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Family Camping Trip Checklist

By: Dale Cooper

As you and your family head into the great outdoors, the last thing you want is to forget something important. Once you begin your camping trip, you may not have access to certain items such as extra clothing or an axe for firewood. That’s why its important to compile a checklist of things to bring on your next camping trip. Use this list as a guide, and add whatever other extra items you and your family might need.

Shelter, bedding and safety supplies:

Think about your family’s camping trip sleeping arrangements and plan accordingly.

  • Tent: If you’re camping in a tent, make sure you have enough sleeping space for everyone, as well as space to store anything you’d like to keep dry.
  • Tarp: A tarp can be used to add an extra layer of moisture protection above and below your tent.
  • Sleeping bags, blankets and pillows: Research ahead of time what the weather will be like during your camping trip, and make sure you have enough bedding to stay warm.
  • First-aid kit and bug spray: In case of an injury, be sure to have a first-aid kit on hand. And you’ll probably want to bring bug spray and citronella candles to keep the bugs away.camping 2011 oregon lantern


The weather forecast is also important when it comes to planning which clothes to bring. Its a good idea to be prepared for rain, even if chances for precipitation are low.

  • Footwear: When out on a camping trip, you cant go wrong with boots.
  • Sweaters, pants and jackets: Make sure you have enough clothes for the entire trip, as its unlikely you’ll be able to do laundry.

Food and cooking supplies:

If you’re not an accomplished campfire chef, be sure to bring calorie-dense, non-perishable food such as peanut butter, trail mix or beef jerky.

  • Pots, pans, plates and utensils: If you do plan to cook, make sure you have the equipment necessary to do so.
  • Food for cooking: Hot dogs are a simple, classic camping trip staple, but if you’d like to be more adventurous, make sure you bring all necessary ingredients, including basics such as cooking oil and salt.

Fire supplies:

No camping trip is complete without a campfire. Its your source of heat and light in the evening, and the best way to eat a hot meal.

  • Firewood: You may be able to find firewood near your campsite, but it’s a good idea to bring some just in case.
  • An axe: Large pieces of firewood take much longer to catch fire than small pieces. Bring an axe or hatchet to pare down your wood into manageable pieces.
  • Fire starting kit: Whether it’s a book of matches, a gas lighter or flint and steel, you’ll need a way to start your campfire. Remember that to start a campfire you’ll need tinder (small, very flammable material; dryer lint works well) to start the flame, kindling (small, dry sticks and twigs) to keep it going, and firewood.

Summer is a great time for camping trips, but make sure you’re covered by auto insurance before you head out. To find an insurance company that offers a policy that meets your needs, compare various online auto insurance quotes before choosing a provider.


  1. Del on May 26, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    @Steven I was looking into a vehicle tent, but we have too much, soon with 5 for camping. Best thing is to be prepared and triple check your list, dont forget to make one first.

    @Shelly, go out and enjoy it. We should be having a warmer summer this year, we are ready here to go and have fun!

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  3. shelly peterson on May 18, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Great information!thanks for sharing! I haven’t camped in a while but the family loves to go

  4. Steven Gray on May 18, 2012 at 5:11 am

    Me and my family try to squeeze in a camping trip almost every two weeks! It serves as a great time for bonding! We recently experimented with the vehicle tents, the ones that can be attached to your car/truck. A great buy indeed!