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The Complete Checklist For Camping

In this post, we will be looking at important planning and things to check for a camping trip.  Check out the complete checklist of equipment and accessories that you should have to help you be prepared.

Important Factors

Some factors you should consider when designing your checklist:

  • Land , which can count on the existence of water courses, which makes it necessary to waterproof some materials;
  • Climate , for which you must wear the appropriate clothing;
  • Distance/presence of trails , limiting the amount of weight you can carry;
  • Fauna and flora , which may represent the presence of venomous animals;
  • Adventure duration , influencing the amount of supplies needed;
  • Campsite/infrastructure , which in the case of a private campsite can mean the freedom to not take several items;
  • Means of transport , which also affect the amount of weight;
  • Among others .

Be Creative!

You won’t have day-to-day resources at your disposal, so think about what you consider essential and practical, compartmentalized substitutes. For example, you can load detergent into a dropper. This tip is also valid for you to save when buying your camping equipment. As with any other hobby, you’ll find them at the most varied prices.

Share The Baggage Among The Group

Depending on the type of adventure you are about to experience, you should avoid taking too much kit. It is probably not necessary to take a lot of things with you, so good planning is a must.

Organize Your Stuff

Do this with organizers, bags or purses, which will help you a lot when finding each item. If you want to keep track of your belongings, check your checklist for those that need to be replenished periodically, or write down the quantities of each. Use your cell phone or a pad and pen, remembering that each has its plus points — the first is practical and easily upgradeable, and the second never runs out of battery power.

Test Your Equipment

Mark on your checklist those that need to be checked every time you go camping. Be meticulous and keep maintenance up to date — you don’t want a leaky thermal insulator or a frameless tent!

Use The List Below As A Reference

Be flexible and adapt to your own comfort needs and personal characteristics. Add and remove items as you see fit. Items will be grouped as follows (feel free to create your own organization method):

  • Shelter , including overnight and related items;
  • Equipment and clothing , what you will need for your protection and comfort;
  • Personal hygiene , which are bathroom items and others;
  • Kitchen , for preparing meals;
  • Hydration and nutrition , the basics to maintain energy;
  • First aid , for health emergencies and
  • Survival , preventing adverse situations.

In Full: The Checklist For Camping


  • Tent, suitable for the amount of people;
  • Sleeping bag and thermal insulator (individual or for the tent), to heat and protect against soil moisture or
  • Inflatable mattress and air pump, preferably an inflator with a reverse function, to save space;
  • Awnings, to stretch over or under the tent, to protect against sun, rain and humidity;
  • Mats;
  • Pillows;
  • Extra blankets;
  • lantern and
  • Tables and chairs for camping

Equipment And Clothing

  • Backpack with raincoat or waterproofing treatment, the right size for adventure — preferably easily attachable to other compartments, with water refill;
  • Hiking shoes or boots, which are better if waterproof, functional for hiking;
  • Changes of clothing, including coats, some comfortable sleeping clothes, at least one alternative if the expected weather changes, etc.;
  • Underwear, with extra socks that dry quickly;
  • swimwear;
  • slippers and
  • Glasses and/or hats/covers against the sun.

Personal Hygiene

  • Bath and face towels, preferably made of microfiber or similar material, as they dry quickly and take up little space;
  • Moist wipes, which are a practical alternative if you are unable to take a shower;
  • Soap;
  • Shampoo/conditioner;
  • Deodorant;
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent, which must be reapplied periodically;
  • Brush, toothpaste and floss;
  • Absorbents;
  • Razor blades and foam/gel/cream;
  • Nail clippers;
  • Toilet paper;


  • Stove and gas cylinder, suitable for camping or
  • Spirit bowl and fuel alcohol/gel, which you can improvise with any fire-resistant, bendable metal you own;
  • Matchbox or lighter;
  • Pot, mug and portable cutlery, which if metallic you can use to cook/warm food and eat (but plastic ones are lighter);
  • Cups;
  • Pots and/or pans, preferably Teflon (more practical);
  • Cooking cutlery and paraphernalia; as a can opener, corkscrew, coffee strainer, etc.;
  • Detergent/soap, sponge, rags and garbage bags and
  • Containers, thermal bags or cooler, if you have the means to transport them.

Hydration And Nutrition

  • Water, canteens/bottles/squeezers/streamers and drinking devices and/or tablets;
  • Freeze-dried foods, which are dehydrated and highly nutritious, suitable for times of dietary restrictions;
  • Semi-prepared foods such as instant noodles;
  • Canned foods such as beans;
  • Ready-made foods such as cereal bars, biscuits, nuts and dried fruits;
  • Fruits and vegetables that do not need cooking and
  • Imperishable foods in general.

First Aid

  • surgical gloves;
  • Gases, bandages, bandages and/or dressings of varying shapes and sizes;
  • cotton swabs;
  • Tape and/or micropore tape;
  • Scissors;
  • Clamp;
  • Line and needle;
  • Heat-resistant blanket — which also serves as an emergency tent;
  • Thermometer;
  • Saline or topical antiseptics;
  • Over-the-counter medications, such as antipyretics, antihistamines, anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants — remember that self-medication is a dangerous practice, so consult a doctor before including these items in your kit;
  • Medicines for personal use;
  • Ointments for diaper rash and burns and
  • Isotonic and hydroelectrolytic powder replenishers for emergency hydration.


  • Waterproof bags, if you intend to get wet, to waterproof your material, or
  • Resistant plastic bags (better transparent, for easy identification of the material) and rubber alloy/hose, widely used by the military;
  • Flint and fire starters, to keep warm in emergencies;
  • Flashlight and spare batteries/batteries (prefer to rechargeable), so as not to get too tight in the pitch;
  • Insulating tape or Silver Tape and sisal or other types of string, for various types of repair, improvisation and workarounds;
  • Newspaper or black canvas, which are alternatives for shelter, insulation and heating;
  • Multi-purpose knife, which replaces a series of items in this entire list;
  • GPS or compass and topographic charts, to get your bearings and help set up the tent in the best direction;
  • Whistle, to call for help;
  • Carabiners and ropes, for makeshift shelters or stretchers;
  • Cell phone, for emergency situations, such as bites from venomous animals and
  • Knife or machete, in case of dense vegetation.

Camping is a challenging hobby for anyone, great for breaking out of the rut, and soothing for the soul. With this complete checklist, all you have to do is plan correctly, and enjoy the best of the experience to live incredible stories. Have a good time!

The Savvy Explorer