Wisconsin Camping & Recreation | Camping Checklist

What to bring when camping in Wisconsin

Whether you’re camping in Wisconsin or elsewhere there are essential things you need to take on your trip. (This camp list is geared towards tent camping and/or hiking, but can be used for other types of camping as well)

Wisconsin Camping Checklist

Camping in Wisconsin

Camp checklist for what to bring when tent camping and hiking:

Clothing & Misc.-
Hiking Boots
Shoes/Sandals
Shorts & Pants
Sweatshirt & Shirts
Jacket or Windbreaker
Underwear & Socks
Sun Hats/Caps
Rain gear/Umbrella
Swim Suit & Towels
Belt (optional)
Small backpacks (optional, for hiking)

Bedding-
Sleeping Bag & Pad
Air Mattress or Cot (Optional)
Pump (for air mattress)
Batteries for pump
Sheets
Blankets
Pillows
Hammock (optional, great for naps under a tree)

Shelter & Furniture-
Tent
Stakes
Rope
Poles
Tarps
Camp Chairs
Folding Table
Small canopy or beach umbrella (optional)

Lighting-
Lantern    (Solar electric preferred)
Fuel for Lantern if needed
Extra Mantles for lantern if needed
Flashlights (with batteries)
Extra Batteries
Lantern Hangers
Tent Light
Glow Sticks
Candles     (Citronella bucket candles)

Navigation & Communication-
Cell Phone
Maps
GPS (optional)
Compass
Family Radios (walkie-talkies)
Whistle
Radio (Solar-powered if possible)
Trail Guides / Hiking Guides

Personal Items & Misc.:
Money / Wallet / Credit Cards
Watch (or watch w/alarm)
Alarm Clock (optional, do you really need to keep a schedule?)
Sunglasses
Reading Glasses
Prescription medications
Aspirin or pain medication
First Aid Kit (include tweezers, sting stop & burn ointment)

Toiletries/personal care-
Shaving Cream
Razor
Toilet Paper
Toothpaste
Toothbrush
Deodorant
Washcloths
Baby Wipes
Camping Shower
Portable toilet (optional)
Shampoo
Brush
Medication
Electric Shower Pump
Bucket for Water
Suncreen
Bug Repellant

Preparedness Items:
Pocket Knife
Binoculars
Gloves (work type)
Bungi Cords
Rope or Cord (for hanging wet towels/swimsuits)
Clothespins
Canteen / Water Bottle
Small Shovel
Portable Tool Kit (scissors, pliers, all-purpose tool, etc.)
Bikes (optional)
Duck Tape
Small Axe
Tent repair Kit
AC Converter / Extension Cord
Portable power source

Heat & Cooking-
Fire Starters
Newspaper (for fire starter)
Lighter and Matches
Charcoal
Lighter fluid
Camping grill
Volcano cook stove/grill (optional)
Dutch oven (for use with Volcano)
Propane cook stove & propane cannister (optional)
Firewood

Kitchen Utensils & Misc.
Pots / Pans (skillet, saucepan)
Coffee Pot / Percolator
Cooking Utensils (ladle, large spoon, etc.)
Spatula
Tongs
long camp forks (for marshmallows/hot dogs)
Knives
Cutting Board
Aluminum Foil
Salt/Pepper/Spices
Cooking Oil or Olive Oil
Oven Mitts (2)
Can Opener/wine opener
Cups (plastic or disposable)
Plates
Bowls
Tupperware (for packing food/leftovers)
Coffee Cups
Silverware/ Plasticware
Tablecloth
Paper Towels
Dishwashing soap
Dirty Dish Bucket
Dish Pan (for washing)
Washcloth/old dish towels
Scrubber sponge
Trash Bags
Ziplock Bags
Cooler/Ice chest
Toiletries/personal care
Shaving Cream
Razor
Toilet Paper
Toothpaste
Toothbrush
Deoderant
Washcloths
Baby Wipes
Camping Shower
Portable toilet (optional)
Shampoo
Brush
Medication
Electric Shower Pump
Bucket for Water
Suncreen
Bug Repellant

Camp Foods (a few fun suggestions):
Jiffy Pop (for cooking on the campfire)
S’Mores- Hershey Bars (keep in cooler) / Marshmallows & Graham Crackers
Hot dogs/baked beans (Fun & easy for kids to make)
Trail mix & Food/protein bars (for energy on your hike)
Pancake mix (just add water type)
Real maple syrup & fresh blueberries (for your pancakes, of course)
Cornbread mix (to cook in a Dutch oven)

Check upcoming posts for more camp food ideas and a New camping food list.

Entertainment:
Camera / Film / Extra Batteries
Playing Cards / Board Games, etc.
Books or Magazines
Pen & Notebook
Toys for Kids
Horseshoes & other outdoor games
Frisbee, balls
Inner tubes/pool floats (optional)

Camping Tip: Pack your camping supplies and gear in Rubbermaid storage bins or similar waterproof containers. Not only does this keep everything dry and bug free but next time you want to go camping it will cut your packing time in half to keep things packed this way. (Be sure to wash dishes, clothing, etc. and remove perishable items)

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