What to Bring While Camping in a Tent


Are you the person that see’s your friends or neighbors going camping. And they tell you how much fun they had. At that moment you decide I’m going camping! The very next thought is: What to bring while camping in a tent?

This is your lucky day. Because today if your wondering I’m going to tell you what to bring while camping in a tent? What to Bring while camping in a tent?

  • Tent
  • Tarp
  • Rope
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hammer
  • Hatchet
  • Water Carrier
  • Flashlight
  • Lantern
  • Sleeping bag
  • Cot
  • Pillow
  • Canopy
  • cooking Stove
  • Matches
  • Pots & Pans
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Knives, Forks
  • Spoons
  • Coffee
  • Pot
  • Ice Chair
  • Chest

If you want a more in depth list of camping essentials. Then continue reading …

Please note that these Items Can be found here Camping Essentials.

Safety First

The most essential thing that is paramount when camping. Leaving an itinerary with family & friends. You can load up all your gear and equipment and be set and ready.

But the most important thing is letting people know; Where you are going. And when you are expected back.

You never know when something could happen. So be ready to expect the unexpected.

Your Itinerary should look like this:

  • Date going
  • Where your going
  • Date of return
  • Contact number

Camping Safety Essentials

  • First Aid Kit
  • Two Way Radio (Walkie Talkie)
  • Survival Knife
  • Compass
  • Solar Power Bank
  • Sun Screen
  • Epipen (If you are allergic)

Tent Camping Equipment Some Essentials

  • Tent

Two things to consider when buying a tent. First is how difficult is it to put and take down.

And the second thing is; Is it weather resistant or waterproof. Two really important things. To save you time I have found the best tents that are waterproof and easy to setup. See the tents for yourself here.

  • Tarp

It’s always good to carry a tarp with you. And not just carry it. But actually set it up. You will need two tarps. 1. To put under the tent. And 2. To put over the tent. Better to do it before it starts raining. Also you will probably use rope when putting the tarp in place.

  • Rope always comes in handy for putting tarps and hammock up. And always be prepared for bad weather. Tie things down so that they don’t blow away.

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Don’t Leave Home Without Camping Tools

  • First Aid Kit

Your Always going to want to take a good first aid kit. You never know when it will come in handy. Hopefully you never need to use it. But if the time comes. Where you do need it. You will be happy you have the first aid kit.

  • Swiss Army Knife or All in one knife

You never know when a knife will come in handy. But the good thing about a Swiss army knife. Or I call it an all in one. You have a lot of additional tools at your finger tips.

  • Hammer

You are going to need a hammer to stake your tent to the ground. So you don’t roll down the hill. (Joking). But yes a hammer comes in handy.

  • Hatchet

The hatchet can also be used for multi tasking. Hammer on one end and chop wood on the other. A good hatchet is a wise addition to your tool kit.

  • Flashlight

Don’t forget your flashlight. And now you can get the traditional flashlight. That you would hold in your hand. Or hands free. You wear it on your head. It’s a band that fit’s on your head with a flashlight attached. It’s really cool for Camping.

If you get to the campground late. And need to put the tent up in the dark. The headband flashlight let’s you. Because your hands are free.

  • Lantern

To me one of the most important things. You can take camping is a lantern. Sometimes you are just out in the pitch black. The only saving grace is your lantern. And you don’t want to walk to the potty in the pitch black.

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Staying Cozy Camping With These Essentials

  • Camping Sleeping bag & Pillow

You absolutely want to bring these camping. A sleeping bag and a pillow. You need to stay warm and comfy when you sleep.

There are 4 different types of sleeping bags. And several different temperatures ranges they are suited for. To read about the 4 kinds of Camping Sleeping bags read this.

  • Camping Cot And Sleeping Pad

Believe me this is one you will thank me for. Without a Cot & sleeping pad you are sleeping on the ground. I don’t know about you, but for me I need my back. So I for one use a Cot and sleeping pad.

What’s great about a cot and the sleeping pad. They are both lite weight and very portable. They are both worth the price.

And please don’t forget your pillow. Another essential to a good night rest. that will keeping you a happy camper.

  • Blankets
  • Sheets

A Camping Canopy Keeps You Out of the Elements

  • Canopy

Every campsite needs to have a canopy. You need a canopy to place over the campground table. Or if there isn’t a campground table. Your table and chairs.

