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Camping Packing Checklist

Use this cheat sheet to remind yourself of what you need to bring along when camping. Adjust the list according to the season.

 

Accessories

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    Backpack

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    Bandana

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    Day pack for shorter afternoon hikes

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    Glasses and/or contact lenses, if needed (plus an extra pair)

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    Hiking boots

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    Pack cover

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    Sunglasses

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    Waterproof gloves

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    Wide-brimmed rain or sun hat

Clothing

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    Fleece or wool gloves or mittens

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    Fleece jacket or wool sweater

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    Fleece or wool vest

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    Hiking socks

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    Long-sleeved shirts

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    Quick-drying pants and/or shorts

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    Quick-drying swimsuit

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    Rainwear (tops and bottoms)

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    Regular underwear

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    Short-sleeved shirts

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    Warm hat (fleece or wool)

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    Warm pants (fleece or wool)

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    Wicking liner socks

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    Wicking long underwear

Equipment and Gear

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    Alarm clock

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    Axe

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    Batteries for small electronics and cameras

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    Camera (and film, if needed)

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    Cell phone (to use in case of emergency)

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    Collapsible water container

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    Compression sack (for stuffing bulky sleeping bags into backpacks)

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    Extra nylon stuff sacks

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    Lantern

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    Matches/lighter

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    Rainfly to cover your tent in case of inclement weather

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    Rope

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    Sleeping bag in a waterproof stuff sack

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    Sit pads or sleeping pads to place underneath sleeping bags

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    Stove and fuel

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    Tent

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    Tent stakes

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    Video camera

Food and Cooking Tools

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    Aluminum foil

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    Cooking/eating utensils

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    Cookset and dishes

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    Drinking cups

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    Food

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    Funnel

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    Paper towels

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    Plastic garbage bags

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    Pot grabber

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    Pot scrubber and dish towel

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    Resealable plastic bags

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    Reusable water bottles

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    Water filter/purifier

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    Water-purification tablets

Health and Beauty Items

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    Antibacterial wipes

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    Biodegradable soap

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    Body lotion

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    Comb and brush

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    Contact lens solution (if needed)

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    Deodorant

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    Face cleanser

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    First aid kit, including gas relief tablets, antacid, antidiarhheal medicine, antihistamine for allergies, bandages, candied ginger for motion sickness, mild laxative, nonaspirin pain reliever, thermometer in a hard case

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    Floss

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    Insect repellent

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    Lip balm (choose one with SPF 15)

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    Personal-hygiene items

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    Prescriptions

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    Razors

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    Shampoo and conditioner

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    Shaving gel

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    Small mirror

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    Sunscreen (at least one all-purpose sunscreen with SPF 15)

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    Toilet paper

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    Toothbrush

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    Toothpaste

Miscellaneous

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    Healthy snacks (chewy granola bars, dried fruit, mini bagels, nuts, and pretzels)

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    Maps and directions

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    Money (cash, ATM cards, traveler’s checks)

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    Printouts of campsite reservations (if necessary)

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    Travel journal