10 Things Not to Forget when Camping in a Tent

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10 Things Not to Forget When Camping in a Tent Every now and then we get a wild hair and decide to do some tent camping.  I learned a long time ago the 10 things not to forget when camping in a tent. Now we go sans kids, but still, need to make sure we are prepared. No one, especially me wants to be stuck in a tent without the goods you need to have a great trip!

10 Things Not to Forget when Camping in a Tent

  • The Tent – This one is pretty much a no brainer. Be sure to set up your tent at home for a trial run before you leave. Double check for rips, broken zippers and missing parts. Be sure the tent poles and stakes are in the bag, along with a small hammer, just in case.
  • Flashlights/Batteries – Arriving at a campsite after dark, happens! We never plan it that way, then again, we don’t plan flat tires or getting lost. Life happens! Flashlights will serve lots of purposes and fresh batteries is a must. This LED   Flashlight comes with the batteries and can take a beating. It’s one of our favorites.

things not to forget when camping

  •  Toilet Paper/Flushable Cleansing Cloths – Campground bathrooms can be a scary place. If you are lucky you find a place with flushable toilets. If you’re not so lucky, pit toilets will be your only choice. Supplying your own toilet paper and flushable cleansing cloths is a must.  Cottonelle on-the-go packs fit perfectly in a backpack, purse or pocket.  Keeping your Bum clean will prevent uncomfortable days and nights when your all up close and personal in a tent.
  • First Aid Kit – Accidents can happen no matter if you are at home or out camping. Keeping a well-stocked first aid kit on hand is a great idea. Band-aids, soap, water, tweezers, gauze and hand sanitizer will get you the basics for small wounds or until you can seek medical attention. You have to think like a scout and always be prepared. This first-aid kit we picked up has everything we need and then some.

things not to forget when camping

  • Trash Bags – Obviously you can use trash bags to keep your campsite neat and tidy. They also make good makeshift ponchos, keep your bedding and clothing from becoming damp and will hold lots of dirty clothes and shoes on the way home. I prefer contractor bags. They are strong, thick and the 42-gallon size holds A LOT!
  • Sleeping Bag/Bedding – It gets cold at night, even in the middle of summer. Having padding between you and the ground is a must. Stay warm and hopefully dry in a good sleeping bag.
  • Matches/Lighter – You cannot start a campfire without a fire source and camping just isn’t the same if you don’t have the chance to sit around a campfire, toast a few marshmallows and make some real camp food! Wood is important too, but you can usually buy that from the campground or a neighbor along the way.

things not to forget when camping

  • Duct Tape – Guaranteed you will have a need for duct tape. Keep a roll or two on hand. I am sure you will find something to repair it. It works great to fix not only camping supplies but the car, too. We never leave home without a good roll of duct tape!
  • Water – There are so many uses for water. Cooking, cleaning and staying hydrated will be a breeze if you bring your own clean water. I never trust the water at campgrounds. Our well water spoils me.
  • Reading material – This one is my personal must have. I LOVE to read and never get the chance to do it as often as I would like too. There’s nothing better than plopping your bum in a chair and reading in the peacefulness of the great outdoors. If you are an e-reader kind of person, don’t forget that Audible lets you download books and you can get your first two downloads are free!

I bet your thinking I forgot a lot of other important things. Surely, we could make a list of hundreds of items to make sure you take with you when you plan to pitch a tent. Being sure I have the necessities on hand when we arrive and set up camp is my main goal. Most places we camp, you can drive 20 minutes and arrive at a Walmart. If we need anything else, we just take a quick road trip and pick it up!

If you happen to plan camping on the west coast don’t miss out on these kid friendly campgrounds in Oregon.

things not to forget when camping

Once you set up camp, be sure to enjoy every minute that you can. Before you know it you’ll have to come back to the real world, the downtime will go quickly. RELAX! Have you ever gone on a trip and forgotten to pack something important??

