Camping Checklist



Camping Essentials Packing List


A camping checklist is essential if you’re heading camping for the weekend. 

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The West Coast offers some of the most picturesque scenery in Canada, and more people are catching onto how extraordinary British Columbia is. Experiencing the journey through its vast forests, mountains, lakes, rivers, and beaches is as good as the destination.

So, what’s the best way to experience this beautiful province? Camping, of course!

With camping comes the need for camping supplies. Whether you’re new to camping, or an experienced camper, it’s always a good idea to have a comprehensive camping checklist before you disembark on your journey. 

Whether you plan to camp in a tent or an RV, you can use the same camping essentials checklist.

Much like planning a backpacking trip, it’s important to be prepared. When camping, hope for the best, but always plan for the worst. 

Remember, the camping equipment you require will depend on things such as:

  • your planned activities
  • weather
  • time of year
  • length of your trip
  • location of your campsite
  • distance from help

Everyone’s needs are different, so plan accordingly and be sure to visit a nearby camping supply store like Capital Iron for everything you need before you head out.

What are the Camping Essentials?

First, you’ll need to establish a solid base camp. This ensures a warm and dry place to relax and, more importantly, get a good night’s sleep

You never know when it might rain, so make sure you’re comfortable and covered!

You may not need all of these items as it all depends on what level of comfort is acceptable to you. 

Useful Campsite Kitchen Gear & Accessories

You may be outdoors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat well. You can bring a camp stove or plan on using a firepit with a grill to cook your food.

Planning ahead will help you figure out what you need to bring. 

Optional camp kitchen gear:

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What is the Best Camping Clothing?

What you choose to wear for your camping trip depends on the terrain you may encounter. Research the area before you embark on your next camping trip.

You’ll be out in the elements, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be comfortable!

The same mindset applies to the potential weather forecasts. Prepare for the worst, but hope for the best. 

Camping clothing for a rainy day or cold weather:


How to Stay Healthy & Hygienic While Camping

The following items are all useful to have with you on a camping trip to keep you clean, and in case a medical situation occurs:

Don’t forget the UV and bug protection:

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Optional items you may want to bring on your trip

  • Mirror
  • Brush/comb
  • Cosmetics
  • Spare eyeglasses or contact lens
  • Earplugs

Be Prepared with a Camping Equipment Tools and Repair Kit

You never know when an emergency may arise, so having the right tools is essential for a successful camping trip. 

Remember that your camping gear may break down from everyday wear and tear or damage in a harsh outdoor environment.

Be prepared for any issues that may happen with your camping gear by bringing a repair kit and tools such as:

Personal Items & Extras You May Want When Camping

Campsite extras:

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Prepare Yourself for the Great Outdoors

If you are asking yourself, where is a camping store near me, look no further than  Capital Iron, where we have everything you need to ensure a successful camping trip – and two convenient locations.

Figuring out the right camping gear for your trip depends on:

  • Your planned activities
  • Weather
  • Time of year
  • Length of trip
  • Location of your campsite
  • Distance from help

Remember, everyone’s needs are different! This is a very comprehensive camping checklist, so you may not need everything listed here. 

Come visit one of our locations in Victoria or Langford for camping essentials and so much more!

Contact us today to learn more about what you’ll need to prepare for the great outdoors. 



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