First tent camping packing list

Packing for a camping trip can be a challenge when someone has never camped or only camped a few times. To face this challenge, about a week prior to the trip, I started making a list of what I thought that we should pack.

Here was my first packing list:

Sleeping needs:

  • Tarp to place under the tent
  • Tent
  • Hammer
  • Air mattress
  • Battery-operated air pump
  • Sheets
  • Blanket
  • Comforter (It was cold enough that weekend to need a blanket and a comforter, but we usually will take only one or just the sheets.)
  • Pillows

Cooking/Eating needs:

  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Camp forks
  • Plates
  • Cups
  • Silverware
  • Napkins
  • Wet wipes
  • Trash bags
  • Table cloth
  • Aluminum foil
  • Paper towels
  • Pot holders (for pulling things off the fire and/or setting hot items on)
  • Tongs for grabbing our foil packs off the fire
  • Can opener (We were going to get a can of black beans to add to our burritos, but forgot to buy the black beans on our way.)
  • Dish soap
  • Dish rag
  • Food screens to put over plates to keep bugs away.

Hygiene needs:

  • Toiletry items (shampoo, soap, etc.)
  • Towels and wash cloths
  • Small mirror
  • Toilet paper (I wasn’t sure if the campground would have any. They did.)
  • Kleenex
  • First aid kit
  • Tweezers
  • Eyeglasses (I wasn’t sure about messing with contacts while camping)

Other needs:

  • Cash for firewood and ice
  • Bug spray
  • Tick deterrent
  • Camp chairs
  • Lantern
  • Flashlights
  • Sunglasses
  • Hats
  • Swim suits
  • Swim towels
  • Sun block
  • Camera
  • Batteries for air pump and lantern
  • Twine (Heard it was useful to have on camping trips)
  • Scissors (Always seem to come in handy)
  • Binoculars
  • Umbrella (You never know when it is going to rain)
  • Knife (Griff said that we needed it, but I have luckily not yet found out why…)
  • Deck of cards
  • Book (I enjoy reading.)

For basically a first time camping trip, this list turned out to be pretty good. We realized that there are a few things that we would want to acquire over time and a few things that we would not take every time. However, we used basically the same list for the second camping trip and between the two trips we used just about everything. This packing list is a pretty good beginning campers packing list if they cook with aluminum foil or on camp forks.

In a later posts, we will explain different packing lists for different camping trips, how we have become smarter about organizing our camping gear and how we store our supplies in our home.

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