What to pack for an overnight

“What To Pack for an Overnight Camping Trip” (from pages 148-149 in The Ecojustice Camp Outdoors Book)

Camping gear:

  • Pack or duffel bag
  • Knife, fork, spoon, and/or chopsticks
  • Cup, bowl
  • Water bottle
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Rain gear (during rainy season)

Repair kit (OPTIONAL) with:

  • safety pins
  • cord or spare shoelaces
  • rubber bands or some duct tape
  • extra batteries for flashlight

Personal items:

  • Complete change of clothing
    • underwear and socks
    • shirt and pants
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Pajamas, or t-shirt and shorts to sleep in
  • Toiletries kit with:
    • sunscreen
    • toothbrush
    • comb or hairbrush
    • toothbrush and toothpaste
    • soap, washcloth
    • facial tissue (“Kleenex”)
    • personal medications

Personal sleep gear:

  • Sleeping bag, or two or three blankets pinned together
  • Pad for sleeping
  • Waterproof ground cloth (ONLY if you want to sleep without a tent)
  • Pillow (or fold up some clothing for a pillow)

Optional gear:

  • Personal first aid kit with a few Band-aids & alcohol prep pads
  • Field notebook, pencil or pen
  • Map and compass
  • Field guides, nature books
  • Binoculars, magnifying glass
  • Insect repellent


a. If you want to bring your own tent to sleep in, go right ahead!

b. It can get quite cool at night, so bring warm clothing.

c. There are generally mosquitoes in the woods, so bring a top with long sleeves, and long pants, and/or insect repellent.

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