This is our go-to list for tent camping as a couple. It can be modified per trip –family, friends, ages, activities (toys, rafts, hunting, skiing, etc.).
We always have protection, a jack, spare, fix-a-flat, jumper cables, portable battery starter, small power unit with lights, stored energy, electricity, etc. in our vehicle.
No two people are the same when it comes to planning a camping trip. What is important to one person may not matter to another when it comes to camping gear. One of my sons prefers to go ultralight and another brings practically everything he can when they camp. As a family, we tend to bring more items. All this to say, there is no right or wrong answer to what you bring on your camping trip.
🔹Tent (Coleman Sunbeam 7’×9′ 4-person) & accessories (stakes, bungi cords with hooks, rain roof, bottom footprint tarp)
🔹Mats (outside door, inside door)
🔹Electric extension cord
🔹Lighting: solar lights, head lamp, flashlights, lantern, extra batteries
🔹Cooler (We love our soft-sided 4-gallon capacity Kodi cooler from H-E-B Foods/Drugs)
🔹Camping utensils, plates, pans, cups
🔹Charcoal &/or fire wood
🔹Insulated water bottles
🔹Cutting board & knife
🔹Biodegradable wet wipes
🔹Shampoo & conditioner
🔹Towels & wash cloths
🔹Toothbrushes & toothpaste
🔹First Aid kit
🔹Rx, prescriptions & supplements
🔹Campsite Reservation Copy
🔹Sunscreen & bug repellent
🔹Clothes pins & clothes line cord
🔹Dry bag (store electronics, etc in event of rain)
🔹Tool bag. Minimum: hammer, pliers, screwdrivers, multi-tool, folding shovel/saw, tin-snips, axe-hatchet, tent repair kit, tent pole repair sleeve
🔹Small fire extinguisher
🔹Emergency (solar/handcrank) weather radio
🔹Travel alarm clock
🔹Books, cards, games…
🔹Portable butane heater with extra filled tanks (in cold weather)
🔹Tent fan in warm weather. (We also have a portable “air cooler” we fill with ice cubes if it is too hot).
🔹Flip flops or sandals
🔹Socks (wool or synthetic)
🔹Hiking boots/shoes, sneakers
🔹Shirts, Jackets, Sleepwear, Pants, Shorts, Swimwear