The main gear item for any camping trip is the tent. Tents come in a variety of sizes and styles, with some lightweight and easier to assemble than others. Visit an outdoors store to get a better idea of what you need. For comfort's sake, divide the number of people the tent states it will house in half. This will give you a better idea of how many people will fit comfortably inside.
Bring necessary items such as a camping stove or grill, cooking supplies and utensils, chairs, trash bags, paper towels, dish soap, tarp, rope, flashlight and extra batteries, a lantern or some other light source, a knife, hatchet and extra rope.
Bring a cooler that is large enough to keep your perishable items cold for the duration of the trip. Air mattresses or foam bedding is more comfortable than sleeping on the ground. Bring two to three blankets and bedding for warmth.
Women should consider the area's predicted weather forecast and planned outdoor activities when packing clothes for a camping trip. Always bring a pair of broken in, comfortable hiking shoes or sneakers. Flip-flops will protect your feet from germs if you will be using public bathrooms. Bring a pair of water shoes if you will be enjoying water activities.
Since even the warmest desert locations get chilly at night, women should bring warm clothing. Pack a jacket, sweatshirt and long-sleeved T-shirt. Rain can pop up at any time, so always bring a poncho or rain gear as well as jeans or long pants. These will keep you dry as well as warm.
Consider your recreational activities and bring items such as shorts, short-sleeved tee shirt, nighttime clothes, two pairs of socks, a bathing suit, sunglasses and undergarments. Bring a hat to keep the sun off your face and your hair free of branches or other forest debris as you hike.
Women should pack any regularly taken medications and a basic first aid kit that will treat blisters, cuts, sprains, insect bites and relieve pain. It is best to be prepared for the worst case scenario, when venturing into the outdoors. Pack personal supplies such as tampons in a sealable plastic bag to keep them dry. Designate a 1-gallon sealable bag to stow away all your personal supplies.
To save space, purchase sample-size shampoos, bath soaps, deodorants, toothpaste and lotion. If you will be camping without water, bring hair ties or a bandanna to tie your hair up. Do not forget to pack a towel and wash cloth, and bring sunscreen and insect repellent. When purchasing your toiletries, remember that scented items attract mosquitoes and other flying pests.