Michele is a married mom of 3 adult children. She is currently enjoying spending time with her husband in the empty nest. Michele can be found working on a healthy lifestyle, camping or having some frugal fun. Not necessarily in that order!

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    Stephanie Sanders
    April 7, 2015 at 8:01 am


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    August 5, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Yes! You can never have too many trash bags or toilet paper! I use baby wipes a lot for everything too, going to the bathroom, washing hands, cleaning up stuff. I recently posted a few blog posts on camping and am always looking for more ideas!

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    Alayna @AlaynasCreations
    August 6, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Great list! We haven’t taken the kids camping in ages but I really want to. We’re running out of time for this summer though – how did that happen?! 😉

    I am co-hosting the #HomeMattersParty link party this month and would love to have you stop by. The next party opens at midnight!. http://www.alaynascreations.co

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    August 7, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Great list! Thank you for sharing with us at the Brag About it Link Party! Have a great weekend!

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    Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden
    August 10, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    I’ve never been camping before but this sounds like a great list to take! thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

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    April 11, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    This post is great! I only camp once or twice a year and I need a good list like this as a reminder of what to bring.

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    Kristine Hart
    April 14, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Thank you! I could not have picked a better post! I’m leaving June 9th to go on a little excursion. I’m walking from Rhode Island to Florida (solo) and will be camping for the first time. All those survival shows I’ve watch has paid off. I have everything on your list already. I’m simply beside myself with excitement.
    Thank you again!

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    Melanie Frost
    April 17, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    I haven’t been camping in years, but I would have never thought to bring all those supplies. Duct tape? Who knew? I’m going to keep this in mind in case I ever go camping again in the future. #SundayBlogHop

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    April 17, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    This is actually SUPER helpful to me. I want to start camping soon! Never really camped before. I love this helpful list. So happy to find you at Meet Up Monday! You have a new fan in me and I will follow you! Yay!

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    Beth | AlmostPosh.com
    April 17, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    My idea of camping is an on-site cabin but this does sound like a very comprehensive list! Baby wipes are the business. Since having my daughter three years ago, I plan to never be without them.

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    Kristy as Giftie Etcetera
    April 18, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Even though they are on my list, I forget trash bags all the time.

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    April 18, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Great list! Definitely the wet wipes, lol! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on Twitter! Have a great week!

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    jenny @ Unremarkable Files
    April 19, 2016 at 3:25 am

    Don’t forget the Ziploc bags and paper towels!

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    April 20, 2016 at 3:55 am

    Great camping tips Michele – Thanks for sharing with Pin Worthy Wednesday

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    April 21, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    I love the idea of duct tape…I believe there is no such thing as too much duct tape 😉 Thanks for adding this to FromTheFarm, it’s one of this week’s favorites! Hope to see you again soon!

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    April 23, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    I always pack a few lengths of rope. Part of setting up camp is hanging up a clothesline. (Place it carefully so no one will run into it in the dark) Not just for hanging wet swimming clothes: put snacks in a bag and hang on the rope to keep snacks handy but keep ants out. (If you’re camping in bear country, that’s a whole other story where food is concerned. Research safe camping in bear country )

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    July 25, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Try taking along a couple of solar lights….you can buy them at the $1 stores, & they are great for seeing when it gets dark….kids love them, too!

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    February 13, 2018 at 11:46 am

    We camp a lot near and on beaches here in FL. Baby powder is AMAZING at getting the sand off of your body! Def invest if going near a place with sand!!

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    July 11, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    And camping gas for stove 🙄

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    September 14, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Great article. Good advice from the heart.

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    July 30, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    Extension cords, air bed – absolute must. Battery lights for inside tent. Game bag for at night, bungee cords – can put towards lots of uses.
    Things from home that are staples for cooking: salt, pepper, Pam spray for the pie irons, etc.

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      Michele Brosius
      August 1, 2019 at 11:06 pm

      I’ll be sure to add these ideas in the next post. Thank you!

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