Our Camping tent all set up

Our Camping tent all set up

If this is your first time camping then you will need a camping checklist. We have compiled one for you that includes everything you will need for that perfect camping holiday. This list may vary depending on the type of camping and activities you have planned for your trip and the places you are going to, the time of year and the length of your trip therefore you may want to add or remove items to suit your individual needs. Please feel free to leave a comment and let us know if there is something we have missed out.

Tents and Shelters

Tents
Shade and Shelters
Camping poles
Camping pegs
Mallet for hammering in pegs

Sleeping

Sleeping bag
Blankets/duvet
Pillows
Sleeping mat (a nice light weight one that inflates that gives you a bit of cushion on the ground. If you are car camping you can bring a air mattress to give you that extra bit of comfort)
Air mattress
Air bed pump if using air mattress
Foam camping mat for use under a sleeping bag to prevent coldness coming through

Lighting

Torches or flashlight
Lanterns
Spare batteries

Kitchen

Plates/bowls/cups/cutlery
Cooler box
Lunch boxes/containers
Flask
Picnic Rug
Portable camping gas stove
Pots and Frying Pan
Kettle
Can opener
Chopping board
Cutting knife
BBQ tongs
Paper towels
Garbage bags
Tea Towel
Aluminum Foil or Tray / Silicon oven mat
BBQ Brush for cleaning
Dish-washing Liquid and Scourer

Food and Plenty of Water

When you are camping you usually want to prepare your own food. If you’re in a road access campground there might be a nice BBQ pit and you can bring food to grill over the BBQ. If you are backpacking on the other hand then you’re probably going to bring a backpacking stove and your own food. Just remember that it should be lightweight as you will be carrying it all yourself.

Extra day’s supply of food
Some soup in cans
Corn cobs are ideal for outdoor grilling
Energy food (bars, gels, chews, trail mix)
Sausages are great for BBQ’s
lamp chops
Eggs do well on the BBQ
Ketchup
Bread
Onions
Breakfast cereals
Tea/Coffee
Sugar
long life milk (we buy the 200ml packs instead of the 1 litre cartons to avoid wastage)
Plenty of water (it’s always a good idea to keep extra bottles of water with you in the car) One of our friends carried a 10L bottle in their car. You can buy it from Coles and it has a convenient spout for pouring. It was only $4.

Furniture

Outdoor folding chairs
Compact table
Picnic mat
Camping cupboard/wardrobe (ideal for long trips)
Backpack

Clothing

Coats
Vests (thermal vests for winter)
Pants
Thermal pyjamas for those cold nights
Night Robes
Shower Robes
Sensible footwear for tracking
Clothes Airer and pegs (useful for drying towels and swimming costumes)

Toiletries

Soap
Shampoo
Towels
Hair brush

Navigation

Map
Compass
GPS

Sun protection

Sunscreen
Lip balm
Sunglasses
Sunhat

Accessories

First Aid Kit
Insect repellent
Emergency whistle
Matches or lighter for camp fires
Repair kit and Tools (Kits for stove, mattress; duct tape strips)

Outdoor Activities

Kite flying
Frisbee
Soccer ball
Playing cards
badminton
volleyball
Water raft – great to have if your camping near water

 

Please feel free to leave a comment and let us know if there is something we have missed out.

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