My Essential Packing List for A Two Week Camping Road Trip

various jackets, pants, shirts and other articles of clothing laid out for a comprehensive packing guide for a national parks roadtrip

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Everyone knows packing is the absolute worst, especially before a big camping trip, when you have to pack an entire kitchen, along with proper attire. Here is my essential packing list for a two week camping roadtrip.

Clothing

  • Hiking boots
  • Running shoes
  • Water shoes
  • Flip flops
  • Another pair of comfortable shoes for going out in civilization, should you feel so inclined
  • A waterproof shell for when it rains
  • A warm jacket
  • A hoodie
  • Pajamas
  • Shorts: 3 pairs
  • Leggings 2 pairs
  • Long pajama pants
  • Jeans
  • Two long sleeve shirts
  • 4 tshirts for hiking, 1 for going out
  • 3 tanktops: two for hiking, one for going to dinner
  • A dress/swimsuit cover 
  • A baseball cap
  • Swimsuits
  • Underwear, socks and bras

We did laundry often which is the only reason why this worked. I also put my toiletries in a separate bag so it was easy to just grab and go off to the bathroom. Make sure to pack a flashlight in your bathroom bag too!

Packing cubes are ESSENTIAL for any trip, in my book. You can group your outfits, which makes it easier to find in your suitcase. You can also more easily remove clothing from the suitcase if you are looking for something.
On any trip I take, I can pretty much fit anything into a carryon suitcase and a backpack. For this trip, I also packed a backpack to take hiking.

Camping Packing List

(I keep a copy of this packing list, along with most of these supplies, in a rubbermaid in my garage. I highlight the items that are not in the bucket that will need to be added. That way, when it’s time to go, I know what I need to add.)

Kitchen Things

  • French press or something for coffee 
  • Pot or two for pasta
  • Frying pan
  • Flat griddle
  • Cutting boards
  • Knives
  • Cooler
  • Camping Stove
  • Propane
  • Tupperware
  • Ziplocks
  • Lighter
  • Bottle opener
  • Kindling/newspapers
  • Spatula
  • Bucket for dishes
  • Mixing bowl 
  • Extension cord
  • Paper towels
  • Dish towels
  • Knives
  • Tongs
  • Mugs
  • Olive oil
  • Lighter fluid
  • Charcoal
  • Ice 
  • Dish soap 
  • Scrub brush
  • Plates
  • Cups
  • Can opener
  • Trash bags
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Seasoning
  • Pie iron/roasting sticks

Living Things

  • Tent
  • Chairs
  • Blanket for picnics
  • Lantern
  • Toilet paper
  • Sleeping bags
  • Pillows
  • Air mattresses
  • Air mattress pump (i always pack two now since one gave out and I don’t ever want to be stuck without one!)
  • Dust broom and pan
  • Towels
  • Table cloth and holders/clips
  • Sun Umbrella 

Miscellaneous Things 

  • Sunscreen
  • Batteries/charger
  • Laundry detergent pods
  • Water bottles
  • Bug spray or a Thermacell! These are game changers!

What did I miss? Share in the comments. Or check out this great comprehensive packing list from REI. 

Here is our little campsite, complete with many of our camping items. Notice my Rubbermaid front and center!

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