Friday, June 6, 2014

Camping Essential Checklist - 101

Every camping or road trip or daytime picnic, I scramble around to find out what we need to prepare & carry. So here is the list of all things we used, missed and needed in most of our camping trips.

Camp site should have below facilities for ease of life. Usually all of them have it, but no harm in checking their website and then making your schedule.
  1. Electric connection  (for rice-cooker, phone charger, RV, ...)
  2. Bathroom, shower & drinking water facilities
  3. Firewood (should be bought locally)
  4. Hiking trails
  5. Biking trails
  6. Horse-back trails
  7. Check state-park calendar of events for your planned date. Usually all state-parks have outdoor activities in the morning half (butterfly or fossil hunting, geo-caching) and live animal demo or story telling at night.

Grocery for Meals & Snacks

  1. Rice – make ziplocks of portion for each cooking session. And an Electric cooker to cook rice
  2. Curds/Yogurt
  3. Pickle
  4. Maggi
  5. Bread (for sandwiches)
  6. Boiled eggs
  7. Lettuce
  8. Fruits: Banana, Strawberry, Orange, Apple, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Pineapple
  9. Chakna (mixtures)
  10. Corn chips with Salsa

Grill foods:

  1. Corn
  2. Potatoes
  3. Paneer, tomato, Capsicum/green peppers & Onion on Skewers
  4. Chicken drumsticks marinated and packed in icebox.
  5. Marshmallows (eaten with Grahm crackers & Hersheys chocolate)
Best Meal Recipes for Camping or picnic:
  1. Lalita sandwiches: Bread slices with butter or cream cheese, layered with Haldiram’s bhujiya Sev. Can add Boiled eggs.
  2. Sesame bread slices with butter/cream cheese, salsa, lettuce, sliced boiled eggs, sprinkle salt, pepper, paprika.
  3. Gajare sandwich: Bread slices each with mint chutney & butter with filling of cucumber, tomato & boiled potato slices
  4. Curd rice with pickle
  5. Roasted corn
  6. Corn chips with Salsa
Lighting & Campfire:
  1. Lamps & torch (wide range available in Menards & HomeDepot)
  2. Candles
  3. Fire Lighter & matchbox for backup
  4. Petrol / lighter-fluid
  5. Firewood – should be bought locally in the State Park office.
  6. Coals


  1. Water jars
  2. Gatorade / Lemonade
  3. Juice boxes for kids
  4. Cool-box with ice for storage

Cooking & food utensils

  1. Cutlery & Silverware
  2. Paper plates, glasses & bowls
  3. Dishtowel or tissue roll
  4. Skewers (Wooden ones soaked in water so they don’t burnup while grilling)
  5. Shakers with Salt & Pepper and other spice bottles (Red chilly flakes/powder, Oregano, Kala-namak)
  6. Dishwashing scrub & liquid

Sleeping arrangement:

  1. Tent
  2. Bedding or sleeping bag 
  3. Bedsheets
  4. Pillow
  5. Quilt – night-time temperature decides this. No matter how scorching it is at noon, it can dip to extreme cold in the middle of night. After all this is outdoors.
First-aid kit: Small pouches of
  1. Band-Aid
  2. Mosquito-cream (Odomos)
  3. Skin cream for any rashes
  4. Pain cream/spray (Iodex, Volini)
  5. Fever meds


  1. Kids journal
  2. Nature Scavenger Hunt – Print one of these sheets & stick on a paper bag. So kids won’t lose the list & collect all treasures in the bag. 
  3. Hiking/Running Gear
  4. Bikes/Cycle
  5. Outdoor toys 
  6. Drawing book & pencils
  7. Reading books

Other stuff

  1. Mosquito spray
  2. Garbage bags
  3. Toothbrush & paste
  4. Soap / Shampoo
  5. Bath/Beach towel
  6. Folding chair
  7. Flip-flops / Slippers
  8. Camera devices & chargers
  9. Caps / hats / sunglasses
  10. Umbrellas – as needed
  11. Whistle

Buzzfeed lists that I just cannot help, but share:

I might update if I find any item I missed. Do add your checklist in comments.

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