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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Tools: Pliers, screwdrivers, Scissors
Extra tent stakes
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.
Flashlights (1 per person) and extra batteries
Nylon Rope (clothe lines, emergency belt, tourniquet)
Large Water Bag
Battery Operated Lantern
Small Spade (Shovel)
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)
Day Pack (Back Pack) for hikes and day trips
Camp Stove & Extra Fuel
Water Bottles for Hikes, etc.
Tent & Air Mattress Repair kit
Knife/multi-tool/Swiss Army Knife
Road Maps, Property Maps, Hiking Maps, & Guide Books
Itch Relief (poison ivy, insect bites)
The Hot Pot by Camp Chef
Vinyl/Plastic Tablecloth with clips (or Duct Tape)
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
Mess Kit (plates, bowls etc.)
Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil
Plastic Egg Container
Steel Wool Pad
Plastic Scrub Pad
Watertight Containers for sugar, salt, etc.
Wash Cloths & Dish Cloths
Bottle Opener/Wine Opener
Metal Skewers for Hot Dog & Marshmallow Roasting
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.
Dish Towel/Pot Holders’/Hot Pad
Biodegradable Camp Soap like Campsuds
EXTRA TOILET PAPER!
Extra ponytail holders
Bandanas and Hats to help control unruly hair
Shampoo and Conditioner
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Biodegradable Camp Soap like Campsuds
Unscented Hair Spray
* Scented products and perfumes attract insects.
Extra pair of sneakers
Extra under ware & socks
Raincoat/Umbrella/Rain Boots or Muckboots
Jacket/Winter Coat (hats & gloves if you suspect it will get chilly)
Extra Medication if needed
Flashlight with extra batteries
Day Pack or Fanny Pack
Wide Brimmed Hat
Fun & Games
Deck of playing cards (Check out the Travel Friendly UNO!)
Bicycle & Helmet
Books/Coloring Books/Puzzle Books
Baseball & Mitts
Volleyball (lots of places have nets & ball courts)
Whisk Broom for tent clean up
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
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
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
Bear Bell for hiking in bear country
The Complete Canine Emergency Preparedness First Aid Kit
- Assorted sizes of absorbent compresses (also called gauze pads)
- Adhesive tape
- Antibiotic ointment
- Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) Consult your veterinarian first
- Bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto Bismol®) Consult your veterinarian first
- Blunt-ended scissors
- DOG FIRST AID BOOK! DOG FIRST AID: Be Red Cross Ready, Safety Series Vol. 2 by The American Red Cross
- Grooming scissors/clippers
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Nail clippers
- Needle nose pliers
- Nylon slip lead (at least one if not a bunch)
- Eye wash
- Styptic powder
- Wire cutters if you take your dog fishing for fish hook emergencies.
- Extension Cords
- Power strip
- Phone Chargers