As a Boy Scout leader, I found it very useful to not only use a Camping Checklist for my own planning purposes, but also as a helpful guide to hand out to the boys. It is very easy to create a checklist in Excel, so if you need a backpacking or camping checklist, the template below will give you a good head start. If you just want to print a generic checklist to use as a guide, you can do that, too.
Printable Camping Checklists
The two camping checklists below are PDF files that contain a very general check list of items you might want to consider taking on a short-term camping trip. I compiled the list from the suggestions in the Boy Scout Handbook and Varsity Scout Guidebook as well as the various camping trips I've gone on. I don't guarantee that everything you'll need is included in these lists.
- Camping Checklist (.pdf)
This camping check list separates personal items from group items, which is usually how group camping trips are planned.
- Backpacking Checklist (.pdf)
Think Light! Share the load. I doubt you'll want to take everything on this list in your own pack. Make sure you don't forget any essentials.
Camping Checklist Templatefor Excel, OpenOffice, and Google Docs
This Camping Checklist & Backpacking Checklist template is one that I created to hand out to Scouts preparing to go on a campout. I will usually make modifications to the list based on the specifics of the camping trip before handing it out.
There is absolutely nothing fancy about this spreadsheet. The check boxes are created using cell borders or brackets [ ], so it is very easy to cut/copy/paste to customize the checklist.
Besides the normal camping essentials, the items you will need will largely depend on the weather, your planned activities, your menu, and the duration of your trip.
The backpacking checklist includes some packing tips.
In addition to the Personal Use only license terms, you may also share printed copies of your modified checklist to those going on the camping trip with you (provided the copyright markings are not removed).
"No Installation, No Macros - Just a simple spreadsheet - An original creation by Dr. Jon Wittwer of Vertex42.com"
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Things to Add to Your Camping Checklist
If you are creating a checklist for a Scout troop or other group, besides just a list of equipment or stuff to bring, you may also want to consider including the following:
- A To Do List section for listing assignments or actions that must be taken prior to the trip (like getting permits, calling the ranger, turning in a permission form, etc.)
- A section for Items to NOT Bring
- A section for Important Reminders
- A Food Ideas section if each person is responsible to bring their own food.