Vacation Bible Camp Supply List: Basics

Camping Supply List



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If you're going camping with your youth group or men's ministry (or even women's ministry, these days), do you know what supplies you'll need? Below, we've listed all the basics you'll need to stay comfortable and relatively civilized, in addition to a few items which are optional, but which the savvy camper shouldn't do without.

Camping Supply Basics
These are the basic items that nearly all campers need just to get their campsite set up. Depending upon the kind of trip you and your group are taking, some or all of these items may be practical additions to your packing list.

Shelter and Bedding:
Cooking Supplies:
  • Matches / lighter
  • Charcoal / firewood
  • Canteen / water bottle
  • Thermos
  • Cooler
  • Tablecloth w/ thumbtacks to keep in place
  • Pots/frying pans w/ lids
  • Can opener/bottle opener
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Mugs / drinking cups
  • Plates, bowls, and silverware
  • Utensils, such as tongs, spatulas, knives, and large spoons
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Aluminum foil
  • Seasonings / sugar / condiments
  • Cooking oil
  • Dutch oven / camp stove
  • Camping food

Cleaning and Storage:
  • Ziplock bags
  • Trash bags
  • Pack towels
  • Napkins
  • Scrubber sponge/Brillo pads
  • Biodegradable all-purpose soap

  • Toiletries:
  • Washcloth
  • Towel
  • Toothbrush / toothpaste
  • Deodorant / antiperspirant
  • Razor
  • Comb / brush
  • Feminine products
  • Personal medications
  • Clothing: ***Note: It's best to dress in layers when camping. This allows you to easily regulate your body temperature regardless of the weather.

  • Underwear
  • Extra socks
  • Shoes / boots
  • Sandals / flip-flops
  • Sweatshirt / jacket
  • Sleepwear
  • T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Jeans / pants
  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimsuit / beach towel
  • Rain gear / poncho
  • laundry pag / pillowcase

  • General:
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick
  • Lantern w/ fuel
  • Compass / G.P.S.
  • Whistle
  • Water filters / water purifiers

  • Flashlight
  • Pocketknife
  • Binoculars
  • Camera w/ film / memory
  • Books
  • Maps
  • Fishing gear / license / bait
  • Radio
  • Bungee cords
  • Hammock
  • First Aid Kit
  • Tissues
  • Saw / axe
  • Notepad / pen
  • Campground reservation info / confirmation
  • Cellphone w/ charger
  • Walkie Talkies


  • Now that you know the basics, it's time to explore the secrets of camp supplies. Find out more with Camping Supplies: the Optional Essentials.

    Written by: Bob Robertson