Ultimate Camper Checklist | Sherry Trautman of Traveling Michigan
When it comes to camping, whether by tent or RV, it's super important to be prepared. Camping with kids?
We've got some tried and true camping tricks and gadgets to make it easier so everyone has a blast...
A few avid camping bloggers from all over the world and I put together a helpful RV and camper packing list of necessities we can't live without when camping. We have ingenious ideas for your RV or camping checklist and useful camping items you will definitely want to bring on your next camping trip.
We hope this camper checklist is helpful while staying at Michigan's campgrounds or wherever your travels may lead you!
Camper Checklist Quick Reference Table of Contents:
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
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! Be sure to add these to your camper checklist!
By Pauline of MamaBearOutdoors.com
Our family goes camping every weekend starting mid-May through the last
weekend of October. We average about 50 nights of camping per year. Our
family has lots of camping stuff, but there are a few things we never
leave home without.
We always have at least one guitar around, even though there may not be someone who plays but it's there just in case.
The third item that always goes with us camping is my enamel coffee pot for cowboy coffee because Great-Grandpa always made coffee that
way, Grandpa always made coffee that way, and so did Dad.
From many years of camping, I know that if there is any tool to take, it's a good shovel and I love the Redcamp Military Camping Shovel because it folds right up. It's perfect for fishing tinfoil packets out of the fire, digging a
vehicle out of snow or mud and even digging a cat hole. These are invaluable for your camper checklist!
And last of all, and probably the one thing we never, ever forget, is glow sticks for the kids. There's nothing like a campfire, guitar music, and laughing children with glowsticks, that makes me any happier than in that moment.
By Itz a Family Thing
We started camping when our son was a baby, so he is a kid that loves the outdoors! One of the most important items we always have with us is his Kidco Peapod Travel tent.
And the best part? It packs down to a flat disk.
He loves to play and sleep in his little tent, plus there is breathable mesh, so it is well ventilated and bug-proof.
Now that our son is a toddler, we have to find interesting screen-free ways to entertain him, so flashlights have become our secret weapon for toddlers.
Since our little guy gets scared outside at night, we use the flashlight as a nightlight until he falls asleep.
It's not a fun topic, but a necessary evil we have to deal with as menstruators. What I love about menstrual cups is that they are environmentally friendly, cost-efficient, comfortable, and can work for up to 12 hours. If you have periods and love to camp, menstrual cups are a must-have on your camper checklist.
When we are camping, we use that as our family quality time, so we try to disconnect from the outside world, but we need our phones sometimes.
We use the Solar Power Bank to charge our phones when needed.
These solar power banks are light weight and compact size. Comes with a flashlight & compass!
The first-aid kit we use is made from things I've collected over time. There is pain medication, masking tape, band-aids, rubbing alcohol, 5/50 cord, D-rings, fabric, and we always collect two sticks just in case you need to make an improvised medical device. This came in handy when I twisted my ankle and used the fabric as an ankle brace.
As a family that loves to camp, these are the things we make sure we pack for a few nights under the stars. Be sure to add them to your camper checklist!
By Sea Salt and Fog
Camping trips are made so much better when you have just the right things with you. Sleeping outside under starry skies is an amazing experience, but sleeping on the hard floor? Not so much.
If you search around for the best sleeping pad on the market, you'll quickly see tons of positive reviews for the Megamat. It's pricey, but holy cow does this thing deliver!
On my latest camping trip, we didn't want to leave the tent in the morning, that's how great this mat is.
Of course, part of staying comfortable while camping is what you wear.
Plus, they keep your feet clean, which is a nice respite from the dirt that seems to get everywhere when camping!
For classic smores, I always pack long wooden skewers, the kind meant for kabobs. Soak these in water before using them to roast marshmallows!
When it comes to preparing meals, I love the classic Coleman stove. It's portable, inexpensive, and lets me whip up breakfast without having to make a fire in the morning. We always have a cookstove on our camper checklist.
The least fun part of camping for me is always the cleanup. I make this easier by packing a collapsible dishtub that I can fill with hot water and do the dishes in without having to carry them to the sink. It's super convenient!
By Dani of Diapers in Paradise
Camping with a baby and a toddler brings about a whole slew of challenges, but with the right supplies – and mindset – it can be a wonderfully memorable experience for the whole family.
When I am camping with two very little ones, comfort is key. If the babies don't sleep, nobody can sleep! That's why I love a strong, high-quality child-sized sleeping pad for the toddler.
For the baby, it is even more important that we provide her with a good night's sleep.
Our favorite toys to bring camping are sand toys: a little set with a bucket, shovels, and watering can. These are perfect for digging in the dirt and getting muddy.
To make it through the night with happy children, we need a small nightlight that will last the night. This helps the baby stay calm when she can see that we're nearby, and is helpful for walks to the potty with the toddler.
We love the REI Goal Zero Crush Light because it packs very small (almost flat!), is solar powered, and easily makes it through the whole night. A must-have on your camper checklist.
The final thing we never camp without is baby wipes.
Not just for the baby... for everyone. They are so handy for wiping down all kinds of messes! Just be sure to pack them out, because baby wipes are not biodegradable.
In the past four years, I have traveled to a lot of places in India, explored a lot of hiking trails, and camped at several amazing spots too. And in that duration, there are 5 things that I never forget to take with me on my camping/trekking trips.
What I love about this tent is that it is easily portable, is a pop up and is really easy to assemble and dismantle. Furthermore, it keeps me warm during normal temperature, and with additional clothes and sleeping bags, it works well in minus temperature as well.
The texture and the material of this sleeping bag are really soft and it can easily be packed up into a small backpack which makes it easy to carry it as well.
Apart from the tent and the bag, I do carry 3 power banks that have a total of 40000mAh to keep my phones, GoPro, and other gadgets completely charged. This allows me to click photos and videos without worrying about running out of battery.
We own and love this GoPro, it's easy to use, lightweight and portable. Fits easily in a backpack!
These are the 5 important camping essentials that I just cannot survive without during a camping trip. Be sure to add them to your camper checklist!
When it comes to camping, we need all the ideas and ingenious hacks we can find!
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.
NOTE: Prices may change without notice. Check Amazon for product updates and info.
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!
16 pieces camping cookware kit: 2 non-stick pots, 2 non-stick pans, 1 mini stove, 2 mugs, 2 spoons, forks, knives, 2 cleaning clothes, Carry bag.
Be prepared! You never know when you will need first aid, scissors, compass, knives...Perfect for in the car or at home too
$13.58 for set of 5
Perfect for grilling hot dogs, sausages, marshmallows!
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