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What to Pack for Car Camping

This handy video with checklist will help you make sure you have everything you need for a fun, easy and safe car camping trip.

5 Min. Watch | Camping

Step 1: The Essentials

These are the essentials you’ll need for car camping:

• Tent and footprint

• Sleeping bag & pillow

• Sleeping pad

• Camp chairs

• Camp table if your site doesn’t have a picnic table

• Headlamps, flashlight, camp lantern (with extra batteries)

• Cord for making a clothesline; plus, extra cord for possible repairs

• Tent & sleeping pad repair kit

• Multitool

• Duct tape

• Dry bags & watertight containers

Step 2: Your Camp Kitchen

Cook gourmet meals right at your campsite with this gear:

• 2-burner camp stove with fuel and matches/lighter

• 2 pots and a frying pan or griddle

• Plates, bowls, mugs and camp silverware – these can be from home, or you can buy sets designed for camping if space is a concern

• Tablecloth for covering dirty picnic table

• Water container (& filter if no potable water is available)

• Cooler and ice

• Camp sink/wash bin for washing dishes

• Biodegradable dish soap

• Dish towels

• Trash bags

Step 3: Clothing

Bringing the right clothing and personal gear will help you stay warm and comfortable:

• Synthetic moisture wicking, quick-drying base layers – leave the cotton at home

• Rain jacket and pants

• Warm jacket, hat & gloves

• Warm, dry footwear with a spare pair if one gets wet

• Water bottles

• First aid kit

• Toiletry kit

• Sun block

• Insect repellent

• Sanitizer and wipes

• Books or other reading material

Step 4: Fun

It’s a great idea to bring some fun camp games, music or even a camp hammock:

• Games like cornhole, ring toss, bocce or croquet

• Portable Bluetooth speaker for playing your favorite music

• Hammock for that afternoon nap

• Guitar or other instrument for campfire entertainment

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