Check lists:

Checklists are good. Being prepared is good. Being overwhelmed and in debt is not good. You will find you won't even need half of this stuff! And most stuff you can find at thrift stores, Craigslist, or Freecycle. 

Minimalist list:

1. Tent-purchased from thrift store or from friend

2. Blanket or sleeping bag

3. Food made ahead that can be heated over the fire that need no pots or pans or plates.-(*Make things on skewers and use the skewers as utensils.)

4. One outfit. Cooler months you can add a layer or so. 

5. Lighter or matches to make fire

That's It! No extra clothing. No toiletries *gasp*( you can survive in the wilderness without a shower for a few days! Swimming is always good.) No fancy cooking utensils for fancy food. No entertainment. Why would you need it with all the nature to explore around you? This doesn't mean you have to spend your time sitting around like you are homeless. It's quite the opposite!  It's a great simple way to reconnect with natural beauty around us. 

Now for more specific lists: 


  • Sleeping bags( spring and summer don't require much/I suggest a great bag for the winter months)
  • pad
  • pillow
  • air mattress (if wanted) and repair kit
  • sheets/blankets
  • large duffle bags (to store bedding)

Clothing- Think Layers
  • jeans
  • shorts
  • waterproof style khakis
  • t-shirts/sweatshirts
  • socks and more socks
  • rain jacket
  • hoodie
  • nice coat
  • under garments
  • swim wear and towels
  • shoes- flip flops, Tevas style sandals, Boots, rain boots, hiking shoes
  • Mesh laundry bag for dirty clothes)
  • gloves/work gloves
  • hats

Personal Hygiene
  • towels/wash clothes
  • outdoor shower(only needed for deep woods camping)
  • travel shampoos and conditioners and soap
  • travel case for toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • travel box for soap
  • deodorant
  • hairbrush/comb
  • razor
  • feminine products
  • travel toilet/ toilet paper
  • plastic bags
  • sunscreen/lotions/aloe
  • chapstick
  • bug spray
  • first aid kits-
  • tissue
  • sewing kits
  • hand sanitizer/wipes
  • wet wipes
  • medicines
  • mirror
  • contact solution/case
  • pony tail holders/scrunchies/barrettes
  • head bands
  • splinter removal kit
  • Beauty Products/Make-Up: tinted moisturizer with SPF, concealer, waterproof mascara, tinted chapstick, small blush and brush, make-up removing wipes, powder shampoo  

  • Plan meals ahead- Make a meal list and grocery list(shop ahead of time) *look below for ideas*
  • Put marinated steak in large baggies and plastic container
  • Make skewers ahead and store in container
  • Put marinated chicken in container
  • Wash and separate fruits and vegetables into containers
  • Put eggs in a camping style hard plastic container
  • Put cereal in hard plastic cereal tupperware
  • Put all lunch meats in separate baggies, and put all in a large plastic container
  • Pre-wash lettuces. Lay on paper towels in a container
  • Store non-refrigerated foods in a large tote
  • Put a wire rack over the ice, then put the containers on that
  • Put frozen bottled waters in bottom of coolers to serve like ice
  • seasonings/ sugar/ condiments- put in smaller containers and stored in larger container together
  • hot cocoa/tea bags/coffee
  • popcorn
  • s'mores stuff!
  • kids snack box
  • bread box
  • ice
  • pre-made pancake mix in a squeeze bottle(shake well before using)
  • cooking spray
  • butter
  • jellies
  • cheeses
  • crackers
  • make ahead and pack- brownies, muffins, cookies, breads, granola bars
  • jugs of water/water bottles

Cooking Essentials

  • lanterns/fuel/batteries
  • compass/GPS
  • maps
  • chairs
  • backpacks
  • fishing poles/tackle box
  • sunglasses 
  • hammock
  • saw/axe
  • duct tape/electrical tape
  • shovel
  • scissors
  • outdoors watch
  • fire extinguisher
  • bikes/helmets
  • kayaks/gear
  • bungee cords/straps
  • portable clothes line and clips
  • binoculars
  • collapsible drying rack
  • umbrellas
  • mosquito nets
  • flashlights
  • headlamps
  • waterproof matches
  • camera
  • radio with weatherband
  • lantern stand
  • pocket knives(like Swiss Army Knife)
  • ponchos
  • waterproof bags/dry bags
  • citronella candles( I like a lot of them to set around the camp!)
  • pet food/toys/leash

For Fun