Camping Tips + Camping Checklist

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Whether you’re heading to the beach or the bush, guarantee your family an enjoyable and well-prepared camping trip with these camping tips and checklist.

I have received so many requests over the years for a camping checklist, but as I don’t go camping this wasn’t something I could do. I could however, ask someone else who does – like local blogger Melissa from All Around Oz! Mel kindly agreed to share her top camping tips with The Organised Housewife community (thank you Mel!), and I have worked my magic to whip all her fabulous tips into a convenient printable checklist for you.

Going camping would have to be one of the best ways to spend a family holiday. Whether you head to the beach or the bush, you are guaranteed to have a great time if you are well prepared. However, the prospect of going camping can be a very daunting one, especially if it’s your first time. There is a lot to organise and the temptation to over pack is ever-present. You literally have to be able to pack a whole kitchen into a couple of plastic tubs and fit it all into the boot of your car or trailer, along with all your clothes and food as well.

If you’re planning on camping this summer – and particularly if it is your first time – these camping tips, along with this handy checklist will ensure that your camping trip is one to remember (and for all the right reasons!).

Tips for camping trip with the family

Meal Plan

My number one tip is to meal plan – this will save you time, money and effort. If you know what you’re going to eat while you’re away, you will know exactly what food to take and how much. It will also help you organise what cooking equipment you need to pack. Keep your meals as simple as possible – think hamburgers, sausages and salad, kebabs or a one-pot meal like spaghetti bolognese. You can even make a few things before you go and freeze them to save you cooking, especially on the first night.

The Organised Housewife Lunch Box Recipe Cookbook has HEAPS of freezable snack ideas that are perfect for a camping trip.

Freezable recipe cookbook for camping trip


I use a good quality set of plastic drawers and a couple of plastic tubs to pack all our needs in, even the kids clothes. I have four drawers that sit neatly in the back of our camp trailer but they could just as easily be set up in the back of a four wheel drive. I love plastic tubs for packing clothes and towels in as you can easily see what is in them. If you get ones that have tight fitting lids they’ll also keep dust, moisture and creepy crawlies out. Opt for small ones rather than large ones as they are lighter to carry and fit into awkward spaces better.

Use Camp Ground Facilities

If you are staying in a caravan park or camp ground you will generally find there will be a camp kitchen – use this whenever you can! You will find most camp kitchens come equipped with a kettle, toaster and microwave as well as one or two BBQ’s. All seem to have generous sized sinks and bench areas as well.

Relax Your Rules

Let the kids get wet and dirty, climb a tree, go exploring and be silly! This is all part of the fun of camping, and it’s also a great opportunity for them to learn new skills.

Kids having fun on camping trip

Get The Kids Involved

Camping is so much easier if everyone helps. If your kids are old enough to help, encourage them to does so. If all the jobs get done quickly, you and your family have more time to enjoy your holiday.

No Technology

Leave technology such as phones and iPads at home or at the very least limit usage time to the evening only. Camping is a time to connect with the outdoors and with each other.

  READ MORE: Screen-Free Play Idea Perfect For Your Camping Trip

Screen free game for kids while camping


Most importantly of all, relax and enjoy your break. Camping is all about enjoying all that the great outdoors has to offer!

Use A Camping Checklist

A camping checklist is priceless when preparing for a camping trip. This checklist is available as an instant download, so you can simply purchase, print, and pop on your fridge to provide you with a comprehensive list of everything you’ll need for your trip.


Camping checklist for organised camping trip

About Melissa

Melissa and Brenden from All Around Oz

Husband and wife team Brenden and Melissa Chambers, have been writing about and photographing their Aussie travel adventures since 2011. They hope that by sharing their travel tales they will inspire more people to get out and explore this beautiful country of ours, regardless of how they choose to travel.

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What’s your best camping tip?

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Theresa December 9, 2015 - 12:11 PM

Hi melissa! great article. I think that list will come in handy.

Melissa @ All Around Oz December 9, 2015 - 5:52 PM

Thanks Theresa glad you enjoyed my article. I love a good list – it’s how I remember what to pack!

Alix December 9, 2015 - 5:28 PM

Great checklist! I have fond memories of camping as a child – food always seems to taste better outside for some reason. I’m a bit soft these days but still enjoy a picnic – does that count?

Melissa @ All Around Oz December 9, 2015 - 5:54 PM

Thanks Alix….I’m a bit soft too – that’s why we now have a camper trailer. And yes food definitely does taste better outdoors so I think a picnic does count.

Melissa @ All Around Oz January 7, 2016 - 3:27 PM

Hi Alix…I’m sure a picnic does count but I can tell you we definitely don’t ‘rough’ it when we camp!

There's always time for tea December 10, 2015 - 12:31 AM

We bought a trailer tent a few months ago and we are in the process of getting it all kit out ready for us to in the Spring (Weather dependent – we live in the UK!) – great list – Thankyou! xx

Gillian December 14, 2015 - 7:49 AM

Hi there. I am finding your tips really helpful. I have been invited to go camping next summer with some friends. I have no camping gear as yet and need help with a list. Tent is of course top priority but could you advise me on other things. I do not want to go to the store and get “bullied” into buying unnecessary things. Thank you so much x

Melissa @ All Around Oz January 7, 2016 - 3:26 PM

Hi Gillian….buying camping gear can be daunting and there is nothing worse than pushy sales staff. Apart from your tent, which I would suggest you spend the most money on if it is something you are going to be using a lot, I would recommend that you get a good fold up chair, you will need something to sleep on like an air mattress or camp stretcher and maybe a sleeping bag or you could just bring blankets from home. If you are going with friends check and see what gear they have but maybe bring a plate, bowl, cup and utensils for yourself. A billy is also handy to boil water in or cook in. Hope that helps and hope you enjoy camping. Melissa 🙂

Emma April 19, 2019 - 11:09 AM

About to try first time camping with our 3yo son … Thank you for this article, a great plan for what to bring.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 24, 2019 - 3:59 PM

ooh how sweet, i hope you have a fantastic time!

Melissa Delaware August 21, 2020 - 12:53 PM

Great list! I’d be lost without my camping checklist. Makes me feel way less stressed than I’ll forget something. Mind you even with the list, we still manage to forget at least one thing every time.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 25, 2020 - 1:14 PM

Forgetting things and needing to improvise is half the fun of camping though, isn’t it Melissa?! Lol! Glad that you found this checklist useful. Kat x


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