The Ultimate Camping Gear Check List

Camping Gear and Equipment for Australian Campers

Okay folks. I’m sick and tired of seeing those miniscule camping checklists which focus on minimal camping. I’m personally not a minimalist. I like to have a towel for the dishes, a towel for my body and a towel for mopping up the tent. One mini-towel used for everything, although technically possible, doesn’t really cut the mustard with me.

Take everything.

And then you’ll never need to go home! :)

Camping Essentials

  • Complete pack of your high quality and easy to set-up tent  (with complete ropes, poles, and pegs)
  • Floorings/floor mats/foam mattress (if needed)
  • Extra lightweight and durable tent (could be just an extra pop-up tent just in case)
  • Sunroom – canvas or polyester (if applicable, for extra room and more comfortable area)
  • Shower tent and shower hose
  • Changing/toilet room
  • Portable camp toilet
  • Extra high quality and durable tarps

Sleeping Gear

  • Swag
  • Mattress (could be a foam, air bed, BEST if self inflating)
  • Sleeping bags, sheets, doona
  • Pillow (self inflating or not)
  • Pillow case
  • Mozzie net/screen

Tables and Chairs

  • Camping picnic table plus chair set
  • Folding portable picnic/camping table
  • Extra folding table
  • Extra portable, folding, and comfortable chairs
  • Comfortable kiddie chairs
  • Extra quad folding stool

Cooking Equipment/Tools

  • Camping kitchen table
  • Camping kitchen sink table
  • Camping kitchen pantry table
  • Cooler/fridge
  • Portable camping gas stove (3-burners are the BEST!)
  • Gas hose and fittings
  • Extra gas bottles for refill
  • Cupboard storage
  • Iron pot pan cookwares
  • Frying pans, saucepans
  • Camping kitchen knives and other cooking tools
  • Disposable or reusable camping plates and bowls
  • Glasses/mugs/cups (may be disposable/reusable)
  • Utensils such as disposable spoon and fork
  • Thermos
  • Tripod, if necessary (for cooking stove)
  • Bottle opener
  • Can opener
  • Cutting board, mixing bowls
  • Paper towels
  • Roll of wrapping or aluminum foil
  • Zip lock bags
  • Containers for left-over foods (e.g. Lock & Lock)
  • Camping kitchen food organiser
  • Sponge, pot scrubber
  • Detergent/soap/dishwashing liquid


  • Basic foods (e.g. rice, bread, pasta, muffins, eggs, etc.)
  • Meat (e.g. steak, chicken, sausages, burger patties, bacon, etc.)
  • Drinks (e.g. water, cola, other soft drinks, wines, beers, Milo, coffee, tea, ready-to-mix drinks if possible, etc.)
  • Vegetable/cooking oil
  • Butter, cheese
  • Salt, pepper, herbs, spices, soy sauce, vinegar
  • Cereals and fresh/long life milk
  • Chips, biscuits, cookies, and other snack foods and quick bites
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Packaged and easy-open canned foods (e.g. pancakes, sausages, soup mixes, noodles, jellies, jams, spread for breads, etc.)


  • Long and short pants/jeans
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Underwears/undergarments
  • Clothing gear for wet weather
  • Jacket
  • Thermal top and bottom (if desired)
  • Socks
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Comfortable shoes for camping/walking/hiking
  • Sandals/slippers/thongs
  • Hats/Caps
  • Mittens and gloves
  • Scarfs


  • You should take enough clothes for your camping trip or at any travel depending on the weather condition.
  • Clothes that are suitable for all weather conditions are recommended.
  • Most of the time, layers of clothing works best when hiking/camping.

Personal Hygiene Items

  • Travel toiletry bag/kit
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Towels
  • Hairbrush/comb
  • Facial tissue
  • Toilet paper
  • Moisturizer
  • Sunblock lotion/cream
  • Deodorant
  • Cotton, cotton buds
  • Insect repellent
  • Anti bacterial hand cleaner
  • Wet wipes
  • Compact mirror
  • Tweezers/ Nail clips or scissors
  • Lip balm/lip gloss
  • Make-up kit (if desired)
  • Shaving cream
  • Razor and blades

Other Personal Items

  • Backpacks/hiking bag
  • Hydration packs
  • Personal water bottles
  • Tickets for the trip, booking information, and receipts that are necessary for the trip
  • Wallet, money, credit cards, debit cards
  • Passport and Identification IDs

NOTE: A Travel Document Passport Wallet Bag and/or Travel Documents Bag Organiser is a MUST to keep ALL your travel documents, IDs, passports, and wallets altogether!

  • Watch
  • Mobile phone and charger (extra battery for the mobile phone)
  • Sunglass/Reading glass/
  • Contact lens/contact lens solution
  • Digital camera, spare batteries
  • Video camera
  • Maps/guide book
  • Itinerary/tourist information
  • Emergency contact numbers
  • Address books
  • Sewing kit
  • Safety pins
  • Multi-purpose tool/pocket knife/Swiss knife
  • Magazines and books
  • Pen and papers/note pads

Kids’ MUST-haves!

  • Comfortable clothes for your babies/toddlers (like Ski Jacket Suit)
  • Baby foods
  • Baby milk
  • Some favourite toys of your kids to play with! 
  • Reading books
  • Colouring books/colours/drawing pads/pencils
  • Travel, card, ball, and board games
  • Other requirements and necessities for babies and toddlers

Medical Items

  • First aid kit
  • First aid book
  • Cold and flu medicines
  • Allergy medicines
  • Pain reliefs (Paracetamol like Panadol)
  • Vitamins, if any
  • Other prescribed medicines and medical prescriptions
  • Antibacterial ointment/cream
  • Anti itch lotion
  • Ointment/Cream for any kind of burn
  • Sunburn cream
  • Band aids and bandages in case of emergency
  • Snake bite kit
  • Eye drops
  • Ear drops
  • Small medical scissors


  • Flashlight/s
  • Portable LED lights
  • Rechargeable lantern lamps/lights
  • Compass/GPS device
  • Binoculars
  • Jerry cans for fuel
  • Radio
  • Portable television for entertainment/news updates
  • Portable DVD players and discs for entertainment
  • Spare batteries
  • Universal power adapter
  • Water bucket
  • Water containers
  • Cupboard hanging pantry (for more comfortable trip)
  • Ropes as clothesline
  • Waterproof bags
  • Clothes pegs
  • Match/lighter
  • Electric or battery operated portable heaters
  • Repair kit and tools (e.g. hammer, tape, nylon ropes, cable/zip ties)
  • Garbage bags to store rubbish/trash
  • Brooms, floor brush, and pan
  • Small rake, shovel, axe
  • Bicycle, helmet, and safety gear (if desired)
  • Fishing equipment and safety gear (if desired)
  • Skateboards/longboards (if possible)
  • Swimming gears (e.g. life vest/jacket, goggles, surf board, body/boogie board, surf kneeboard, inflatable tubes (round or unique-shaped tube), 2-person surf ski tube, Aqua dog ski tube, etc.)
  • Ocky strap

Vehicle Equipment

  • Spare battery or charger
  • Car tools kit
  • Spare tyre
  • Tyre pressure gauge
  • Repair patch kit
  • Roof pack for car storage
  • Fan belts/hose
  • Radiator hose
  • Fuse
  • Oil
  • Break fluid
  • Spark plugs
  • Electrical tape
  • Car jack
  • Snatch strap
  • Roof shade
  • Other necessary recovery gear
Now, that’s a real check list. Hope you enjoy!

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