Camping checklist for families

Camping check list

Gone are the days of throwing a bag of clothes in the Troopy (which was decked out for camping) and hitting the road in search of a new adventure. Now that we have small children we need to be more organised to make life a little easier.

Do you want to go camping with your family but not sure what you need to take? Having the right equipment can make the experience more enjoyable. Here is my checklist however you can adjust it according to your type of camping trip and activities you have planned.


  • Tent
  • Shade tent (great for down the beach and to provide extra shade at your site)
  • Tarp/Ground cover
  • Hammer
  • Mat for tent entrance

Camping Gear

  • Table
  • Camp Chairs
  • Torch
  • Lantern
  • Solar Shower


  • Mattress/Airbed/Stretcher bed
  • Air pump (if you use an airbed)
  • Pillow
  • Sleeping bags
  • Porta cot (if necessary)


  • Stove top
  • Water jug
  • Esky/Cooler
  • Thermos
  • Matches/lighter
  • Fire starters/newspaper
  • Billy
  • Pots and Pans
  • Plates/Bowls/cups
  • Cutlery
  • Sharp knife
  • Cooking utensils – Spatula/Tongs
  • Can opener
  • Containers
  • Peeler
  • Bottle opener
  • Cutting board
  • Cling Wrap
  • Aluminium Foil
  • Zip lock bags
  • Paper towel
  • Water
  • Food


  • Dust pan & brush
  • Broom
  • Sink/bowl
  • Dish washing liquid
  • Scourers
  • Dish clothes
  • Tea towels
  • Laundry Bag
  • Rubbish bags
  • Plastic bags

Personal Items

  • Towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Feminine products
  • Toilet bag (tooth brush/toothpaste/brush/deodorant etc)
  • Tissues
  • Soap
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Flannels


  • Nappies and Wipes
  • Baby Paracetamol
  • Teething gel
  • Baby food
  • Water bottles
  • Nappy Bag
  • Nappy rash cream
  • Pram
  • Sling
  • Spoon
  • Bibs
  • High chair (if you have space)
  • Shower cap
  • Toys
  • Potty

More information about camping with babies and toddlers can be found here.

First Aid Kit

  • Bandages
  • Band aids
  • Antiseptic wipes or cream
  • Gauze
  • Tweezers
  • Paracetamol
  • Insect bite cream
  • Personal medication
  • Insect repellent

Other Supplies

  • Sunscreen
  • Batteries
  • Fishing rods
  • Bikes/Helmets
  • Camera & Charger
  • Phone Charger
  • Clothes line & pegs
  • Back pack/beach bag
  • Maps
  • Shovel
  • Axe
  • Radio
  • Games/Cards
  • Picnic Rug
  • Snorkel/Fins
  • Kayaks and oars/boat
  • Note pad/pen

Enjoy spending quality time with your family and friends and I hope this list helps you with your camping trip. Oh and don’t forget the marshmallows for toasting on the camp fire!

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6 thoughts on “Camping checklist for families

  1. Great list. We are only just starting to get back into camping. Since moving to Perth, we no longer have friends with all the equipment to camp with so I need to be more organised than I’m use to being.


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