First Time Camping Checklist

What To Bring On A First Time Camping Trip

The camping equipment any camper could need all depends on where they are going. Obviously, if you are going to stay at a camp ground in a camping trailer, there will be lots of things you don’t need to take along. There are definitely different types of camping!

Here is your list of basic essentials. For some essentials you will have options to choose from.


Here we will deal with a novice camper that is going to try their luck camping on a lake or maybe a river. If you are camping in a wilderness type setting, it’s always good to have a water source very near your camp site. There are some rustic campsites you can choose to go to, but they still might not have running water or bathrooms. Bathrooms! That’s one of the luxuries of choosing a nicely set up camp ground. However, for some folks that’s just not real camping.

Consider Where You’re Going To Camp

Now, depending on where you are going to camp, you may or may not have a store nearby. This will determine whether you have the ability to get more ice for your cooler and are able to keep perishable foods from spoiling. You should consider this carefully. Some people think that they really want to rough it, but after a couple of days and you can’t get to a store because there is something you forgot, like toothpaste, it can be a little annoying.

You will have to define your particular list according to how many people are going with you, where you will be staying and for how long. If you plan to swim or boat, then you will need other supplies for those activities. If you plan to hike, then bring appropriate hiking shoes.

How Will You Get There?

So, for a rustic camp site where you will be completely on your own, there are essentials you will need to bring with you. How much of and how many essentials will depend on whether you are hiking to a site or if you are going by car. Obviously if you are getting to your campsite in a vehicle, you won’t be carrying things yourself and you should be able to bring everything you need for a weekend, several days, or an entire week.

On your very first camping trip, you might forget a few things, but for the most part, you will be amazed at the stuff you can do without when you can’t get to them easily. Just do make sure you have the things on the list because most of those items are essentials. After you have camped out a few times, you will get the hang of it and know what essentials that you need and want and which ones you don’t!