Parents’ Ultimate Camping Packing List

Planning a family camping trip? As the scouts say, “Always be prepared!”

Two Girls on Camping Trip Erin Kunkel
Pack like a pro with our full list of everything you¹ll need for a camping weekend with kids, including, must-haves, nice-to-haves, and little luxuries. You¹ll never find yourself unprepared again! 

SHELTER/GEAR

  • Tent
  • Ground cloth/tarps /tent footprint
  • Extra stakes
  • Hammer (to pound stakes)
  • Flashlights/batteries
  • Camp chairs
  • Mat for tent entrance
  • Dust pan/brush
  • Sleeping bags
  • Pillows
  • Air mattress/sleeping pads/cots
  • Air pump with batteries
  • Extra batteries/bulbs
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Rope/clothesline
  • Duct tape
  • Small shovel
  • Hand wipes

COOKING

  • Large water jug
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Canteens/water bottles
  • Coolers/ice
  • Matches/lighter
  • Charcoal/firewood
  • Fire starters/newspaper
  • Plates/bowls
  • Mugs/cups
  • Silverware
  • Heavy-duty aluminum foil
  • Trash bags
  • Dish soap
  • Potholders/oven mitts
  • Pots and frying pans
  • Cooking utensils—spatula, knife, serving spoon, scissors
  • Tongs
  • Coffeepot
  • Thermos
  • Stove with fuel/propane
  • Dutch oven
  • Campfire grill/BBQ grill
  • Tablecloth/thumb tacks/clips
  • Measuring cups
  • Paper towels
  • Clothespins
  • Skewers/grill forks
  • Can opener/bottle opener
  • Mixing bowl
  • Cutting board
  • Zip-top bags (all sizes!)
  • Napkins
  • Dish rags/towels
  • Steel-wool scrub pads
  • Cutting board
  • Cooking oil
  • Seasonings/sugar/condiments

PERSONAL

  • Rain gear
  • Towels/washcloth
  • Soap in plastic case/shampoo
  • Toilet paper
  • Bug repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Personal medications
  • First aid kit