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Primitive Car Camping Checklist

Primitive Car Camping Checklist:

Primitive camping looks different for every camper. The only commonality is that you are camping outside the confines of an established campground. Some primitive camping takes place on the side of a highway, and some takes place deep in the woods with no one around for miles. Primitive camping can mean you’re camping with your car, or you’re backpacking with all your equipment on your back. Backpack camping is a bit more strenuous, and requires ultra-light equipment. In this list, we’ve included the essentials for primitive car camping. When you’re not restricted to only bringing the equipment that fits in your backpack, you can have a very comfortable camping experience without needing expensive gear. 

Water:

Portable jug

Water bottle

  • Water is the most important item to pack in – remember that 2 gallons per person per day is recommended. You’ll need it for cooking, cleaning and drinking. 

Tent Stuff:

Tent

Rainfly 

  • Make sure you use the one that came with your tent or buy one that fits the tent you’ll be using

Tarp

  • Stake this down underneath your tent to avoid taking on rainwater 

Tent stakes

Pole repair kit

Mallet for tent stakes (in a pinch, use a big rock)

Folding chair 

Sleeping stuff:

Sleeping bag 

Pillow

Warm pajamas

Toiletries:

Toothpaste

Toothbrush

Anti-itch cream

Bug spray

Sunscreen

Body wipes 

Deodorant

Feminine hygiene products

Daily medication

First aid kit

For cooking:

Firewood

Camping stove

Propane for stove

Metal tongs

Frying pan

6-8qt pot

Wooden spoon

Spatula

Utensils

Folding table 

Paper towels

Cooler filled with ice

Backpack for hiking

Roasting sticks

Battery operated lantern/flashlight

Extra batteries

BBQ lighter

Natural fire starter

  • dryer lint stuffed inside an empty TP roll works great

Grill 

Charcoal

Charcoal chimney 

Newspaper for burning

Trashbags

Clothes:

Swim suit

Warm clothes for night time 

Daytime hiking clothes

Hiking boots

Slides or flip flops

Warm socks

Hiking socks

Towel

Bathroom necessities:

Toilet paper

Trowel

Wet wipes

Gallon baggies

Car Safety Equipment:

License and registration

Jumper cables

Tire patch kit

Flares

Tire pressure gauge

Paper maps

Full size spare tire

Other: 

Fun outdoor activities 

Citronella candle

Bluetooth speaker

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