Are you planning a family camping trip? What fun! It’s one of our favorite family activities. To help us (and you!) make sure you have everything you need, we’ve put together a family camping checklist that’s totally free for you to print and use whenever you need it. You’ll never forget your eating utensils again… not that that’s happened to us.
We absolutely love camping together as a family, but I can’t tell you how many times we’ve gone and forgotten something that would have made our trip so much better. We have forgotten utensils, plates, toilet paper, and wipes or hand sanitizer before. Not all in one trip, of course. That would be disastrous. But forgetting any of those things is extremely inconvenient, especially when you camp in locations that are far, far from civilization, like we often do.
We’re often an hour or more from the nearest store, even convenience stores, when we camp, so going out for something we forgot is usually not an option. Unfortunately, we’ve forgotten several things before we made a standard, go-to family camping checklist based on this list from Cozi. (I prefer printable versions for things like this because both my husband and I can grab the list to check things off since we’re each in charge of packing different things.)
I’ve left clothing off the family camping list because that’s such a personal preference sort of thing. We know some people who pack more than we ever would for camping, and we know some who pack far, far less. But here are our clothing guidelines for weekend camping trips if you need it for reference:
- 1 set of undies per person per day (plus an extra for little kiddos, just in case)
- 1 pair of pajamas per person
- 2 bottoms (pants/shorts) per person
- 2 shirts/tops per person
- 2 pairs socks per person
- light jacket or hoodie per person
- extra pair of shoes if we plan on hiking
- camping games for the kids, like our Camping Bingo or I Spy Camping Game.
Adjust those according to the length of your trip and the weather conditions. For family camping, we stick to the warmer and more moderate temperatures in late spring, summer, and early fall. My husband loves cold weather camping, so if you plan to camp in winter, add more layers, and bring gear that’s specific to cold weather camping.
Print Our Family Camping Checklist
To download the free printable family camping checklist, click HERE or on the image below.
And although it’s not on the image, I have edited the document to include the pump for the air mattress, so it will be on the final printable version. That would sure be an unfortunate thing to forget, wouldn’t it? 🙂
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