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Family Camping Packing List (FREE PRINTABLE)

Our family just returned from a camping trip to Arkansas. We are a family of five with three kids under the age of nine. As I was preparing for our camping trip I realized just how much prep work is required when camping with kids. We’ve spent time over the past few years collected camping gear and making camping checklists that help us when it comes time to packing. I hope sharing this family camping packing list with a printable will help your family as you prepare for your future adventures and future camping trips!

Camping Gear

There are so many little things that can greatly improve your camping experience. Leaving one or two things behind can be annoying when you’re in the woods with little access to buy them. We hope using this camping checklist will help you avoid that.

Not every item on this list will apply to everyone. Some people might like sleeping in sleeping bags on the ground while others prefer using sleeping bags on top of an air mattress. Adjust this list to fit your family’s needs.

TIP: Buy a paracord it can be very helpful in hanging tarps, making a clothes line or even making a dog run.

  • Tent and Stakes
  • Small Broom and Dustpan
  • Paracord
  • Duck Tape
  • Lighter
  • Pocket Knife
  • Extension Cord (50ft or less)
  • Headlamp
  • Extra Batteries
  • Lantern
  • Flash Lights
  • Fire Wood
  • Hammer
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Air Mattress
  • Tarps
  • Fire Starter or Starter Logs
  • Toilet Paper or Flushable Wipes
  • Camping Chairs
  • Cooler
  • Rain Ponchos
  • Ziploc Bags
  • Baby Wipes
  • Paper Towels
  • Bug Repellent
  • Bottle Opener and Cork Screw
  • External Battery
  • First Aid Kit
  • Bluetooth Speaker
  • Sleeping Pads
  • Kids Sleeping Pads

TIP: Buy plastic tubs to store all of your camping gear in. This makes it easy to pack and unpack. The tubs are easy to store until our next camping trip. This is also useful if you get rain while camping, all of your gear will be easy to store and protect from the elements.

TIP: When looking for a first aid kit be sure to purchase one that has everything you might need for an outdoor adventures. This is a great one from Amazon. 


  • Hiking Shoes
  • Flip Flops
  • Swim Suits (for summer)
  • Coats, Gloves, Hats (for winter)
  • Quick Dry Clothing
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Hair Bands
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Hair Brush
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Lip Balm
  • Lotion
  • Make-up
  • Floss
  • Sunscreen

We have all the information you need on what to pack when cooking while camping. Camping checklist printable.

For Cooking

  • Salt and Pepper
  • Spatula, Thongs, Spoon, Kitchen Knife
  • Toothpicks
  • Foil
  • Trash Bags
  • Paper Towels
  • Utensils
  • Cups (reusable ones work great)
  • Coffee Pot
  • Camping Stove with Propane
  • Cast Iron Skillet
  • Tub
  • Dish Soap
  • Cleaning Sponge
  • Dish Towel
  • Grill Brush
  • Cooking Spray
  • Ziploc Bags
  • Water Bottles or Water Jugs
  • Reusable Water Bottles

TIP: A camping stove is worth the investment. You can buy a single burner propane stove that will allow you to cook even if you run out of fire wood or if your fire wood gets wet.

For The Pets

  • Food and Water Bowl
  • Leash
  • Ball/Toys
  • Bed/Blanket

Family camping adventures are fun and we love using a camping checklist printable to help us pack.

Camping With A Family

Taking the entire family camping is a lot of work but it’s also a lot of fun. We’ve learned over the years that there are so many teaching opportunities that arise when camping. Our girls have learned how to start a fire, pitch a tent, and identify poison ivy. Some life lessons that may be valuable to them one day.

Not included on this list is camping games. We love playing card games like UNO, Phase 10, and Skip-Bo in our tent at night with only the light of our lantern. It’s been a great way to bond together as a family and enjoy our time spent disconnected from electronics.

We hope your family has an incredible time camping together. Please leave a comment below and share your camping stories with us.

Download and Print Our Camping Packing List Printable

We hope you’ll enjoy using this camping packing list printable! Over the years we’ve learned what things are a must-have when camping, especially with a family.

Camping Packing List for a family with kids or without kids. Our list included everything you'll need for clothes, cooking food or taking along your dog. Whether your going for a weekend or longer, this basic checklist will be handy to have. #printable #camping #packinglist #packing #campinglist

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