Supply Lists

Are you gearing up for a camping trip but not sure what to pack? Whether you’re a seasoned camper or a first-timer, having a comprehensive supply list is crucial for a successful outdoor experience. To help you prepare, we’ve compiled a list of essential items that should be on every camper’s checklist.

Shelter and Comfort

  • Tent: Make sure it’s appropriate for the season and the size of your group.
  • Sleeping Bag: Choose one that suits the nighttime temperatures you expect.
  • Sleeping Pad or Air Mattress: For added comfort and insulation from the ground.
  • Pillows and Extra Blankets: For extra warmth and comfort.

Cooking and Food Supplies

  • Portable Stove or Grill: Essential for cooking hot meals.
  • Fuel or Charcoal: Don’t forget the fuel for your stove or grill.
  • Lighter or Matches: Store them in a waterproof container.
  • Cookware and Utensils: Pots, pans, spatulas, knives, and a cutting board.
  • Food Storage Containers: For keeping food fresh and safe from wildlife.
  • Cooler with Ice Packs: To keep perishables cold.
  • Biodegradable Soap and Sponges: For cleaning dishes.
  • Trash Bags: Always pack out what you pack in.

Clothing and Personal Items

  • Weather-Appropriate Clothing: Layering is key. Include rain gear and warm layers.
  • Sturdy Footwear: Hiking boots or shoes suitable for the terrain.
  • Personal Hygiene Items: Toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.
  • Sun Protection: Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
  • Insect Repellent: To keep the bugs at bay.

Safety and Navigation

  • First Aid Kit: Include personal medications and any specific items like an EpiPen.
  • Map and Compass/GPS: Even if you know the area, it’s good to have backups.
  • Multi-tool or Knife: Always handy for various tasks around the campsite.
  • Flashlight or Headlamp (with Extra Batteries): Essential for nighttime.


  • Camping Chairs: For sitting around the fire or lounging in nature.
  • Water Bottles or Hydration System: Stay hydrated out there.
  • Water Purification Method: Tablets, filters, or boiling if you’re collecting natural water.
  • Camera or Binoculars: For capturing memories or bird watching.
  • Entertainment: Books, cards, or games for downtime.


Remember, the key to a successful camping trip lies in preparation. Use this list as a starting point and adjust according to your specific needs and the nature of your trip. Some may need more gear for a rugged backcountry excursion, while others might prioritize comfort for a relaxed campground stay. Happy camping, and enjoy the great outdoors!

Note: Always check the specific rules and conditions of your camping destination in advance. Some areas may have additional requirements or restrictions.