The Ultimate Car Camping Checklist

This list is intended as a guideline. Use it to create your own list. Each item will not be needed by every person.

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Gear

Tools: Pliers, screwdrivers, Scissors

Extra tent stakes

Rubber mallet

Claw Hammer

Duct Tape

Camp Hatchet

Bungee Straps

Pliers

Screwdriver Set

Bicycle Pump

Tarps/Groundcloth

Camp Chairs

Headlamp

Firewood: including kindling and tinder (Tinder: The smallest element to building a campfire.  Tinder can be anything that’s dry and ignites quickly like paper, dry needles, twigs, bark, dryer lint, cardboard.) More Basic Camping Terms.

Lighter Fluid/Charcoal

Lighter/waterproof matches

Flashlights (1 per person) and extra batteries

Jumper Cables

Nylon Rope (clothe lines, emergency belt, tourniquet)

Large Water Bag

Battery Operated Lantern

Scissors

Small Spade (Shovel)

Walkie-Talkies

Compass

Binoculars

Coolers – One for food.  One for beverage.  A small/medium sized cooler for day trips and picnics. 

Bedding (air mattress & pump, cot, or sleep pad system)

Tent/groundsheets/canopies

Sleeping Bag

Day Pack (Back Pack) for hikes and day trips

Camp Stove & Extra Fuel

Insect Repellent

Hammock

Water Bottles for Hikes, etc.

Fishing Gear

Tent & Air Mattress Repair kit

Knife/multi-tool/Swiss Army Knife

Road Maps, Property Maps, Hiking Maps, & Guide Books

First Aid

Antibiotic Ointments

Itch Relief (poison ivy, insect bites)

Aspirin

Antacids

Ace Bandage

Gauze Pad

Medical Tape

Band-aids

Tweezers

Thermometer

Eye Wash/Drops

Orajel

Cough Drops

Magnifying Glass

Latex Gloves

CPR Mask

Sunburn Remedies

Butterfly Band-aids

Kitchen

The Hot Pot by Camp Chef

Vinyl/Plastic Tablecloth with clips (or Duct Tape)

Frying Pan

Saucepan

Steak Knives

Paring Knife

Cutting Board

Cooking Spray

Garbage Bags

Plastic Zip-lock Baggies (storage/leftovers)

Coffee Pot (Percolator or French Press, or bring your coffee pot from home if you have electricity)

Coffee Mugs/Drinking Cups

Old Fashion Percolator Coffee Pot. This one belonged to my grandfather.

Handiwipes/Wet Wipes

Hand Sanitizer

Paper Plates

Plastic Cups

Mess Kit (plates, bowls etc.)

Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil

Serving Spoon

Plastic Egg Container

Steel Wool Pad

Plastic Scrub Pad

Watertight Containers for sugar, salt, etc.

Paper Towels

Wash Cloths & Dish Cloths

Can Opener

Bottle Opener/Wine Opener

Measuring Cups

Metal Skewers for Hot Dog & Marshmallow Roasting

The Coleman Exponent features a drainless sink and stainless steel surfaces. Here we see the Hot Pot by Camp Chef and a tuckered out black lab.

Spices

Mixing Bowl

Potholders

Spatula

Silverware

Ladle

Whisk

2 Dish Pans for washing dishes (one to wash and one to rinse)

The Coleman Exponent Outfitter Camp Kitchen offers a draining sink and stainless steel surfaces. Several homemade camping hacks can be found online for a DIY model.

Pot Scrubber

Dish Towel/Pot Holders’/Hot Pad

Biodegradable Camp Soap like Campsuds

Dutch Oven

Charcoal

Toiletries

EXTRA TOILET PAPER!

SHOWER SHOES!

Extra ponytail holders

Bandanas and Hats to help control unruly hair

Wash Cloth

Shampoo and Conditioner

Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Hair brush

Unscented Deodorant

Biodegradable Camp Soap like Campsuds

Unscented Hair Spray

Towels/Wash clothes.

Floss

Kleenex

Q-Tips

Lotion

* Scented products and perfumes attract insects.

Personal Needs

EXTRA SOCKS

Extra pair of sneakers

Sandals

Crocs

Extra under ware & socks

Brush/comb

Shower Shoes/Flip-Flops

Gloves

Ball Cap

Sunglasses

Raincoat/Umbrella/Rain Boots or Muckboots

Personal ID

Jacket/Winter Coat (hats & gloves if you suspect it will get chilly)

Lighter/Matches

Extra Medication if needed  

Flashlight with extra batteries

Compass/GPS

Pillow

Day Pack or Fanny Pack

Lip Balm

Sweatpants

Thermal Underwear

Watch

Wide Brimmed Hat

Fun & Games

Deck of playing cards (Check out the Travel Friendly UNO!)

Bicycle & Helmet

Books/Coloring Books/Puzzle Books

Notebook/paper/crayons/ pencils

Board Games

Basketball, football

Baseball & Mitts

Volleyball (lots of places have nets & ball courts)

Swimwear

Beach Towels

Beach Toys

Acoustic Guitar

Radio

Bluetooth Speaker

Miscellaneous

Sunscreen

Insect Repellent

Whisk Broom for tent clean up

Canine Campers

IDENTIFICATION: Temporary IDs can be purchased from pet stores, farm stores and online retailers.  Include your cell phone number, camp site number, and campground address.  You can also consider microchipping your pet if you haven’t already.  Make sure you have a current photo of your dog on your cell phone.

 A list of important phone numbers including your dog’s veterinarian, local veterinarians, the nearest 24-hour emergency clinic, and nearby boarding facilities and animal shelters.

Bottled Water from Home

Bed

Leash (Pets must be attended and leashed at all times!)

Cork Screw Stake or anchor stake (some parks don’t let you tie anything to the trees)

10 to15 foot cable rated for the weight of dog that is free of defects

Food and water bowls with extra food

Hiking harness

LED clip-on dog light

Carabiners – I like to keep one at the end of each dog’s leash for quick tie-ups

Crate if your dog is crate trained

Waste baggies for poop

Life Jacket

Grooming supplies

Grooming scissors

Toys/Chew Toys/Bones

Treats

Sweaters/coat

Bandanas

Dog Towels

Exercise pen/playpen

Bear Bell for hiking in bear country

The Complete Canine Emergency Preparedness First Aid Kit

  • Grooming scissors/clippers
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Muzzle
  • Nail clippers
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Nylon slip lead (at least one if not a bunch)
  • Syringe
  • Eye wash
  • Styptic powder
  • Towel
  • Tweezers
  • Wire cutters if you take your dog fishing for fish hook emergencies.

Electricity

  • Extension Cords
  • Power strip
  • Lamps
  • Phone Chargers

Further Reading

Basic Camping Terms

Basic Camping Concepts

My Top Ten Camping Apps

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