we can save a bit on ice. The blocks keep solid for a while. If you can pack two coolers one for food and one for drinks so you are not opening your food cooler to get drinks all day long.

Happy Camping


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