Packing List for your Camping Holiday

Packing List for the Camping Holiday
Pack your car in an organised way with this packing list for your camping holiday

The trip is planned and the campsite is booked - there's only one thing left: Packing things! Getting all of your gear together and thinking of everything can sometimes be quite nerve-wracking and time-consuming. Take a look at our camping packing list now and easily decide which things to take with you on holiday. If you go through our list step by step, you're guaranteed to go on a camping holiday without that typical, queasy "I forgot something" feeling.

**Depending on the destination and type of accommodation you choose, you will of course need different equipment and items. Regardless of your chosen camping region and travel time, there are a few things that you should always have with you. In our comprehensive packing list you will find all the important camping equipment at one glance.

  1. Paperwork: Important Documents
  2. Socks and T-Shirts: Clothing
  3. First Aid Kit: Drugstore Items
  4. For Camp Fire Evenings: Food and Entertainment
  5. And everything else: All or Nothing
  6. Pegs and Hammers: Tent Campers
  7. Stuffed Animal and Blanket: Family Holiday

Paperwork: Important Documents

Packing List for your camping holiday
Camping equipment from paperwork to coffee pots
  • Driving licence and registration papers for the vehicle
  • ID card
  • Campsite reservation
  • Health insurance card and vaccination certificates
  • Adress lists for postcards - If you want to greet your loved ones from your holiday, you should have the address ready so that you don't arrive home before your postcard.
  • App on your phone

Optional for trips abroad:

  • Vignettes / toll cards
  • Passport
  • Proof of international health insurance

Socks and T-Shirts: Clothing

Packing list for your camping holiday
Camping packing lists aren't complete without a jacket and warm socks

Depending on your individual destination and planned activities

  • Sweaters and long-sleeved shirts
  • T-Shirts
  • Pants and shorts
  • Underwear, socks
  • Jacket (Raincoat)
  • Shoes of all type (running shoes, hiking boots, sandals, flip flops)
  • Sewing kit
  • Backpack for day trips
  • Swimwear
  • Pyjamas


  • Hiking poles
  • Helmet for bike tours
  • Rubber boots
  • Surfing, diving or sailing licence
  • Fishing permit
  • and all you'll need for your favourite activities

First Aid Kit: Drugstore Items

packing list for your camping holiday
Pack the medication and check off the packing list


  • Shower gel and shampoo
  • Sun lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Brush
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Q-Tips
  • Earplugs and sleeping mask
  • Travel hair dryer
  • Towel
  • Razor
  • Toilet paper
  • Wash bag for all your hygiene items
  • Detergent and clothesline depending on length of stay

many of these articles are also available in travel sizes

Travel Pharmacy:

  • First aid kit (this should always be available and up to date in your caravan, motorhome, tent or car).
  • Disinfectant spray
  • Mosquito or insect repellent
  • Tick card or tweezers
  • Painkillers
  • Plasters (for blisters as well)
  • Ointment for wounds
  • Personal medication

For Campfire Evenings: Food and Entertainment

Packing list for your camping holiday
Good food and the gas cooker must not be missing from the packing list

Food and Utensils:

  • Cooler bag and groceries
  • Thermos and drinking bottle
  • Cleaning cloths, sponge, dish towel and detergent
  • Trash bags
  • Tupperware containers
  • Kitchen roll
  • Dishes and cutlery
  • Camping cooker or grill
  • Lighter
  • Toaster or mini oven/microwave
  • Kettle
  • Pot, pan and bowl
  • Kitchen knife, cutting board and scissors
  • Pocket knife (with this you have everything like a bottle opener, corkscrew, knife, scissors and much more)
  • Washing-up bowl
  • Coffee maker

So that you don't have to eat canned ravioli every day, you can find delicious and simple dishes to cook yourself on our camping recipes topic page. Many campsites have a small mini-market so you can also do some shopping on site. For the long journey, it's always good to pack a few snacks in case you get hungry.


  • Board games (for a game night with the whole family)
  • Deck of cards
  • Book
  • Ball (volleyball, football or beachball)
  • Kubb
  • Frisbee
  • Table tennis bat and ball
  • Bicycles
  • Pen and Paper (for drawing)


  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Umbrella
  • Air pump
  • Headlight

And everything else: All or Nothing

packing list for your camping holiday
All the stuff you should also have on your packing list
  • Ziploc bags
  • Storage boxes
  • Lamp
  • Sleeping mat or air mattress
  • Cash
  • EC / Credit cards and the respective emergency numbers
  • Gas cartridges
  • Camping chairs, picnic blanket
  • Chargers for all your devices
  • GPS or map


  • Hammer
  • Tent pegs/nails
  • Duct tape
  • Cable ties
  • Karabiner
  • Safety pins
  • Pocket knife
  • Loading straps

Now that your bags are packed book free campsites at

packing list for your camping holiday
Traditional tent camping once again

Peg and Hammer:

Tent Campers

Packing the right luggage can be quite difficult. Especially when tent camping you don't want to take too much with you, but you still want to be prepared for everything.

In our magazine article "Into the Wild: The Ultimate Camping Gear Packing List" we show you what you should definitely pack for your next camping trip with a tent.

To the Tents
packing list for your camping holiday
Camping with the family

Stuffed Animal and Blanket:

Family Holiday

Getting everything together can be quite chaotic - especially when camping with kids. Have I really packed everything and not forgotten a cuddly toy?

So that you can start your holiday with your family relaxed, we have created a packing list for camping with children for you in our magazine - so that you are optimally prepared.

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