Packing List for Car Camping with a Child

Packing List for Car Camping with a Child

Are you a last minute packer, or a pack-ahead kind of camper?  I like to pack ahead, generally over-pack, then spend days trying to take things out of the pile so I will travel lighter.  Regardless, using a packing list is helpful for guidance.  I have been regularly packing for camping trips for over twenty years, and I still use this list.

To be sure we cover all bases,  items are categorized by the things we may be doing when away from home: eat, sleep, bath, adventure activities, clothing, and misc..

When considering what clothes to pack, start from head to toe and inner to outer, and plan for climate changes.  For example, begin with hats, and work your way down to underwear, and pants, gloves, long underwear, shirts, and jackets, socks, and, finally, shoes.

Weather, trip activities, and the age of your child(ren) will alter this list somewhat, but this is a good place to start, and a good way to catch the little things that are easily forgotten.

Feel free to print this out and use it as a checklist.  I do!

Eat

meals + campfire + car snacks

car snacks

food for meals

filled water jugs

cooler + ice

firewood + charcoal

camping stove + propane, gas

pots + pans + spatula + big spoon

plates, bowls, cups, utensils

matches, lighter

dish sponge, dish soap, towel

camping knife

hand sanitizer

table cloth

tin foil

camp chairs

trash bags

Sleep

tent camping

tent

sleeping bag

sleeping pad

pillows/neck pillow

extra fleece blanket

bedside bag (books, electric plugs)

headlamp + lantern (fully charged + batteries) + glow sticks

Bath

shower + personal

toothbrush + paste + travel cup

hairbrush + hair ties + clips

Dr. Bronner’s soap + wash cloth

shower shoes

towel-cloth

potty + toilet paper

Adventure Activities

hike+ climb +hot springs + lakes + rivers

water bottles + bladders

trekking poles

day pack

climbing gear + harness + climbing shoes + helmet

first aid kit

sun hat

handkerchief or scarf

camera

bug repellent

swim suit + sun shirts

sunscreen

towel

water toys

sunhat

water shoes

Clothing

Sun + Wind + Rain

down jacket

fleece jacket

fleece vest

long underwear + top & bottom

mittens + beanies

warm wool or synthetic socks

rain jacket + rain pants

wind breaker jacket

hiking pants

tanks + t-shirts

shorts

underwear + sports bras

socks

walking, hiking shoes

Misc.

optional items

checkbook (to pay for campsite)

bike + helmet

play tarp or tent

s’more making ingredients + sticks

reading + activity books

dolls + stuffed animals

 

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