CAR CAMPING CHECKLIST

Bring the Kitchen Sink
A Packing Checklist for Car-Supported Camping
Author: Tanya Christensen

WHAT YOU’LL READ IN THIS ARTICLE:
Shelter, Sleeping, Backpack
Emergency, Repair, Tools
Kitchen Gear
Hygiene
Personal
Clothing
Optional
Shelter, Sleeping, Backpack
Tent, footprint or hammock with no-see-um net
Sleeping bag (synthetic or down) and/or blankets
Air mattress and pump
Sleeping pad, or cot
A regular pillow or stowable camping pillow
Tarp, sunshade, or screen house
Camp chairs
Daypack (10-40L) with water bladder
40-60ft rope or parachute cord, large sack, and ‘biner (anti-bear hang system) or Bear canister (if in bear country)
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Emergency, Repair, Tools


Map and/or compass
Whistle and/or mirror
Headlamp, flashlight, or lantern
Spare batteries or solar power charger
First aid kit
Clothing repair kit
Tent repair kit
Nylon cord or rope
Duct tape
Multi-tool or pocket knife
Axe, saw, or hatchet
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KITCHEN GEAR

Cabela’s Set Camp

Two-burner stove/stove and windscreen, if compatible, grill rack, or Dutch oven
Charcoal, lighter fuel (if grilling)
Firewood, kindling (if allowed)
Long-handle lighter or matches
Water jug (5 gallon)
Cooler, ice
Kitchen storage bin
Pots, pans
Potholders, hot pads
Coffee pot, tea kettle, or coffee or tea press kit
Plates, bowls, cups, and mugs
Eating utensils (spoons, knives, forks)
Cooking utensils (kitchen knife, spatula, serving spoon, tongs, peeler, skewers)
Can, bottle, and wine openers
Cutting board(s)
Large mixing bowl(s)
Measuring cups
Dishwashing bins (2) or collapsible sink
Dish soap, towels, sponge, scraper
Food storage bin(s)
Paper towels
Aluminum foil
Trash bags, resealable bags
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HYGIENE 
Toiletry bag
Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss
Shampoo, conditioner
Camp soap, baby wipes, hand sanitizer
Toilet paper in a re-sealable bag
Face towel
A bath towel or pack towel
Brush or comb
Lotion
Deodorant
Razor and shaving cream
Sunscreen and lip balm
Insect repellent
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Personal
Wallet (ID, debit, credit, cash)
Quarters for pay showers
Watch
Alarm clock
Cell phone and charger
Key (house, car)
Camping reservation info
Sunglasses and sunglasses case
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Clothing
Depending on climate and length of trip:

MEN
Synthetic or merino underwear
Synthetic or merino socks
Sleeping socks and pajamas
Synthetic or merino T-shirts
Synthetic or merino bottoms and long-sleeve shirts
Hoodie sweatshirt, sweater, or fleece jacket
Hiking pants/convertible pants, and/or shorts
Hiking boots or trail shoes
Rain or wind jacket and pants
A down or synthetic vest or jacket
Sun hat, beanie, or bandana
Camp shoes or flip-flops
WOMEN
Synthetic or merino underwear
Sports bras or casual bras
Synthetic or merino socks
Sleeping socks and pajamas
Synthetic or merino T-shirts
Synthetic or merino bottoms and long-sleeve shirts
Hoodie sweatshirt, sweater, or fleece jacket
Hiking pants/convertible pants and/or shorts
Hiking boots or trail shoes
Rain or wind jacket and pants
A down or synthetic vest or jacket
Sun hat, beanie, or bandana
Camp shoes or flip-flops
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Optional
Depending on space, trip length, and nearby amenities and geography:

Water purifier or water filtration system
Collapsible kitchen or stove table(s)
Trekking poles or walking staff
Sun shower
Binoculars or monocular
“Novelty flying disc”
Mountain bike and mountain bike gear
Climbing gear or slackline setup
Fly fishing gear or reel fishing gear
Kayak, surfboard, or stand-up paddleboard
Mosquito nets
Small broom (for sweeping out tent)
Work gloves
Men’s and women’s swimsuits
Beach towels
Windshirt
Video camera or camera with spare battery and memory card
Guidebooks
Travel board games or cards
Travel radio or MP3 player with speakers
Reading material and/or journal
Pen or pencil

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