What To Pack On Your Camping Trip

Camping is a great way to get outside, whether on your own, with friends, or with your family. Here at Altitude Jeep, we believe the best camping is Jeep camping. Half of the fun is being outside and the other half is driving there in your Jeep — tricked out with new or aftermarket Jeep parts. Before you head out, be sure to browse our collections.

You don’t want to get to your campsite after a long day’s drive only to realize that you’ve forgotten the marshmallows. Or worse, forgot to bring water or the tent! Don’t leave the planning until the last minute. Instead, follow our checklist of what to bring on your camping trip this summer — being prepared means more time out on the trails!

Campsite

Perhaps the most important thing to bring with you are your campsite necessities! If you’ve towed in an airstream or a five wheel behind your Jeep, then you’ll obviously have different campsite needs. Here are the most important items you’ll need for your campsite:

  • Tent and stakes
  • Sleeping bags and pads
  • Flashlights (and batteries)
  • Camp Chairs
  • Firerug

If you’re new to camping, you’re likely to over or under pack. But after a couple trips, you’ll start to learn what you personally need to have an enjoyable camping experience. Maybe you love having an air mattress in your tent, or extra pillows. Maybe you need a sunshade or hammock (or Jammock!). Remember, just like you spend time customizing your Jeep with aftermarket Jeep parts, you’ll need to take time personalizing your camping experience.

Kitchen

One of the best parts of camping is coming back to your site after a long day on the trails and digging in to a meal! But because you’re not at home, there aren’t easily accessible pots and pans, or a pantry full of ingredients to choose from. You’ll need to plan your meals carefully. And because space is always limited when you’re on the road, you’ll need to be judicious about the supplies you bring. Here are the camp kitchen essentials:

  • Camp stove and fuel (if you’re not cooking on the fire)
  • Matches and firestarter
  • Cook pots 
  • Frying pan
  • Pot holder 
  • Utensils
  • Sharp knife
  • Can opener
  • Bowls
  • Mugs
  • Cutting Board
  • Ice
  • Sponge and biodegradable soap
  • Towel

Your kitchen supplies are some of the largest (and most important) supplies you’ll need. But you don’t need to find and pack them every time you go out! We suggest keeping all these supplies in a big plastic container and throwing it in your Jeep’s trunk when you set off for your camping trip.

Tools

We always bring a multitool on any trip — we keep it  in the glove compartment. We feel it’s important to be prepared, and sometimes, we carry the spare aftermarket Jeep parts along with the spare tire that’s always strapped to the back of our Jeep.


The tools you’ll need at a campsite are generally tools you’d use to repair or innovate in other areas, but there are also some camping-specific tools you should keep on hand. Here is a brief list:

  • Duct tape
  • Cord - for drying lines or tying up supplies to keep them away from animals
  • Small broom
  • Mallet or hammer - for tent stakes so you don’t have to use rocks
  • Saw or ax - for firewood

Clothing

Layers, layers, layers! It can get very cold at night or during bad weather. You don’t want to be caught without the appropriate clothing or your trip will get cut short and you’ll be an unhappy camper heading home in your Jeep.

Moisture-wicking clothing — including T-shirts, socks, and underwear — are essential. Even if it doesn’t rain and you don’t fall in a stream, you’ll need to wick away sweat. Get some long-sleeved shirts too, for sun and the bugs, and a lightweight fleece jacket.

For bad weather, you’ll need rainwear (including rain paints), an insulated jacket, gloves, long underwear and a hat. If it’s summer, don’t forget your swimsuit and water sandals!

Hygiene

Depending on what type of campsite you’re staying at, or who you’re traveling with, you’ll need different types of hygiene products. Some campsites have running water, and, if you can take a shower, you’ll need supplies like shampoo and towels.

The basics you’ll need are a toothbrush, hand sanitizer, toiletry kit, and prescription medication. If you’re dispersed camping in a National Forest or on BLM land, you’ll need to account for the lack of indoor plumbing. In the strictest locations, you may even need to pack out your waste, which means bringing your own TP and a toilet kit waste bag. 

Personal Items

Everyone knows someone (or has been that someone) who’s lost their wallet or car keys somewhere in the woods or on the trail! Even worse, you left home with everything you need except your credit card.

Make sure all your personal items are with you. They’re the thing we usually check last, after we’ve packed up the Jeep. Make sure you’ve got cash as well as your credit card, ID, and cellphone. Many trails, campsites, and places to buy firewood only accept cash.

Altitude Jeep

Altitude Jeep is based in Littleton — but we are proud to provide Jeep lovers around the world with the best selection of custom Jeep parts and aftermarket Jeep parts. We have a variety of collections, including Jeep grills, exhaust systems, lift kits, and more.


Whether you’re a rock crawling off-road junkie, an overlander, or simply a Wrangler Jeep rider who likes to cruise the open road, Altitude Jeep has something for you in our online aftermarket Jeep shop! Browse our collections today!

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