Ultimate Camper Checklist

Ultimate Camper Checklist | Sherry Trautman of Traveling Michigan

When it comes to camping, it's super important to be prepared.  

We've got some tricks to make it easier...

A few avid camping bloggers from all over the world and I put together a helpful camper checklist of items we can't live without when camping.

We hope this camper checklist is helpful while staying at Michigan's campgrounds or wherever your travels may lead you!

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Camping Checklist for Families with Kids

Ultimate Camper Checklist. Photo: Backyard Travel FamilyUltimate Camper Checklist. Photo: Backyard Travel Family

By Jennifer Parkes | Backyard Travel Family: Active Family Travel Specialists in New Zealand

We camp with three young kids all in the mountains of Mt Cook and all around New Zealand and these are our top five suggestions at the top of the camping checklist

  • Zempire Inflatable Tent:  No more putting poles together and needing the whole family to put the tent up.  Zempire has an amazingly strong range of inflatable tents that one person can easily put up by themselves.  Just peg, inflate then peg the guy ropes and you are done!  It's that easy and some are huge - but it's still just as easy.  Highly recommended for parents who take kids away by themselves.
  • Zempire Monstamats:  One of the biggest drawbacks about camping is that it is so uncomfortable to sleep, but not anymore.  Zempire's self inflating Monstamats are incredibly comfortable.  It is thick and you can't feel the ground even if you lie on your side.  Worth the money for a decent nights sleep.
  • Insulated Water Bottles: Camping in the summer can make for sweaty work so we always take our Montii water bottles.  They keep your drinks cold and the silicone bases help protect the bases against any drops
  • Flexi Buckets:  A very inexpensive bucket that can be used for anything.  Washing basket, kids bath, dishwashing bucket, food container, toys container, you name it.  The bonus is that adding a few extras to your car takes barely any extra room. 
  • Zempire Megadome light:  We love our Megadome light as it is rechargeable, it's even glows after its turned off as a wee bit of a nightlight, and there is a USB port to charge your phone.  How is that for an all in one package?

Solar Panels! Free Source of Electrical Power!

Need a way to power your phone and other devices when off grid or there is a threat of power outages?

Read the Complete Guide to the Best Portable Solar Panels for Camping for tips and everything you need to know!

Camping Food Hacks and Food Ideas

When it comes to camping, we need all the ideas and ingenious hacks we can find! 

Camping Food Hacks and IdeasCamping Food Hacks and Ideas

Camping Necessities 

If you are camping with a vehicle (not hiking), we have a few helpful recommendations. The griddle is fantastic for so many types of food! Steaks, burgers, pancakes and eggs are a necessity!  Use your griddle over a Coleman stove or a grate.  

Coghlan's Two Burner Non-Stick Camp Griddle *16.5 x 10-Inches


Great griddle with a Coleman 2-burner stove or a grate.  Burgers, eggs, hotdogs, pancakes! 

Coleman Gas Camping Stove | Classic Propane Stove, 2 Burner


Can fit two 10" frying pans and the wind block panels combined with the recessed burners keeps it stay lit

Camp Chef Lumberjack Over Fire Grill 36"


Folding legs, 18" x 36" cooking area

Great sturdy grill grate for fire pits

Pizza StonePizza Stone

JulyPanny Pizza Stone, 15” Ceramic 


Perfect tool for the BBQ and grill - thermal shock resistant, durable to make pizzas!

Tip: Use foil on stone for pizza

Marshmallow Roasting Sticks with Wooden Handle

$13.58 for set of 5

Perfect for grilling hot dogs, sausages, marshmallows!

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