If you are going car camping, and you haven’t done it in a while or it’s your first time, this car camping checklist is for you. I like having checklists because it helps me to remember what I need to bring.
Yes, this list is obvious but there’s been many a times I didn’t follow a list and I’ve forgotten the basics, like toilet paper or my contact solution.
Not fun to forget these items when you are miles away from a store, and not just 20 miles away, it could be 50 – 60 miles away, up and over several mountains and it’s late, nothing is open.
Been there, don’t want that to happen again.
So I speak from experience and want to share my personal car camping checklist I keep in our camping room (picture above)
Now I must say I still forget something but lately it hasn’t been anything that I can’t do without and because of a list my forgetfulness has greatly improved.
Car Camping Checklist
Sleeping bags and pillows
Air mattress and pump or a sleeping pad
Tarp or Canopy
Camping Table (optional)
Stove with fuel
Trash Bags/Ziploc Bags
matches and or lighter
Cooking utensils and pot/pans
Dish towel/scrubber/dish soap
Cooler filled with ice, food and beverages
Contact Solution/case/glasses/extra contacts
Long underwear (depending on the season)
Hat/gloves/fleece jacket (again depending on the season/weather)
Camp shoes – for wearing around the campfire at night after a long day of hiking.
Water shoes – if you plan to go swimming in the river or doing some water crossings on your day hike.
****Stay away from cotton clothing when you’re hiking. OK to wear around the campfire though.*****
Water bottle/ Water Purifier
First Aid Kit
So there’s your car camping checklist. I do use this same list for backpacking, I just modify it slightly.
I also make separate lists for food and for the dogs. Yes, more lists – I LOVE THEM!
Feel free to print this (print button to your left) and change or add to it to fit your needs. And if you know someone who needs a car camping checklist please share this post with them.
Happy Car Camping!