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Car Camping Checklist

Helpful tips for planning your next family camping trip.
The next time you go on a family camping trip, create a checklist to make packing a little easier. After a few outings you'll have a better sense of what to add to your family's checklist to best fit your needs.


  • tent
    • poles
    • rainfly
    • stakes
  • rope
  • ground cloth or tarp


  • sleeping bag
  • sleeping pad
  • optional- blankets

Meals and Kitchen Equipment

  • cooler with ice packs
  • food
  • storage containers
  • cooking tools (pans, spatula or tongs for serving)
  • stove with fuel and matches
  • silverware (reusable)
  • plates and mug (reusable)


  • bags or boxes for garbage, compost & recycling
  • biodegradable soap & sponge
  • tubs for hot water


  • extra underwear and socks
  • Coats
    • warm jacket (fleece or down)
    • rain jacket
  • shoes
    • sandals 
    • hiking shoes
  • Extras
    • swim suit
    • hats 
    • sleepwear


  • soap
  • towel
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • toilet paper
  • personal medications
  • wet wipes
  • clothesline & clothes pins


  • first aid kit
  • flashlight
  • batteries
  • directions to closest emergency facility


  • duct tape
  • sewing kit
  • utility knife/tool

In camp

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