How to Create your Camping Checklist

Hidden Valley Park Campsite
Hidden Valley Park Campsite

You're going on your camping trip! You need to bring several important items. Where can you find a checklist of things you need to take on your camping trip?

Internet Ideas
 
There are many websites on the Internet that are devoted to enriching your camping experience.

They will have many suggestions for you of places to camp, rules of camping (such as "Leave No Trace", meaning anything you take into the site, you will take out of the site) and information about required permits and expected weather.

These sites can give you great general information, whether you're going for a quick overnight trip locally or an extended backpacking expedition many miles from home.

Individual campsites also often have websites.  If the campsite you want to go to has one, by all means check it out!  Not only will the site give you specific rules for that campsite, but the site also might tell you the expected weather at the time you will be there.

You can often make reservations on the website ahead of time, if you'd rather make your arrangements online than call the campsite directly.


Books And Other Printed Materials

There are a lot of books about local campsites. They'll tell you the pros and cons of each campsite, and include checklists of what things you should take camping with you.  The campsite checklist can also tell you whether there is electricity, running water, or toilet facilities at the camping site

If you've been to that campsite before, there's a good chance you already have a pamphlet from the site on hand. The pamphlet will have a map of the campsite, directions to get there, and often a checklist of things you should know, like their amenities and offered activities, if there are any.

Camper Friends And Acquaintances

If you're a less-experienced camper and want input and suggestions from those who have much more experience, you can just ask around.

Chances are, a friend or neighbour has a favourite campground they'd be willing to share with you. They can tell you their checklist of things they always pack when they go camping, along with things that might not be on any "official" checklist.

These might include an air mattress, or a zip-lock bag for toiletries or leftover food. They might give you encouragement to get a hydration-system backpack (like a CamelBak) or even lend you theirs.

And they may have suggestions about boots to get for the hike away from camp. You may be surprised how many good ideas they may have for you!


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