Our Complete Family Camping Checklist (with Free Printable!)

Prepping for your first family camping trip? Then you need our ultimate family camping checklist. We'll tell you exactly what to pack.

Reconnect with nature (and your family!) by planning a camping trip. This classic summer activity is fun for all ages and easy on the budget. If you’re a camping newbie, it can be quite daunting to plan your first trip, especially when it comes to packing. That’s why we put together the ultimate family camping checklist. On this list, you’ll find all of the necessities for a successful trip—plus, it’s printable. Happy camping!

Print out your FREE family camping checklist.

Camping and tent under the pine forest near the lake with beautiful sunlight in the morningnampix/Shutterstock

Make a Plan:

Pack the Essential Gear:

  • Tent and stakes
  • Tarp
  • Air mattress(es)
  • Sleeping bags
  • Folding lawn chairs
  • Folding table
  • Blanket(s)
  • Pillows
  • Lantern/flashlight
  • Clothesline (for hanging wet swimwear and towels)

Prep Your Outdoor Kitchen:

  • Cooler + ice
  • Cast-iron skillet (You’ll want it to make these tasty breakfast recipes.)
  • Portable grill (+ charcoal and lighter fluid)
  • Matches/lighter
  • Chef’s knife
  • Cutting board
  • Meat thermometer
  • Skewers
  • Tongs
  • Large/small bowls
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plates
  • Cutlery
  • Napkins
  • Cups/water bottles
  • Water jug
  • Trash bags
  • Sanitizing wipes
  • Paper towels

Multiple marshmallows extended over a camp fire to roast.Phil McDonald/Shutterstock

Bring Our Best Camping Recipes:

These are the best foods to bring on a camping trip.

Personal Items:

  • Clothing
  • Pajamas
  • Bathing suit
  • Shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Toiletries
  • Wallet
  • Towels

Have a Little Fun:

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Keep Safety in Mind:

Don’t Forget:

  • A map or compass (you might not always have cell service!)
  • Camera
  • Umbrella
  • Cellphone charger

Find more camping recipes, tricks and tips here.

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Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.