List of Car Camping Equipment

 Undoubtedly, a large portion of the success of your camping trip depends upon the equipment that you carry during the trip. Right from tents and sleeping bags to Swiss knives and flashlights, there is a host of equipment that you need to carry with you when you go camping. Missing out on even one necessary item can impact your trip considerably. Let us have a look at the list of car camping equipment. In this case, we will consider only car or RV camping.

  • Tent and Accessories – It will provide you shelter when you camp. Accessories include tent poles and stakes, but are equally important. You can either buy a new tent or rent a new one.
  • Tarp – You need a durable tarp or a tough cloth to cover the ground where you will be setting up the tent.
  • Sleeping gear – You can either choose for a sleeping bag or go the traditional way by using pillows, blankets and sleeping pad.

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  • A pair of glares – Against the sun
  • Powerful flashlight – For the dark
  • Camping knife – A multipurpose Swiss knife that can be used for a lot of purposes.
  • Stove – You can eat roasted food but if you want to cook some special dishes, you will need a portable stove.
  • Cookware and cutlery – The cookware and cutlery that you choose should be basic and need not be too flashy. Your main purpose is to cook and then eat using the cutlery, and chances are they may get dirty or spoiled.
  • Water Coolers – You need to have lots of drinking water. And the best way to carry lots of water and keep it cool is by storing it in coolers.
  • Ropes and Staves – Are you looking at your camping trip as an adventure trip? In that case you will need ropes and staves.
  • Lanterns – While flashlights can be used to move in the dark, for illumination around the tent, you can make use of lanterns along with the campfire. Nowadays you have battery operated lanterns as well.

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  • Matches – They will be used for lighting the fire
  • Mosquito repellent or net – Wherever you go, out in the open, you are easy prey for the mosquitoes. Do not forget the mosquito repellent or a mosquito net.
  • Fold-able lawn chairs
  • Canopy – You will need a canopy in case your campsite doesn’t have the shade of the trees.
  • Utility/Toolbox – It should contain pliers, duct tape, spare batteries for the flashlight, a compass, camping scissors and some mechanical tools.
  • Fishing rod and hooks – If your campsite is near a water body, do not forget to carry a fishing rod. If not for fun, you will definitely be fishing for food.
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First-Aid Kit
  • First Aid Kit – Include your medicines, bandages, scissors, tweezers, cotton, antiseptic lotion and cream, gauze pads and thermometer.
  • A Novel –It can come handy when you don’t wish to engage in any form of physical activity.
  • Coal or wooden logs – They will be used to make the fire.

Practice setting up the tent and using the stove in your backyard. Also, if you are traveling by any vehicle, make sure that the fuel tank is filled a night before the trip.



6 thoughts on “List of Car Camping Equipment

  1. That’s an ideal list for campers! I particularly like the inclusion of a novel. Whenever my family and I go camping I bring along a number of novels. They have to be really absorbing adventure or sci/fi or action books, easy to read and preferably from a favorite author. It’s as important to me as a can opener! Well, maybe not quite that important, but it’s up there! Thanks for a great checklist.

    • You’re most welcome Max 🙂 Novels are a great way to pass time, anywhere anytime of the day!

  2. Interesting that you mention the fishing rod.

    Haha in my previous camping trips, our group brought food to the camping site so getting food is easy.

    We are cheaters I know. 😀

    • Lol yes Wan, it’s a great feeling to catch and then cook the food!

  3. This is so important…when it’s too late! Thanks for helping me plan my summer outings so much better!

    • You’re welcome Wesley 🙂

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