Starling Travel

April 6, 2006

Starling Travel Camping Packing List

Filed under: Camping — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Camping is far more complicated than just throwing clothes in a suitcase for a trip to Vegas. Mike and I have gotten it down to a science. You can click below to download the MS Word document and edit it to fit your needs.

Click Here To Print Up Full Camping List Using MS Word

Each bag is packed at the END of our camping trip. We leave the items in the bags and don’t take them out when we need something because they end up getting forgotten that way. If the bags are packed correctly, all we need to do when we want to go camping is take them out of the basement and put them into the car.

We found this list originally on the Internet from a site that no longer exists and edited it for our needs. None of the sites have suggested the idea of packing up your gear at the end of your trip and leaving it alone between trips so that you KNOW that you have everything that you need. That was the innovation that has helped streamline our camping experience and has made it quite enjoyable.

Blue Bag – Tent and Bedding

  • Recharge inflator for air mattress
  • Tent
  • Rain Fly
  • Tent Poles
  • Tent Pegs
  • Doormat
  • Air Mattress
  • Pillows
  • Camp axe and hammer
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Green Backpack
  • Propane (2-3)
  • Dish pan

Grey Bag – Equipment

  • Flashlight
  • Reading Light
  • Compass
  • Rope or String
  • Emergency Ponchos (2)
  • Emergency Blankets (4)
  • Tent Repair Kit
  • Duct tape
  • Lighter
  • Fire starter sticks
  • Tongs
  • Insect Repellent
  • First Aid Kit
  • Snakebite Kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Solarcaine
  • Feminine supplies
  • Small shovel
  • Swiss Army knife
  • Pocket Tool
  • Liquid Soap
  • Swash Cloths
  • Toilet Paper
  • Hand Towels (2)
  • Washcloths (2)
  • Hand Sanitizer (waterless)
  • Gas lantern and spare mantles
  • Fire extinguisher

Green Bag (Cooking Supplies)

  • Lighter
  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags
  • Grocery bags
  • Ziploc Bags
  • Paper plates
  • Plastic knives, forks, spoons
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Can opener
  • Bottle opener
  • Kitchen knife
  • Spatula
  • Cooking skewers
  • Pam cooking spray
  • Teapot
  • Tea
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Sponge
  • Dr. Bronner’s Soap
  • Cleaning wipes
  • Pan Set (pans, cups, pot lifter, bowls, hot pad)

Camping Packing List

  • Grey Bag (equipment)
  • Green Bag (cooking supplies)
  • Blue Bag (tent, etc.) – put in last, take out first
  • Ice Chest
  • Ice
  • Firewood (One cord for each night)
  • Sleeping bags
  • Camping Chairs
  • Camp Stove
  • Griddle
  • 5 gallon water jug
  • Spare batteries
  • Water bottles to carry while hiking
  • Cellular phones and chargers
  • Power Inverter
  • Walkie Talkies
  • Cameras and chargers
  • Computer (card reader for transferring pictures)
  • Books, crocheting, pad and pencils
  • Bike/Seats/Helmets
  • Binoculars
  • Maps and/or camping books

Cleaning & Personal Items

  • Prescriptions
  • Benadryl cream and tablets
  • Allergy Eye drops
  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste & toothbrush
  • Comb/hair brush/clips/bands
  • Razor & shaving cream
  • Deodorant
  • Contact lens supplies


  • Suitcase and changes of clothes
  • Pajamas
  • Extra blanket(s)
  • Swim suits
  • Hats
  • Jackets
  • Sandals, hiking boots
  • Sunglasses

Swimming Items

  • Life jackets
  • Blow up float toys
  • Water shoes
  • Towels
  • Snorkels

Dog Camping Items

  • Pet food
  • Food and water dishes
  • Collapsible water dish
  • Bones or other chew toys
  • Treats
  • Toys (Ball, Frisbee or favorite toys)
  • Dog bed
  • Corkscrew tie-down stake
  • Leash
  • Cable lead
  • collar
  • harness

This is is far more than you’ll need on most trips, but those rare trips when EVERYTHING goes wrong, you’ll be able to deal with the situations with your emergency supplies. Good luck and happy camping!


  1. i didn’t need half of this stuff it is bull!

    Comment by htgdhgfhdh — July 11, 2006 @ 12:18 pm

  2. Great list


    Comment by don armstrong — June 6, 2007 @ 3:41 pm

  3. WOW… That’s WAY too much stuff. You can have a ton of fun with much less.

    Comment by Fred — July 17, 2008 @ 3:10 pm

  4. This list is wonderful. We’re heading out on a camping trip that will include approx. 40 family members. My motto always has been that “It’s better to have it and not need it, than to want it and not have it.” To that end, I think this is the epitome of camping lists. I couldn’t have done it better myself. Thanks for saving me the time and effort!! I have to do all of the packing for myself, my husband and my two kids. Not to mention all of the relatives who will pack only the minimums counting on someone like me to bail them out with the things they forgot – again. I don’t have time to do all that and think about everything that needs to go on the list too.

    Comment by Mom with Family — August 18, 2008 @ 12:17 pm

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