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Packing checklists for camping trips

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THE SCOUT OUTDOOR ESSENTIALS

They’re called “essentials” for a reason. Every packing list starts with these 10 items.

1. A pocketknife or multitool can be handy in a wide variety of situations. It’s useful for tasks as large as building an emergency shelter or lighting a campfire with poor fuel, or as small as repairing a damaged backpack. Don’t forget to first earn your Whittling Chip (for older Cub Scouts) or Totin’ Chip (for Boy Scouts).

2. A first-aid kit can be a lifesaver. Literally.

3. Bring extra clothing to match the weather. Multiple layers are better than a single massive jacket, because layered clothing is adaptable to a wide range of temperatures.

4. Rain gear is very important. Being wet from rain may result in hypothermia, a potentially fatal condition.

5. A flashlight is important for finding your way in the dark.

6. Trail food is good for maintaining your energy.

7. Water can prevent dehydration, heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

8. Matches and/or a fire starter may be used to light fires for heat, or for signaling for help.

9. Sun protection might include sunblock, sunglasses, lip balm and a wide-brimmed hat.

10. A map and compass are probably the most important tools you can carry in case you get lost.

KEEPING CLEAN

Here are some hygiene items you may want to pack, depending on the outing:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Soap
  • Comb
  • Waterless hand cleaner
  • Small towel
  • Washcloth
  • Toilet paper
  • Trowel for digging cathole latrines

COOKING AND EATING

Here are some cooking and eating items you may want to pack, depending on the outing:

  • Large plastic cereal bowl or kitchen storage bowl
  • Spoon
  • Cup or insulated mug
  • Water treatment system
  • Backpacking stove with fuel
  • Large pot and lid (2.5- or 3-quart size)
  • Small pot and lid (1.5- or 2-quart size)
  • Lightweight frying pan (10 to 12 inches in diameter)
  • For melting snow, add 1 large pot and lid (6 to 10 quarts)
  • Hot-pot tongs

EXTRAS

Here are some extras you may want to pack, depending on the outing:

  • Watch
  • Camera
  • Notebook
  • Pen or pencil
  • Sunglasses
  • Small musical instrument
  • Swimsuit
  • Gloves
  • Whistle
  • Nylon cord
  • Insect repellent
  • Repair kit
  • Hiking stick or trekking poles
  • Binoculars
  • Fishing gear
  • Animal identification books, plant keys, geological studies, star charts or other guides

118 Comments on Packing checklists for camping trips

  1. I’ve used this list before and I did not need anything else

  2. trekkerboss // July 30, 2015 at 6:36 am // Reply

    good list-dont forget to do a shakedown

  3. It helps to never unpack your backpack so you don’t have to pack every time you go camping.

  4. I have boys life and I’m a boy scout I didn’t know wat to bring till now it tells me all the stuff I need this site is grate

  5. 〰zon͜͡ε 5™ // June 25, 2015 at 10:16 am // Reply

    Thanks, but Some things you really don’t need expecially for a two day campout…

    • Old Time Hiker // July 29, 2015 at 8:25 am // Reply

      I can’t think of “Some things” from the ten essentials that you would not need for a “two day” campout. Remember the motto “Be Prepared”!

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