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What’s on My Essential Summer Camping Checklist

With Memorial Day Weekend behind us and the warm summer months stretched out before us, thoughts of crackling campfires and long nights spent under the stars have started to take over as I plan out my weekends. But before I decide to hit the road and pitch a tent in the great outdoors, I’ve learned the hard way that it’s always best to make a list and check it more than twice before leaving the comforts of home behind. Otherwise, it’s all too easy to get stuck without enough blankets, forget utensils to eat dinner with, or worse, run out of wine midway through the trip.

Although your own list may look different depending on your specific needs and preferences, this is the checklist I’ve created to help myself plan and pack for short camping trips in the summer with friends. Feel free to download the checklist, save it to your phone, or even print out a copy for your next summer camping extravaganza.


I hope this list saves you time and comes in handy for you like it has for me in the past! Is there anything I forgot to add? I’d love to hear what essentials you bring on your own warm weather camping trips.


  1. Good helpful post!! I also bring a roadeavour small knife in my pocket all the time. There are some stems of leaves that are on the way most of the time.

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