Family Caravan and Camping Checklist (with free printable): 210 items that you can’t forget!

Whether you are planning an action-packed lap of Australia, exploring our beautiful coastal islands, a cheap local holiday, or are trip planning Australia, knowing what camping essentials NOT to forget is a down-right must! With this camping checklist (which is perfect for families like us), we have all your basis covered!

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What Should be on my Camping List?

If you are lucky enough some camping essentials may already be at your next campsite. Some National Parks campsites and free camping areas will have communal chairs, tables, fire pits and even a drop toilet to use. Caravan parks and the most popular National Parks may have camp kitchens, extra BBQ facilities and better bathroom and shower facilities.

What you need to pack will depend on where you are camping, how long you are camping for and whether you are camping alone. We have different camping set up for our lightweight hiking camps, our offroading adventures and our full-blown caravan and camping on a big Australian roadtrip.

A complete pack is especially important if you’ll be on the road long-term. Here’s one of the most comprehensive camping lists you’ll see on the internet. 210 items from camping shelter essentials to what your kids should bring. We don’t expect you to bring everything, but it also works if you do! DON’T FORGET TO GRAB THIS AS A FREE PRINTABLE CAMPING CHECKLIST TOO!

Camp Shelter Essentials

  1. Tent (Poles, pegs, ropes)
  2. Swag
  3. Rooftop tent
  4. Caravan/RV/Camper
  5. Tarp/Annex Mat
  6. Gazebo and Gazebo walls
  7. Lantern
  8. Extra ropes/pegs/guy lines
  9. Hammer/Axe
  10. Dust Pan and Brush
  11. Shelter repair kits

Optional:

  1. Awning/ Annex
  2. Entrance Mat
  3. Duct Tape
  4. WD-40

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Read More: Lightweight Tents For The Entire Family!

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Campsite Sleep Essentials

  1. Sleeping bag/sheet/bedding
  2. Camp pillows & cases
  3. Mattress/Airbed
  4. Air pump
  5. Comforter
  6. Repair Kit for Air Mattress

Optional:

  1. Camp Stretcher
  2. Extra bedding
  3. Storage bag
  4. Hammock and ropes
  5. Sleeping bag liners

Camp Equipment

  1. Compass
  2. Small Shovel
  3. Fuel
  4. Camp Chair
  5. Table (if there are none)
  6. Batteries
  7. 2-Way Radio/Walkie Talkies
  8. Generator or Solar
  9. Head Torch
  10. Multi-Tools
  11. Clothes Washing & Line
  12. Laundry detergent
  13. Hangers

Optional:

  1. Swiss Army Knife
  2. Extra batteries
  3. Table cloths
  4. Picnic Blanket

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Campfire Kitchen Equipment

  1. Pots, Pans and Skillets
  2. Camp Oven
  3. Grill/Jaffle Iron
  4. Camp Stove or BBQ
  5. Stove Fuel
  6. Fire Grate
  7. Griddle
  8. Coffee Pot
  9. Camp Fridge/Cooler
  10. Tongs & Kitchen Knives
  11. Plates, Bowls & Cutlery
  12. Wash bins/Camp Sink
  13. Ice/Ice Packs
  14. Bottle Opener & Stubby Coolers
  15. Cups and Mugs
  16. Cutting Board
  17. Fire Starter
  18. Pot Holders
  19. Matches/Lighter
  20. Food Storage
  21. Dishwashing Liquid
  22. Teatowel and Dish Cloth
  23. Rubbish Storage and Bags

Optional:

  1. Extra Water
  2. Extra Water Containers
  3. Extra Propane for Stove
  4. Tin Foil
  5. Cling Wrap
  6. Charcoal
  7. Sandwich Bags/Zip Locks
  8. Corkscrew
  9. Portable coffee maker/ French press

Complete your camping food list with these breakfast ideas, lunch-time camping food, easy roadtrip travel snacks for kids and your ultimate dinner food idea.

