To bring an end to our week of camping posts, I bring you this handy, dandy car-camping checklist.
- Small entry rug—so you can comfortable take off your shoes before you enter your tent
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping pad
- Pillow (or just stuff some of your clothes into a pillow case)
- Bug repellent (Thermacell or Permethrin)
- Hatchet for chopping wood
- Nylon rope—for a clothesline, for making a tarp shelter, for hanging food, etc.
- Duct tape—because you always need it for something
- Dust pan and whisk broom (for brushing up the inside of your tent)
- Cutting board
- Large spoon
- Tongs with long arms—great for cooking over a campfire and stoking the fire
- Plates, utensils, and mugs
- Some means for making coffee, such as one of these.
- Matches/long-nosed butane lighter
- Fire-starting aids—buy them or make your own
- Spice kit: use a pill holder and place a different spice in each day of the week, like salt, pepper, oregano, cayenne, seasoned salt, thyme, and paprika.
- Hand sanitizer
- Trash bags
- Dish towel
- Dish soap
- Camp sink: one tub for washing, one tub for rinsing
- Baby wipes
- Paper towels
- Plenty of water
Clothes for around camp:
- Hat (for tick protection and warmth)
- Long sleeved shirt
- Fleece or hoodie and long pants (regardless of how warm it’s supposed to be—trust me on that!)
- Easy on/easy off camp shoes
- Sleeping clothes, so you’re not dragging the day’s muck into your sleeping bag