Camping checklist

I love camping so I have developed this camping checklist. I think camping is a great way to experience living in the wild among the nature which is at its best. And Australia has many beautiful camping sites that have spectacular views. Some of the camping sites are just along the beaches. Since my friends and I are in preparation of a camping trip in the month of March, I thought it would be a good idea to have a camping checklist listed on my blog for everyone to refer to.

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

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Camping checklist

Things required for cooking

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.

  • Portable Stove and Cookware. I bought a very cool stove online from Snowys. The portable stove with cookware cost around AUD 47.90.
    • The gas can be purchased at local camping or outdoors shop and cost about AUD 12.
    • I am extremely happy with my purchase and the small portable stove is very light and easy to use.
  • 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.
  • Knife.
    • I carry a multi purpose small knife. This is to use during the cooking.
  • Coolers if required.
  • Food (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. Always discard your garbage only 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. Light is definitely mandatory as you need it during the night.
  • Tent, poles and stakes. Invest in a good tent.
  • Lantern or a torch.
  • Portable GPS.
  • Flashlights with extra batteries.
  • Multipurpose knife. The same knife can be used for kitchen purposes as well.
  • Pillow or a air pillow if you are looking for a light weight pillow.
  • Suction hooks (a few of them so I can hang my 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 camera.
  • Go Pro. This is again not mandatory.
  • Power bank. Invest in a good one.
  • Charging cables and adapters.
  • Cards and board games.
  • Mirror.
  • Pad of Paper, Pencil or Pen.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen.

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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. This post aims at the things that I carry in my first aid kit.

I maintain a small pouch with:

  • 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

Usually, I use this list as a guideline and change based on where I am going, If I am going on a multi day hiking and camping trip, 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.

If you like camping, read my first experience at Kangaroo Valley in Cedarvale health retreat.

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