The ULTIMATE Camping with Kids Checklist!

It’s camping season! For years my husband and I avoided camping while our son was a baby, and unfortunately we missed out on a lot of super adventures that he could have tagged along for. Don’t miss out on an amazing camping vacation just because you feel your baby or toddler can’t hang!

Here is the ultimate camping checklist for baby’s and kids of all ages! Feel free to make additions and subtractions, and be sure to jot them down to create a unique list your own!


  • Tent Tarp 
  • Air mattress 
  • Manual or battery-powered pump 
  • Sleeping bags for the family 
  • Pillows 
  • Carpet remnant for tent entrance 
  • Lantern 
  • Flashlights & Headlamps for kids under 5 years old (as they generally have trouble with the concept of pointing the beam where they want to go, and they tend to drop flashlights and lose them) 
  • Travel crib, bassinet and/or pack n’ play (it’s just not safe for a baby to sleep on the air mattress with you) 
  • Umbrella
  • Hammock
Camp Kitchen

  • Tablecloth 
  • Camp table (if there are no picnic tables) 
  • Camp chairs 
  • Firewood Kindling and Newspaper 
  • Camp stove 
  • Propane bottles 
  • Tea strainer/tea (if desired) 
  • Coffee press/coffee (if desired) 
  • Bucket (for washing dishes) 
  • Biodegradable liquid soap (double duty as a wash for humans and dishes) 
  • Sponge & scrub brush 
  • Water bottles for each person (including a baby bottle if your baby will drink water) 
  • Sharp knife 
  • Cutting board 
  • Scissors 
  • Corkscrew Can & bottle opener 
  • Matches and lighter 
  • Ice chest 
  • Ice (if you are bringing perishable food) 
  • Trash bags 
  • Water cooler 
  • Saucepan 
  • Frying pan 
  • Dutch oven 
  • Plates and Bowls 
  • Eating utensils (including for little ones) 
  • Easy-wipe bibs (washing clothes when you're camping is next to impossible, and having your kids wear food-covered clothing in the great outdoors is not safe) 
  • Mugs & insulated bottles for hot drinks 
  • Aluminum foil 
  • Paper towels 
  • Vegetable peeler 
Personal Care

  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste 
  • Nail clippers and file 
  • Tweezers 
  • Washcloths (per person)
  •  Towels (per person) 
  • Shampoo and conditioner 
  • Moisturizer (body and face) 
  • Sunscreen (body and face) 
  • Chapstick 
  • Hats (per person) 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Diapers (for babies who still need them or for bedwetters) 
  • Diaper bag 
  • Wet wipes 
  • Deodorant 
  • Hairbrush/comb 
  • Ibuprofen and Baby Tylenol 
  • First aid kit 
  • Necessary medications and/or vitamins 
  • Portable potty for little ones 
  • Toilet paper 
  • Feminine Hygiene products 

  • Underwear (per person per day) 
  • Socks (pair per person per day) 
  • Jeans 
  • Sweatpants and sweatshirt 
  • Shorts 
  • T-shirts 
  • Fleece hats
  • Warm coats 
  • Hiking/walking shoes 
  • Crocs or flip-flops (perfect for going in the water, beach, pool and also wearing in campsite showers, slipping on to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, etc.) 
  • Swimsuits and sun-shirts 
  • Swim goggles 
  • Life vests or Swim Cushions for beginning swimmers 
  •  Baby carrier or backpack 
  • Screwdriver 
  • Pliers 
  • Camera and charger 
  • Maps and guidebooks 
  • Pens 
  • Swiss Army or utility knife 
  • Clothesline (hanging towels, bathing suits, washcloths, rinsed out clothing, etc) 
  • Games, books, and toys, preferably without small pieces that can be lost 
  • Music instruments for entertainment 
  • iPod for car stereo 
  • Cell phone & car charger 
  • Laptop & power supply 
  • Batteries 
  • Duct tape 
  • Daypacks (great for carrying lunches, water, camera, maps, etc.) 

  • Apples 
  • Avocados 
  • Hard-boiled eggs 
  • Cheese 
  • Salami 
  • Chocolate 
  • Marshmallows (perfect for campfire roasting) 
  • Graham 
  • Oranges 
  • Hot dogs 
  • Peanut butter 
  • Jelly 
  • Bread 
  • Nuts 
  • Crackers 
  • Granola bars 
  • Fruit leather 
  • Dried fruit (dried cranberries, raisins, etc.)
  • Trail mix 
  • Salt and Pepper 
  • Sugar 
  • Hot cocoa packets 
  • Canned baked beans 
  • Canned Veggies 
  • TetraPaks of milk (can be found in dairy, almond, soy, rice, hemp, etc.)
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  1. I just went on a camping trip last week and it took a lot of time to prepare but we had a hell of a lot of fun with my kids. This is a great list you just made and I see I left some stuff out. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Nice and very helpful information i have got from your post. Even your whole blog is full of interesting information which is the great sign of a great blogger. for more


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