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List of Camping Supplies

Going for a camping trip? There are many things that are to be taken along with you so that you do not miss anything. Here is a camping supply list that will guide you through your packing.
Aarti R

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Camping is an exciting activity and one of the best ways to spend time outdoors. There is a lot of preparation needed when you go camping.
The first thing to do is make a list of things that you have to take with you to the trek or the camp. With a list of camping supplies, it will be easy for you to make further preparations, reducing the hassles related.
Without such a list, it is quite stressful and confusing to decide what to carry with you and what not to. Here are two such lists that you may find useful, one each for RV and backpacking camping.

RV camping

This section refers to camping in all sizes of recreational vehicle. There are a few things that are needed to be checked a few days before the departure, like checking the weather of the place where you are about to go for RV camping.
There must be an emergency contact number in the wallet of each person with you. The other things that are to be taken in your wallet are travelers' checks, credit/debit cards, and cash. Following are the general camping items that are to be taken along with you.

General Camping Supplies List

  • Map of the place where you are going
  • Compass
  • GPS tracking devices (if possible)
  • Mobile (fully charged), with a charger
  • Weather radio
  • Folding chairs
  • First aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpack, daypack, or fanny pack
  • Folding knife
  • Binoculars
  • Camera, along with memory cards
  • Other camera accessories, like a tripod stand, weather-proof case, etc.
  • Rope, for emergencies (strong enough to hold a person)
  • Flashlights, with extra batteries
  • Lantern, along with the required fuel
  • Alarm clock
  • Bedding that includes pillows, blankets, and sheets
  • Sleeping bags
  • Fire wood
  • Writing pad and pen/pencil
  • Hammer, screw driver set, wrench set, and other basic tools

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Clothing and other Personal Items

  • Cold/hot weather clothes, as per the season
  • Undergarments
  • Nightwear
  • Caps and hats
  • Gloves
  • Sturdy water-proof boots and woolen socks (take an extra pair of socks)
  • Rain gear
  • Hiking boots and thick socks
  • Shaving kit
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Towel
  • Comb/brush and hair dryer (if needed)
  • Toilet paper
  • Foot powder
  • Small mirror
  • Laundry bag

Kitchenware and Food Items

  • Grocery
  • Required seasoning
  • Drinking water
  • Can opener
  • Oven gloves and hot pads
  • Drinking water treatment chemicals
  • Camping cookware, cups, and dishes
  • Skillets and pots
  • Sponge and liquid soap, to wash utensils
  • Trash bags
  • Food containers (airtight)
  • Camping stove or dutch oven
  • Ice chest, with ice in it
  • Zippered pouches and aluminum foil
  • Water-proof matchsticks or a lighter
  • Grill, along with the fuel required

Camping Supplies Required on Water

  • Waterproof sunscreen
  • Watercraft (inflatable raft/canoe/boat)
  • Air pumps (if you have an inflatable raft)
  • Life jackets
  • Swimming clothes
  • Water shoes
  • Waterproof camera

Backpack camping

Here is a list of things to carry for a backpacking camp. It is slightly different from that of RV camping.

Basic camping supplies

  • Backpack
  • Daypack
  • Ground cover
  • Tent
  • Pillow
  • Sleeping bag
  • Disposable Dishes and paper towels
  • Insulation pad
  • Towels
  • Mattress (not an essential)
  • Toilet paper
  • Hair brush (not an essential)
  • Deodorants and antiperspirants (Caution: the strong smell of deodorants, perfumes, scented soaps, lotions, etc., may attract bears)
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses


  • Caps and hats
  • Shirts and pants (not cotton)
  • Waterproof boots and socks (prefer woolen)
  • Rain wear

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Camping Food

  • Water and water filter
  • Foods for snacks, that include fruits and snack bars
  • Soup mix, grocery, and other spices
  • Cookware and other necessary kitchen accessories
  • Energy drinks

Emergency Medical kits

  • First aid kit
  • Snakebite kit
  • Space blankets
  • Bandages

Other essentials

  • Mobile phones with battery chargers
  • Cameras
  • Compass
  • Fire starter kit
  • Plastic bags
  • Maps
  • Writing material (pen/pencil and paper)
  • Knife

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Proper planning of resources available to you can make your camping a fun trip.