Your RV is shiny, full of gas, and you’re ready to hit the road for a camping adventure?
If this is yours first time taking an extended camping vacation, you may be unsure as to what you should bring along with you. If that is the case, you are definitely not alone. Although a camping vacation can be fun and exciting, it can sometimes be stressful to plan. And if you’re anything like me, you bring a bunch of things you don’t need, and forget about some of the things you will absolutely need!
When it comes to camping, you will find that you need to bring multiple items with you, most of which are categorized by camping gear or camping supplies In most cases, you will find that camping gear is used to describe pieces of equipment, whereas camping supplies are often used to describe food, health and personal products, etc.
One of the most common pieces of camping gear that you will need to bring with you on your next camping vacation is a tent. Even if you have an RV, the thrill of sleeping outdoors is something you just have to do on each trip! Depending on the number of people in your group,you may even need to bring multiple camping tents with you. If you have yet to purchase a camping tent, you will want try and make sure that you purchase a tent or tents that are strong, sturdy, dependable, and waterproof.
A sleeping bag is another piece of camping gear that you will want to make sure that you bring along with you. Although you may assume that a light sleeping bag is good in the summertime, you may still consider bringing along a heavy style sleeping bag, as the weather can change quickly and drastically.
Other pieces of camping gear and camping supplies are listed below.
In and Around Camp
Tent (with stakes and guylines)
Tent-pole repair sleeve
Sun shade, tarp or screen house
Air mattresses and pump
Multi-tool or knife
Mallet or hammer (for tent stakes)
Headlamps (with extra batteries)
Flashlights (with extra batteries, bulbs)
Lanterns (with mantles, if needed)
Lantern fuel or batteries
Water filter or treatment tablets
Fishing gear (and license)
Clothing and Footwear
Chilly nights are possible, come prepared.
Long-sleeve shirts (for sun, bugs)
Bandanas or buffs
Boots or shoes suited to terrain
Socks (synthetic or wool)
Rainwear (jacket and pants)
Clothesline with clips
In-camp sandals or booties
Fuel bottle(s) with fuel funnel
Charcoal (with fire starter)
Firewood (plus saw or axe)
Portable coffee/espresso maker
Hot-cold vacuum bottle
Marshmallow/wiener roasting sticks
Resealable storage bags
Plates, bowls, mixing bowls
Cutting board or cutting surface
Collapsible water container(s)
Eggs (freeze-dried or fresh)
Soup mixes/bouillon cubes
Prepared or freeze-dried meals
Milk (powdered or fresh)
Energy food (bars, gels, trail mix)
Fruit (dried and fresh)
Alcohol or antiseptic wipes
Spare eyeglasses/contact lenses
Toothbrush, toiletry kit
Shower water bag
Campsite reservation confirmation
Interpretive field guides (flowers, insects)
Star chart/night-sky identifier
Notebook and pen/pencil
Sketchpad with art supplies
Radio or music player with headphones
Travel alarm clock
Rolling ice cream maker
Kick-around foot bag
Geocaching materials (with GPS receivers)
Paddle ball set
Puzzles (crosswords, etc.)
What else would you add to this list before your big camping adventure?