I can’t believe I haven’t shared any of my camping adventures or extravaganzas on this medium yet! I must correct this right away! First up is this weekend’s camping trip (coming soon previous epic adventures). This post is about the preparation and packing; lists; tips etc. I’ve been camping quite a bit but it’s nice to have a check list and over the last couple years I’ve upgraded and added to my camping gear and experience.

Weather Conditions: Friday is looking like it’ll be in the mid 70s to low 80s °F (high of 81°F and low of 63°F) with a <30% chance of rain. Saturday is looking like it’ll be cool staying in the mid 60 to low 70s °F (high of 72°F and low of 54°F) with the highest percent chance of rain: close to 60% in the morning and 88-98% chance in the afternoon and evening. Sunday will remain cool staying in the mid 50s-60s °F (high of 66°F and low of 53°F) with a <40% chance of rain during the day.

Friday my group & I will head out to Ohiopyle state park. Since my group will be the first to leave/ arrive we’re in charge of setting up (most of) camp, fire and food prep (actually most of the necessary prep work has been done the day/night prior so we’re good there).

Packing List – find a number of list that are great for first time campers if you’re not sure where to start or for those seasoned campers who want to keep organized. I like this camping pack list and REI has some great check lists that you can print out too: The 10 Essentials, Camping Checklist and Backpacking Checklist.

My packing list: clothing & gear fit into a medium duffle bag and the camping/hammock gear fit into a “beach tote” like bag

Clothing (fit into compression bag) & Footwear:

  • 3 synthetic/ wicking T-shirts
  • 2 cotton T-shirts
  • 1 long sleeve synthetic T
  • 1 fleece hoodie and sweatpants
  • 1 pair of cargo shorts
  • 2 pair of quick drying shorts
  • 1 pair of bike shorts – in place of a bathing suit for the intended natural water slide/ falls
  • 2 sports bras
  • 4-5 pairs of underpants
  • 4 pairs of socks – wool (for hiking) and cotton
  • Hiking Boots
  • Sneakers
  • Shower/ Swim flip flops
  • Rainwear (pant, jacket)
  • 2 bandanas
  • 2 hats
  • 2 pairs of gloves

Toiletries (fit in a shower bag):

  • Towel
  • Wash cloth
  • Toothbrush/ paste
  • Floss/ teeth cleaners
  • Brush
  • Shampoo
  • Wipes
  • Tampons

First Aid Kit:

  • Sunscreen
  • Aloe
  • Lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Tea tree topical for bites
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Gauze patches with tape
  • Band-aids (variety of kinds & sizes)
  • Tums
  • Ibuprofen and Advil
  • Neosporin/ Antibiotic cream
  • A&D lotion
  • Tissues
  • Tweezers

Camping Gear:

  • Hammock – I wrote a previous/ separate post on hammock gear
  • Tarp + extra tarp
  • Rope + extra rope
  • Tent stakes + extra stakes
  • Carabiners
  • Ziploc bags
  • Sleeping pad
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Chair

Equipment + Personal Gear:

  • Cell phone – emergencies, acts as alarm clock and camera/ video
  • GPS watch
  • Whistle
  • Lights: 2 flash lights, 1 head lamp
  • 2 lighters
  • 5 Fire starters
  • 1 knife, 1 mini multitool
  • CamelBak (act as day pack for hiking as well) + 1-2 water bottles
  • Wallet + cash
  • Map – campsite/ grounds and hiking trails
  • Print outs of reservations
Homemade fire starters: toilet paper rolls with dryer lint inside wrapped with magazine paper


Food for 2 sets of breakfast, lunch and dinner prep’d the night/ day before and stored appropriately – left overs = snacks and desserts = s’mores and other fun camping treats

I’m in charge of bringing cider and cocoa

  • Trail/ hike food
  • Mug, Bowl, Utensils
  • Foil (extra)
  • Paper towels (extra)
  • Trash/ recycling bag (extra)


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