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The Ultimate Family Camping Checklist

Summer is just around the corner and we are all excited to share more moments with our family. Check out the ultimate camping checklist we have prepared to help camp lovers plan a good family camping, and plan your next family camping easily!

Arzu Özkan-  Digital Marketing Manager
Arzu Özkan
Head of Marketing

Summer is here and we're already excited to plan vacations with our family, right? Undoubtedly, one of the most enjoyable family holidays is family camping. A few days you will spend with your family in nature will allow you to have lovely memories that you will remember for years. The idea of having a nice family camp in nature is great, but it's hard to know what you'll need when you're away from home. That's why having a good family camping checklist while planning your family camping will save your life! You can get lost without a family camping checklist! Remember that it's impossible to carry your entire house with you, so you have to plan wisely.

Here is the ultimate family camping guide that you will need in every situation during your family camping! Stay alive by using this camping packing list that is personalized to your family's exact needs!

The Ultimate Family Camping Checklist

For a good family camping, your camp checklist should be quite detailed. For example, you can create separate checklists for your camping equipment, meal plan, in-car needs, and shopping list. The best thing about Retable's family camping checklist is that it lets you keep track of it all in one place.

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What Does the Family Camping Checklist Contain?

Retable's family camping checklist includes very detailed lists to get prepared you for your amazing family camping. Let's discover all of them!

Camping Equipment List

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Accommodation equipments are essential items to make your camping experience better for your family. Accommodation is one of the most important stages of camping, and the accommodation disruptions you experience during your camping can negatively affect your camping experience. Therefore, you must make sure that your accommodation equipment is complete. Here is the accommodation equipment that must be on your family camping list!

  • Chairs
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Sleeping Pads
  • Air Mattress
  • Stuff Sacks
  • Tarps for Under Tents
  • Tents
  • Tarps for Over Tents
  • Pillows
  • Blankets

Clean up:

It may sound difficult to stay clean in nature, but you can achieve it with the right cleaning equipment. Especially during your family camping, you should not neglect to take your cleaning equipment with you. The cleaning equipment you choose should not contain chemicals that can damage nature. It will be difficult or almost impossible to take a shower, wash the dishes, and do the laundry while camping. Therefore, you should not forget to take your cleaning equipment with you for both your personal hygiene and the hygiene of your camping area. Here are the cleaning materials you should not forget for your family camping!

  • Paper Towels
  • Dish Soap
  • Drying Towel
  • Liquid Germ Soap
  • Scrubbing Sponge
  • Washing Tub
  • Trash Bag
  • Pad & bumper

Clothing & Footwear:

It is almost impossible to constantly wash your clothes during your family camping. Therefore, you should make sure that you have enough clothes suitable for the camping. Since you will be staying in nature, the degree of weather between night and day can vary considerably. Therefore, you should make sure that you choose clothes that will prevent you from getting cold at night. Especially choosing clothes that you can wear in layers will make things easier. Here are some examples for you!

  • Shirts/Tanks/Sweaters
  • Pants/Shorts/Sweats
  • Thermals
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Boots/Shoes
  • Sandals/Flip Flops
  • Swimsuits
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Eyewear
  • Jackets
  • Pajamas

Cooking & Eating:

Here we come to the most enjoyable part of the camping. The most enjoyable moments of your family camping will be experienced during the meals you eat together at the camp! It will be very pleasant to prepare and eat your camp meals with your family. Don't forget to make your menu in advance for the perfect camping meals that you can enjoy with your family. You should also never forget your cooking and eating equipment. Remember that you probably won't be able to find a grocery store or supermarket nearby. Here is the most basic cooking & eating equipments you should not forget for a pleasant family camping!

