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Who doesn’t love the chance to get outside and go camping with the family?! Camping is a great budget friend and frugal family outing everyone enjoys. The hardest part with camping was that we always felt we were forgetting something. Enter our ultimate family camping checklist. When you have all your camping gear ready to go, camping is the perfect frugal holiday!

When we were getting out of debt, we didn’t have extra money to travel. So we decided to try camping, we both enjoy it, but the getting part was a big thing that held me back from doing it more. That’s where this list comes from. My wife is a champ at making sure we have everything and keeps a packing list of what we need. This way, when it’s time to go, packing takes an hour and not days of planning.

Here’s the thing, the difference between an awesome camping trip, and one that is forgettable is making sure you have everything. You want to have it so that you can get where you are going. Set up camp. Then start to enjoy this time with your family. This camping packing list is the first step.

You can download and print a copy of this camping trip checklist here too.

This is our Family Camping Checklist! This FREE printable is the packing list we use to pack everything we need to go camping. We have everything we ever need on here. Use this packing list to get everything you need together quickly so you can avoid the stress of making sure you have everything. #camping #camp #checklist #campingchecklist #printable #freeprintable #free

Shelter

  • Tent(s) When you are picking a tent a few things you will want to consider is the fly (the part that covers the tent so rain can’t get in), the number of people it will sleep and height. Changing in a tent in a rain storm, or spending the day inside in a storm should be a few things you think of when you are buying a tent.
  • Tarps if you don’t have a fly on your ten, then you will want to have some tarps to add extra cover when it rains, or for extra shade.
  • Mallet You will need this to hammer the tent pegs in.
  • Mat for tent entrance, our tent has an entrance when the fly is up, we have an old mat to stand on and remove sand or dirt
  • Dust pan/broom this seemed funny until you realize that sand gets everywhere and it’s nice to have it in the tent for clean up.

Bedding

  • Sleeping bags depending on your sleep situation you will need a few, we got layered ones that you can use in different temperatures.
  • Sheets 
  • Pillows
  • Blankies/Stuffies
  • Extra Blankets
  • Air mattresses the difference between a good night sleep and bad one is the mattress, we invested in one and it changed our lives when we camp. Try to get a self-inflating one for quick set up.
  • Air pump

Outside Gear 

Cooking Gear 

 

Clothes X days

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Sweatshirts
  • Pants
  • PJs
  • Swim suits, swim shirts, cover-up 
  • Beach Towels (6)
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach bag
  • Mini cooler
  • Rain gear/Jackets
  • Shoes/Sandals
  • Laundry bag

 

Personal Care

  • Towel/washcloth
  • Wash Bin (blue)
  • Mirror
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Soap/face soap
  • Tooth brush/tooth paste
  • Deodorant
  • Comb/brush/Blow dryer
  • Hair stuff
  • Make-up
  • Feminine products
  • Toilet paper
  • Kids medicine bag/ creams
  • EpiPens/ inhaler
  • Emergency Info
  • First Aid Kit
  • Band-Aids

Other Items

You can download this camping packing list for free. 

This is our Family Camping Checklist! This FREE printable is the packing list we use to pack everything we need to go camping. We have everything we ever need on here. Use this packing list to get everything you need together quickly so you can avoid the stress of making sure you have everything.

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This is our Family Camping Checklist! This FREE printable is the packing list we use to pack everything we need to go camping. We have everything we ever need on here. Use this packing list to get everything you need together quickly so you can avoid the stress of making sure you have everything. #camping #camp #checklist #campingchecklist #printable #freeprintable  #free