All my life, I have been tent camping, whether it be with family, or friends but I cannot exactly say that I LOVE sleeping in a tent (see a post about this here). That being said, I do have a strong connection with the outdoors and sometimes that requires me to sleep inside a very thin, not so protected shelter, separating me from the darkness and wild animals.
I do have a wee bit of experience with making it as comfortable as possible and I do want to express that this list is definitely for the kind of campground that has access to electricity and showers. So I consider this “easy camping”, or as Corey likes to call it “glamping”. If I was glamping, it would not be like this!
Camping can be overwhelming when it comes to planning and packing – See below for the full list of equipment and miscellaneous items that we brought to make our weekend as comfortable and well prepared as possible.
- Portable Table (If no picnic table or sharing a picnic table with others – it’s so handy to have that extra space!)
- Portable stove or portable BBQ if not cooking on fire
- Grill for campfire (if not already at campsite)
- Knife for cutting veggies/misc
- An old kettle/aluminum one to put on fire grill or portable stove (Boiling water for dishes/tea/coffee)
- Pot/Pan for cooking
- Mugs for hot drinks
- Cups for water/juice
- Paper towels
- Camping Toaster (may also be called grill basket)
- Wash Basin
- Dish soap
- Dish Cloth/Towels
- Garbage and Recycling Bags
- Screened Tent/Tarp with ropes
- Tin foil
- Hand soap
- Jug of water for washing hands
Have a dedicated camp bin and keep these items in there for good so that you will not have to keep repacking or needing to remember the small things. Restock when you return and you are good to go for next time!
Tent & Bedding
- Tent (Make sure you have the fly and the pegs in there too!)
- Air Mattress/Sleeping pads
- Sleeping bags or blankets and sheets – depending on how glamped you’d like to be 🙂
- Tarp for under tent (to keep moisture out, but if it rains the water will collect under your tent so keep an eye on the weather!)
Clothes, Toiletries & Extras
- Long Sleeve Shirt
- Running shoes for hiking
- Sandals for beach
- Casual shoes for campfire
- Underwear/Bra/Sports bra/Socks
- Raingear if needed
- Facewash/moisturizing cream
- Eye contacts/Solution/Glasses
Extras & Miscellaneous
- Cards/Lawn Games (Bocce Ball, SpikeBall, Volleyball, Frisbee, etc…)
- Rope to tie up for clothes line
- Sunscreen and bug spray
- Dog Leash/Food/Bed/Bowls
- Bag for dirty clothes
- Paper/Cardboard/Wood/Kindling (there a major rules about this though so check the campground policies first before bringing your own)
- Fire starter – matches/lighter
- Towels (swimming/showers/washing face)
I’ll leave you with some pretty visuals from our last camping trip, summer 2016 at Presqu’ile Provincial Park.
Have a great trip!