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Camping Checklist

Outdoor (10) Essentials

  • Pocketknife 
  • First-aid kit 
  • Extra clothing 
  • Rain gear 
  • Water bottle (filled) 
  • Flashlight (or headlight) 
  • Trail food / snacks 
  • Matches 
  • Sun protection 
  • Map & Compass 

Personal Camping Gear

  • Clothing for the season (see warm- and cold-weather checklist) 
  • Boots or shoes as appropriate 
  • Backpack 
  • Rain cover for backpack 
  • Sleeping bag 
  • Sleeping pad 
  • Eating kit: spoon, plate, bowl, cup 
  • Cleanup kit: soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, comb, washcloth, and towel 
  • Personal extras (optional): watch, camera, notebook, pencil/pen, sunglasses, swimsuit, gloves 

Group Overnight Camping Gear

  • Tents with poles, stakes, ground clothes, and rope 
  • Dining fly 
  • Nylon cord, 50 feet 
  • Stoves and fuel 
  • Cook kit (in patrol box) 
  • Cleanup kit (in patrol box) 
  • Group extras (optional): shovel, water container, patrol flag, ax, saw

Warm-Weather Clothing Checklist

  • T-shirt or short-sleeved shirt
  • Hiking shorts
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Long pants
  • Sweater (fleece) or warm jacket
  • Brimmed hat
  • Bandannas
  • Rain gear

Cold-Weather Clothing Checklist

  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Long pants (fleece or wool)
  • Sweater (fleece or wool)
  • Long underwear (polypropylene)
  • Socks (wool or synthetic blend)
  • Warm hooded parka or jacket
  • Stocking hat (fleece or wool)
  • Mittens or gloves (fleece or wool) with water resistant shells
  • Rain gear

Source: Camping Merit Badge pamphlet
ISBN-978-0-8395-3256-9, 2008 Printing