Don’t Forget a Thing with Napier’s Ultimate Summer Camping Checklist

Don’t Forget a Thing with Napier’s Ultimate Summer Camping Checklist
Summer is here, and it's the perfect time to pack up your gear and head out for some unforgettable camping adventures. Whether you're a seasoned camper or a newbie hitting the trails for the first time, having a comprehensive checklist can make all the difference. At Napier, we want to ensure you have everything you need for a fun, safe, and stress-free camping experience. Here’s your ultimate summer camping checklist to make sure you don’t forget a thing!

1. Shelter and Sleeping Gear

Tent and Accessories

  • Tent: Ensure you have the right tent for your needs. Napier’s Sportz SUV Tent with Screen Room and Sportz Truck Tent are perfect for an elevated camping experience.
  • Ground tarp/footprint: Protect your tent floor from moisture and wear.
  • Tent stakes and mallet: Secure your tent firmly.
  • Rainfly: Essential for keeping dry during unexpected showers.

All Napier tents come with footprints, stakes and a rainfly.

Sleeping Essentials

  • Sleeping bag: Choose one appropriate for summer temperatures.
  • Sleeping pad or air mattress: For added comfort and insulation. Our Sportz Air Mattress is made to fit in between the wheel wells of a truck, and also works great as a floor air mattress for standard tents.
  • Pillows: Bring small camping pillows or use stuff sacks filled with clothes.

2. Cooking and Food Supplies

Cooking Gear

  • Camp stove or portable grill: Check fuel levels before leaving.
  • Cookware: Pots, pans, and a kettle.
  • Cooking utensils: Spatula, tongs, ladle, and a can opener.
  • Eating utensils: Plates, bowls, cups, and cutlery.
  • Cooler and ice packs: Keep perishable food fresh.

Food and Beverages

  • Non-perishable snacks: Trail mix, granola bars, dried fruit.
  • Ingredients for meals: Plan your menu and pack accordingly.
  • Water bottles or hydration system: Stay hydrated!
  • Coffee/tea and a way to brew it: A camping must-have for many.

3. Clothing and Footwear


  • Moisture-wicking base layers: Stay dry and comfortable.
  • Lightweight, breathable shirts and pants: Protect against sun and insects.
  • Insulating layers: For cool mornings and evenings.
  • Rain jacket and pants: Weather can change quickly.
  • Hat and sunglasses: Protect from the sun.


  • Sturdy hiking boots or shoes: Suitable for the terrain.
  • Camp shoes: Comfortable footwear for around the campsite.
  • Sandals: If you’re near a beach, you will to protect your feet from the hot sand.
  • Extra socks and underwear: Keep your feet dry and comfortable.

4. Safety and First Aid

Safety Gear

  • First aid kit: Include bandages, antiseptic, pain relievers, and any personal medications.
  • Navigation tools: Map, compass, and/or GPS device.
  • Multi-tool or knife: Handy for various tasks.
  • Fire-starting materials: Matches, lighters, and fire starters.
  • Whistle: For emergency signaling.

5. Personal Items and Hygiene

Personal Care

  • Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, and a towel.
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent: Protect your skin.
  • Hand sanitizer and wipes: For quick clean-ups.
  • Toilet paper and trowel: For bathroom needs in nature.


  • Camera or smartphone: Capture your adventures.
  • Chargers or power bank: Keep your devices powered.
  • Books, games, or musical instruments: For entertainment.

6. Camping Comfort and Extras

Camp Comfort

  • Camping chairs and table: For a comfortable campsite setup.
  • Lanterns and headlamps: Light up your campsite at night.
  • Clothesline and clips: Dry out wet clothing and gear.

Fun Extras

  • Binoculars: For wildlife watching.
  • Fishing gear: If you plan to fish.
  • Outdoor games: Frisbee, cards, or a portable cornhole set.

With this ultimate summer camping checklist, you're well on your way to a seamless and enjoyable camping trip. Remember, preparation is key to making the most of your outdoor adventures.

For more tips and gear recommendations, visit our blog at Napier Outdoors. Don’t forget to share your camping experiences with us on social media using #NapierNation. Safe travels and happy camping!