13 Camping Gear Essentials (My Core Packing List)

13 Camping Gear Essentials (My Core Packing List)

In this video, I walk through 13 items (or categories of items) that I take on basically every tent camping trip I go on.

This list doesn’t include food (which you’ll obviously need) and there are several other things that you may want to bring on your own trips, that I personally consider to be optional.

I hope this will help you as a starting point for your own camping gear set-up, and if you have questions or want to share an additional item that you consider to be essential, feel free to let me know in the comments.

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And here are the other videos/playlists I mentioned in the video:

Trash bag uses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LV5VeqsIxzY&t=5s
Weekend packing list: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jy78HF7JlyU&t=21s
Layering clothes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GDFE74jc-U&t=5s
Camping food playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=277c5YjUse4&list=PLiCCxOTNW6eZYllz0AV7J0bLnKdLmiJgT


  1. Phil Mapper on April 28, 2023 at 12:39 pm

    Great list, useful too. And nicely presented YT video.

    I’d add a 14th. A small bag of off grid things to amuse yourself if your car breaks down or your smart phone is out of range, broken or lost etc. When travelling I have a small shoulder bag that contains a small radio, a couple of paperbacks, a couple of battery operated handheld games (from the 90s) of the intellectual type, a pocket chess / checkers set with some printed games and puzzles, a notebook and pens, etc.

    You’d be surprised how many times I’ve been stranded (waiting for spare parts / floods / strikes / political unrest / even aircraft crashes * etc), in various forms of travel, and believe me, I’ve been glad I packed this stuff.

    * Fortunately not any I have been flying in.

  2. Jeffrey Brooks on April 28, 2023 at 12:42 pm

    Excellent content. Great video for beginners and excellent checklist for campers in general👍

  3. diane schmiane on April 28, 2023 at 12:47 pm

    I love how simple this is, and the baggies, LOL, it’s like backpacking in a car… 😂

  4. jimrat92 on April 28, 2023 at 12:53 pm

    Hey Jon its stanford from purdue! Recently I have decided to get into hiking and such so I have definitely rewatched some of your older stuff. Your videos are getting better for sure and I have been loving the content keep it up! I got an idea for a video, gathering info. I know it can be very depent on ur goals and such but sometimes get proper beta can be challenging. I recently found peakbaggers, fastestknowntime, 4000footers, mountainforecast, etc. to help gain info on my various hiking adventures. A video on your favorite resources, practices, or places to get beta would be nice.

  5. Jacqueline Ramos on April 28, 2023 at 12:55 pm

    I like how simple it is, nothing fancy. Great content! 😊

  6. Blue Borealis on April 28, 2023 at 12:56 pm

    Been binge watching all your videos lately, super awesome tips! I cannot stress enough how easy it is to forget a spatula! I told myself well over 20 times for my first solo trip to pack one. Well I forgot, but I remembered on the way, and I picked one up at the dollar tree. 😂

  7. carmen martinez on April 28, 2023 at 12:58 pm

    I like that you cover both backpacking and car camping. I car camp, too old to backpack and not too many reviews/videos for it. A little reminder that if you use a cot you still need a pad or you’ll freeze your little tail off. Hot lips! Greatest useful little invention.

  8. Ellice Ackland on April 28, 2023 at 12:59 pm

    Me and my partner George have just ordered our first tent and other camping essentials after binging your channel. I used to love camping as a child but haven’t been for almost 20 years. We’ve decided to get a little camping trip in next week before the good old English weather turns. Wish us luck 😅. P.S we would love for you to do some camping vlogs you seem like such a nice chap and we really enjoy your channel! Thank you for all the tips. X

  9. Ranga Trips on April 28, 2023 at 1:06 pm

    Nice one bru! Definitely dry bags… oh boy! Cant have enough dry bags!

  10. Leah Holland on April 28, 2023 at 1:08 pm

    You forgot the chocolate!

    Otherwise a great list

  11. The Hyena on April 28, 2023 at 1:17 pm

    Great video! Straight to the point and very helpful. Thanks

  12. Mary Giantonio on April 28, 2023 at 1:21 pm

    Thank you for you videos. I found you about a week ago. I find them very helpful. And a pleasure to watch!

  13. Abell Lincoln on April 28, 2023 at 1:33 pm


  14. Mary Giantonio on April 28, 2023 at 1:34 pm


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