Camping packing list

Camping packing list

Are you going for camping? And are you wondering about all the things that you need to pack for camping? Then this camping packing list will help you take all the things that you require for a perfect and enjoyable camping.

Read my first camping experience at Cedarvale camping at Kangaroo Island.

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Camping site at Cedervale camping ground | Camping packing list

Camping packing list

Things required for cooking

  • Portable Stove and Cookware.
    • I bought a very cool and cute stove online from Snowys. The portable stove with cookware cost around AUD 47.90.
    • I am extremely happy with my purchase and the small portable stove is very light and easy to use.
    • The gas can be purchased at local camping or outdoors shop and cost about AUD 12.

Note: If you have a barbeque area at the camping site, then portable stove is not required. You can use the barbeque are to cook.

  • Cooking and Eating Utensils (Pan, Plates, Cups, and Bowl).
    • I usually take one or two steel or wooden spoons and forks. This way I can wash and reuse them.
    • Try to avoid plastic as much as you can.
  • Knife.
    • I carry a multi purpose small knife. This is to use during the cooking.
  • Coolers, if required.
  • Food
    • For multiday hikes with camping trips: Usually avoid raw hydrated food as it does get spoilt. There are dehydrated food that is available at outdoors and camping shops.
      • I do not like them but you can try some of them and see if you like any.
    • Also carry Salt and pepper, Coffee and tea.
  • Paper kitchen towels and Trash Bags.
    • Do not dirty the places and carry all the trash with you till you find garbage bins at dedicated places.
  • Foil for wrapping left over food.
  • Beverages and drinking water.
  • Reusable water bottle and purifying tablets/ filters.
  • Plastic zipper bags.
  • Plastic wrap.

Gear and Sleeping

  • Air Bed with portable air pump.
  • Sleeping mat.
  • Bed sheet.
  • A good sleeping bag suitable for the weather.
  • Tent fan and light/ torch.
    • Light/ torch is definitely mandatory as you need it during the night.
  • Tent, poles and stakes.
    • Invest in a good tent.
Camping tent
Camping tent
  • Portable GPS.
  • Flashlights with extra batteries.
  • Multipurpose knife. The same knife can be used for kitchen purposes as well.
  • Pillow or an air pillow if you are looking for a light weight pillow.
  • Suction hooks (a few of them so you can hang your wet towels for drying).

Personal Care

  • Towel.
  • Insect Repellent.
  • Clothing and undergarments. Layer up the clothes that way you can be prepared for any kinds of weather.
  • Rain Gear.


  • Toilet Paper.
  • Tooth brush.
  • Tooth paste.
  • Comb.
  • Ear buds.
  • Tissues.
  • Soap.
  • Extra bags to put wet clothes.


  • Digital Camera with extra batteries.
    • If I am camping during my multiday trekking, I do not carry my big camera as it is heavy.
  • Go Pro. This is again not mandatory.
  • Power bank.
    • Invest in a good one as most of the camping places do not have charging points.
  • Charging cables and adapters.
  • Cards and board games.
  • Mirror.
  • Pad of Paper, Pencil or Pen.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen.

If you are camping in your caravan, then visit Caravan Camping website for best camping equipment solutions.

First aid kit

Having a first aid kit with some basic medicines is a must for every travel. The first aid kit is the collection of the basic medicines and equipment to administer anyone at the first stage before getting the medical help.

I maintain a small pouch with unexpired medicines:

  • Waterproof band aids
  • Bandages with either a sticky tape or butterfly clips
  • Block out for treating the sun burn
  • Aeroguard insect repellent
  • Panadols (pain killers)
  • Anti-nausea tablets
  • Tablets for loose motions
  • Tablets for constipation
  • Antiseptic cream/wipes (Dettol wipes)
  • Wet wipes
  • Disprin (headache tablets)
  • Scissors & tweezers
  • Medicines for cough and sore throat
  • Eye drops

Note: Ensure you check the expiry date before using any of the medicines. And ensure you don’t carry the scissors and tweezers with the first aid kit if you wish to take the kit as a carry on baggage.

Closing Notes

I love camping and I think camping is a great way to experience living in the wild among the nature which is at its best. Australia has many beautiful camping sites that have spectacular views. Some of these camping sites are just along the beaches as well.

Usually, I use this camping packing list as a guideline and alter it based on where and how many days I am going for. If I am going on a multi day hiking with camping trip, then I try to reduce the luggage as much as I can and try to carry light as the weight makes a lot of difference. But if I am car camping then I carry everything and make my camping trip comfortable.

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