Family Camping Checklist

primitive survivors Family Camping Checklist

More families are planning local camping trips with their loved ones because the activity is guaranteed to bring lasting family memories and evoke laughs!

But camping trip with the family is not all fun and happiness. It takes a lot of hustle and preparation to make it a perfect, memorable, and safe one. If you want to get away with your family to enjoy nature and avoid the busy life, start with a checklist!

Continue reading to find out everything you need to bring to a family camping.Β 

Before Creating a Checklist

Before following this checklist for you, here are some things to consider since everyone’s camping experience and needs are different.Β 

    • When are You Camping? Make sure you know the exact date you are camping. Campgrounds can fill up so easily, so plan ahead with all the family members, making sure the date does not conflict with their personal schedules. Plan to leave early to avoid congested traffic plus a better chance of setting up a camp before it gets dark.Β 
    • What is Your Camping Style? There are people who prefer RVing, while others would rather hammock camp. Some love to camp during winter, but others love the sun. These things affect your family camping checklist.Β 
    • Can You Borrow Supplies from Friens and Family? Are you sure you’re ready to buy a tent for long-term use? Or is it more practical to borrow from someone first?Β 


  • Are The Kids Ready? Try going backyard camping to test out the preparedness of your children. It will also help you see what gear you’re missing. If you have already camped before, check if their gear are still working or still fit them.


Camping Necessities

These are the most basic camping items that you should have.

  • Tent. There are many factors to consider when picking a tent for your camping activity. Tents have seasonality, so consider that. Other features to look out for are their height, length, doors, poles, materials, ventilation, vestibules,Β  pockets, and accessories like a footprint, gear loft, repair kits, utility cord, seam sealer, and more.
  • Ground cover or tarp
  • Sleeping pads or air mattresses
  • Pillow & stuffed toys for kids
  • Crib for babies

Clothes and Gear

Remember that each member should have the following.

  • BackpackΒ 
  • Layers (synthetic or wool against the skin)
  • Wool socks
  • Gloves.Β 
  • UndergarmentsΒ Β 
  • Good footwear, Bring rubber boots, warm winter boots, or sandals, respective to your adventure needs. Break-in hiking boots or shoes before you put on hard trail miles.
  • Trousers/skirt/belt/shorts
  • Tshirts
  • Sun hat to protect you from the heat.Β 
  • Rain gear
  • Swimming attire
  • Dry bag to keep on-hand for dirty laundry
  • sunglassesΒ 
  • Repair kit for pads, mattress, tents, tarps
  • Matches or lighter

Personal Items

These comfort gear will step up your family’s camping experience.

  • headlamp/flashlight for each person
  • Compass and maps. These items are a great way to keep it classic with the kids. Simplicity is a beauty!
  • Sunblock
  • Lip balm
  • Toilet paper
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo, shower gel, towels, razor, comb)
  • Insect repellant
  • Medications
  • Camera
  • Toys like a ball, frisbee, cards, etc.

Camping Kitchen

Keep your camp meals simple so you wouldn’t bring a lot of items for cooking. Here are some things you should bring for your food.

  • Camp stove & propane/butane
  • Plates, cups, utensilsΒ 
  • Cooking utensils, pots, pans
  • Cooler with ice
  • Water bottles
  • Food items for meals and plenty of snacks
  • S’mores supplies
  • Water and other drinks
  • Paper towel
  • Trash bags
  • Extra bin for washing dishes

Optional Items

  • Parachute hammock
  • Tablecloth
  • Glow sticks
  • Books and magazines
  • Cots
  • Speaker and radio
  • Solar shower
  • Clothespins
  • Firewood
  • Hatchet
  • Water purifier
  • Broom and dustpan
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