The Ultimate Family Camping Checklist - Free Printable

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Does packing for a weekend of camping make your head spin?  It can be overwhelming to say the least, especially with KIDS!  Trust me, I get it – I’ve got 5 kids!

But wouldn’t it be nice if you could get the fun of camping without the stress of packing?

That’s why we’re here to help.  We want to simplify your life, which is exactly why we created this FREE camping checklist.  It has everything you’ll need for a great camping trip, plus a few things that will make it extra fun!

So whether you’re headed out for a weekend of beach camping, or you are camping in the National Parks, this list is sure to be something that you’ll break out EVERY TIME YOU CAMP!  Trust me – we camp A LOT with our kids and I keep a laminated copy of this list next to our gear so I don’t forget something important!  (Because, let’s face it – with the number of times that parents are interrupted, it’s kind of a miracle that we remember to bring ANYTHING camping).

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21 thoughts on “The Ultimate Family Camping Checklist - Free Printable”

  1. What a great list! For minimalist campers like me, some items are rather inconceivable, but I’m sure having a kid will change some of that! 🙂 Thanks for putting the work into pulling this together!

    1. Hah, no once a minimalist always a minimalist. We just started camping with our 2 yr old again. Our gear was for backpacking, so lightweight and space saving. We did just fine. I laughed at that list, a bit too. But, your personality doesn’t change! Good luck.

      1. Meghan-

        Although a lot of these are a stretch for you, from what I know, it’s how the rest of the world camps. I’m sure Maya is going to grow up in the backcountry with the awesomeness that no gear can replace!

  2. Great list. Just went on an 8 day canoe trip and managed to pack lots of your list into the canoe. One of my favourite skinny little add-ins is the Coghlan Telescoping Fork. Wonderful safe and easy way for kids to roast marshmallows, or hot dogs (or tofu dogs). Not essential, but it takes so little room and is so much fun!

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  9. Great list! A mini shovel is a great idea and something I usually forget! Another camping MUST have that I take everywhere now is Organic Brushing Rinse! It beats toothpaste by a mile because 1) you don’t need water, and 2) spitting it out on the ground wouldn’t be toxic, but actually cleans the ground and feeds the plants. It’s a biodegradable liquid you swish with, no water needed, and can beneficially soak right into mother nature! It’s saved my mouth so many times during backpacking and camping trips! BONUS: it has 1% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide in it so you can use it to clean your cooking stuff or tools, etc.
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