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Camping Checklist for Forgetful Campers

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REALLY IMPORTANT STUFF!

Campground reservation info.

Directions to the actual campground.

Packing – Put food on the bottom (you’ll need other items first)

Backpack, daypack, and/or fanny pack

Bags – Tent bag, grocery bags, etc.

Cardboard boxes if needed

Ice Chests

ICE!

5 gallon bucket or similar container

Large (18-30 gal) Rubbermaid(tm) container for food storage

Lighting – Check batteries!

Maglight – The larger, the better

Gas lantern (and/or electric)

BIC lighter

Matches (preferably water proof)

Spare batteries and bulbs

Spare lantern fuel and mantles

Solar Panel

Glow Sticks

Batteryless Bulbless Flashlight

Shelter/Bedding

Sleeping bag

Space Blanket

Ground Cloth – Tarp for big tents

Floor Mats (use at tent entrance)

Mattress or pad – Inflator for air mattress

Pillow

Tent

Seam Sealer

Camp axe or hammer to pound tent stakes

Shade Canopy & Rope & Stakes

Emergency blaket (found at walmart)

Tikki Torches (fill with citronella oil), also listed in medical.

Overhead rain tarps (not just shade).

Hay bale (to spread in dirt or mud areas).

10-12 inch nails from hardware store for emergency tent stakes

Tea candles to mark where tent stakes are

Sign that says No Candles in Tents!

Medical

Epipen if you have allergies

Sunscreen

Bug Repellent – Spray, Citronella Candle, etc.

Tylenol, Advil, Aspirin, Naproxin

Tums

Antibiotics creams

Tweezers for splinters & ticks

Antiseptic, bandaids and bandages

First Aid Kit (may include all the above items)

Benadryl Sinus Tablets

Allergy Eye drops

Pocket Tissues

Campho-phenique (good for minor burns, cuts, scrapes and many use it on

poison ivy)

Moist Towelettes (for cleaning wounds and early uses on poison ivy)

Extra weeks supply of any Prescriptions

Box of latex gloves (100 pack)

Cleaning & Personal Items

Bar soap

Hand Sanitizer (waterless)

Washcloth

Shampoo

Toothpaste & toothbrush

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Comb/hair brush/clips/bands/hair ties

Make-up bag

Razor & shaving cream

Towel

Toilet Paper

To save space, unroll toilet paper and reroll it and put inside the tube

Whisk broom to clean table and tent site

Deodorant

Contact lens supplies

Feminine supplies

Dishwashing soap and rubber gloves

Dish rack

Laundry Detergent (biodegradeable preferred)

Miscellaneous

List of important phone numbers

Spare car/truck/boat/rv keys

Small shovel

Swiss Army knife

Compass and Map

Fishing pole and gear (+ license & bait!)

Duct tape and/or electrical tape

Safety pins

Sewing kit

Cellular phone w/extra battery and car adapter

Two way radio(s) (ham, CB, Family)

Camera w/good battery and extra film

Camcorder w/good battery and extra tapes

Radio and/or TV

Weather Radio

Crankup Radio

Books (ID books, Little House), cards, games, toys, Bible, etc.

Card table

MONEY, credit card, ID

Pocket Tool

Guitar/Harmonicas/Other musical instrument(s)

Bike/Seats/Helmets

Binoculars

Whistles

Signal Mirror

Chairs

Travel Clock

Clothesline and Clothespins

Basic tools (screwdrivers, pliers, etc.)

Copper pipe pieces for the campfire See note

Rope or String

Leather strips

Heavy rubber bands

Canoe or boat

Life jackets

Piece of carpeting (fake grass) for tent or RV entranceway

Pet Food

Eyeglass strap (to hold them on your head)

Fire starters (found in BBQ sections of stores) made from wax and sawdust

Steel Wool (can be used to start a fire by touching ends of battery to it – BE CAREFUL!)

Sand Paper

Extension cords

Pads of paper and pencils/pens

Milk crates (good for storage, step ladder and more)

Fly Swatters

Toothpicks

Dustbuster

Ear Plugs (to block out the noisy neighbors)

Clothing

Hat

Bandanna

Jacket – As weather dictates; Eskimo style, mackintosh, windbreaker, etc.

