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Packing List For Wilderness Camping

Packing List For Wilderness Camping

Minimalist tent vacation

Going camping can be an exciting, nature-loving adventure. However, if you don't prepare properly, it can quickly become a strenuous time. The weather could change suddenly and suddenly you are standing there soaking wet, something breaks on the tent, the mosquitoes bite like crazy or you get sunburned because you forgot your sunscreen. But with good preparation, none of this is a problem.

It is advisable to make a packing list so that you do not forget anything important when you start your camping holiday. We want to support you in this. In this article we show you some things that should not be missing in your backpack. Some points are also optional and depend on how and where you are traveling to. We keep this packing list as minimal as possible. This means packing as little as possible and as much as necessary .

In this article, we assume that you camp in the wilderness with a regular tent for a few days. Depending on whether you're traveling by car, camper, bike, or on foot, your packing list will look a little different. For example, if you're going hiking and camping, you should also look at a hiking packing list . If you are camping at a campsite with a communal kitchen, showers and toilets, then you can certainly leave out a few items on our packing list. However, we are referring to camping in the wilderness.

A roof over your head: the tent

If you are on foot and pitch your tent somewhere else every night instead of staying longer in one place, there are a few things you should consider. For one thing, your tent should weigh as little as possible so you don't have to lug around as much. A small pack size is also important. In order for it to be nice and dry in the tent, it must be rainproof. Ideally, your tent can be set up quickly and easily.

You also need accessories and spare parts for your tent. Putting a tarpaulin under the tent makes sense to protect your tent from moisture, dirt and damage. Repair kit, guy ropes and pegs should also be taken with you. A hammer may be useful to drive the pegs into the ground. This will be a great help, especially on very hard soil, but it also takes up space in the luggage and is heavy.

  • Tent (light, small pack size)
  • tarpaulin
  • repair stuff
  • guy lines
  • herring
  • Possibly hammer
  • Sleep comfortably

The same applies to the sleeping bag as to the tent that it should have a small pack size and be light. At the same time, it has to be warm enough, so you might want to take a blanket with you in case of an emergency. An insulating mat that you put under your sleeping bag also provides warmth and comfort. There are also extra air mattresses for camping. Get one that doesn't require an extra pump to save space.

You may be wondering how a pillow is supposed to fit in your luggage. There is a simple solution for this: an inflatable pillow. Of course, this is not as comfortable as a normal pillow, but definitely better than none at all. When the pillow is not inflated, it takes up extremely little space in the backpack.

  • sleeping bag (light, small pack size)
  • Sleeping pad / air mattress (which does not require a pump)
  • Possibly blanket
  • Inflatable pillow

Cooking while camping

For cooking, you may have a gas stove with gas cartridges with you, or use another way of cooking. Of course, you will also need a lighter or matches. Or maybe you don't have anything to cook with you, and throughout your adventure you'll subsist on dried foods and granola bars, which are pretty light.

What you definitely need is water and a water bottle. Depending on how long you're going, you might not be able to take as much water with you as you need. Then you have to pump it out of a freshwater body of water using a water filter or, if necessary, use water treatment tablets to purify the water.

You may need another pot or pan to cook with. You may need a plate or bowl to eat, or you may eat directly from the pot or pan. Space-saving camping cutlery, a thermos flask, a Tupperware, a tea towel, a wooden spoon / spatula / a ladle and a cutting board (depending on how elaborately you cook) can also make sense. Of course you also need groceries. In the wild you will probably just do the rinsing with water, you may need a sponge or something similar.

  • Gas cooker + gas cartridges or similar for cooking
  • lighter / matches
  • Food
  • Water, water bottle, water filter, water purification tablets
  • Possibly pot / pan
  • Possibly plate / bowl
  • Campingbesteck
  • Possibly thermos flask
  • Possibly Tupperware
  • tea towel
  • Possibly wooden spoon / spatula / trowel
  • Possibly cutting board
  • Possibly sponge / dish brush or similar
  • Hygiene when camping

There are no toilets in the wilderness, but sooner or later you have to follow your natural needs. To keep nature clean, you should have a shovel or a folding spade with you. You can use it to dig a hole and then fill it up again after you've "been on the toilet". Used toilet paper goes in a garbage bag, which you dispose of in a garbage can when you get the chance. To reduce your plastic waste, you can use biodegradable garbage bags. However, these must not be disposed of in nature.

When camping in the wilderness, you are more likely to not have a shower or sink with you. If you wash yourself in a lake, a river or the sea, you must not use environmentally harmful soaps, shampoos, etc. there. However, there are biodegradable soaps that can be used in such cases. However, you should use it sparingly.

You will also need your toothbrush when camping. When you're done brushing your teeth, it's best to spit into a garbage bag. As toothpaste, we can recommend toothbrush tablets to save space and weight.

In general, you will probably need many things when camping that you also need at home in the bathroom. This may include your hairbrush, your cream (we recommend using plain oil), deodorant, towels, washcloths, tissues, disinfectant, or other items.

If you need period products, we recommend a so-called menstrual cup or cup. There is no waste that needs to be disposed of. You can just empty them. However, if you're in a place where it's almost impossible to wash your hands, you might want to use other methods. Ideally, you plan your camping holiday in such a way that you do not have your menstruation during this time.

  • Shovel / folding spade
  • toilet paper
  • Garbage bag
  • Biodegradable soap
  • toothbrush
  • Toothpaste (recommendation: toothpaste tablets)
  • brush / comb
  • Cream Oil
  • Deodorant
  • Towels & washcloths
  • handkerchiefs
  • disinfectant
  • Possibly period products (recommendation: menstrual cup)\


We don't want to go into detail about the clothes here, because what you have to take with you depends entirely on the type of trip. You shouldn't have too much or too little with you and pay attention to functionality. The onion principle has often proven itself. This means that you wear several layers on top of each other and can put them on and take them off depending on the temperature. Do not forget to bring suitable shoes, possibly a scarf, gloves, hat or similar, socks and underwear.

  • functional clothing
  • shoes
  • Possibly scarf/gloves/hat/cap/hat/headband
  • Parish
  • underwear

Electronic equipment

For example, if you're lying in bed at night, you might need a (flash)light to read if you don't want to use candles (which can be dangerous if you accidentally fall asleep). However, this also takes up space in your luggage and is not a must, after all you probably also have your mobile phone with a flashlight function with you. Since the battery runs out quickly, you should take a solar power bank with you. There are even power banks that double as a lamp. Of course, you also need the appropriate charging cable and adapter for all electronic devices.

  • light source
  • Handy
  • Solar-Powerbank
  • Charging cables & adapters for all electronic devices


Here are some other items that belong on a wilderness camping packing list:

  • Possibly tweezers (against ticks)
  • String (can be used as a clothesline)
  • Bags to hang groceries in trees at night (protection from wild animals)
  • clothespins
  • Multitool with integrated scissors
  • Rucksack
  • Documents, cards, money
  • First aid kit & first aid kit
  • Sewing kit (e.g. if something breaks in the tent)
  • Insect repellent
  • suncream
  • Something to keep you busy (e.g. a book)
  • carabiner
  • Repair-Tape
  • safety pin
  • writing utensils
  • hair ties
  • Possibly pepper spray


As already mentioned, what else you need depends entirely on your holiday. If you hike a lot during your camping holiday, for example, or even camp with your dog , you will need one or the other thing. Other activities or special places can also expand your packing list. With our list you have a rough orientation for your minimalist camping holiday in the wilderness.

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