Camping Gear Checklist

Wondering what you should bring for some tent camping?

I was tired of being ill-prepared so I created a camping gear checklist to use every time I head out for the day.

Below I list what I bring for every camping trip and recommend you do to!

Camping Gear Checklist

Click any of the items below to jump to more information and specific recommendations.


Best Camping Tents for Women

When you look at the number of people that are 'supposed to' fit in the tent, don't be surprised if you fall over from shock.  I typically divide the number by 2 and expect that to be a cozy number of adults to fit.  For more detailed reviews see our REI Tents for Women article.

#1

REI Co-op Kingdom 8 Tent

Every year this tent gets better and better!  Four adults fit comfortably with 2 large (or 4 small) mattresses. Ample space and ease for under $600.

#2

REI Co-op Camp Dome 4 Tent

This is a great tent for two adults in non-rain and non-windy conditions.  Great tent for under $200!

#3

REI Co-op Grand Hut 6 Tent

Six and a half feet of standing room! This is a great tent for multiple day camping trips for under $350!


Sleeping Bags

Sleeping bags come in different shapes and fill types.  The 

#1

NEMO Riff 15 Sleeping Down Bag - Women's

I have used this bag for 2 years straight and absolutely love it. The little neck blanket is amazing for keeping the draft out and the leg room helps me sleep like a baby. 

#2

Kelty Galactic 30 Sleeping Bag - Women's

This warm and simple sleeping bag will only set you back $129 and offers the leg room needed for a good nights sleep.

#3

Big Agnes Sunbeam 15 Sleeping Bag - Women's

Big Agnes is a hands-down durable and dependable outdoor brand.  This synthetic bag is rated for such cool temps it would likely work year round for most women.


Camping Mattress

For car camping I prefer a inflatable mattress with top sheets and quilts for 2 people and my favorite sleeping bag on a air mattress for solo nights.

#1

REI Co-op Kingdom Insulated Sleep System 40

The base mattress is very comfortable (don't over-inflate!) and with the added layers it is a bed you won't want to get out of!

#2

NEMO Tensor Insulated Sleeping Pad

I use this air mattress in combination with a closed cell foam pad for camping and backpacking.  I have the wide, so my elbows stay on at night.

#3

REI Co-op Camp Dreamer Insulated Air Sleeping Pad

This super thick air mattress will make you forget you are sleeping on the ground.  It comes with a pump so you won't get faint inflating it.


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Camp Hydration

It is always easier to refill one large container than to fill all bottles, packs and cookware at the spigot.  Here are som of my favorite solutions to camp hydration.

#1

Reliance Jumbo-Tainer Water Container - 7 gal.

Unique shape is easy to pack and convenient handles make it easy to move around. Designed for campers.

#2

GSI Outdoors Folding Water Cube - 5.3 gal.

Easy to pack up and store when empty.  Convenient back up water container.

#3

LifeStraw Flex with Gravity Bag Water Filter - 1 gal.

If you are camping where you will filter water, this is a great camp filter system.  Just suspend the bladder and let gravity filter for you.


Rain/Shade Canopy

It is always easier to refill one large container than to fill all bottles, packs and cookware at the spigot.  Here are som of my favorite solutions to camp hydration.

#1

Caddis Rapid Shelter - 10' x 10'

This is a what you often see, becasue it works well and provides versitle shade and shelter protection.

#2

Neso 1 Sunshade

This super pack-able and useful invention is great camping and at the beach.  We keep ours in the trunk.

#3

Caddis Rapid Screenhouse Shelter

Stay cool and away from pests and pets.


Camp Lighting

Lighting can help make any great day last late into the night.  I suggest bringing a few kinds so that you can set the perfect post sunset mood at camp.

#1

REVEL GEAR Trail Hound 30 ft. Camping Light

Twinkle lights that are rechargable can make camp feel so much more festive!

#2

Goal Zero Lighthouse 400 Lantern & USB Power Hub

What?! A lantern and a charging station!  This comes equipped with a crank so you will always have power.

#3

MPOWERD Luci Outdoor 2.0 Inflatable Solar Lantern

This standby is a great way to travel light and create ample illumination.  I own at least 10 of these and use them for backyard parties as well as backpacking and camping.


First Aid at Camp

Never leave home without a basic first aid kit.  When camping, make sure you know how to use what's in the package and keep up with your CPR and First Aid training.

#1

Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series Hiker Medical Kit

Great basic first aid supplies for a car camping trip.

#2

HART Health Weekend First Aid Kit

This is a more simple version of #1 if you are looking for just the basics.

#3

Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight/Watertight .5 Medical Kit

Designed for life in the bottom of the bag - watertight and lightweight, these are great for adventure anything!


Hiking Gear

What you will wear and use to stay safe can be found in the Day Hiking Gear Checklist.

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