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This may not be a complete list, but it is a good start if you are packing for a tent camping trip:

  • Tent.  See the “What tent do I need” article for more details.
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Close-toe shoes or boots
  • Swimwear, water shoes and towel, if there is swimming
  • Long pants, if there is horseback riding
  • Sunblock
  • Bug spray
  • Sleeping pad or inflatable mattress.
  • Pillow
  • Bedding, usually a sleeping bag but some prefer sheets and blankets.
  • Drinking water and refillable bottles
  • Camp food & cookware.  See the “What do we eat when tent camping” article for more details.
  • Folding camp chairs
  • Flashlights / lanterns
  • Camera
  • Phone charger
  • Trash bags (2-3 kitchen size bags)

Additional (optional) items:

  • Bicycles
  • Firewood / kindling / firestarters / lighter
  • Camp Stove & Cookware
  • Extension Cord (50 – 100 ft)
  • Hammer (for tent stakes)
  • Small backpack for hikes