Camping Canada Campgrounds - Trip checklist

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Camping trip checklist   Going camping? Here's a checklist to help you pack your stuff so you don't forget anything. Although it is not a complete list of items that you might want to bring on your trip, it does list the most common items. Print it and use it to prepare for your next trip!

Before you go
Gather your travel guides and maps for the road

Reserve your campsite ahead of time
Ensure your vehicle is "ready" for the trip
Cancel your newspaper delivery
Install on/off timers on a few lamps in your house
Shut down your water heater (just in case....)
Ensure all windows and doors are locked 
Activate your home alarm 
Leave a key to your home to a trustworthy neighbor
Arrange for someone to cut your lawn (if necessary) 
Arrange for someone to empty your mailbox periodically 
Remember essentials
Address list and list of important contacts or numbers Passport
Backpack, suitcase, sports bag (something to pack everything in)
Passport (valid past your expected return date)
Money belt, money, traveler's cheques
International driving license (if necessary)
Mobile phone, international phone card
  Tip: Make a photocopy of your passport and other important documents and store them separately from the originals. If you lose something, a photocopy will speed up the replacement process.

Packing clothing
Sweater or fleece
Baseball cap
T-shirts and shirts (long and short sleeves)
Shorts and long pants or trousers, jeans, belt
Regular underwear and long thermal underwear ("Thinsulates" are great)
Pyjamas / sleepwear 
Socks including a pair of thick wool socks 
Footwear  (sneakers, sandals, shower shoes, rain/hiking boots) 
Rain gear - a poncho or a rain parka with pants  
Gloves or mittens 
A windbreaker or light jacket 
A hat, a baseball cap or a sun hat 
Swim wear & beach towels 
Sunglasses (with UVA/UVB protection) 
A sewing repair kit  
  Tip: Pack clothing using the time-honored "roll" technique. Lay two or three items on top of one another, smooth to flatten, and roll them up like you would a sleeping bag to save space and prevent wrinkles. For added wrinkle insurance, place a sheet of heavy tissue or packing paper between items of clothing before rolling.

Toiletries / Health items
Contact lens equipment

Prescription glasses
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Dental floss (also great for fixing things!)
Soap, shampoo, conditioner
Hairbrush, combs
Sunscreen (waterproof if you're planning to go swimming)
Lip balm / lip gloss
Moisturizer (face and body)
Talcum / baby powder (useful against heat rash / sweat rash in shoes)
Tampons and pads
Razors, shaving cream
Wet wipes / baby wipes
Toilet paper 
Cotton buds
Fingernail clippers & nail file
Bath towels
An unbreakable (plastic) mirror
  Tip: Buy travel-size containers for your toiletries and enclose toiletry containers in airtight plastic bags to prevent contents from spilling into your suitcase in the event of a leak. Wrap socks or pajamas around breakable items to cushion them.

First-aid kit
Band aids First aid kit
Compression bandages
Antiseptic ointment
Iodine/hydrogen peroxide  
Diarrhea tablets  
Re-hydration salts sachets  
Headache medication  
Motion sickness tablets  
Medication (prescribed or otherwise)  
Water purification tablets (just in case....)  
Insect and/or mosquito repellent  
Small scissors  
  Tip: Be sure to pack medications and other important items in an easily accessed baggage.

Miscellaneous items
Camera, films/memory cards


Mini camera tripod
Batteries, battery charger
Electrical adapter and plug converter
Travel alarm clock
A battery operated radio
iPod, MP3 player, DVD player, portable speakers
Laptop (useful for research and to keep in touch)
Maps or GPS
Travel / guidebooks
A walkie-talkie set
Dictionaries (could be useful)
Combo or key locks
Inflatable travel pillow
Mosquito net
A folding chair or two (or a hammock to pamper yourself)
A good book, deck of cards, board games (chess, cribbage..)  

If you're "tenting"
Your tent  (don't forget the stakes and poles)
Swiss knife
A tube of "seam sealer" for your tent (stick, spray or liquid)
An emergency "repair kit" for your tent (patches, glue, needle, thread ....) 
Your sleeping bags and/or warm blankets
A sleeping mat (foam or air-filled.... don't forget the air pump)
Pillows for everybody
A folding table (very convenient)
A tarp (for your cooking area or to install over/under the tent if necessary)
A battery operated lamp (NB: using a propane lantern inside a tent can be dangerous)
A lantern for outdoor use (don't forget to bring spare mantles and the propane canister)
A cooler / ice box
A cooking stove (and fuel) or a small BBQ
Cooking pots, a frying pan, a kettle, a few mugs and some utensils
A plastic egg container
A plastic butter container
A dish pan
A can opener and a corkscrew
A plastic tablecloth
A laundry bag (garbage bags also work fine)
Insulated food containers
Aluminum foil (especially if you're planning to cook on a open fire)
Hot dog sticks (weiner forks)
A large water carrier (2-5 gallon)
A water bottle / canteen
Plastic bags! Small and large... they're always handy!
Rope - at least 100 feet (nylon being the most resistant to weather)
Tape (electrical and/or duct tape work best)
An small (folding) shovel
An axe or a hatchet
A small broom 
A knife (swiss army knives are always useful)
Matches and/or a lighter (waterproof if possible)
A flashlight or two (always have a few spare bulbs around)
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