What camping supplies do I need?

Life is full of challenges that stress us to the core. The pressure at work and at home can weigh you down leaving you stressed and in some extreme cases depressed. It is, therefore, advisable for individuals to find activities that help them relax and that’s where outdoor activities such as camping come in.

By spending time in nature, you are able to take a break from your normal routine. It will definitely help you blow off some steam. You, however, will not be able to enjoy your stay outdoors without proper preparation. And, if you’re wondering what camping supplies you need, then you’re in the right place to receive that information.

The items that you should take with you on a camping trip depend on the weather conditions and the number of people coming with you. It also matters if you’re going with a tent or an Off-Road trailer. In this article, I will highlight some of the vital camping supplies you need to make your stay outdoors enjoyable.

Camping supplies

When preparing your camping checklist and wondering what camping supplies to bring with you, the first thing that you should consider is how comfortable you want to be out there. If you want a glammed-up experience, then you will have to pack quite a bit of supply for the ultimate camping experience.

If that’s not the case, then the normal camping accessories will do, and I will explain in detail what some of these camping supplies are. This camping checklist is divided into sections to make it easy for you to identify the materials that you should get for the next camping trip. Now let’s review some of the items in detail!

camping tent checklist
Tent-related supplies

1. Tent checklist

The first thing you should sort out if you plan to spend some time outdoors is what are your accommodations needs. In other words: getting a tent. The type of tent that you choose depends on the nature of your outdoor activities. For example, if you plan on moving about quite a bit, then you should get a tent that is easy to carry. But if you plan on staying in one place, then you can get a slightly heavier tent that is luxurious and offers better protection from the elements. Here is a comprehensive tent checklist:

The tent. You should get a tent that is strong enough to protect you from the elements. It should also be large enough to accommodate you and the other people you intend to share it with.
Tent accessories. You should get the necessary accessories that are needed for proper tent management. These include the tent carpet, the tent footprint, and the tent porch.
Spare tent pegs in case any pegs get damaged.
Malle for fixing tent pegs firmly into the ground.

camping sleeping bag checklist
Sleeping supplies for camping

2. Sleeping checklist

You also need to sort your sleeping arrangements to enjoy your stay. If you don’t prepare your camping bed properly, you may wake up tired and sore as a result of lying on uncomfortable surfaces. This could interfere with your plans the next day. To make sure you get a good night’s rest, here are some of the items that you might need:

Sleeping bag, ideal for mobile campers who prefer lightweight sleeping materials.
Sleeping mat/airbed, if you are looking for extra insulation and comfort when sleeping.
Pillow for added comfort when sleeping.
Earplugs to block external noises.

If you prefer sleeping on a raised surface rather than on the ground, then you should get a camp bed. A camp bed is not the most portable so you should only consider it if you plan on staying in a single spot for a period of time

campsite checklist
Campsite supplies

3. Campsite checklist

There are other things to consider bringing with you if you want to make your stay memorable. They include:
Camp furniture. Tables and camping chairs that you set up at the campsite. These items provide you with a great hangout area where you and your campmates can relax after a long day in the woods.
Portable toilet. If you have kids, then you can get a portable toilet that the kids can use when it gets dark.
Ropes have plenty of uses at a campsite. You can use them to tie things up or as a washing line.
Torches to find your way in the dark.

camping cooking checklist
Camping supplies for cooking

4. Cooking camping supplies

You also need to plan what you will eat. Water supplies are very important when camping since you will use it for many activities like cooking, washing, etc. My cooking checklist includes:

Stove for preparing the meals.
Water container for carrying clean water for your out of site activities.
Tableware items, such as cups and plates to eat from.
Cooking utensils, such as pans for preparing the meals.
Basin for cleaning the dishes when they are done.
Matches/lighter for putting up fires at camp.

camp safety checklist
Safety camping supplies

5. Safety camping supplies checklist

Anything can happen when you are out camping, so you need the necessary camping supplies to make sure that you are safe all the time. These include:

First aid kit.
Personal medication, if you are taking any.
Sunscreen to protect you from harmful UV rays.
Anti-bacterial hand wash to keep your hands clean at all times.
Insect repellent to keep bugs and other insects at bay.
Pocket knife.


Before embarking on a camping trip, you need to ask yourself, what camping supplies you need to stay safe and happy. This will help you figure out the items that you will need to make the outdoor stay as comfortable as possible.

About the author, Tadej Kozar

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Tadej Kozar is the founder of Camping Valley. The site is an extension of his lifestyle and passion for the outdoors. Everything that he learns, experiences, and finds valuable is on his site for you. We live in a technological era but nature is reminding us more and more that we should go to the places where our heart and soul feel at home.

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