  • Bowls
  • Can Opener
  • Coffee Cone and Filters
  • Coffee Pot
  • Cooking Pot (Large)
  • Cooking Pot (Small)
  • Cutting Board
  • Forks
  • Hand Grill H2O Jug (water)
  • Knife - non serrated
  • Knife - serrated
  • Mugs
  • Oven mits
  • Paper Plates
  • Peeler
  • Plates
  • Preparation/Mixing bowl
  • Skewers
  • Skillet
  • Slotted Spoon
  • Spatula
  • Spoons
  • Stove
  • Stove - backup fuel
  • Strainer
  • Table Cloth(s)
  • Tongs
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Cooking Oil / Vinegar
  • Napkins
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Ziploc Bags
  • Folding Table
  • Snacks for the Road


Could it ever be fun enough without entertainment tools? Especially in family camping, you should not forget your entertainment equipment to spend pleasant camping evenings with your family. If you are going camping with your children, these materials will also help them have a good time. Here are some entertainment equipment that can make your family camping more fun!

  • Board Games
  • Camera
  • Cards
  • Binoculars
  • Pet Food/Supplies
  • Coloring Books
  • Speakers/Headphones
  • Coloring Books/Crayons


Essentials are essential! Do doubts, you should not forget these essential items for your family camping. Here are the essentials for your family camping!

  • Lantern
  • Light head band
  • Tent Brush/Dustpan
  • Sunscreen
  • Wine/Beer
  • Opener
  • Rubber Bands
  • Cell Phones
  • Chargers


You should never neglect your personal hygiene during your family camping. Your body may be more vulnerable to various bacteria, especially since you would be quite vulnerable and unprotected in the camping nature. Here are the personal hygiene equipments you must not forget for your family camp!

  • Toilet paper
  • Feminine Products
  • Insect Repellent
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Deodorant
  • Body Wash/SoapShampoo/Conditioner
  • Medications

Survival Equipment:

At the end of the day, we have to survive in the wild nature, right? Okay, our campsite may not be wild enough, but surviving away from the comfort of our home can be more challenging for all of us. Here are the most important survival equipments you should not forget for your family camping!

  • Batteries for flashlights
  • Batteries for lantern
  • Backpack
  • Bunjies
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlights
  • Hatchet
  • String or Rope
  • Candles
  • Firestarter
  • Firewood
  • Pocket Knife
  • Matches - Emergency

Camping Trip Needs

As your camping journey begins, your camping experience actually begins. It is difficult to know what awaits you during the journey, but it is not impossible! Here are the most important equipment you will need during your camping trip!

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Before Trip:

No matter how long you leave your home, remember important details that you should check before your camping travel. Here, let us remind you of some.

  • Ask Neighbors to Pick Up Mail
  • Bills Paid
  • Check car for emergency supplies
  • Gas up car night before!
  • Pet needs Met
  • Plant needs Met

Must Have in Car:

Your camping experience begins during the journey and don't forget the equipment you must have in your car to make your camping journey as perfect as possible!

  • Cell Phone
  • Cell Phone Charger
  • Copy of Reservations
  • Guidebook
  • Kid Toys/Games
  • List of Emergency Contacts/Numbers to Take
  • Map/Directions
  • First aid kit

Camping Meal List

We mentioned that your camping meals will be one of the most enjoyable moments of your family camping. Before going out to your family camping, you should plan all your camping meals in advance. Here is a 5-day family camping menu we have planned for you!

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  • Day 1
    Breakfast: Eat at home
    Lunch: Kaiser Sandwhiches
    Dinner: Meatballs and Soup
    Additional: Shrimp kebobs, rice pilaf, potatoes, tortillas, sausages
    Card Food: Apples, Bananas, Granola Bars, Snacks
  • Day 2
    Breakfast: Cheese sandwich and orange juice
    Lunch: Pasta, mushroom and chicken sauté, yogurt
    Dinner: Pumpkin soup, grilled sausage, rice
    Dessert: Chocolate pudding and banana
  • Day 3
    Breakfast: Cereal and Strawberry
    Lunch: Avocado Egg Salad
    Dinner: Pesto Chicken & Veggies
  • Day 4
    Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, cheese, tomato, bread, honey
    Lunch: White Bean & Veggie Salad
    Dinner: Black Bean–Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
  • Day 5
    Breakfast: Whole grain toast
    Lunch: Lentil Curry with Cauliflower Rice
    Dinner: Lemon Garlic Salmon & Asparagus
    Car Food: Protein bars, peanut butter sandwich, carrot, dried fruits

It is very important to decide on your menu before your family camp and to create your shopping list according to this menu. You can change this menu according to your number of days in camping and your taste.

