Your Ultimate Camping Packing List
Are you getting ready for your next camping trip at our beautiful Louisiana campground? When packing for a camping vacation, there are a lot of items to consider. Plus, with so much to do at YOGI BEAR'S JELLYSTONE PARK™, we want you to be prepared to participate in all the fun things we have to offer! Packing for a camping trip doesn't need to be stressful. That's why we've created this list to make your next camping experience great!
First things first! We couldn't make a list of what to pack for camping without consulting CINDY BEAR™ on what to wear! You'll want to make sure to pack multiple types of clothing for different scenarios. With amenities like mini-golf, pedal boating, hiking, and swimming available at Jellystone Park, be sure to plan out what activities you'd like to do and pack accordingly.
Remember, comfort is key when camping. Pack plenty of loose-fitting outfits because you're sure to be on the move, a lot! Even if you're camping in the summer, bring at least one pair of long pants and a long-sleeved shirt—your sunburnt or bug-bitten arms will thank you later. Bringing flip-flops and/or water shoes will make trips to the restroom easier, as well as participating in water activities. Speaking of water, don't forget rain-gear! Packing a few extra pairs of socks and undergarments that are likely to get sweaty or wet is also a good idea.
When thinking about what gear to bring on a camping trip, consider your goals and then what you'll need will fall into place. Planning on spending a lot of time by the campfire? You'll want to bring firewood, fire starters, lighters, and (of course) supplies to make s'mores! Do you have your heart set on hiking through our nature trails? Then you'll want binoculars, hiking boots, and a hat. You'll want to have a system in place for bug repellent around your campsite (not just your body). This is where bug lanterns and candles may come into play. Also, consider different forms of lighting for your campsite at night—don't let the campfire do all the work. In addition, packing several hand-held flashlights is a good idea for middle-of-the-night bathroom trips.
Consider any accessories you'll need for your particular shelter, whether it is stakes and a rain tarp for your tent or a mat to wipe your feet on before entering your camper or RV. Sleeping arrangements are also something to think about—like whether you want to bring an air mattress, sleeping bags, sheets, and pillows.
You'll want to spend a fair amount of time developing a food plan for your camping trip. It is a good idea to plan out every meal you will eat, and make a list of what you will need to prepare each meal. Knowing what your campsite or cabin rental includes will help determine what you need to bring in order to prepare, store, and consume your meals. You can learn more about our accommodations here. Also, make sure to bring plenty of water and a few sports drinks for electrolytes.
Accidents happen, so you'll want to pack a few essentials like bandages, ice packs, and antibiotic ointment to take care of bumps and bruises. Burn and hydrocortisone cream are also good items to have in your kit, along with hand sanitizer and hydrogen peroxide. You may never know when you'll need to use a few basic tools, so it's wise to pack a small pocket knife, duct tape, scissors, and rope. Personal items like medications, toiletries, and chargers are also must-pack items!
Forgot something? We've got you covered! Conveniently located at the entrance of the campground, our Ranger Station is fully-stocked with many must-have items you may have accidentally left at home. See you soon, campers!