Recently we were prepping for a car camping trip with the crew and I found myself writing up a check list. After reading through my list and handing it off to those that needed it, I realized it has taken me quite a few trips and experiences to create. So, here I'm going to share it in hopes that my cheat sheet will help you be a little more comfortable on your adventures.
And, of course, no trip should be done without the 10 Essentials. I’ve listed those to the right with items that fall under the 10 Essentials numbered with the corresponding essential. Whether hiking or camping, you should never go out without your 10 Essentials. It could literally save your life. All of this can be packed down smaller and applied to backpacking as well.
Make sure your tent and sleeping items are right for your trip – Snow camping requires significantly more warmth than the forest. Be aware of the ratings on your sleeping bag and tent.
Staying “clean” while camping is almost impossible but, I have a few little things I like to always have with me while camping as a quick way to freshen up.
1. Toilet paper (remove from roll – pack down as small as you can)
2. Baby Wipes/Wet Wipes – I like the flushable ones if I can be picky
3. Dog poop bags & a paper bag (When you need to pack out, these will be critical)
4. Hair ties and pins
5. Comb/small brush
6. Small regular lotion
7. Hand sanitizer
8. Tampons/menstrual cup
9. Tooth brush (The crazy ultralight bros break the handles off) & toothpaste
10. Emergency undies
11. Sun screen (#2)
13. Bug spray
14. Dry shampoo
15. Microfiber Camp towel
This list will also adjust based on where you are going – Use common sense while packing your bag.
1. Headlamp (#4)
3. Thermals (will double as pajamas) (#3)
4. Climbing/Hiking pants
5. Tank tops/Shirts
7. Sun hat (#2)
8. Sports bra (or not if that’s your personal preference)
9. Socks (always bring an extra pair!)
10. Long Sleeve mid-layer
11. Puffy and rain coat (#3)
12. Hiking Boots
13. Camp shoes (Uggs, puffy boots, etc.)
Food & Water (#8 & #9)
Make sure you’ve got enough water for where you are camping – ALWAYS know the water situation of where you are staying or assume you will need to bring all your own water.
Also make sure that you keep emergency food in your pack for hiking. The emergency food is part of the 10 Essentials. (#8 & #9)
First Aid Kit (#5)
I’ve built my own first aid kit with the stuff listed below. You will want to consider your own medical needs when creating your own.
2. Tape (I take a bit of medical tape and duct tape)
4. Anti-bacterial ointment
5. Butterfly bandage
8. alcohol wipes
9. Hand warmers
11. Instant ice pack
12. Safety sissors
I highly recommend carrying at the very least a knife, if not a multitool and knife (#7). I also always carry a compass (#1) and a fire starter and lighter (#6).