Camping Shopping List

You should not forget to prepare a camping shopping list in order to prepare the camping menu of your dreams and to obtain your camping needs in advance. Here is the sample camping shopping list we prepared for you!

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  • Apple Juice Boxes
  • Apples
  • Avocado
  • Bagels
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Bananas
  • Bar Chocolate
  • Beans
  • Beer
  • Bell Peppers
  • Blueberries
  • Boxed Milk - Chocolate
  • Boxed Milk - Normal
  • Can of Oranges
  • Carrots
  • Cheese - baby
  • Swiss
  • Chicken
  • Coffee
  • Eggs
  • Flat Bread
  • Garlic
  • Graham Crackers
  • Granola Bars
  • Ham
  • Honey
  • Ketchup Packet
  • Lemons squeeze
  • Macaroni and Cheese Box -extra
  • Marshmallow
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard
  • Oatmeal
  • Olive Oil
  • Onion
  • Pancake Mix
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pepperoni
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Potatoes
  • Potatoes Chips
  • Prochutto
  • Rice Pilaf
  • Salsa
  • Sausages - breakfast
  • Sausages - chicken turkey
  • Scallops
  • Shrimp
  • Sirloin Cubes
  • Soup
  • Soup - extra
  • SyrupTea - Green
  • Tomatoes
  • Tortillas
  • V-8 Juice
  • Yogurt
  • Zucchini

How to Use the Ultimate Family Camping Checklist?

You can easily copy every table we share with you in our ultimate family camping checklist content to your own Retable dashboard. To do this, simply click on the "Use Data" button in the upper right corner of the tables. When you click the Use Data button, you will be guided through the steps you need to complete to copy this family camping checklist to your own Retable dashboard.

After copying our family camping checklist to your own Retable dashboard, you can easily customize all the contents in the checklist according to your needs. In addition, you can easily export it so that you can access it even when you do not have internet access.

Also, if you want to create a custom family camping checklist from scratch, you can try Retable's no login online spreadsheet solution.


Family camps are one of the essential activities of our summer holidays. We're sure many of us have so many valuable family memories from family camps. It is very important to have a family camping checklist to make your family camps more enjoyable with better planning. So, which equipment do you consider as a must-have for your family camps?  🤔

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best summer destinations to visit with my family?

Not everyone likes camping holidays and you may want to make more interesting plans for your family's summer vacation. We have listed 10 Affordable and Exciting Summer Vacation Ideas with all the details for you, where you can spend a pleasant summer vacation with your family! You can check this before planning your summer vacation.

Are family camps suitable for children?

Whether family camps are suitable for children depends on many factors. For example, your children's age, health status and character may be important criteria to decide. If you have a newborn baby, the camp conditions may not be suitable for it. In addition, the campsite you choose and the camp preparations you make are also very important. Some campsites are suitable for camping with children. There are various safety measures and it is far from danger. In addition, the campsites, which are not far from the city, allow you to easily reach places such as hospitals or pharmacies in case of emergency. If your children's age, health status, and the campsite you have chosen are suitable enough for camping with your child, you should make sure that your personal camping preparations are also suitable for camping with your children. For example, if there are foods that your child eats specifically, you should take them with you. If there are toys or activity items that your child enjoys, you should definitely take them with you.

How can I make our family camp more enjoyable?

Sharing is the best way to enjoy. Try to share and eternalise as many moments as possible. Photographing every moment will be good to remember them later. You can also record videos while you're having fun, perhaps with the help of a tripod. Make sure to include all family members in everything you do at camp. Collaborate when setting up tents, preparing meals, and cleaning up. Sharing every moment of your camping experience will give you and all your family members more pleasure than anything else. Help your family members experience new things.

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