While we’re working hard to get the Coolest Cooler ready for you, it’s time to get yourself ready for the great outdoors. With spring knocking at our heels what’s more fun than a weekend of fresh air and camping with friends and family?

So with the change in seasons, it’s time to put your camping gear list together, pack your camping stuff and get out there!

Camping is a great way to spend time outside with your family and last year over 40 million Americans went camping. Whether roughing it in your own tent or glamping it up in destination yurt, you’ll have a lot more fun if you don’t forget the can opener or a way to light your campfire.

This year minimize the hassle of getting gear, food and straggling family members out of the house, and keep this comprehensive camping supplies list adapted from The Camp Gal on hand. Better yet, print out this handy-dandy PDF version and split up the work!

…Or, challenge yourself and pick 10 items plus a roll of duct tape and see if you can make it back home by Monday morning!

Before you leave:

  • charge air pump
  • charge rechargeable batteries
  • charge camera battery
  • charge led lantern
  • freeze blocks of ice
  • get cash
  • grocery shop

Buy near campsite:

  • firewood
  • more ice
  • cold beer or other beverages

Nearby in the car:

  • directions
  • guidebooks
  • reservation info

Lounging:

  • chairs
  • blankets
  • book/Kindle
  • clothes line
  • clothes pins
  • canopy
  • canopy poles
  • canopy stakes

Chilling food & beverages:

  • beverage cooler
  • food cooler
  • ice
  • water jug

Campfire:

  • matches or lighter
  • newspapers
  • shovel
  • tarp

Shelter:

  • tent.
  • tent tarp
  • tent poles
  • tent stakes
  • hammer/mallet
  • sleeping bags
  • pillow cases
  • pillows
  • sleeping pads/cots/air mattress
  • air pump
  • entry rug

Cooking:

  • stove
  • propane
  • propane adapter
  • grill
  • cooking grate
  • Dutch oven
  • Dutch oven lid lifter
  • pot with lid
  • cast iron pan
  • saucepan
  • potholders/oven mitts
  • cooking spray
  • salt & pepper
  • garbage bags
  • aluminum foil
  • tablecloth
  • paper towels
  • bowls
  • plates
  • silverware
  • cutting board
  • chopping knife
  • can opener
  • measuring cup
  • measuring spoons
  • scissors
  • serving spoon/ladle
  • spatula
  • tongs
  • dish pan
  • dish soap
  • dish sponge
  • dish towel
  • storage containers

Beverages:

  • mugs
  • kettle/percolator
  • coffee/instant coffee
  • tea
  • sugar
  • milk/creamer
  • hot chocolate powder
  • pitcher
  • beverages
  • bottle opener
  • corkscrew

Clothing:

  • underwear
  • pants
  • shorts
  • belt
  • shirts
  • fleece
  • rain jacket
  • hiking boots
  • socks
  • flip-flops
  • sweatpants
  • sweatshirt
  • pajamas
  • hat
  • sunglasses
  • swimsuit

Exploring:

  • backpack/waist pack
  • first aid kit
  • water bottles
  • bug spray
  • sunscreen
  • cell phone
  • cell phone charger
  • camera
  • camera charger
  • pocket knife
  • binoculars

Light:

  • flashlight
  • headlamps
  • batteries
  • lantern
  • mantles

Personal:

  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • hair brush
  • deodorant
  • towels
  • soap
  • face wash
  • body wash
  • shampoo/conditioner (+solar shower)
  • razor
  • shaving cream
  • chap stick
  • tissues
  • toilet paper
  • nail clippers
  • tweezers
  • glasses
  • contacts
  • contact case
  • contact solution
  • mirror