10 Best Camping Supplies

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Packing and planning for camping is one of my favorite things to do in the spring.  Truly!  Picking dates, booking camp sites and organizing camping supplies means that we are just that much closer to enjoying the great outdoors as a family.
 

10 Best Camping Supplies

After unpacking and reviewing the supplies that we have left over from last year I head to our local dollar store.  The dollar store is a great place to find many of the items that you may need for camping.  Check out our complete list of camping supplies at the end of this post.  
 
Until then here are a few of our must have Dollar Store Camping Supplies…

Camping Dollar Store Supplies

1. Toys are an essential supply when camping with kids.  Even just picking up something new may keep them occupied for hours.
 
2. Table cloth.  Not all picnic tables are created equal.  Cover up and provide quick clean up.
 
3. Kitchen clean up can be made easier with a scrub brush, wash cloth and scrubbies.
 
4. Travel size toiletries are a great way to save space and pack lighter.  Look for toothbrush and soap covers/cases to keep things neat and tidy.
 
5. Condiment containers.  Downsize condiments like ketchup, mustard and barbecue sauce into smaller containers.
 
6. Camping shoes.  Pick up some inexpensive shoes for everyone and store them in the trailer or camping bins.  This is especially helpful for little ones who forget/lose shoes frequently.
 
7. Individual water bottles prevent multiple plastic cup usage and having to figure out whose cup is whose.
 
8. A nylon duffel bag is the best way to keep dirty camping clothes separate from clean ones.  We throw our dirty clothes in the bag as we camp then simply dump it into the washer when we get home.
 
9. Little screw top containers to downsize toiletries like shampoo and conditioner into.  We use these little containers for mayonnaise, oyster sauce and spices too.
 
10. Matches, lighters, candles, rope, glow sticks, hot dog sticks, knives, cutting boards and many more camping supplies can also be found at the Dollar Store.
 
 
Here is a complete listing of our camping supplies.
 
General supplies:
Throw away dishes {plates/bowls/cutlery}
Medium bowl
Medium pot
Frying pan or griddle
Spatula
Knife
Cutting board
Table cloth
Wet wipes
Paper towel/napkins
Lighter/matches
Flashlight
Batteries
Bug Spray
Sunscreen
Mosquito coils
First aid kit
Plastic bags
Garbage bags
Twine/rope
Dish soap
Dish cloths
Tinfoil
Newspaper
 
Equipment:
Folding chairs
Folding table
Barbecue/camp stove
Water jug
Tarp
Life jackets
Tent
Mattress {air/foam}
Sleeping bags
Pillows
Firewood
Roasting sticks
 
Shower/Bathroom:
Towels
Soap
Shampoo/conditioner
Toothbrush/toothpaste
Deodorant
Wash cloth
Brush 
Hair ties
Toilet paper
 
Clothes:
T-shirts
Pants
Shorts
Sweater/hoodie
Rain jacket
Underwear
Socks
Bathing suit
Hat
 
Miscellaneous:
Toys
Games/cards
Bikes
Helmets
Fishing gear
 
When we tented it, we packed most of this gear into large Rubbermaid totes.  Now that we have a tent trailer, we keep our supplies loaded in the trailer.  Either way planning and packing for camping can be made easy with just a few of these 10 Best Tips!
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4 Comments

  1. BettySue says

    thanks for all the wonderful tips. my fiancée and I just purchased our first tent and will be going on our first 3 day camping trip in less than a month. I am so excited. haven’t been camping since girl scouts and 4H and that has been awhile. did I say I am so excited?

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