What to bring when you go camping- Items you don’t want to forget

My family and I LOVE to camp!  It’s a nice way to get away from things.  There are things to keep us busy and it’s nice to be away from all the things that distract everyone like TV’s, phones, video games, work and sports.  It’s also inexpensive.  However, making a camping packing list is never fun.

I don’t need a list to pack clothes, food, and sleeping bags.  It’s the things that makes life easier that I don’t want to forget.  Most on my list aren’t essential items, but great to have when you’re there.  For example, we had coffee but nothing to drink it in!

 We usually camp with a group of people it’s always fun to see what other people bring.  It’s also nice because when you forget something hopefully someone else remembered!

You may be wondering what to bring when you go camping. Here's a great camping packing list that's filled with items that you don't want to forget and they will make your like so much easier!!

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What to bring when you go camping- Items you don’t want to forget

  • Oven Mit
  • Tongs
  • Reusable Water Bottles
  • Water Cooler-  We took this and it was really nice to fill up our water bottles.  It was also great if we need to rinse anything off or brush our teeth.
  • Dish Soap
  • Glow Sticks-  Just for fun! 🙂
  • Foil
  • Card Games- Uno and Phase 10 don’t take up much space and fun for all ages.
  • Anti Itch Cream
  • Burn Cream–  If you have kids and fire you know they love to poke sticks in it.  This is great to have in case someone gets burned.

More items you can’t forget!

  • Flashlights for everyone-  We had these and they were AMAZING, small and really bright.
  • Wet Ones or Baby Wipes
  • Extra shoes
  • Flip flops for showers
  • Tarp or pop up canopy– In case it rains.  A tarp with some bungie cords don’t take up much space.
  • Instant Coffee Bags!  I had never seen these before and they are so easy!  Someone in our group brought them.
  • Coffee Cups-  You’ll need something to drink that coffee.
  • Small axe

Am I forgetting anything?  What do you take when you’re camping that you can’t live without?  I’ll keep coming back and adding things to the list when I get recommendations or as I go on trips and realize there are things I need!


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