How to Pack for Camping

Don’t go unprepared! Whether you want to pack light or heavy – learn how to pack for camping with these few tips (and don’t forget to download the camping cheat sheet):

  • Pack matches in a plastic or tin container (tin is better in cold weather). Glue sandpaper to the inside of the lid.
  • Toilet paper rolls fit nicely on a CD spool.
  • Keep shoes in a shower cap to minimize loose dirt.
  • Dryer sheets will help keep clothes smelling fresh (and it’s been known to keep bees away).
  • Use essential oils to keep bugs at bay. Mosquito’s don’t like peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, clove, or thyme. Ticks do not like thyme either, but you can also use rose geranium and oregano. To keep ants at bay, use peppermint or tea tree oil.

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Use coffee bags, similar to tea bags. They take up little space and they are easier to brew.

  • Oregano is great to have on hand if someone is getting sick. Rub a few drops of oil on the bottom of their feet.
  • Roll your clothes and place in gallon-size Ziplock baggies (or use compression bags). You could organize your outfits into days of the week.
  • If you are going to a campsite with shower facilities, use a shower tote to easily transport your necessities.
  • Tie a rope between two tree for a clothing line. A rope is a perfect thing to pack for camping because it takes up little space and you can easily hang towels and clothes to dry.
  • If you have the space in your vehicle, consider bringing a ground tarp (helps eliminate ground dew) and an old throw rug to make the space comfy.


More Ideas for Camping

Plan ahead and consider the weather, safety, pests, sleeping, entertainment, washing (clothes and dishes), food and drinks. Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Will there be wild animals?
  2. What safety precautions should I take?
  3. Am I familiar with the area or do I need a map or compass?
  4. Should I use a GPS for camping to navigate point-to-point?
  5. Am I prepared for inclement weather conditions?
  6. Are there bathrooms, showers, or modern conveniences?
  7. Is water easily available?


Use fire safety gloves to build a campfire

Bring fire starter sticks to get the job done quick. Consider bringing fire resistant gloves.

  • Chop, dice and slice some of your ingredients for meals at home. This will make meal prep so much easier!
  • Use a storage bin for toting your dishes or pots and pans. It can substitute as a wash basin.
  • Use collapsible water containers – they fit easily in a backpack.
  • Pack electrolyte water enhancers to keep you hydrated.

Reduce stress with this free camping cheat sheet

Download this camping cheat sheet to make packing easier!

Camping-Checklist-1.pdf (100 downloads)

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camping cheat sheet

“Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings





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