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Recommended Camping Gear

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
Sleeping bags
Sleeping pads
Air mattresses and pump
Pillows
Multi-tool or knife
Daypacks
Trekking poles
Folding chairs
Folding table
Cots
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
Bikes
Bike trailers
Fishing gear (and license)

Clothing and Footwear

Chilly nights are possible, come prepared.

Quick-drying pants/shorts
Long-sleeve shirts (for sun, bugs)
Sun-shielding hats
Swimsuits
Bandanas or buffs
Boots or shoes suited to terrain
Socks (synthetic or wool)
Long underwear
Rainwear (jacket and pants)
Clothesline with clips
Water sandals
In-camp sandals or booties

Kitchen

Stove
Windscreen
Fuel
Fuel bottle(s) with fuel funnel
Matches/lighter
Charcoal (with fire starter)
Firewood (plus saw or axe)
Grill rack
Frying pan
Cook pots
Pot grabber
Portable coffee/espresso maker
Hot-cold vacuum bottle
Hand-crank blender
Bottle opener/corkscrew
Can opener
Marshmallow/wiener roasting sticks
Food-storage containers
Resealable storage bags
Trash bags
Coolers
Water bottles
Plates, bowls, mixing bowls
Mugs/cups
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Utensils
Paring knife
Spatula
Whisk
Cutting board or cutting surface
Foil
Egg holder
Biodegradable soap
Pot scrubber/sponge(s)
Collapsible water container(s)

Food

Coffee
Cereal/granola/oatmeal
Eggs (freeze-dried or fresh)
Breakfast bars
Batter mix
Syrup
Butter/margarine
Jelly/jam
Bread/bagels
Soup mixes/bouillon cubes
Prepared or freeze-dried meals
Cooking oil/spray
Salt/pepper
Tea
Milk (powdered or fresh)
Cocoa
Drink mixes
Bottled/canned beverages
Energy food (bars, gels, trail mix)
Fruit (dried and fresh)
Vegetables
Cheese
Crackers/chips
Chocolate/sweets
Marshmallows
Spice kit
Herbs

Personal Items

Toilet paper
Sunscreen
Lip balm
Insect repellent
Hand sanitizer
Alcohol or antiseptic wipes
Spare eyeglasses/contact lenses
Mirror
First-aid kit
Prescription medications
Toothbrush, toiletry kit
Brush/comb
Eyeshades; earplugs
Biodegradable soap
Shower water bag

Other Items

Camera
Camcorder
Memory cards/film
Binoculars
Campsite reservation confirmation
Maps
Guidebook
Interpretive field guides (flowers, insects)
Star chart/night-sky identifier
Notebook and pen/pencil
Sketchpad with art supplies
Radio or music player with headphones
Two-way radios
GPS receiver
Cell phone
Travel alarm clock

Fun Stuff

Playing cards
Rolling ice cream maker
Kick-around foot bag
Kites
Geocaching materials (with GPS receivers)
Paddle ball set
Glow sticks
Flying discs
Puzzles (crosswords, etc.)
Board games
Water toys

What else would you add to this list before your big camping adventure?