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The Only Car Camping Packing List You’ll Ever Need

I’m sitting in the middle of snow storm, dreaming about much warmer weather.  This is the time of year that I start planning our summer.  Just the other day, we firmed up our plans to spend a week camping at our favourite place, MBC.  We can’t wait to go!


We’ve been car camping ever since we were married, and having babies didn’t stop us.  We’ve developed our packing list over the years, and it covers all of the essentials.  One year we packed all of our camping equipment and three kids into a small four door car, and still managed to have enough room for everything.  We’ve got this down to a science!


There are 3 main categories of things you’ll need: Clothing & Personal Items, Camping & Cooking Equipment, and Food.

Here’s our Packing List, free for you to print and use for your own car camping trip!  I’ve even included a 7 day sample menu.

Download (%WTTZ-Car-Camping-Packing-List.pdf)

What do you consider to be the essentials for camping?


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Megan is a WAHM to 3 (and then some) kids, who spends the majority of her time working as an Administrative Assistant, blogging and washing dishes. She loves to write about her adventures in parenting, running a home daycare, adoption and whatever else strikes her fancy!


  1. Cara (@StylishGeek)

    I just downloaded your car camping list! Thank you so much! We car camp every Spring and Summer and each trip we still forget something! LOL! Your list will be so helpful!

  2. Alli

    My daughter and her family love to camp, so I’ll definitely pass this on to her. Looks like you covered everything. Thanks for the printable!

  3. Tammilee Tips

    We love to go camping in the summer!! I love this printable list thank you, great resource to start packing off of.
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  4. Liz Mays

    That video really makes me want to do some camping. It would be so much fun! That list is very helpful.

  5. Esther | The Cuteness

    Oh gosh, I am SO not an outdoorsy person, but my husband would love for us to go camping one day with our kids… need to pin this for when that happens 🙂
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  6. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    It has been a while since I went camping, but this is a great list outlining all the essentials required for a successful camping trip. I’d love to take the kids camping one day soon.

  7. Rachel

    Thank you for this great list! We’re headed out camping in two weeks and I had no idea where to start with making sure we had everything! Now I feel a bit better but I still need to go shopping!

  8. travel blogger

    We love to camp, and this list is perfect! We will use this for our next camping trip.

  9. Angelic Sinova

    Thanks for this awesome packing list! I’ve never been camping and I’ve been itching to finally go but in terms of packing, I had no idea where to start <3
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  10. Jean

    One think I enjoyed about my last camping trip was having you over for coffee and a morning chat before everyone else was up and about! Camping with friends is great!

  11. Coolchillmom

    So I would consider an air conditioning an essential for camping! But I am braving it and using your list for our adventures this year

  12. Miles L.

    I love camping! When I was still a teenager, I always join our church’s summer camps! I miss the outdoors!

  13. Up Run for Life

    I used to go camping with my family growing up. It was so much fun and we created a ton of memories.

    I kinda want to go camping again but there is no way that I could sleep on the ground.
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  14. R U S S

    I have not gone camping in years but I do wanna try it soon as part of my #russgirltravels adventures. It is something that I would like to do now that I am an adult. Your list is something that will be super helpful when that time comes.
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  15. Heather S-G

    I haven’t camped in years, but if I ever planned on going again – I would pack from this list! Thanks for sharing this.
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  16. Jeanine

    I love camping. I haven’t done it in years and years but i plan to this summer with my family. So this is great.

  17. Anosa

    Oh wow you really have this nailed down to a T, I have done a few camping me but we always managed to forget something definitely downloading this for later
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  18. Chris T. Hoov

    Actually we having a camping this coming Summer break up, my kids always wanting a outdoor activities.

  19. Terri Beavers

    I’m going to download your car camping list for my daughters and their families. I love camping but haven’t been since my back surgery.

  20. David Lowman

    This list will be helpful! I will use it on my camping trip with the family. The video made me more exited about the hole camping trip! Thank you!

  21. Alan Jordan

    Thank you very much for this list. Im gonna use it for our camping trip this coming vacation. The video made me even more exited.

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