Making a Tent Camping Checklist
Best Tent Camping Packing List & Tips

What's that? You don't have a tent camping checklist? Oh, boy. You better come in, learn why you need a tent camping packing list & follow our tent camping tips

Creating a camping checklist may seem like a waste of time to some, or even a direct contradiction to the adventure and excitement of roughing it in the woods to others, but listen...

It's important!

It's necessary!

And everyone should do it!

Was that loud enough? Creating your own tent camping packing list is an absolutely essential step in preparing for your next vacation in the woods, up the mountain, on the beach, or down in the desert.

By making up a tent camping checklist, you are not admitting that you have a weak memory or an obsessive compulsive tendency to make sure everything is exactly in its place.

What you are doing is making sure that you have everything you need in order to have the best time possible.

Tent Camping Packing List
Why You Need One

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A tent camping checklist ensures happiness!

'Yes, yes,'? you're saying, 'we all know that a camping tent, sleeping bag, pad, and backpack are essential. We wouldn't forget them'?

And you're probably right. But what about everything else you may need? What about the small things--the really small things, like lip balm--that you may be miserable without?

If you forget anything, it makes your family camping trip that much less calming and relaxing.

So why risk it?

By creating your own tent camping checklist, you will ensure that you won't be sitting in your tent longing for your forgotten tooth brush, pillow, or first aid kit (which you should never forget!).

Sure, you can always purchase a few things you may forget at a camping store, but then you'll be spending an arm and a leg for simple items. Camping is supposed to be an inexpensive family vacation--not cost more than a trip to the Caribbean.

Below, we here at Camping Tent Reviews have drawn up a few tent camping tips and hints about making your very own tent camping checklist.

Take a look at the following sections before you scoff at the idea.

You may discover that you can make your camping trips much easier if you do.

Making Your Own Tent Camping Packing List

You've made it this far, so you must believe us about the importance of having a tent camping checklist.

Now, it's time to make up your own packing list.

First things first: where are you going with your tent?

Will you be camping on the mountaintop or in the desert? Will you be surrounded by Redwoods or sand dunes?

What you put in your tent camping list very much depends on your destination.

After all, you don't want to waste space in your pack by taking a swimsuit to the summit of Mt. Rainier or a camping heater for your tent to Death Valley.

So, once you know where you're going, you can begin brainstorming your list.

It helps if you divide your gear into different categories. This allows you to keep a better eye on what you plan on bringing and what you may be lacking.

Some common category headings are:

  • Shelter
  • Bedding
  • Cooking
  • Clothes
  • Personal
  • Hygiene
  • Specialty Items (regarding your destination)
  • Miscellaneous

And remember: this is just a place for you to start.

Once you get going, you may find that you want divide a category further (i.e. from 'Cooking' into 'Cooking Utensils' and 'Dishware') or combine a couple of them into one (i.e. 'Personal' and 'Hygiene' into 'Personal/Hygiene').

You should format your tent camping checklist however it works best for you to keep tabs on what you have.

Once you've finished brainstorming everything you may need, then you can begin to whittle down the list so that it better conforms to the trip you plan on taking.

And that's it! Easy-peasy! It takes you only minutes to make sure you don't waste hours searching for items you forgot to bring with you.

One thing people commonly over look is the safety required for camping. While 99.9% of the time, you will have an amazing trip, the attacks by humans and grizzly bears as of late can not be ignored.

Your Tent Camping List
Don't Forget These!

Speaking of items you forgot to bring with you, do not forget to put these essential items in your tent camping checklist:

  • First Aid Kit (an absolute must-have!)
  • Batteries
  • Cooking utensils and a stove
  • Food
  • Flashlight
  • More Batteries
  • Trash Bags
  • Even More Batteries
  • Matches/Lighter

Sitting down and creating a mindmap of all the things you might need on your camping trip is very useful.

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