Camping List Suggestions–

(Let me just say upfront that I am not a minimalist when it comes to camping.

We don’t bring everything on this list, but we do end up bringing a lot of it)

Easy Food Ideas:

(we do bring a cooler and block ice works best for keeping food cooler longer)

cheese (pre-sliced)

crackers

beef stick

fruit (pre-cut makes it super easy)

pre-cut veggies

hummus

ziplock bags of cherries or peanuts in shells (I love handing these out in a place where it’s okay to drop the shells/pits)

chips

trailmix

yogurt (freeze it ahead of time and it’ll help keep things cold)

Trader Joes Frozen Carrot Cake

hot dogs

buns

condiments

Mountain House Freeze Dried Meals (believe it or not, these are actually really good)

left-over cold pizza

pre-made burritos (can be warmed in foil over the fire or on the stove)

nacho supplies (can be warmed/melted in foil over the fire)

pasta salad (made ahead of time)

cut up fruit salad (made ahead of time)

muffins/bagels

cream cheese

dried fruit

instant oatmeal

napkins

plastic silverware

plates

cups

cups for hot drinks

drinks

water jug (just a heads up–last year someone bumped the spout to the water jug and we filled up the bottom of our van with 2.5 gallons of water that slowly leaked out)

water bottles

hot chocolate

tea

graham crackers

marshmallows

chocolate bars

licorice

beef jerky

popcorn (in those containers that come with a handle)

milk (for camping we buy the boxed kind that doesn’t need to be refrigerated)

coffee (we sometimes take single serve “tea” bag coffee)

cream

sugar

insulated coffee cups

pans

no stick foil (this stuff is amazing–you won’t need Pam or butter if you use this)

spoons

spatula

knife

Ziploc bags

trash bags

marshmallow/hot dog sticks

kettle

tongs (for getting food off fire)

french press (if you like to use real coffee…we usually bring both)

infant related items (I vividly remember the first year I didn’t need to bring bottles & baby food).

Other camping suggestions:

camp chairs

walker or portable high chair (especially if you have a little one crawling/not walking yet)

tarp for playing on

tent

tent poles

tent

tent poles (I usually keep this on the list twice because once I forgot the poles and brought the tent and once I forgot the tent and the poles. Let me just say…it makes camping a little more tricky)

battery operated air pump

air mattresses

self-inflating mattresses (we use these for the kiddos)

kid sleeping bags

Dad & mom’s sleeping bags

stove

cord for clothes line

backpack for the beach/day trips

bikes

helmets

kayaks/inflatable rafts

directions

propane

lantern

towels

sunscreen

bug spray

antibacterial wipes

medicine kit (epi-pen, Tylenol, thermometer, burn gel, bandaids)

bee sting pen (3 years ago, our son got out of the car and within 3o seconds of arrival managed to jump on a bee hive, getting stung in multiple places)

Benadryl

pillows (if you use them)

flashlights

tarp for under tent

Clothing/Personal related items:

(I usually make a list for each of the kids to pack for themselves and have them cross items off when they actually place them in their trash bag–we pack clothes in large, heavy duty yard trash bags–I’m not sure why, but it works for us.)

jeans

long pants

shorts

shirts (short and long sleeve)

sweatshirts

underwear (I hope that was on your list too ;) )
hats

gloves

socks

water shoes

tennis shoes

flip flops

bathroom bags (we camp where they do have bathrooms and I usually pack one bag for the boys and one for the girls because we go in groups).

snowsuit (if you have a little one and the night’s get cold, this is THE BEST for sleeping)

In the bathroom bags:

hand soap (most bathrooms don’t have soap)

paper towel roll

wipes

toothbrushes

brush

hair bands

toothpaste

contact solution

contacts cases

glasses in cases

Random other items:

portable crib

BB gun and targets

sand bucket with shovel

tiny alarm clock

cell phone

extra keys (one year my husband lost his when on a jog and we were so thankful I brought my set along)

extra garbage bags for laundry

firewood (if you have room to bring it, much cheaper than buying it at the camp site)

games

cards

camera

broom (for sweeping out tent)

shoe mat for in front of tent (will help keep out a lot of mud/dirt)

hammer

money

Bible/books/magazines

potty chair (if you are mid-potty-training…you’ll want to bring this along…really helps!)

permanent marker

plastic table cloth

dust pan (for sweeping out the tent)

dog line (if you are taking your dog)

calamine lotion

Benadryl

*This list may be used with permission from Kara Chupp at www.karachupp.com