Yes, you will be “roughing it” on your camping trip, but that’s no reason to make a trip rough with poor packing. Be sure to remember the necessities; use a checklist and pack carefully. And before you load up, think containers. You definitely want a good cooler large enough for your trip’s food and insulated enough to keep things cool for the entire stay. Sturdy storage bins with a lid and handles can keep all your dry goods and camping supplies handy and organized. In addition to the larger camp items, we like having three main bins: the two laid out in the list below plus another for food that’s best kept in the car.
1. Remember the cribbage board and a deck of cards!
2. Freezing jugs or bottles of drinking water lets them do double duty as ice – and will keep your cool food drier.
3. Lanterns are useful for illuminating the space and great for group activities, like a game of cards. For activities that require both hands free, try a headlamp. If you go rustic with no electric outlet at camp, don’t forget charging packs.
4. Don’t bring your own firewood; buy it on-site or as close to the park as possible to avoid spreading tree-killing parasites. A hatchet can quickly make kindling, but foraging sticks and pine needles works, too.
Larger Camp Items
▢ Tent and poles
▢ Tarp for under tent
▢ Sleeping bags or pads and blankets
▢ Camp chairs (with cup holders, we say)
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▢ Camp stove and fuel, or grill and charcoal
▢ Frying pan
▢ Skewers, tongs, flippers
▢ Oven mitt
▢ Aluminum foil
▢ Dish-washing tub
▢ Plates, utensils, cups, mugs, water bottles
▢ Knives and cutting board
▢ Dish rag and towel
▢ Toiletries and smaller items to keep camp.
▢ Extra rag to clean tent
▢ Trash bags/box
▢ Matches and/or lighter in dry bag
▢ Hatchet (optional)
▢ Toothbrush, toothpaste
▢ Soap, shampoo
▢ Bug spray
▢ Extra roll of toilet paper
▢ Any required meds, EpiPen
▢ First aid kit: bandages, tweezers, safety pins, scissors, pain relief, antiseptic cream, Benadryl, sunburn relief.