Summer and Fall are popular times to go camping in the United States and a great way to spend time in the great outdoors! Camping is a lot of fun, especially when you get to enjoy time with your family and friends. You can go camping at a private campground, state parks, national parks, on the river, or even your backyard. If you’re new to camping or even if you are a seasoned camper, having a list of the supplies you need is a great way to ensure you don’t forget anything. Check out RaftUp’s complete checklist for your next camping trip below.

Typically, your campsite will include a picnic table and a place to set up your tent. Most campsites will include running water, electric, and a shower house, however, if you want to the true camping experience out in backcountry without these amenities, consider booking a primitive campsite.

Campsite Essentials

  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag (or bedding of choice)
  • Pillow
  • Air Mattress or Sleeping Bag
  • Flash Light & Extra Batteries
  • Camping Chairs
  • Lantern

Other Campsite Items You May Want (Optional)

  • Screened-in Awning
  • Cot
  • Firewood
  • Hammock
  • Table cloth
  • Camping Rug
  • Closeline

Cooking Items

  • Lighter or Matches
  •  Plenty of Water (If not at Campsite)
  • Frying Pan
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Knife
  • Plates/Bowls/Cups
  • Paper Towels
  • Aluminum foil
  • Seasonings
  • Cooler(s)
  • Ice
  • Soap
  • Trash Bags
  • Dish Towels/Sponges
  •  Grill (If not at Campsite)

Other Cooking Items You May Want (Optional)

  • Griddle
  • Dutch Oven
  • Coffee Maker
  • Marshmallow/hotdog roasting forks
  • Food storage containers


  • Axe or Saw
  • Hammer or Mallet
  • Multi-tool
  • Duck tape
  • Rope or cord
  • Air mattress repair kit


  • T-shirts
  • Pants & Shorts
  • Jacket
  • Boots
  • Tennis shoes
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Sleepwear
  • Rain Jacket
  • Swimsuits
  • Sandals


  • First-Aid Kit
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Toilet paper
  • Medication
  • Toiletry items
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Chapstick
  • Bug Spray
  • Insect Candles

Other Items

  • Compass/GPS
  • Camera
  • Candles
  • Map
  • Pocket knife
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hand Wipes
  • Watch

If you’re planning a camping trip soon, be sure to keep this camping checklist handy! Even if you’ve been camping a lot, having a list made to check out makes packing go smoothly. Before you head out for your next camping trip one of the most important items to check off your camping checklist is to download the RaftUp app! RaftUp is an outdoor connections app and the perfect tool to take with you! Share your location with your friends, keep our Smart SOS feature in your back pocket in case an emergency happens, and find local business to plan activities.