Camping Checklist Essentials

At some time or another, we were all new to camping. But whether you’re planning your first ever camping trip or getting ready for another weekend in the woods, this camping checklist will help you bring only what you need without forgetting a thing!


Shelter is your most important friend for any camping trip. Investing in a high-quality tent is the single most important investment in camping. Purchasing a high-quality tent will be durable, easy to set up and take down, weather proof and able to withstand all the elements.

  1. Coleman Sundome is a popular tent choice by avid campers, and for a good reason. The Sundome is a high-quality tent at an affordable price. This perfect tent for anyone new to camping who isn’t ready to spend a fortune.
  2. Tahoe Gear Coronado 12-Person Family Tent is another way to explore the great outdoors. The Coronado is the perfect blend of size, quality, and value for your group’s next excursion. This model provides comfort and convenience for your group.
  3. Tahoe Gear Cruz Bay Beach Shade is a tent canopy ideal for protection from the sun. This tent is perfect for when you’re at the beach, woods ,or visiting your favorite National Park. The polyester fabric is UV and water resistant and up to 50+ UPF.

Proper sleeping gear is essential to an enjoyable camping trip. If you’re hot, cold, or uncomfortable while sleeping you will find your camping trip going sour rather quick. Catch more Zzzz’s with our favorite model from Coleman.

  1. Coleman Dexter– The Coleman Dexter will help you stay toasty warm out in the woods, in the mountains, or in your backyard. This sleeping bag keeps you comfortable in outdoor temperatures dropping down to 50 F with its Thermo Tech insulation and is designed for users as tall as 6-foot 3-inches. Best of all, the Dexter Point 50 is machine washable so you can easily clean up after roughing it on your adventures.

If you’re not a typical camper but more of a glamper, then an air mattress is a great option for you. An air mattress is bigger and heavier than a sleeping bag, but if you have the room they are definitely a comfy option to have. An air mattress provides all the great benefits travelers are looking for, plus the convenience of easy transport and set up.

  1. The Intex Air Mattress-Intex Air Mattresses is just like your bed at home. You’ll drift off to heavenly clouds while one with nature. Now the floor of the forest will feel like you’re lying down in a bed of luxury. Try some of our top rated air mattresses like
    1.  The Intex Queen Air Mattress with Built-In Pump and Pillow raises to its full height of 16.5-inches in a quick 4 minutes so you can begin drifting off into a deep tranquil sleep in no time.
    2.  The Insta-Bed Queen Raised Air Mattress features a built-in pump and is 22-inches high. This mattress has an integrated dual-chamber AC pump for easy inflation and deflation so you can get to counting sheep faster.
    3.  The Intex Dura-Beam Pillow Rest Airbed with Built-In Pump, Twin is a great option for a single user or for your young adventurer. This mattress will help you feel like you’re on cloud 9 in the great outdoors.


Without the right gear, camping can become rather miserable rather quick. Adding a backpack to your gear list will be the perfect addition for any trip. Brands like High Sierra and Tahoe Gear will store everything you need for your next outdoor excursion.

  1. High Sierra Tech 2 Series Titan 65 Frame Pack is an internal frame hiking backpack with a 65-liter capacity that can hold all your camping essentials. The S-shaped ergonomic-fit backpack straps and high-density back panels have cushy foams pads that keep air circulating and your shoulders from getting sore.
  2. High Sierra Tech 2 Series Titan 55 Frame Pack is an internal frame hiking backpack with a 55-liter capacity host plenty of extra storage spots like the mesh pockets on the front and each side, outer and inner zippered pockets, and a bungee cord with webbing loops for your gear. You’ll be able to store a ton of supplies without feeling like a ton of weight is on your back.
  3. Tahoe Gear Fairbanks 75L Premium Internal Frame Backpack is great for multiple day hiking and camping trips. This pack features a large main compartment and a drop-bottom sleeping bag compartment with divider. This pack is designed to provide both ease and durability in the great outdoors.

Other Essentials:

While these few items might not be essential, they can only enhance your camping experience. Read below for some camping extras.

  1. The Vivere Brazilian Hammock Chair is small, lightweight, and easy to set up almost anywhere. Camping hammock can be a whole new experience for an avid camper or a newbie camper. Not only will you be right out in the open, but you have no mesh or tent blocking your view of the stars.
  2. Hamilton Beach 1-Liter French Press is the easiest way to make a cup of delicious coffee. A warm cup of camp coffee is not just something you want when you’re camping, it’s something you need when you’re camping! This french press allows you to brew coffee that tastes just like the good stuff from home.
  3. Folding chairs are perfect for when you’re relaxing at the campsite. We offer heavy-duty and durable chairs that are meant to last. You’ll be able to sit in comfort with styles from The Kelsyus Original Canopy Chair, The Coleman Big-N-Tall Oversized Quad Chair, and  The Coleman Comfortsmart Suspension Camping Chair. You’ll telling ghost stories around the campfire in no time.
  4. One of our favorite camping essentials is undoubtedly a high-quality tumbler. Few styles are anywhere near as durable, insulating, and convenient as The Insulated 30-Ounce Travel Tumbler. This tumbler will keep things hot for 12 hours and your cold items for 24 hours.
  5. Like with any other area in life, disaster can strike while you’re out camping. Maybe you end up getting lost in the woods, you suffer an injury preventing you from hiking out, your canoe drifts away while camping, or one of the many other things that could happen while being outside. These Cobra CXR-925 Two-Way Radio Walkie-Talkie give you clear sound and reception. They also feature a weather alert radio to keep you prepared and to meet all your needs. We are an authorized Cobra Dealer and will meet all your camping safety needs.


Take us with you and experience one of the finer things in life, the great wide open.

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