A Complete Camping Checklist 

(Please remember, at this time, Lake Heron does NOT have water or electricity) 

If you plan to bring your dog, please let us know.  Please review the pointers on "Camping with Your Dog".

Excellent pointers at Pete's Family Camping Page from an experienced family of campers, on anything from packing to firewood, insects to raccoons, many good tips.

We encourage you to bring your "own" water from home in plastic gallon jugs and re-use them on future camping trips (see Pete's tip on "Ice and Coolers") This is more eco-friendly than purchasing dozens of plastic bottles of water.  Those bottles eventually end up in landfills and are bad for the environment.

Packing Repair Kit/Tools
  •  Duffel bag, Backpack, or fanny pack
  •   Cardboard boxes if needed
  •  Ice chest with blocks of ice
  • Hammer
  • Pliers
  • Duct tape
  • Screwdriver set
Lighting Other Camping Equipment
  • Flashlight- Check batteries!
  • Spare batteries and bulbs
  • Lantern (gas or electric)
  • Spare lantern, fuel and mantles
  • Matches (preferably waterproof)
  • Bow saw for cutting firewood into shorter lengths
  • Hammer for pounding in tent pegs
  • Rope Clothesline & Clothes pins
  • Whiskbroom to clean table and tent site
Shelter/Bedding Clothing
  • Tent
  • Tent rain tarp
  • Extra tent stakes
  • Plastic ground cloth for under the tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Mattress or pad - Inflator for air mattress
  • Pillow
  • Space blanket
  • Warm clothes in case the weather turns cold
  • Jacket
  • Raincoat or poncho, umbrella
  • Water shoes
  • Wide-brimmed hat to block the sun
  • Hiking boots
  • Work gloves
  • Swim suit
Medical Cleaning & Personal Items
  • Sunscreen, Insect repellent, Poison ivy block & remedies
  • Allergy medicines
  • Pain relief pills like aspirin or Tylenol
  • Tummy medicines (for diarrhea etc.)
  • Tweezers for splinters and ticks
  • Antiseptic like hydrogen peroxide
  • Band-Aids and bandages
  • Hydrocortisone cream for bug bites
  • Mole skin (to prevent blisters if you hike a lot)
  • Prescription medicines
  • Bar or liquid soap, use sparingly
  • Washcloth and Bath Towel
  • Basin or dishpan for personal bathing
  • Toothpaste & Toothbrush
  • Comb or hair brush
  • Razor & shaving cream
  • Toilet paper
  • Case or carrying bag for all personal hygiene items


Miscellaneous Cooking
  • Pocket knife
  • Compass and area map
  • Water bottle, to carry while hiking
  • Fishing pole and gear (& bait!)
  • Safety pins Cellular phone w/extra battery and car adapter
  • Camera w/good battery and extra film
  • Camcorder w/good battery and extra tapes
  • Money, credit card, ID
  • Camping chairs
  • Books, radio, cards, games, toys, etc.
  • Sports equipment
  • Citronella candles
  • Binoculars
  • Field guides for identifying wildlife
  • Stove with fuel
  • charcoal and lighting fluid
  • Firewood
  • Newspapers & matches for lighting a campfire
  • Frying pan with lid
  • Cooking skewers (for hot dogs, marshmallows, etc.)
  • Pot or sauce pan with lid
  • Can opener
  • Tongs
  • Coffee pot
  • Pot lifter and/or pot holders
  • Tablecloth


Consumables Dishes
  • Paper towels & napkins
  • Trash bags, old grocery bags
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Dishwashing soap (use sparingly)
  • Water jug or bucket, to fetch water from lake
  • Plates, Mugs/cups
  • Knives, forks, spoons
  • Kitchen knife
  • Mixing bowl & Spatula
  • Scrub pad
  • Dishpan for washing dishes
  • Pre-chill food before packing in ice chest.
  • Freeze drinking water in plastic bottles and use them to keep food cold.  As they melt, use the cold water for drinking.
  • Freeze hamburger, hot dogs or luncheon meats to pack in ice chest.  They will keep other foods cold as they defrost.
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables do not need refrigeration and need minimum preparation.
  • Kids will want to cook over the campfire so bring hotdogs, marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate (for smores).
  • Condiments: Salt, pepper, spices, sugar, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise
  • Instant drink mixes
  • Instant non-fat dry milk
  • Soda

There are bears in the area, as well as raccoons, skunks, and opossums and they all have very good noses.

Keep your campsite clean and don't let ANY food laying out, night or day!

Store food in a safe location so you do not attract animals.  Plastic storage boxes with tight fitting lids keep consumables safe and organized.

Keep food in a car trunk or in the interior of the car at night.