Summer Camping Checklist

by Crystal Collins on June 12, 2013

in Frugal Living

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Are you heading out camping this Summer? One of the things that I really like to do with the family is to hit the road with some stops along the way at campgrounds. You can find campgrounds in your area and across the nation at It usually only costs between $10-$20 to stay each night (depending on if you need RV hook-up), so it’s frugal and fun at the same time.

But it can be overwhelming when planning a trip like this, because if you plan to be gone for an extended period of time there are a lot of things you will need.

Here’s a Summer camping checklist for you.

Summer Camping Checklist


  • Tent or tents
  • Tent pegs and poles
  • Tarps 8×10 to put over tent in case of rain
  • Rope for tying tarp and for clothesline
  • Clothespins for hanging bathing suits and towels
  • Duct tape
  • Hammer and big nails
  • Lanterns and flashlights
  • Pliers, flat head and Phillips screwdrivers and adjustable wrench (just in case)
  • Drop Chord and Surge protector


  • Planning Folder
  • Sleeping bags
  • Pillows
  • Lawn chairs
  • Floats
  • Sheet for lying on the beach
  • Beach towels
  • Camera and film
  • Something warm to sleep in in case of chilly nights – also socks to sleep in
  • Large Cooler 2-Gallon Thermos, and a couple of gallon ones
  • Doormats to keep sand out of tents
  • Big fireplace grid and small grille
  • Broom
  • Charcoal, lighter fluid and lighter
  • Batteries
  • Clock
  • Pull-ups
  • Computers
  • Cell Phones, Adapters and Phone Chargers

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  • Bath towels
  • Hairbrushes
  • Bath soap, shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Adult and Children’s Ibuprofen
  • Natural Bug Repellent
  • Calamine lotion or other bug bite reliever (Tea Tree Oil for the natural and thrifty)
  • Tape and gauze
  • Burn cream (aloe vera)
  • Alcohol
  • Fels Naptha soap in case of Poison Ivy
  • Scissors
  • Sewing kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Vitamins and Supplements


  • Paper plates and plastic plate holders
  • Bowls and cups
  • Plastic utensils
  • Paper towels
  • Potholders
  • Skillet
  • Dutch oven and cover
  • 2 saucepans
  • Serving spoons
  • Spatula, Sharp knife and Meat fork
  • Can opener
  • Wooden matches or lighters
  • Dishpan and dishrags
  • Dish liquid
  • Brillo and Chore Boy pot scrubber
  • Clear trash bags
  • Heavy-duty aluminum foil
  • Ziploc food storage bags
  • Coffee Maker and Thermos, Carafe, or French Press
  • Coffee cups

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  • Frozen gallon jugs of water with covers
  • Frozen hotdogs, hamburger, chicken
  • Breakfast sausage
  • Eggs
  • Cheese in waterproof container
  • Coconut and Olive oil
  • Mayonnaise
  • Ketchup, mustard, relish
  • Milk
  • Tomatoes and cucumbers
  • Yogurt
  • Real Lemon Juice to Make Lemonade
  • Fruit
  • Frozen Chili/Stew
  • Frozen Homemade Muffins


  • Salt, Pepper, Spices, etc.
  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Iced Tea Mix or Tea Bags
  • Dry Cereal
  • Peanut Butter, Jelly
  • Chicken Spread
  • Tuna
  • Bread/Rolls
  • Chips
  • Powdered Milk
  • Potatoes

Phew that’s a long list! We used this list when we headed on a 26-hour camping road trip a couple of years ago. Feel free to print it out to make yourself a checklist! Am I missing anything from this list? What would you add to it?

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Kyle | June 12, 2013 at 4:42 pm

This list reminded me just how much work and time it takes to go camping!!


KC @ genxfinance June 15, 2013 at 9:48 am

Nice. Looks like you’ve got everything covered. Camping and fishing are activities I really enjoy during summer.


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