Poncho – Doubles as emergency tent/lean-to

Pants/Overalls, with belt

Underwear – 2

Shirt – 2 or 3 (one light, one flannel)

Shoes, shower shoes, HIKING BOOTS

Socks – 2 pair

Work gloves & warm mittens/gloves

Swim suit

PJ’s

Sunglasses

Sulfer – keeps chiggers out of your clothes

Cooking

Stove with fuel & lighter

Newspapers for lighting a campfire

Firestarter sticks (wax/sawdust things from the grocery store)

Firewood

Charcoal or wood & Grill for BBQ

Frying Pan – Nonstick w/plastic spatula is nice

Cooking skewers (for hot dogs, s’mores, etc.)

Pot or sauce pan – Big enough to cook noodles for all; With lid

Dutch Oven

Can opener – If you have canned goods

P-38 Can Opener (military type, small, flat and fits in wallet)

Thermos

Tongs

Coffee maker & filters

Pot lifter and/or pot holders

Tablecloth

Stew Pot

Soup Ladel

Sandwich maker (type you put in fire)

Measuring cup

Cutting Board

Strainer

Veggie Peeler

Dishes

Reusable

Plate – Partition tray/plate is nice

Collapsable camping/hiking cup

Alladin travel mug

Kitchen knife – Nice to have; in general, carry a pocket knife

Small mixing bowl

Knife, Fork, Spoon, Spatula

Small flat and phillips screwdrivers

Scrub Pad

Dish Pan

Tupperware (for leftovers)

Consumables

Paper towels & napkins

Trash bags

Garbage disposal bags (stronger than regular trash bags)

Paper plates, cups, bowls, etc.

Plastic knives, forks, spoons

Ziplock Bags

Aluminum Foil

Dish soap

Water

At least 1/2 gallon per person/day — Water filter if relying on natural water sources

Water bottle, to carry while hiking

Garden hose

Food & Drink

Pancake Mix – Krusteaze, 1/2 cup per person per day (need large skillet)

Cooking Oil – About 1 oz per person per day or Pam Spray

Syrup – About 2 oz per person per day

Butter – 1/2 stick per person per day

Malt-o-meal, or Cream of…{wheat, rice, …}

Oatmeal – Instant single serving packs

Potatoes – 1-2 per person per day — freeze dried if packing

Bacon – 2 slices per person per day

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Eggs – 1-2 per person per day, fresh or powdered

Noodles – Spaghetti, Angel Hair, Ramen, or shells

Spaghetti Sauce – In jars or dehydrated

Parmesan cheese

Bouillon cubes – Chicken & Vegetable

Rice packages

Soup/Chili – mix or cans

Tuna – Don’t forget Mayo, pickles, and onions

Onions, lemons, mushrooms, Tomatoes

Bread – One or two loaves per day if camping with a small group

Dry condiments – Salt, Pepper, Spices, Sugar

Catsup

Mustard

Mayo – Small jar or squeeze bottle

Cheese – Cheddar, swiss, American

Fruit – Small fruit cups or fresh fruit

Veggies – carrot/celery sticks daily

Taco Stuff – (Meat, seasoning package, olives, lettuce, tortillas, buns)

Hamburger meat (pre seasoned and ready to cook)

Frozen hashbrowns in the bag

Cocoa, Coffee, & Teas (don’t forget SUGAR!)

Marshmallows, Graham Crackers & Hershey Bars (S’mores)

Peanut Butter & Jelly

Deli meat slices: Turkey, Ham, Salami

Hot dogs & buns

Milk, juice, soft drinks, Ice Tea, Lemon Ade, Kool-Aid

Vienna Sausages

Lil Smokies

Snacks

Hamburgers & Buns

Steak

Ham

Corn on Cob

Cereal

Nutri Grain Bars/Granola Bars

Fixin’s for stew (some of the items are above)

Beer

Jiffy Pop or Regular popcorn

Popcorn oil

Spray oil (like Pam)

Squeeze butter or margarine

Beans

Camping with Children

Current photos of the children in case they get lost

Diapers

Swim Diapers

Wipes

Bottles/sippycups

Playyards

Jogging strollers

Backpack carriers

MANY sets of clothing

Extra pair(s) of shoes

Formula

Jar foods

Gerber toddler foods

Hats

Toys,

Favorite blanket or stuffed toy(very important!)

Powdered milk(for children that have outgrown formula)

Snacks

Storybooks

Baby Hammock

Baby Swing

kidsafe bugspray

sunblock

Portapotty with grocery bag liner (easy cleanup)

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