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Lighting

  1. Flashlights
  2. Lanterns
  3. Bulbs
  4. Candles/Mozzie Coils
  5. Gas lights
  6. LED head lights

Power

  1. Power Generator
  2. Camping Solar Panels
  3. Jumper Leads
  4. Inverter
  5. Jump Starter Pack
  6. Battery Charger
  7. Oil/Fuel Source
  8. Device Chargers/Cables
  9. Power banks

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Read More: This is How You Add Power Supply to a Camper

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Showering and Hygiene

  1. Shampoo & Conditioner
  2. Body Soap/Body Wash
  3. Towels
  4. Shaving Products
  5. Feminine Hygiene Products
  6. Toothpaste & Toothbrush
  7. Floss & Mouthwash
  8. Deodorant
  9. Insect Repellant
  10. Toilet Paper
  11. Hand Sanitiser

Optional:

  1. Portable Shower
  2. Portable Toilet
  3. Toilet Chemicals

Clothing

  1. Plenty of Cotton Shirts
  2. Hiking Shorts
  3. Long Trousers
  4. Underwear
  5. Camping Jacket
  6. Hats
  7. Sunglasses
  8. Swimwear
  9. Socks
  10. Hiking Shoes
  11. Thongs
  12. Dirty Laundy Bag

Optional:

  1. Extra layers for warmth
  2. Rainwear
  3. Winter: Scarf, Beanie, Gloves
  4. Spare clothes

Personal

  1. Prescription Medication
  2. Lotion
  3. Toiletries
  4. Mobile phone
  5. Accessories
  6. Camera/Drone
  7. ID Card
  8. Cash
  9. Tickets/Reservations/Documentations
  10. Music

Fire

  1. Firewood
  2. Lighter/Flint & Steel
  3. Tinder Kit
  4. Fire Extinguisher

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Living

  1. Survival Knife
  2. Zip ties
  3. Day Pack
  4. Bedroll
  5. Sports Equipment
  6. Card Games/Board Games
  7. Books
  8. Kids Toys
  9. Paracord
  10. Trash Bags

Protection

  1. Sunscreen
  2. Bug repellent
  3. Umbrella
  4. Moisturizer
  5. Chapstick
  6. Eye Drops

First Aid

  1. Antiseptic
  2. Alcohol
  3. Cotton Balls/Pads
  4. Multi-size Plasters
  5. Sterile Gauze Dressing
  6. Sterile Gloves
  7. Safety Pin
  8. Sterile Eye Dressing
  9. Medical Scissors
  10. Tweezers
  11. Hand Sanitizer
  12. Sticky Tape
  13. Digital Thermometer
  14. Rash creams
  15. EpiPen
  16. Family Painkillers
  17. Cough medicine
  18. Distilled water
  19. Eye wash/bath
  20. Antihistamine
  21. Surgical Suture

For the full list of Road Trip Essential : What to pack for First Aid and Health read this post.

Exploration/4WD

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  1. Machete
  2. Extra Fuel and Water
  3. Jerry Cans
  4. Maps & Guides
  5. Water Canteen
  6. GPS Nav or App
  7. Shovel
  8. Air Compressor
  9. Spare Tyre
  10. Tyre Repair Kit
  11. Tyre Deflator & Pressure Gauge
  12. UHF
  13. Sat Phone/EPERB
  14. Lift Jack
  15. Mechanical Fluids
  16. Winch
  17. 4WD Recovery Kit & Tracks
  18. Mechanic Tools
  19. Rope
  20. Jumper Kit
  21. Binoculars
  22. Chainsaw/Reciprocating Chainsaw

Fishing Gear

  1. Family Life vest
  2. Fishing Pole
  3. Lures and Bait
  4. Reels
  5. Tackle Box
  6. Fillet Knife
  7. Folding Chair
  8. Bucket
  9. Multi-size Fishing Lines

Kids

  1. Spare Clothes
  2. Indoor Toys
  3. Outdoor Toys
  4. Kids Bikes/Scooters/Helmets
  5. Leisure Books
  6. School/Homeschooling Books
  7. Comforter
  8. Tablet with Apps
  9. Writing Tools/School Supplies
  10. Spare Footwear
  11. Lost Child ID/Temporary Safety Tattoo
  12. Pets and Pet Equipment

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