Scouting magazine

Family camping gear for all ages

Gear that will help elevate your family-friendly campsite. Sample packing lists provided by Helen Olsson, author of The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping With Kids. Find a complete family-camping packing list on Olsson’s blog, maddogmom.com.

Hardware

Tent with poles, stakes, and rainfly (Find our picks here; pictured is the Big House 4 ($350) by Big Agnes)
Tarp (ground cloth)
Extra plastic tarp
Rope
Vestibule mat
Sleeping bags
Sleeping pads (Find our picks here)
Pillows
Screen house

Camp Kitchen (Find our picks here and here)

Camp stove (Find our picks here and here)
Fuel
Pots
Pans
Skillet
Grill rack
Cutting board
Sharp knife
Measuring cup
Measuring spoons
Spatula
Big spoon
Long-handled tongs
Strainer
Plates
Bowls
Cups
Insulated coffee cups
Coffee making device
Water bottles
Utensils
Marshmallow sticks
Corkscrew
Bottle opener
Pot lifter
Aluminum foil
Small plastic bags
Large plastic bags
Plastic tablecloth
Extra-large tablecloth clips or tablecloth weights
Tupperware containers
Matches, lighter, or fire stick
Collapsible water container
Water purifier (optional) (Find our picks here)
Drink coozies
Coolers

Camp Kitchen Cleanup

Plastic washbasins
Sponge with scouring pad
Small scrubber brush
Old washcloths or tea towels
Biodegradable camp soap
Grocery-store plastic bags (for small amounts of garbage)
Tall kitchen garbage bags
Paper towels
Baby wipes
Clothesline and clothespins