The Only Camping/Glamping Checklist You'll Ever Need

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The title says it all: this is my personal, comprehensive list of what to bring camping with you. The first part of this post is a simple checklist of camping essentials for anyone spending time outdoors, whether you're a bare-bones camper or the most glamorous glamper. The second part explains how to upgrade from camping to glamping! To print out this list, click the button below.

The Basics

Tent

Tent footprint

Extra stakes

Axe/hatchet

Hammer/mallet

Flashlights/lanterns

Extra batteries

Hand-broom & dustpan

Sleeping bag/blankets

Sleeping mats/air mattress & pump

Pillows

Backpack/daypack

Collapsible chairs

Knife/scissors

550 cord

Lighter/weatherproof matches

Tinder/fire starter

Firewood/coal

Cooler & ice

Duct tape

1 gallon of water per person, per day

Water bottle/canteen

First aid kit

Clothing

Pants

Shorts

T-shirts

Long-sleeve shirts

Hat

Bandana

Sleepwear

Long underwear

Gloves/mittens

Swimsuit

Lightweight jacket

Heavyweight jacket

Raincoat/poncho

Extra underwear/socks

Tennis shoes/sneakers

Hiking boots

Clothespins

Laundry bag/stuff sack

Personal Items

Bug spray

Feminine hygiene products

Medications

All-purpose soap

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

Hair ties

Sunscreen

Lotion

Towel set (various sizes)

Toilet paper

Wet wipes

Lip balm

Hand sanitizer

Compact mirror

Brush/comb

Sunglasses

Deoderant

Razor

Kitchen Supplies

Camp stove & fuel

Grill rack

Pots/pans

Portable coffee/espresso maker

Dining set (plates, bowls, utensils, cups)

Paper towels

Bottle opener/corkscrew 

Can opener

Roasting skewers

Trash bags

Cutting board

Mixing bowls

Aluminum foil

Tupperware

Cooking oil

Sponge/scrubber

Wash basin

Dish rags

Food/condiments

Miscellaneous

Sports gear (kayaks, fishing poles, bikes, etc.)

Camera

Charging cables

Waterproof electronics case

Maps

Binoculars

Hand warmers

Pet supplies

Books/board games/cards

Notebook & pen

Radio/Bluetooth speaker

Walkie talkies

Umbrella

Hammock

Tissues

Pocket knife/multi-tool

Small/collapsible shovel

Cash

Sewing/repair kit

Fire extinguisher

Watch

Whistle

Compass

Resealable bags

Water filter/tablets

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Well, that's just about everything I have on my basic camping checklist. Typically, I keep all of these items packed and ready to go in a few duffels and hardy plastic bins. That way, when we're leaving on a trip, we can just load up all of our pre-packed stuff and go.

If you're looking for a glampier experience, your checklist is a little more open-ended. There is a wide range of possible items you could bring to enhance your trip, so I'll just mention a few essentials that will upgrade your camping trip to a glamping trip:

Extra furniture (poufs, armchairs, ottomans, sack chairs, beanbag chairs, etc.)

Welcome mat

Indoor/outdoor rugs

Decor (bunting, garlands, wicker baskets, wooden crates, macrame hangings, etc.)

Tablecloth

Dutch oven

Extra pillows/blankets/throws

Flameless candles

Storage towers to organize your items

Mosquito netting

Solar light stakes

Shatterproof wine glasses

Solar camp shower

Privacy pop-up tent

Folding table

Canopy

Solar panels/chargers

Melamine dish set

Decorative solar lights/string lights

Full set of kitchen utensils (measuring spoons/cups, spatula, tongs, etc.)

Gourmet food/prepped meals

 

Glamping doesn't have to be complicated! Essentially, bring anything and everything you need to feel cozy and at-home at your campsite. Favorite blanket? Bring it! Chandelier? Why not! Table decor? Yes! For other tips on how to turn camping into glamping, try this.

Stick to this list and I promise you will have a great time, wherever you go. With the essentials and good company, it's impossible to go wrong!

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