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Camping Checklist:

It's always a good idea when you go camping or even when you go off for a short hike away from the campground, to let someone know where you plan to be going.  If search parties have to go looking for you, your chances of survival are always greater if the search area is smaller.

The camping check list below is more or less just to serve as a list to help you remember important things to make your camping trip safer and more enjoyable.  You will want to start (and add to) your own checklist each time you go camping. Many of these items are already around your house.  You may want to purchase others from a camping or sporting goods supply store.


Basics:

Tent
Tent stakes & poles
Rope
Small brush to clean out the tent
Pillows
Blankets or sleeping bag
Charcoal
Camping Grills
Matches
Lighter fluid
Camping Chairs & Stools
Tarp or Table cover
Coolers and Ice
Camping lantern
Welcome mat - tent entrance
Hammer
Fire starter sticks

For Children:

Diapers
Wipes
Cups
Blanket
Stroller
Backpack carriers
Extra clothes
Hats
Toys
Milk
Snacks
Storybooks
Baby Swing
PJs

Other Essentials:

Trash bags
Toilet Paper
Bug repellant
Towels
Table cloth
Soap
Dish rage
Brillo pad
Flash lights & Extra Batteries
Fly swatter
Bucket
Large plastic container
Sun screen
Mirror
Shampoo
Toothpaste & toothbrush
Comb/hair brush/clips
Feminine supplies
Dish rack
Small shovel
Swiss Army knife
Compass and Map
Duct tape
Safety pins
Sewing kit
Travel Clock
Clothesline and Clothespins
Basic tools
Eyeglass strap
Extension cords
Toothpicks
Work gloves
Newspapers
Firewood
Laundry bag
Air pump
Pajamas

Food Basics:

Food & Drink
Pancake Mix
Syrup
Eggs
Cooking Oil
Syrup
Butter
Potatoes
Soup
Bread
Salt, Pepper, Spices, Sugar
Catsup
Mustard
Mayonnaise
Fruit
Vegetables
Hotdogs /Hamburger & Buns
Cocoa, Coffee, & Tea
Marshmallows, Graham Crackers & Hershey Bars
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Deli meat
Drinks/Kool-Aid
Juice/ milk boxes
Snacks
Corn on Cob
Cereal
Popcorn
Water
Dishes
Collapsible camping cup
Kitchen knife
Small mixing bowl
Knife, Fork, Spoon, Spatula
Dish Pan
Tupperware containers
Plastic knives, forks, spoons
Small plastic bags
Aluminum Foil (heavy-duty)
Cooking skewers
Can opener
Potato peeler
Thermos
Tongs
Coffee maker & filters
Measuring cup
Long forks
Spatula
Potholder
Pot for dishes and cooking
Fry pan(s)

For Fun:

Fishing license
Fishing Poles
Bait or lures
Fish cleaning tools
Cards
Dice
Sheet music - camp songs
Guitar or harmonica
Scrabble or other games
Balls or Horse shoes
Radio
Camera w/good battery and extra film
Binoculars
Bird/plants/bugs books
Books
Bicycles
Swim suit & sun glasses
Life jackets
Backpack
Fanny pack (for short hikes)
Flip flops

Just in Case:

Rain coats
First Aid Kits
Snake bite kit
Cellular phone
Directions to the Hospital
Park Ranger's phone number
Jackets & Sweaters
Tennis shoes & Extra socks
Money & credit cards
Umbrella
Sewing kit
Fire extinguisher