The Only Camping Checklist You’ll Ever Need

It’s late, but you’ve finally made it. After finishing work, loading the car, getting the kids into their seats, and driving for hours, you’ve arrived at the campsite.

Needless to say, you’re ready for a relaxing weekend of fishing, walking, toasting marshmallows around a campfire, and spending quality time with your family.

But wait…where’s the tent? And the sleeping bags? And, come to think of it, who packed the cooler full of food?

If this unfortunate situation sounds all too familiar or you’re desperate to avoid it on your upcoming trip, having a camping checklist at your disposal should make a difference!

Camping Essentials: The Basics

1. Tent Top Choice:  Coleman 4-Person Dome Tent – Rating: 4.6/5 – Pros: Affordable, 1-year limited warranty, dark-room technology, simple setup – Cons: Unsuitable for seriously wet or windy weather

2. Tent Stakes and Mallet Top Choice:  Prime 1 Galvanized Steel Tent Stakes with Rubber Mallet – Rating: 4.7/5 – Pros: Heavy-duty, non-rusting stakes with a sharp point – Cons: Rubber mallet is less durable when hammering stakes into hard ground

3. Tarp Top Choice:  Amazon Basics Waterproof Camping Tarp – Rating: 4.7/5 – Pros: Rip-stop design, reinforced corners/edges, and multi-purpose design – Cons: Waterproofing might fail over time

4. Camping Pillows Top Choice:  Klymit Drift Camping Pillow – Rating: 4.7/5 – Pros: Memory foam adds comfort, reversible shell, expands to full-size pillow – Cons: Costly versus other models

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