Hooray—you’re going camping! Whether this is your first time pitching a tent or you need a refresher as you pack, below you’ll find a very basic packing list for two to three nights at a campsite.

Every campground is different. First, check the amenities available. These may include:

  • Picnic table
  • Fire pit (with or without grill)
  • Gravel, concrete, dirt or wooden tent pads
  • Utility hookups for RVs
  • Pit toilets (outhouses)
  • Flush toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible toilets
  • Showers
  • Sink or tap
  • Potable water (safe to drink)
  • Playground
  • Picnic shelter
  • Boat launch
  • Firewood for sale
  • Convenience store

Next, check the weather forecast. It's always wise to bring a warm jacket or fleece and rain gear, but if the sun is supposed to shine all weekend long, you may want to add in extra shorts or a tank top. If it's calling for colder temperatures, bring extra layers for warmth.

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If you’re heading out to a vehicle accessible campground close to a city, here’s a basic list of necessities for an awesome weekend camping trip (not including your transportation to/from the campsite):

  

Camping Gear:

Sleeping:

 

Food:

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Clothing:

  • Cozy clothes to wear around the campfire
  • One set of warm base layers
  • One set of mid layers
  • Two quick-dry t-shirts
  • One pair of lightweight pants
  • Extra socks and moisture-wicking underwear
  • Sleepwear
  • Rain gear
  • Brimmed hat
  • Closed-toed shoes or hiking boots

 

Gear:

  • Knife
  • Axe
  • Backpack
  • Bug repellent 
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • First-aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, medication, toilet paper, glasses/contacts)
  • Soap
  • Towel
  • Communication device (cell phone)
  • Campsite reservation confirmation

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Extras:

  

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