You can get a canopy that will last a very long time. And it’s 1, 2, 3 and there set up. Don’t forget to use your hammer to stake it to the ground. You don’t want the wind to take your canopy like a kite.

The canopy is going to be used more than your tent. It’s going to be the only cover from the Sun and rain.

Related Article: Best Canopy for Camping.


What Would Camping be Without Cooking Utensils?

  • Cooking Stove

A Camping stove is one of those items your never going to forget. You may forget your pillow. Or the milk in the fridge, when packing. But the stove you know to bring it.

  • Pots & Pans

Again when you are tent camping. There may be nothing when you get there. Some campgrounds will have water and electric. But they are not going to furnish your cookware.

So if you intend on eating. Get the essentials. Pots and pans, Plates etc.

  • Knifes and Forks, Spoons (Silverware) Cooking Utensils
  • Pots

This category falls into everything you are going to need to make breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Coffee Pot

Don’t leave home without it. A camping peculator comes in handy. You can use it for boiling water or making hot drinks.

  • Coffee Cups

If your ruffing it a coffee cup can be an all purpose cup.

  • Ice Chest

One of the most important thing. You will need to bring is a good ice Chest. One that is going to keep your goods cold.

And not just cold. But cold for a long period of time. There are good Ice chest. And then there are Great ice chest. (See Camping Essentials)

  • Matches
  • Lighter
  • Fire Glove

Some campgrounds sell wood. But call in advance because if they don’t you may want to bring some wood. Or be prepared to use the axe or hatchet.

Make sure to ask in advance if you can bring your own wood. Depending on the state. You should not be transporting wood from one state to another. Due to laws and pest control.

  • Water Carrier

You always want to make sure you have enough drinking water. If you are at a campground. Where there is water and electric. But no showers. You can always buy a portable water heater for a portable shower.

Kitchen Ware

  • Cups
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Coffee Pot
  • Propane
  • Frying pan
  • Griddle
  • Spatula
  • Portable Grill
  • Kitchen Utensils
  • Garbage Bags
  • Paper (Plates/Cups/Bowls
  • Tin foil
  • Bottle water
  • Sink for Washing Dishes
  • Can opener/Bottle Opener
  • Black Stone Griddle
  • Palmolive Soap
  • Paper Towels
  • Napkins
  • Dish Towel
  • Pot holder
  • Scrub brush
  • Camping Table
  • Cutting Board
  • Plastic Knifes/forks/spoons

There are many different methods of cooking. When you are on a camping trip. You can use your campfire. And Use cast iron skillet & pot.

Or A camping stove, or portable grill. The grill could be propane or charcoal. And you can use a propane griddle. And if there is electric at your campsite. Then you can use an electric griddle. Just Food for Thought!

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You Must Take With You a Comfortable Camping Chair

  • Camping Chair

When you go camping you may just sit. And relax by the campfire. But many times you are doing other things. Like sitting at the lake. Or the river fishing. Maybe there is a beach at the lake.

The beach has sand and you want to sit there. What ever the situation is. You will find. That there is a camping chair. Built for each occasion.


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Campfire Extras

There always things that are fun. And come in handy. When you go camping. Things such as:

  • Binoculars
  • Fishing tackle box
  • Fishing rods
  • Day pack
  • Hiking Pack
  • Lighters
  • Fire starter
  • Bug Spray
  • Camping Lights
  • Portable fan
  • Portable power bank
  • Solar Panels
  • Portable Air conditioner
  • Dog (Food, Leash, Pen, Bowls, Bones, Toys)
  • Camping Games
  • Guitar
  • Hammock

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Warm Clothing & Proper Camping Shoes

You always want to bring extra Socks. And make sure your wearing water proof shoes and or boots. Or if your going in the water. It’s good to have water shoes. To keep your feet safe from broken glass, or fishing hooks.

You want to always have warm clothing like hoodies, sweatshirts, and don’t forget a rain jacket. Staying dry is a big thing. When your camping.

  • Fleece shirts
  • Baseball Hat or Fishing hat (Sun Hat)
  • Hoodie
  • Sweat Shirt
  • Rain coat
  • Jacket
  • Bathing suit
  • Socks
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Water Shoes
  • Water proof Shoes
  • Boots

Bathroom Toiletries For Camping

You can never have enough toilet paper. Remember that some places that you may camp at you are supplying everything. To save room you can get the travel size shampoo toothpaste etc.

  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Razor
  • Hand Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Toiletry bag
  • Wash Cloth
  • Towels

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