A personalized tent camping checklist is a handy tool for novice campers to get an idea of what basic equipment is necessary to enjoy tent camping.
It is also useful for seasoned campers to ensure that important camping gear does not get left behind.
This list is both an organizing and a brainstorming tool. Campers will want to customize it to their own situation and personal preferences. Feel free to create your own, selecting items from the list below and adding new ones.
Essential and optional gear are listed in separate columns, so novice campers don't forget anything important and can also identify items to add to their camping kit over time.
Some of the optional gear is highly recommended, depending on season, weather and comfort.
A camping food checklist greatly help campers organize meals.
Comfortable & seasonal outdoor clothing
Tennis shoes or hiking boots for walking
Compass or GPS
Camping stove, LP gas, matches
Fry pan or skillet, cover, spatula.
Cooking pot or pan, cover, stirring spoon
Plates & glasses or cups
Knives, forks, spoons
Napkins (paper towels)
Plastic garbage bags
Roasting sticks or fork
Roasting or grilling basket
Pot lifter or spondonicle
Serving bowl and plate
Measuring cups and spoons
Cloth for picnic table
Washing tub, dish soap, towel
Resealable plastic bags
Ice cream maker
Toothbrush and paste
Antisceptic: Rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, iodine etc.
Antibacterial soap or wipes
Gauze roll and tape (or duct tape)
Elastic compression bandage roll (Ace bandage)
Campground directions and map
Frisbee, ball, cards, games, etc.
Clothes pins (handy for securing items)
Baking soda (handy for cleaning, toothpaste, etc.)
Plastic storage containers
Outdoor electrical extension cord
Inverter (12 volt to 120 volt)
Air mattress and inflator (or)
Self-inflating sleeping pad
Ski mask (for cool evenings)
Hand broom and dustpan
Pole repair kit
Tent fabric repair kit
Carpet remnant for tent floor