Camping Packing List


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May 16 2022
Our Camping List
Posted by Emilie

Our packing list for camping has evolved over the years, but it always involves bedding for a good night's sleep, kitchen gear to cook our food, clothing for the weather and the type of activities we're doing, games to entertain ourselves while camping, and safety and first aid supplies.

We keep our packing list pretty minimal so we can fit it all into our Honda Pilot SUV tiny camper, while still having room to sleep inside the vehicle and cook in our kitchen off the back. Here's our list:

Shelter and sleeping

  • Self-inflating mattress and a memory foam topper
  • Fitted and flat sheet and a warm duvet
  • Pillows
  • Window screens for our back windows
  • Window covers for all our other windows
  • LED light strips
  • Sleeping platform

Food, cooking, and kitchen supplies

  • Tailgate tent, tent pegs, extra rope, and a mallet
  • Water jugs with potable water (about 2 gallons/day works for us)
  • Dry food, including spices, coffee, and tea
  • Cooler with ice and food that needs to be chilled
  • Camp stove and fuel, along with a wind guard
  • Several lighters and fire starters
  • Small table
  • Pots and pans
  • Spatulas and cooking spoons
  • Ov Glove and trivet
  • Sharp knife and cutting board
  • Plates, bowls, and cutlery
  • Water bottles and insulated mugs
  • Dish sponge and dish soap
  • Garbage bags
  • Dish cloths
  • A table cloth

Campfire, games, and entertainment

  • Lighter and other ways of starting a fire
  • Firewood
  • Chairs
  • Deck of cards
  • Cribbage board
  • Trivia games
  • E-books
  • Tablet for watching a tv
  • Pencil puzzles and crossword books
  • Floatation mattress and a pump
  • Bocce ball
  • Speakers and a way to play music
  • Beach blanket

Clothing and toiletries

  • All sorts of clothing including warm clothes, waterproof clothes, hiking clothes, and bathing suits, depending on the time of year
  • Shoes: we typically bring a pair of flip flops, a pair of lake shoes, and a pair of trail runners. If we’re going in the winter, we also bring boots
  • PJs and cozy clothes
  • Bath towel, face cloth, face soap, body soap, and a razor
  • Typical toiletries like toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, brush, hair ties, deodorant, medication, toilet paper, and chap stick
  • Sun protection including a hat, sun screen, and sun glasses
  • Bug protection like bug spray and longer clothing

Tools and emergency supplies

  • First-aid kit
  • Bear spray
  • Extra food and water
  • Flashlights and headlamps with spare batteries
  • Phone and electronics chargers and battery packs, with the appropriate USB or charging cables for each
  • A tire inflator and emergency car repair tools
  • A saw
  • A mallet
  • A hatchet

Miscellaneous items

  • Wallets with ID
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Cell phones
  • Extra set of car keys

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