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The Ultimate Camping Trip Packing Checklist

All the expert-recommended gear you need for an outdoor stay.

Whether to spend quality time with family and friends or just immerse themselves in nature, camping is a popular pastime for many. Going camping looks different for everyone, from stays in roof-top tents to drive-in campsites and backcountry expeditions, the options abound.

If you’re new to camping or simply want to revamp your packing list, our ultimate camping checklist is a great place to get started with preparations. We’ve compiled our top picks for essential clothing, gear, and footwear for enjoying the great outdoors. From REI’s Half Dome SL 2+ Tent and sweat-wicking Sahara T-shirt to Helinox’s cozy Sunset Chair, our experts swear by this list equipment for building your own outdoor oasis.

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January 9, 2023

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