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How & What to Pack

Updated: Aug 3, 2019


I've recently gotten more onboard with the whole camping thing after my first attempt. Trust me, I was definitely a skeptic. I got through a lot of my first failures camping and learned a lot so I'd be better prepared for the next go around. Here are some of my camping tips, yummy menus and ways to save on your camping trip.

TIP: This is a special wallet friendly tip. Below, 'DS' stands for Dollar Store. Save money and get your items from this amazing general store.

Necessities for Camping:

  • Tent and extra tarp (for rain or to cover kitchen items, etc.)

  • Sleeping bag, sleeping pad/air mattress and pump (check batteries), pillow and extra blankets

  • Flashlight, headlamp and lantern (and batteries for all)

  • Fold-able chairs, hammock with ties, and fold-up table (if the campsite doesn't have one)

  • Sunscreen, bug spray, First-Aid kit (Benadryl, allergy meds, hangover cures), Purrell hand cleaner & wet wipes (baby wipe or makeup remover too, DS), ear plugs

  • Backpack, water bottle for each person, multi-purpose tool/Swiss army knife, scissors, duct tape, string or yarn (DS) and shovel

  • Extras: bikes, locks, helmet, gloves, bike pump, playing cards (DS), outdoor speaker and chargeable battery packs

Essentials for Cooking:

  • Cooler and ice (freeze a Ziploc full of water to act as an ice pack)

  • Paper plates, cups, paper towels, bowls, plastic utensils, trash bags and Ziploc bags, small & large (all DS)

  • Fire sticks, dryer lint (collect your dryer lint, acts like a fire stick), matches/fire lights/BBQ bricks and heat-proof gloves

  • Frying pan (cast iron), oven mitt (DS), spatula or mixing spoon and tongs (DS), sharp knife

  • Tablecloth (and clips) or old bed sheet liner (DS)

  • Salt & Pepper, aluminum foil, cooking oil/spray, chip clips, dish soap and sponge, bucket or plastic tub to clean dishes, drying towel (all DS)

  • French press & coffee beans ground, koozies, beer & wine opener

Don't Forget:

  • Hiking boots, socks, windbreaker, warm clothes for the evening (especially sleeping), gloves, flip-flops, water shoes and hat

  • Shower Caddy: shower shoes, towel, shampoo, conditioner, soap

#packing #camping

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