Camping checklist

Camping is a great way to get outside with your loved ones, family and friends or even by yourself. You can go camping, or shall we say boxcamping, almost anywhere. Even though you travel around by car, don’t carry stuff on your back and therefore everything is much easier, there are some things you need to take to make the weekend getaway look easy. I also think that we shouldn’t take too much stuff, after all, it still has to be camping and not some sort of a transfer of your living room to nature.

Travelling in the old days

These are the most important items for your boxcamping checklist. To make it easier, we divided the list into sections.

To sleep and recharge 

  • Sleeping bags or bedding
  • Camping pillows – sometimes, or let’s say very often, you don’t feel like parking the car into 100% level position. The easiest way to compensate this is with a nice & soft pillow
  • Headlamps or flashlights (with extra batteries) – you might want to look for something that you’ve just dropped, or to thoroughly check the place where you want to park, as it is probably already dark outside
  • Lantern (12V or batteries) – nice to have some extra light when you’re putting yourself into a pyjama and chat a bit before you go to sleep
  • Extra blanket – it might get colder than you think. Especially if you stay in the mountains
Optional:
  • Hammock – it doesn’t take much space and there is nothing better for an afternoon nap 
  • Eco bed linen – softer touch with a message. Let’s support sustainability and local producers
  • Clothesline with clips – this is more a must than optional. Where else would you dry your beach towels
  • Camp chairs and table – made by Helinox is our choice. Ultralight, super durable, so handy that you can even put it in a backpack and take it with you on a hike to the secluded beach or similar.
  • Levelling blocks – you would be surprised how quick few degrees out of level are just few degrees too many
  • Camping rug – so you first step out of the car doesn’t end in the mud and vice versa

In case something goes wrong

  • Multi-tool – you know that you need it, when you forget it at home for the first time
  • Duct tape – it’s not just a tape, it’s magic
  • Extra cord – can replace a clothesline, a strong enough one can even be used as a tow rope
  • Saw or axe – to cut some wood and start a fire

Kitchen

  • Cool box (12V compressor type is best) – we recommend the biggest you can fit in your car
  • Stove and Extra gas cartridge – Extra is important. Al dente pasta is good, raw is definitely not
  • Matches/light/firestarter – to light the candles and set up a romantic atmosphere
  • Bottle opener, can opener, corkscrew – pushing the cork into a bottle is no longer cool. It never was actually.
  • Biodegradable soap – we should all try not to leave a trace
  • Pot scrubber/sponge(s) – imagine that you need to scrub off burnt milk. You need it right?
  • Trash/recycling bags – stay organised, so your camping space will look nice. It tells a lot about you
  • Kitchen towel
  • Table candles – small ones that you can put in a deep glass are the best. By doing so, the flame is protected from the wind
  • Small food containers (for leftovers) – they come handy and you don’t want to have the whole Jurassic park around your car at night
  • Resealable bags – as an add-on or an alternative to food containers
Set for 2
  • Pot – for pasta, rice, soup
  • Pan – for pancakes, eggs
  • Strainer – for pasta, to wash the veggies and fruit
  • Cutlery – you are not a caveman, are you?
  • 2 wine glasses – no questions here. This is a must! A huge difference from drinking wine from the cups
  • 2 glasses – made of polycarbonate. Looks like real glass, feels like real glass, does not break like glass, but you have to know that it doesn’t sound like glass. Not even close. Maybe it’s better not to chin-chin like that. We’ve learned in corona times to express a lot more with our eyes. So, try to add a look instead of doing it the old way. 
  • 2 bowls – for cereals, soup, pasta, rice. Made out of durable and unbreakable melamine
  • 4 plates (2 big, 2 small) – You cannot eat sunny side up out of the bowl, can you? 
  • Salad bowl – can also be used as a fruit bowl that you put on the table. 
  • 2 cutting boards – why not just one? Because one is used for meat, while on the other you cut veggies, among other reasons.
  • Set of cooking utensils (ladle… etc) – makes you cooking skills look a lot better
  • 2 metal cups – we believe that good coffee is also a hot coffee. 
  • Coffee & tea pot – you just cannot start a day without this routine
Ultimate survival food and spices
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Milk powder or milk
  • Pepper
  • Pasta sauce
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Cereals
  • Cookies or sport bars
  • Peanuts
  • Jam
  • Some olive oil
  • Flour
  • Six pack of beers
  • Bottle of wine
  • Spare drinking water

Not so important but can help sometimes

  • Solar and/or portable power – if you stay in one place a bit longer, this is way better than idling your car to keep your beer cold
  • Binoculars – Hm. To navigate, to spot… 😉
  • Book – on rainy days this could be your way of meditation
  • Board game – forget about gadgets. This is the way to do it while camping
  • Playing cards – good old games. The best part of it; they are not made only for two, so you can invite your camping neighbours
  • Portable speaker
  • Earplugs – or even better earphones, so you can play white noise instead of listening to your partner snoring. Remember, you cannot go to sleep to another room. Quite important to know
  • Portable camp shower – small, convenient and very easy to use 
  • Umbrella – you don’t need it until you really need it
  • Rain jacket – not to get soaked when you need to change a tyre in the rain. This won’t happen. We are 99% sure. But you also buy a lottery ticket sometimes, don’t you?

For you and your travel companions

  • Toilet paper – you don’t want me to share my experience about it. This is essential, that is all I have to say
  • Hand sanitizer or antiseptic wipes – can be comforting in these crazy times
  • Baby wipes – those that have kids know. You can use them in wow many ways
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toiletry kit
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Menstrual products
  • Prescription medications
  • First-aid kit or first-aid supplies
  • Disposable FFP masks – can be obligatory to enter shops, offices, reception…  
  • Contact lenses and/or (reading) glasses – depends on your age, but it can be quite a waste of time looking for the right one in a country that doesn’t speak your language

Sun and bug protection

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses 
  • Sun hat
  • Lip balm
  • Mosquito net for windows – if your partner is snoring, without a net you will find out that snoring is still better than chasing mosquitos all night long
  • Insect repellent – The most basic point of camping is being outside. So, take every possible measure to make sure you can stay outside calmly watching the sunset with a glass of wine in your hand
  • Insect repellent candles – they tend to add to a romantic atmosphere as well
  • Aloe Vera (for sunburns and bug bites)

Personal Items

  • Credit card 
  • Some cash
  • Passport
  • ID – keep it separately from the passport
  • Cell phone
  • 220V charger
  • 12V USB charger
  • Travel plan with reservation confirmations (if required)
  • Camera – if you are not happy with the photos your phone makes

I am sure we missed out some things you wouldn’t leave at home no matter what. Please do let us know as we are very curious and we might even add it to the list. Keep in mind that this is not the list just to blindly follow it, but it is just a recommendation based on years of experience.

Happy camping and as few as possible situations like:” Oh no, I should have taken that….”