Car Camping Gear 101

I keep a whole bunch of camping gear lists for various types of camping outings. Here is one of my basic lists, but by no means not extensive. Kitchen could go on and on and on. It depends on the camping experience you would like to create. Clothing is another topic that can vary greatly between people and the time of year. I will post some tips later.

Emergency & Safety

  • Cellphone
  • Charging pack
  • First aid kit
  • Tensor bandage
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Whistle
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Headlamp Flashlight
  • Lantern
  • Batteries
  • Duct tape 

Kitchen & Fire

  • Water cooler (fill with water prior to leaving)
  • Stove
  • Fuel
  • Knife
  • Flint
  • Matches 
  • Lighter 
  • Cooler
  • Cooking set
  • Wash bins
  • Dish soap
  • Oven mitt
  • Dish cloths
  • Dish towels
  • Plastic table clothe
  • Mug
  • Utensils
  • Water bottle 
  • Garbage bags
  • Ax
  • Bucket for water (could be wash bin)


  • Tent
  • Tent fly
  • Tent footprint
  • Tarp
  • Rope


  • sleeping bag 
  • pillow
  • Sleeping pad
  • Blanket
  • Ground sheet


  • Full roll of toilet paper
  • Dry bags 
  • Folding chair or tripod or sit-upon

Remember there are no hard and fast rules. Adapt your list as you plan and keep a record of what worked and didn’t work for future camping experiences.

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