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Summer Camping Convenient Checklist – Must Have

Going camping this summer? Don’t forget anything with this list!


  • Tent or tents
  • Tarps 8×10 to put over tent in case of rain
  • Rope for tying tarp and for clothesline
  • Clothespins for hanging bathing suits and towels
  • Duct tape
  • Hammer and big nails
  • Lanterns and flashlights
  • Pliers, flat head and Phillips screwdrivers and adjustable wrench (just in case)
  • Drop Chord and Surge protector


  • Planning Folder
  • Pillows
  • Lawn chairs
  • Floats
  • Sheet for lying on the beach
  • Camera and film
  • Something warm to sleep in in case of chilly nights – also socks to sleep in
  • Large Cooler 2-Gallon Thermos, and a couple of gallon ones
  • Doormats to keep sand out of tents
  • Big fireplace grid and small grille
  • Broom
  • Charcoal, lighter fluid and lighter
  • Batteries
  • Clock
  • Pull-ups
  • Computers
  • Cell Phones, Adapters and Phone Chargers
  • Sleeping bag
  • Towels


  • Bath towels
  • Hairbrushes
  • Bath soap, shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Adult and Children’s Ibuprofen
  • Natural Bug Repellent
  • Calamine lotion or other bug bite reliever (Tea Tree Oil for the natural and thrifty)
  • Tape and gauze
  • Burn cream (aloe vera)
  • Alcohol
  • Fels Naptha soap in case of Poison Ivy
  • Scissors
  • Sewing kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Vitamins and Supplements


  • Paper plates and plastic plate holders
  • Bowls and cups
  • Plastic utensils
  • Paper towels
  • Potholders
  • Skillet
  • Dutch oven and cover
  • 2 saucepans
  • Serving spoons
  • Spatula, Sharp knife and Meat fork
  • Can opener
  • Wooden matches or lighters
  • Dishpan and dishrags
  • Dish liquid
  • Brillo and Chore Boy pot scrubber
  • Clear trash bags
  • Heavy-duty aluminum foil
  • Ziploc food storage bags
  • Coffee Maker and Thermos, Carafe, or French Press
  • Coffee cups


  • Frozen gallon jugs of water with covers
  • Frozen hotdogs, hamburger, chicken
  • Breakfast sausage
  • Eggs
  • Cheese in waterproof container
  • Coconut and Olive oil
  • Mayonnaise
  • Ketchup, mustard, relish
  • Milk
  • Tomatoes and cucumbers
  • Yogurt
  • Real Lemon Juice to Make Lemonade
  • Fruit
  • Frozen Chili/Stew
  • Frozen Homemade Muffins


  • Salt, Pepper, Spices, etc.
  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Iced Tea Mix or Tea Bags
  • Dry Cereal
  • Peanut Butter, Jelly
  • Chicken Spread
  • Tuna
  • Bread/Rolls
  • Chips
  • Powdered Milk
  • Potatoes


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