Car Camping Packing List

I am not an expert camper by any means. I have done remote backpacking a few times, but am not an expert in that either. This list is one I have created and update over time the more I go camping. So adjust this list to however you see fit to meet your own needs and the needs of your party. 

I tend to keep all my camping gear in plastic tubs sectioned off to Kitchen, clothes, survival gear, water, and bathroom supplies. I also have some plastic drawers I use for my kitchen camping gear so it is easy to restock and go through once I get to my camp site. 

As always, make sure to notify someone of where you are going, trails you will be on, and how long you plan to stay. SAFETY FIRST CULTURE TREKKERS! 


  • Sweater
  • Coat
  • Shirts
  • Pants
  • Socks
  • hiking shoes/boots
  • cotton thick socks
  • sandals
  • Hand Warmers
  • Hat
  • Bandana x 2
  • Underwear
  • Towel
  • Swimming suit


  • Deet
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Baby Wipes
  • Contacts
  • Glasses
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toliet Paper
  • human waste bags (if applicable)- will vary per site you visit
  • toilet shovel
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • retainer
  • brush
  • hair ties
  • Q-tips
  • Personal medications ie/ Tums, Aleve, Pepto bismol, Benadryl, Melatonin or 5HTP

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Camping Necessities

  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Rope/Bungee's or Tie downs
  • Walkie Talkies
  • Solar Charger
  • Camping chairs
  • small Hatchett for campfire wood
  • Flashlight/Headlamp x2
  • Camera and solar charger or extra batteries
  • GPS system with extra batteries
  • Paper maps
  • Whistle (up to 2 miles)
  • Hiking poles
  • gaiters (to keep rocks and plants from rubbing or getting stuck)
  • Emergency blanket
  • First Aid Supplies with slings, snake bite/venom kit
  • Pliers - for when in cactus country
  • Mosquito candle
  • Long rope - the one I have is small, but I always carry this, duct tape and bandannas, huge lifesavers. I often use the long rope for hanging out towels to dry if we are playing in a lake or river, or the dogs get muddy and need to be rinsed off. 

Sleeping Supplies

  • Tent
  • poles
  • Rain fly
  • fly
  • stakes
  • Footprint or tarp (to keep moisture from seeping through the bottom of tent)
  • Headlamp (ensure it is charged)
  • Small tent broom
  • Small tent broom
  • Air Mattress or Cot (if you want to sleep in a bit luxury)
  • Sleeping pad that has good airflow
  • Hand warmers/foot warmers for sleeping
  • Ear plugs
  • contacts/glasses
  • Deep Blue for sore muscles
  • Pillow
  • Baby blanket (I bring this to help support my neck when sleeping otherwise I get migraines. This is from an old motorcycle accident when I landed on my head and had a grade 4 concussion)
  • warm socks
  • baby wipes (to wipe off feet)

Fire Supplies

  • Fire Starter (I use dryer lint inside a leftover toliet paper cardboard roll)
  • Matches/Lighter -- make sure matches are long
  • Wood/Kindling
  • Small Bucket & shovel to put out the fire

Bathroom supplies

  • Queenie (the tent I use to have privacy, sometimes you don't always have a rock/bush)
  • Toliet (especially nice for the ladies if you need to poop, or you tend to pee on your ankles like I do)
  • Eco powder - to keep the discards in the toliet smelling....relatively fresh
  • Toliet Paper
  • Wash basin, and dedicated towel
  • Hand sanitizer
  • bar of soap in carrier

Food Supplies

  • Coleman Stove - and two gas canisters
  • Duct tape
  • Folding camping table
  • garbage bags for the campsite
  • Bear canisters (if applicable)
  • Drinking water plastic collapsible reservoir (I bring a 5 gallon for 3 days)
  • water dispenser
  • gas for the stove
  • long knife for fruit/bread cutting
  • spatula
  • Pot
  • Pan with Lid
  • Dutch oven
  • teapot
  • tongs
  • cutting board
  • strainer
  • wine bottle opener
  • marshmellow/hot dog sticks for fire
  • Plates, bowls, coffee cups, regular cups
  • Utinsels and sharp knives for cutting fruit, meat etc... pocketknives work great

Meal plans for the days you will be gone

Here are a few ideas for you

  • Peach cobbler (using white cake)
  • Stew
  • tin foil dinner supplies
  • tin foil
  • cut up steak
  • carrots
  • favorite spices
  • potatoes
  • celery
  • tomatoes
  • onion
  • garlic
  • Pole biscuits
  • wooden poles
  • biscuits for the 'pie crust'
  • apple pie filling
  • whip cream
  • Smores supplies
  • marshmallows
  • chocolate bar
  • marshmallow poles
  • Coffee/Tea/Hot Cocoa Supplies
  • Sandwiches
  • Hiking snacks and energy bites
  • Breakfast (eggs, pancakes, omelets)

Other supplies to bring for fun

  • Hammock- Check out Madera, they have great hammocks and even a hammock tent
  • Floating devices for river floating or lake floating
  • Camping stories and games
  • Fishing supplies
  • binoculars
  • backpack (in case you want to go on foot and deeper into the wood)
  • bringing a backpack with emergency supplies in it is always a good idea

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