Camping is a great way to get outside with family and friends or even by yourself. You can go camping in many state and national parks, at private campgrounds, in the backcountry or even in your own backyard. Most campsites include a picnic table, a place to park your car and a spot to pitch your tent. Many also have shared bathrooms and running water. Part of the joy of camping is needing very little gear to exist outdoors. But it’s also nice to have a comfortable, convenient and homey campsite. If it’s your first-time camping, it might be best to take a look at our check list for things you might need when camping. As you become a more experienced camper, you may find that part of the fun is figuring out what to bring along to meet your needs. While you’re packing, use our handy camping checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything important. This is a comprehensive list, and we don’t expect you to bring along every item.
These are important items for your camping checklist: Tent and stakes, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, camping pillow, flashlight and batteries, camp chair, lantern with fuel/batteries, insect control and first aid kit.
Optional: Sunshade, tarp or screen house, hammock, cots, sleeping bag liners, firewood, camp rug, tablecloth and clips and clothesline with clips.