Tent Camping Checklist

Checklists are a good habit to get into when you prepare for an outing. Print this one out, make your own additions, and maybe you can avoid that, “Oh, no, I forgot…” scenario.

Camp Cooking

  • Portable Grill and Cook Stove 
  • Plenty of fuel
  • Grill Gloves
  • Griddle
  • Skillet 
  • Pot Holders
  • Cookware 
  • Cooking and Eating Utensils 
  • Skewers
  • Corkscrew
  • Knife for Food Prep
  • Plates, Cups, and Bowl
  • Can Opener
  • Tables and Chairs 
  • Coolers with Plenty of Ice or Ice Substitutes 
  • Plenty of Food
  • Paper Products and Trash Bags
  • Foil for Lining Cookware and Wrapping Food
  • Beverage Jugs or Water Carriers filled with Drinking Water
  • Water Bottle: a must have when the grill gets out of hand

Sleeping And Comfort

  • Air Bed, Cot or Camp Pad
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Tent Fans and Tent Light

Camping Gear

  • Tent, Poles and Stakes
  • Lantern with Extra Fuel or Extra Batteries
  • Extra Lantern Mantles
  • Waterproof Matches
  • Compass, Maps and Portable GPS
  • Flashlights or Headlamps with Extra Batteries
  • Ground Cover or Tarp
  • Multipurpose Knife or Multi Tool
  • Camp Saw
  • Rope, Bungee Cords, 550 Parachute Cord or Wire

Personal Care

  • First Aid Kit
  • Camp Towels
  • Biodegradable Soap
  • Citronella Candles and Insect Repellent
  • Layered Clothing
  • Rain Gear
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet Paper

Eating/Food Prep

  • Coffee
  • Coffee Pot
  • All-in-One Portable Sink
  • Plastic Zipper Bags
  • Pot Scrubbers and Rags
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Tin foil

Sleeping and Comfort

  • Tool Kit: Hand Axe, Rubber Tent-Peg Mallet and Tent Stake Puller
  • Tent Repair Kit
  • Extra Tent Stakes
  • Pillows
  • Whisk Broom and Dust Pan

Camping Gear

  • Fire Starting Kit: Butane Lighter, Cotton Balls, Strike-A-Fire or Trioxane Tablets, Fire Starter and Waterproof Matches
  • Firewood for Camp Fires
  • Fuel Funnel (if using a liquid fuel lantern or stove)
  • Lantern Carry Case
  • Lantern Stand
  • Long-Nosed Butane Lighter


  • Digital Camera with Extra Batteries
  • Clothesline
  • Cards and Games
  • Flare, Signaling Mirror and Survival Whistle
  • Pad of Paper, Pencil or Pen
  • Radio with Weather Band
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen


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