Car CampingCamping is generally about simplicity and getting away from it all, but in reality you need gear to survive. This is even more true when you are camping with kids and pets. The below checklist covers the essentials and some of the more creature comforts to make sleeping in a tent under the stars a relaxing and enjoyable experience. The one thing to keep in mind as a guiding principal, is that more gear/stuff does not necessarily equal a better camping experience.

Furniture & Shelter


Camp Kitchen



For Day Hikes

We have linked to Amazon for some of these items to make it easier for you to get what you need, but you can also get nearly all of this at your local outdoors store, like REI, or big box store, like Target. However, if you find this checklist or the other info on NextCampsite valuable, we would appreciate you using the links below if you need to buy gear. We will get a small commission from Amazon if you buy using these links, which we use to operate the site and maintain it as a free resource.


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