Packing Checklist For People On The Go

Packing for the Beach

If you have never gone camping before, this camping check list may look daunting. Do not let that deter you. The purpose of camping is to get away from it all and enjoy nature, not create more work for yourself than if you were home cleaning the gutters.

Even if you aren't normally a planner, it is a good idea to think ahead about what to bring when camping, especially if this is the first time for you or anyone in your group. If you want the trip to be a positive experience, planning is key.

Packing for the Beach

  • Back Pack: To free up your hand to carry larger items
  • Beach balls, small bucket and sand toys
  • Beach blanket, straw mat or ground cover
  • Beach Towels
  • Canvas bag to carry picnic supplies and food that doesn't have to stay cold
  • Cold pack bag, to keep perishables cold
  • Insect Repellant
  • Large net beach bag to carry towels, ground cloth, sand toys etc.
  • Pocket shelter or beach umbrella to provide shade or shelter
  • Shovel, a large one from the garden if you want to try to change the course of streams or other engineering feats
  • Suntan Lotion
  • Water
  • Wipes

Packing For a Picnic

Picnic in Aspens
  • Back Pack or Canvas Bag to put non-perishable items in
  • Canvas bag to carry picnic supplies and food that doesn't have to stay cold
  • Cold pack bag or ice chest to keep perishables cold
  • Insect Repellant
  • Rain poncho
  • Suntan Lotion
  • Utensils including plates, cups and flatware depending on the meal
  • Water
  • Wipes

Check out ONE BAG. I guarantee you will learn something about packing. Read his long list of things to do with a sarong. One Bag Link

Picnic on Angle Island

Packing For Fun

Flying a Kite
  • Bat and Ball
  • Binoculars
  • Boat
  • Boogie Board
  • Boat Patching Kit
  • Bubble Stuff
  • Crayons/toys
  • Field Guides
  • Fishing Pole and Tackle Box
  • Games and Cards
  • GPS
  • Kite
  • Oars
  • Sand Toys
Playing in the sand

Always Ready to Picnic Checklist

Packing the car

My Mother is always prepared for a spur of the moment picnic. She has a plastic bucket with a divider in the middle pre packed with basic picnic supplies. She just has to grab it and go. Recommended items include:

  • Beach blanket, straw mat or ground cover
  • Beach Towels
  • Cutting board, plastic flexible boards and light weight
  • Insect Repellant
  • Knife, small for cutting cheese and salami
  • Suntan Lotion
  • Utensils including plates, cups and flatware
  • Wine bottle opener, and wine bottle stopper (Not in her bag, but could be in yours)
  • Wipes

Basic Camp Checklist

Camping supplies

This may look like a long list, but we keep all of the small things listed here in just one duffle bag. The large stuff is pretty much all in the same place, so it is easy to throw into the car.

  • Air mattress
  • Air Mattress inflation device: battery powered, rechargeable are best
  • Ax: If you feel like you have to chop wood to feel manly
  • Batteries: For flashlight
  • Campground reservation information
  • Camp Chairs: One for everyone
  • Cell phone charger: for the car
  • Cell phone (lets be realistic, you are going to bring it)
  • Clothes line rope
  • Firewood: Make sure it is dry and it includes kindling if you don't have an ax
  • Flashlight: One for everyone
  • Gloves: Welding gloves are great for working around the fire
  • Garbage bags
  • Hammer or Mallet: For pounding in stakes
  • Insect Repellant
  • Lantern and extra supplies for it i.e. Mantels, white gas or batteries
  • Laundry bag
  • Little rug or piece of astro turf to put at the door of your tent. Great for keeping dirt out, but not very outdoorsy
  • Map
  • Newspapers or fire starter
  • Shovel: If there is no toilet
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Table: Folding tables are nice for a large group. Put the stove on it to free up table space
  • Table Cloth: Not necessary, but nice (Plastic not linen!)
  • Tarp or ground cloth to protect the bottom of the tent from pointy sticks and heavy rain
  • Tent
  • Tent Stakes
  • Tent Light: Something that isn't combustible for playing cards while sitting out a rain storm
  • Toilet Paper: If there is no public toilet
  • Water: Enough to drink and clean with if their isn't potable water available
  • Wipes or Paper towels
  • Whisk broom: for cleaning large tents. You can just shake out the little ones
Stacking the Tent

Camp Kitchen Checklist

Using the Camp Stove 

We keep everything on this list in a Rubbermaid storage container, all year round. That is everything but the big stuff, stove, bucket etc.

  • Aluminum foil
  • Camp stove
  • Can opener
  • Charcoal
  • Cups: Paper or real
  • Cutting board
  • Dish soap
  • Dish towel
  • Dutch Oven
  • Dutch oven lid grabber
  • Fuel for the stove
  • Knives
  • Marshmallow Sticks
  • Matches/Propane
  • Oil Pan (to place under the Dutch Oven)
  • Plates: Paper or real
  • Paper towels
  • Pot holders
  • Set of nesting pots
  • Skillet
  • Silverware box
  • Water bucket
  • Wine bottle opener
  • Wine bottle stopper

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