Camping is a lot more work than most families are prepared for. From organizing all the gear to making reservations, you will have plenty of tasks on your checklist for camping. If you are new to the whole camping experience, it is even more important that you are prepared, because you never know what the wild might bring.
Even if you are camping at a local campsite with amenities, you still want to come prepared. There is no telling if those amenities will be broken down, crowded, or too far from your campsite.
Create a Family Camping Date and Put it on the Calendar
Before you can create a camp checklist, you must first find the date for your camping trip, says Cozi. Make reservations at the campgrounds and put that on your calendar. This will ensure you have enough time to plan and pack. For your first-time camping, give yourself at least three weeks for packing.
Prepare All the Gear on Your Checklist
A tent camping checklist will help you know specifically what to bring for your type of camp trip. After all, the equipment you need for an RV trip is much different than that of a camping trip where you plan to pop up a tent. Some of the equipment you will need according to REI includes:
- Campsite Gear: Chairs, blankets, tent, tent footprint, sleeping bags for each person, extra tarps, lanterns with fuel, headlamps and flashlights, pillows, and a repair kit.
- Kitchen Items: You will be cooking while out in the wild, so you need to bring the proper camping cooking gear. This can include a portable stove, cast iron skillet, food storage containers, cooler with ice, firewood, fuel for the stove, French press for coffee, matches or a lighter, wood, water bottles, disposable plates and utensils, cutting board and knife, paper towels, and garbage bags.
- Clothing: You cannot always predict the temperatures when you are camping. Sometimes the nights are much cooler, even when the days are warm. So, bring extra long-sleeved shirts and short sleeved shirts. Also, bring swimsuits, sleepwear, jackets, socks, rainwear, hiking shoes, hats, and gloves.
- Personal Care: This includes items like sunscreen, bug repellant, prescription medications, first aid kit, toothbrush and toiletry items, and soap.
- Miscellaneous Items: These are items that are optional but may be something that helps with the trip, such as a disposable camera, pet supplies (if bringing the dog), bikes and kids’ toys, maps, area information, and a campsite reservation paper.
Review the Camping Food Checklist
When making your camp checklist, do not forget to select camp-appropriate food items. These things are simple to prepare and do not require a lot of dishes or prep work. A good camping breakfast typically consists of cereal, instant oatmeal, bacon, eggs, or potatoes. Camping lunches often stick to the snacks or basics like hot dogs, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, or other snack foods. For dinner, bringing hamburgers is always a safe choice, while campfire chili dogs and burritos work too.