Camping Pack List Printable Binder

The camping pack list printable is a small binder with various checklists for you to use as well as some pages for menu planning, grocery lists, and camping essentials.  My camping pack list includes several pages you can choose from, I know it will make your camping experience easier to plan for, and I hope you have a great time on your putting.  

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Camping Site Information to Think About

The camping ground information page provides a sheet to jot down campground details, like campsite name, address, and reservation number.  It also has a checklist to confirm what amenities the campground has available.  This checklist is a great way to get started planning for your family camping trip.  

Your needs will vary widely depending on the situation, duration of your trip, whether it’s a road trip, car camping, tent camping, using an RV, size and age of your family, etc, and of course the weather factor.   If you’ve ever camped I am sure you have one nightmare story or another because of terrible weather. 

​Because of the variety of needs and situations, I did my best to include everything I can think of you may want/need on your camping adventure.  I loathe, despise, and would rather stay home than pack all this cr*p, so personally, I keep my must-haves to a bare minimum.  

If this is your first camping trip, I recommend doing a weekend trip first and looking for a campsite with a store.  There is nothing worse than going on your camping adventure to find you forgot some necessary items like a lighter, can opener, toilet paper, warm clothes, or enough food.   A campsite store can go a long way in helping you enjoy the creature comforts while you’re out enjoying the great outdoors.  It can often be the little things that make your trip memorable and fun. Having this camping planner and using it, goes a long way toward figuring out what you need.

Choosing a Camp Site 

Before making a reservation, check out some different campsites and see what amenities they have, choose one that fits your needs the best.  Do you want a family friendly campsite that keeps kids entertained, or a more rustic atmosphere without the amenities and much quieter?  Here are some of the ideas from the camping printable.

  • Pets allowed
  • Fire pit and firewood
  • Picnic table
  • Bbq grill
  • Showers
  • Pool 
  • Beach
  • Playground
  • Hiking Trails 
  • Camp Store
  • Laundry facilities
A clear and quiet campsite with large trees and picnic tables.

Camping Pack List Printable

Having the campsite picked out and organized will eliminate various last-minute issues, like finding a full campsite near dark. Once the campsite is booked you can start organizing specific items according to the campsite  The best approach to a camping trip is to have a thorough list of items to consider, and only take what you deem necessary for the situation.  For items like camping chairs, sleeping bags, pillows, and so forth, one per person.  

A hanging frame graphic with camping checklist printable pages as examples

Camping Equipment

  • Tent
  • Tent Stakes
  • Mallet
  • Waterproof Tarp
  • Duct tape
  • Mosquito netting
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Air Mattresses, pump, and repair kit
Two dogs playing in a campsite surrounded by empty campground chairs.

Camp Fire Essentials

Remember to bring some way to start a camp fire.  A fire starter is a good idea, especially for rainy days. If your campsite already supplies a firepit or firewood it’s much easier, if not pack some.  You should check into the local regulations around transporting firewood before you go.  Here are some of the examples from the checklist.

  • Fire pit
  • Firewood
  • Fire starter
  • Axe
  • Lighter
A burning campfire with a grill and several large black pots cooking food.

Eating Utensils

Bring unbreakable items as much as possible, and one complete set per person.

  • Bowls
  • Plates
  • Knives, Spoons, and Forks
  • Mixing bowls
  • Napkins or paper towels

Cooking Utensils

Meal preparation is a large part of the camping experience, my family was always ravenous when hanging out outdoors.  I have a checklist of everyday cooking utensils you will likely need. Cooking knife, oven mitts, a can opener, a bottle opener, coffee pot and coffee filters if using.

A campsite with a table covered in cheerful colored camp cooking equipments a pot, insulated mugs, plastic cotainer.


You’re going to need some storage space for food, water, and assorted stuff. Starting with a food storage box, an ice cooler, and a water container for clean water. I will talk about long term storage later on.

​Clothes Items

The clothes you choose will depend on the season and activities, at a minimum the checklist includes one new outfit for every day, as well as an outside jacket.​


Camping tends to be a dusty business, and everyone is being active so we have to stay healthy and remember toiletries.  Hand sanitizer, toothpaste, a mirror, towel wipes are all included.

First Aid Kit Checklist

There is also a great first-aid kit list of important items, we should bring along You don’t need a huge amount of any particular product, but the list is quite long. Some items mentioned include:

  • bandaids
  • tweezers
  • pain relievers
  • gauze
  • eye drops
  • prescription meds
An open first aid kit showing all the different first aid supplies.

You will find the Camping Checklist in the Printable Library for Subscribers. Then download and print the pdf files. Along with the Camping checklist binder, I have added some coloring book pages one of small forest animals, and a second one of mandelas for older kids.

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Free Printables Library

Including Camping Checklist Binder

Besides the Camping Checklist Planner, you will find a wide assortment of free printables including a Home Emergency Planner, Meal Planner, and Calendar Planner for subscribers. Enjoy!

An Activity Planner

Quick notes for daily activity plans for the daytime and nighttime, along with a space for the weather forecast.  Want to pack some board games, or maybe some ideas for shadow puppets, a guitar, or music?  Then a canoe, horseshoes,  fishing equipment, water sports equipment and so forth.

Camping Food Shopping List

Itemize what groceries you want to take with you, canned goods, snacks, and frozen foods.  We don’t want to forget our personal favorites either. The camping planner includes a blank sheet with food headings, as well as a menu planner for meal planning.  Pinterest is full of easy camping recipes and desserts you can create at the campsite as a whole family. Make ahead some meals so you can have fun too,  I recommend lots of snacks, the open air seems to make everyone hungry.I don’t think it would camping without hot dogs, or a Dutch oven full of chili.

Three pages from a ccamping pack list printable, these one are for groceries and menu planning.

Camp Meals Ideas

A place to jot down some ideas for meals, check out Pinterest and see what kind of make-ahead camping meals you can try. I always found we eat much more than normal when camping.  A little planning ahead with easy make-ahead meals means more time to participate in fun activities.  It’s awful to be stuck inside cooking on a warm summer’s day while everyone else is out doing fun activities.  I also added a weekly menu plan if you want to get very organized.

Camping with Kids and Pets

Most items for kids are already included in the checklist, but I added an extra section in case you have small children.

For pets make sure the campsite allows pets. Most do within the camp site and walking areas. I have included ideas like their kennel, blanket from home and their vaccination paperwork.

A picture of a campsite along with images of a camping checklist.

Next Camping Trip Notes

This sheet is to write down thoughts about your stay. How was your camping experience on this trip? Things you liked to see, things you didn’t get time to see. Is there a nicer campsite you would like to return to and what number is it? How would you rate the campsite?  Did you see a better or cheaper campsite you would like to camp in on your next adventure?

Other Thoughts on Camping

If you are new to camping do you feel weak about all the supplies you need? The tent, chairs, and camp stove can cost a bit more, but most of the things you need including toiletries and all your cooking and eating necessities can be bought at the Dollar Store. I was able to borrow lots from family members, especially the folding chairs. The campfire pots I suggest grabbing at the thrift store and keeping them aside just for camping. They get black and unusable for home use.

When tent camping I had several Rubbermaid totes labelled and stuck in the storage room. I would have to go through it all, but didn’t have to go “find it”. Now that we have a holiday trailer at the end of the trip I grab all my stuff, bring it in, wash it, store Rubbermaid containers, and place them back in the trailer.

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