Whether you’re a seasoned camper or a first-timer, there’s nothing worse than realizing you forgot an important item while in the middle of the woods. So before your packing, you should make a packing list.

It’s important to be adequately prepared when packing for a weekend in the woods. Being far away from home means you can’t easily turn back for a forgotten necessity.

Whether it’s your first time camping or you need a refresher, keep reading for a quick packing list for your next time exploring the wilderness.



Make sure you’re fully prepared to face any situation by packing the proper equipment. Some general camping accessories you’ll need is:

  • A tent
  • Chairs
  • A lantern
  • First-Aid gear
  • A map or trail guide
  • Backup batteries
  • Cookware
  • food
  • Water
  • A reusable water bottle
  • Trash bags

If you plan on bringing any pets, be sure to pack food, water, bowls, and waste bags, among other pet products. The same applies if you are camping with children. Keep them in mind when packing!



Whether you’re sleeping in a tent, in a camper, or under the stars, be sure you have the right sleep equipment to ensure you can fully relax and enjoy your time in the wilderness.

Don’t forget to pack:

  • Blankets
  • A pillow
  • A sleeping bag or air mattress
  • An air mattress pump
  • Bug nets
  • Eye mask

For extra comfort, pack a mat to lay down under your sleeping gear and extra padding for your air mattress or sleeping bag. Similarly, if you’re cold weather camping, bringing a warm water bottle can help keep you cozy.


Stay properly dressed for any situation. Keep in mind the time of year you’re planning to camp out during. You can pack lighter clothes for a summer trip as opposed to heavy jackets and fleece for the winter.

Be sure to bring:

  • Hiking boots and sneakers
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Shorts and pants
  • Shirts
  • Jacket
  • Hat

Don’t forget to bring a swimsuit and towel for summer vacation camping trips!


Ensuring you have the proper hygiene products is extremely important to your overall comfort and health. Remember to grab:

  • Toilet paper
  • Soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Towels
  • Bug repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • Deodorant
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Menstrual products

For summer, be sure to bring aloe vera in case you get a sunburn.

Also, be sure to pack any prescription or over-the-counter medications you may need. Don’t be caught without important, personal necessities!

Double Check Your Packing List

last minute packing list

Prepping for your first camping trip of the season? Don’t get caught in nature without your packing essentials. Of course, there may be items missing that you may personally need. Be sure to include those on your packing list!

Be sure to go over your packing list a few times before you leave. While some campers prefer to pack light, bringing a few extra items can’t hurt.

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