Everything You’ll Need for Camping: The Ultimate Checklist

How often have you taken your family or friends camping only to arrive after a long drive to find out there is something you forgot to pack? While this is not the end of the world as there are usually shops somewhat nearby, it is definitely a schlep we are sure everyone would like to avoid.

Here is the ultimate checklist to keep on hand while packing for your next camping trip.



  1. Tent with no missing pieces
  2. Groundsheet for underneath your tent in case it rains
  3. Tarp and cord
  4. Sleeping bags
  5. Sleeping pads/mattresses or camping cots
  6. Pillows



Campsite set-up

  1. Camping chairs
  2. Portable table
  3. Tablecloth
  4. Lanterns
  5. Cord to hang between trees to dry bathing costumes and other washing
  6. Firewood



  1. Enough food to feed everyone for the duration of your trip
  2. Coffee maker
  3. Camping stove
  4. Propane
  5. Matches/lighters
  6. Fire starters
  7. Charcoal
  8. Axe or hatchet in case you need to cut your own fire wood
  9. Pots, pans, and potjie pot
  10. Knives
  11. Cuttingboard
  12. Plates and bowls
  13. Cuttlery
  14. Cooking utensils
  15. Mugs and plastic cups
  16. Can opener
  17. Cooler with ice
  18. Food storage containers
  19. Garbage bags
  20. Water jugs
  21. Biodegradable soap for washing dishes and scrubbers/cloths


Essentials for the great outdoors

  1. First aid kit
  2. Flashlights
  3. Batteries
  4. Water bottles
  5. Bug spray
  6. Multi-tool
  7. Sunscreen
  8. Sunglasses
  9. Pepper spray


Personal items

  1. Weather appropriate clothing
  2. Toothbrush and toothpaste
  3. Towels
  4. Hand sanitizer
  5. Contacts and solution (if applicable)
  6. Medications (if applicable)
  7. Power bank
  8. Cellphone


Some fun extras

  1. Bikes
  2. Art supplies
  3. Watersports gear
  4. Books and magazines
  5. Binoculars
  6. Playing cards and other board games
  7. Sweet treats
  8. Marshmellow roasting sticks


Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find everything you need for the ultimate camping trip close to home.

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