How to Pack for a Camping Trip

One Methods:Outdoor Camping

This guide will show you on how to go for a fun camping trip on summer vacation.


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    Find out where you are going, how long, what you will be staying in, etc. For example: You are going to the Lake for 2 weeks, you will be staying in a cabin, you get your own room, the climate is very warm, it isn't too far from home, and they have lots of recreation halls and a teen club that is open every day.
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    Three months before your camping trip, do a full inventory of your camping supplies. Check for items that may no longer be good. Also things you needed last time. Write down things you still need, this way you got three months to collect or save for anything else.
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    Think about what you have to bring and what you want to bring. You could bring several bathing suits, summer clothing such as Capri's, shorts, t-shirts, tank tops. Wear your heaviest or bulkiest item the day of travelling to make more space in your suitcase.
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    Think about how much luggage is appropriate. If you are using a little car and carpooling with about 2 or more other people, don't take up the whole trunk or car for that matter. Take at absolute most 2 suitcases, and 3 bags e.g. hiking bags, back packs. Maybe try packing items such as socks in your shoes.
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    Make a list of things to bring! (See Things You'll Need for a list of suggestions) Make sure you take enough things but don't overdo it as you may bring too much and not find anything.
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    Go over your list. Make sure you didn't forget anything.

Outdoor Camping

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    Outdoor camping supplies can be broken up into 3 parts. Packing smart, Weather gear, and Travel gear.
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    The most important thing to remember about outdoor camping is to pack smart. An example would be putting soft stuff by your back so it's not poking you the whole hike. You need to be prepared but you can't have everything. Another idea is to put stuff in gallon baggies to pack easier.
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    You need to know what weather you will be facing. If you are facing really cold weather (winter) you need to have this gear:
    • coat (wind layer)
    • overalls, hat, balaclava, wicking layer (Under Armor) that would cover from your toes to your neck, warmth layer (in between the wicking layer and wind layer), two pair of socks wicking layer and warmth layer, boots, and (day you are outside) times extra boot liner same with gloves. For summer camping you need to have waterproof shoes, bug spray, sunscreen, and a poncho.
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    While camping you find yourself hiking to your camp site. There are three backpack sizes. The first is a day pack, this is a small pack for short hikes. The second kind is a three day pack, this is a pack that is medium size. The largest pack is a pack that is for more than three days. There are two kinds of packs. The first is an internal frame, and the second is an external frame (day packs are usually frameless).
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    When packing for a car camping trip, remember to pack the tents and/or tarps last. This way, the first things you need to unpack once you arrive should be the last things you pack before leaving for your trip.


  • Pack a few days in advance. Be smart when you pack and check to see if you have everything that's appropriate.
  • Bring lots of water! You don't want to get dehydrated during camping.
  • Have a positive attitude.
  • Pack a couple days beforehand.
  • Have fun!
  • Bring bug repellent.
  • Don't over pack then you will have things that aren't useful, plus the baggage will be extremely heavy.
  • Bring lots of water.
  • Clean up once a day so rubbish and mess doesn't build up.
  • Wear sunblock/ sunscreen.
  • Walk in your hiking shoes and pack on beforehand to make sure it is all ready to go.
  • Bring your favorite snack.
  • Bring something to sit on instead of the ground (such as a pillow or one of those seat covers that you can also put on the ground).
  • Share tent if possible only with friends.
  • Don't pack food that will go bad quickly, as you would like it to last the entire trip.
  • Always be organized; you will not be able to find anything when you arrive.
  • If you need help, like someone broke an arm, find a clear space and make an "X" out of sticks. This will catch the eye of any passing helicopters.
  • Don't overpack. Think of the sensible things to pack. For example, don't pack a swimming suit if you're going to a could mountain.
  • Make sure you hang your food on a tree so animals don't eat it.
  • Bring a rope to hang you're wet clothes on.
  • Try to get your own tent, so you don't have to share.


  • Always prepare for adverse weather (Plan B).
  • Bring bug spray. Bugs can be near you when camping.
  • If you hike or spend a long period of time in the woods, be sure to watch out for ticks, because they normally like to sit in the scalp.
  • Prepare the campsite to keep pests such as bears, raccoon, squirrels, and other wildlife away.

Things You'll Need

  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag plus insulating mat.
  • Medications
  • Mirror
  • Portable music player
  • Flashlight w/ extra batteries
  • Bathing suit
  • Sweaters/sweatshirts
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts/tank tops
  • Books and magazines
  • Sandals/crocs/flip-flops
  • Hiking boots
  • Sneakers
  • Suntan lotion
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat or baseball cap
  • A journal or something to write in
  • Camera w/ extra film/batteries/charger
  • Compass and/or GPS (if hiking)
  • Bug spray
  • Cell phone (with service)
  • Multiple pairs of socks
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Basic First Aid Kit,incl. rescue cover (silver + golden side) to keep off heat / cold
  • Fleece Pajamas
  • Pocket Knife and / or multitool and / or folding spade
  • Hatchet
  • Small Shovel
  • Lighter
  • Tinder/Kindling (Dryer Lint, Fatwood Shavings, etc..)
  • Trash Bags
  • Food and eating utensils
  • Water
  • Blankets
  • Tin foil
  • Knife
  • Journal/pencil and paper

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