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February 4, 2021

Tent Camping Checklist for the Outdoor Family

Camping in a tent isn't complicated, but you do need to be well prepared, especially if you are beginners or have children in tow, and want a comfortable camping experience.

That starts with a good camping packing list to make sure that all of your essentials are accounted for before you head off on your adventure.

Our ultimate checklist for camping in a tent below will not only help you when you are preparing for a trip. It will also act as a great shopping list when you are thinking about what to buy for camping. 

To complement this article, also check out our tent camping setup for families article for a detailed look at all of the various components of a typical camping setup together with links to related articles and our recommendations.

You can click on the check-boxes below to mark off items and these will be stored in your browser for future reference as long as you return to the same browser.

As everyone is different, a static camping checklist is really not going to cut it. That's why you need an editable version so you can customise it to suit you! And make that a printable PDF as well I hear you say!


 This essentials checklist for camping in a tent covers all of your necessary camping gear and it will be one of those checklists that you will come back to time and time again whenever you are about to head off on a camping trip.


1: Tent and accessories

  • Tent(s)
  • Marquee / tarp / shelter
  • Spare tent poles
  • Spare tent pegs
  • Loose wall panels and flooring accessories
  • Tent floor saver
  • Front door mat for the tent entrance

2: Tools

  • 2 mattocks
  • Multi-tool
  • Rubber bands
  • Fold back clips
  • Small scissors
  • Compact folding saw
  • Spare tent pegs / stakes
  • Screwdriver
  • Plant twist wire
  • Dustpan / brush
  • Bike tools / repair kit
  • Spare guy ropes
  • Spanner
  • Cable ties
  • Broom
  • Long handle shovel
  • Tent repair kit
  • Peg / stake puller
  • Duct tape
  • String
  • Trowel
  • Small axe
  • 1-2 buckets

3: Electronics

  • Electronic devices
  • Portable speaker
  • Powered site: Extn lead and power board
  • Battery chargers and cables
  • Solar panels
  • Power banks / batteries
  • Cables

4: Lighting             

  • Tent lights
  • Awning / outside light
  • 1 headlamp each
  • Living area light
  • Torches – 1 each
  • Spare batteries as required
  • Spotlighting torch

5: Camp Kitchen

Cooking incl campfire   

  • Gas bottle / cannisters
  • Long tongs
  • Campfire frying pan
  • Required gas fittings
  • Long handled fork
  • Jaffle iron
  • Camp oven
  • Wooden spoon
  • Heat proof gloves
  • Gas cooking stove
  • Camp oven lid lifter          

Cookware

  • Frying pan and lid
  • Flat frying pan lid
  • Kettle
  • 2 additional stackable storage containers
  • Small milk pot
  • Flat toaster
  • Cake tin
  • Large saucepan / pot
  • Silicon pot rest

Dinnerware

  • Stackable drink cups
  • Side plates
  • Dinner plates
  • 2 small bowls
  • Desert bowls
  • Stackable coffee cups
  • Stackable glass cups
  • Stubby holders

Kitchenware

  • Strainer
  • 2-3 medium to large stainless-steel bowls
  • Chopping board

Cutlery/utensils

  • Knives
  • Forks
  • Dessert spoons
  • 3 teaspoons
  • Small tongs
  • Vegie peeler
  • Utility knife
  • Flat grater
  • Small scissors
  • Can opener
  • Small paring knife
  • Serving spoon
  • Permanent marker
  • Egg flip
  • Egg rings (1 each)
  • Small spatula
  • Rubber bands
  • Gas lighter / matches
  • Paper towels
  • Flat whisk
  • Meat thermometer
  • Pastry / basting brush
  • Wooden skewers
  • Bottle opener

Camp Food

  • Frozen meals from home
  • Long-life food items
  • Refrigerated food
  • Condiments
  • Containers for food
  • Food storage or pantry

 

6: Refrigeration    

  • 1-2 soft or hard esky's
  • Icebox / fridge stand
  • Icebox / fridge

7: Bathroom and Laundry

Bathroom

  • Portable camping shower
  • Portable camp toilets


Toiletries          

  • Toothbrush / toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Nail file / tweezers
  • Ear plugs / eye mask
  • Lip balm
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Jewellery / makeup
  • Toilet paper
  • Moisturiser
  • Soap and soap holder
  • Shavers & shav cream
  • Fem care products
  • Brush / comb
  • Scissors
  • Make-up
  • Cotton wool / buds
  • Other personal items

Laundry bag     

  • Clothes pegs
  • Delicates washing bag
  • $2 and $1 coins
  • Laundry powder
  • Hanging peg bag

8: First aid / H&S 


Medications:

  • Antihistamines
  • Pain relief med
  • Motion sickness tabs
  • Anti-diarrhea tablets
  • Other personal meds
  • Cough medicine / lozenges

Creams, cleaning & sterilizing   

  • Antiseptic cream;
  • Saline solution
  • Sunburn cream/spray
  • Vinegar
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Anti-itch cream

Bandages and dressings            

  • Band-Aids
  • Bandages
  • Adhesive tape

Other first aid items

  • Tweezers / scissors
  • Thermometer
  • First aid manual
  • Dosage syringe
  • Thermal / space blanket
  • Cotton wool
  • Pocket knife
  • Face mask
  • Note pad & pen
  • Latex gloves
  • Safety pins
  • Water filter/purif tabs

Communications & info

  • Whistle
  • Mobile phone
  • Small mirror
  • Satellite phone
  • Portable AM radio
  • Distress beacon – PLB
  • Spare radio batteries

Directions         

  • Compass
  • Maps
  • GPS tracking

Other H&S related

  • Matches / fire starters
  • Woollen blanket
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Bucket
  • Torch / headlamp
  • Insect repellent
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Extra batteries
  • Sunscreen
  • Shovel
  • Extra drinking water

9: Furniture          

  • Camp chairs – one each
  • Dining table @ seat set
  • Collapsible shelf / pantry (long stays)
  • Table / stand for cooking stove
  • 1-2 camping tables for a benchtop

10: Bedding and towels      

11: Clothing


General                                        

  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Going out wear

For cold / wet weather

  • Nightwear
  • Gloves
  • 1 outer layer (water / wind proof jacket)
  • Thermal leggings
  • Head beanie
  • 2 insulating layers (jumpers / jackets)
  • 2 long pants
  • Woollen socks
  • 3 base layers (thermal / other tops)
  • Scarf
  • Rain poncho

For warm weather

  • 3 summer tops
  • Nightwear
  • Sun hat
  • Swimming goggles
  • Bathers
  • 2 shorts / skirts
  • Swimming top
  • Sunglasses

Footwear

  • Water shoes
  • Thongs / flip flops
  • Sandals
  • Walking / hiking shoes or boots

12: Sports / entertainment / other activities

  • Bike(s)
  • Rackets / bats
  • Small board games
  • Small toys / balls
  • Colouring in book
  • Colour pencils etc
  • Helmets
  • Playing cards
  • Life jackets
  • Paperback books
  • Other fun things to bring camping

13: Cars and accessories

  • Tie down straps
  • Cargo box or bag
  • Bike rack

14. Eco-friendly and Sundry Items         

  • Water bottle each
  • Reusable containers
  • Reusable coffee cups
  • Reusable straws
  • Reusable shop bags
  • Trip information
  • Umbrella
  • Hand luggage


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