If you’re going tent camping, you want these items! Thankfully, you don’t have to take a lot when camping in your tent so it’s an easy list to maneuver.

Some of the fondest memories that children and families have when they think of summer involve the fun and exciting aspect of tent camping. If you’ve never had a camping adventure that just involves you, your family and friends, and a tent then put it on your bucket list and make it happen. Tent camping is one of those experiences that not only is super fun but really allows you to experience the beauty of everything in nature.

Some of the fondest memories that children and families have when they think of summer involve the fun and exciting aspect of tent camping. #tentcamping #onecrazyhouse #camping

Grab those binoculars, scope out the weather to help prepare for the upcoming adventure, and start planning an epic tent camping experience that you won’t soon forget. And even more important? You need to know the most crucial items to pack for your tent camping experience! If you are on a budget, check out these frugal camping trips as well.

15 Absolutely Crucial Items to Pack for Tent Camping

Bug Spray

Do NOT forget your bug spray! Camping in nature is absolutely wonderful, but if you spend the entire time getting eaten up by bugs, that feeling of fun goes away rather quickly!

Water

You never know just how hot it can get during those summer months, so don’t take the chance of getting dehydrated when you go camping. Pack enough water for you for your entire tent camping adventure.

Snacks

Make certain you pack enough snacks to give you the energy that you need to stay awake and alert on your camping adventure! No one wants to camp hungry!

Sandals

Getting in and out of your tent when camping is quite common. Instead of having to worry about slipping your shoes off and on each and every time, why not have a pair of sandals that you can put on with ease right outside the tent door? It also helps to keep the dirt and grime out of your tent.

Sunscreen

Take care of your skin’s health by making certain to have enough sunscreen for those rays!

Matches

Having a safe fire when camping is part of the fun! And to be able to get a fire started, you’ll need to have matches or a lighter to make it happen.

Light jacket

While it may be warm and humid during the day, those summer temps at night can get a bit chilly. Having a light jacket to put on in the evening is a must!

Books

When relaxing in nature, you’re unplugged from the outside world. No surfing the web, no TV…just you and nature. Plan ahead and pack a few books to enjoy and have fun reading in peace.

Lawn Chair 

You may not mind sitting on the grass or gravel, but if you can take a lawn chair to sit on instead, why wouldn’t you? You’ll be a lot comfier as well!

Sleeping Bag

No matter the temperature outside, that ground at night can be chilly! You’ll be thankful to have a soft, padded sleeping bag to curl up into at the end of the night!

Pillow

Don’t forget to pack a pillow or you’ll wake up with a stiff neck for certain!

Trash Bags

Leaving mother nature cleaner than you found it is super important when going tent camping. You don’t want to leave any trash behind during your stay so that the next camper can arrive and have a nice clean campsite to enjoy just like you did.

Compass

If you plan on doing a bit of exploring when tent camping, make certain to pack a compass so you don’t have the worry of getting lost on your adventures!

First Aid Kit

While you may not have any injuries when tent camping, it’s always good to be prepared just in case!

Flashlight

Don’t rely solely on the light from the moon when camping! Make certain to pack a flashlight and some extra batteries (just in case) to help you see in the dark.

Dry Shoes

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wished that I would have packed an extra pair of shoes! You never know when it’s going to rain or just be a muddy, muddy mess. Your toes will be thankful that you’re wanting to keep them dry and warm!

Protein Bars

These are my go-to camping food. I don’t have to worry about keeping them refrigerated or worrying about them melting. And if I’m going on a hike or anywhere like that, I can literally just grab and go with ease.

Waterproof Bag

Not only will this keep your goods dry in case it rains, but it’s also so nice to have if you’re going to go swimming or kayaking as well.

Compass

It’s true, you can totally get lost in the woods. Having a compass to help guide you and give you directions is not a bad idea at all!

Hiking Stick

This is something that I recently just started taking and I’m so glad I did. It’s so helpful when exploring new terrain that you’re unfamiliar with. Plus, my hiking stick actually has a double use. It’s also used as a supporter of my tent as well.

See? I’ve come back and added a few more things to this list over the months! Now instead of 15 items, I’ve changed it to 20!

While the 20 items above are a must for your tent camping experience, this doesn’t make the list all-inclusive. Make certain to plan ahead and pack the items that you and anyone else in your party need to ensure a fun and relaxing time when tent camping! And most importantly? Have fun making memories while camping out under the stars!

15 Absolutely Crucial Items to Pack for Tent Camping

What is your favorite part about camping in a tent?

Some of the fondest memories that children and families have when they think of summer involve the fun and exciting aspect of tent camping. #tentcamping #onecrazyhouse #camping