Mountain camping is an amazing way to connect with nature and create amazing memories with companions or even by yourself.

However, your well-cherished experience can turn into a nightmare if you do not bring the right stuff on your mountain camping trip. You may end up injured, ill, stranded or even helpless. That is why backpacking and properly planning for a mountain camping is extremely important.

On the first occasion when I went hiking in the mountains, I did not have the foggiest idea about camping not even about the types of tyre on my 4X4; which, later on, I learned the hard way. However, I had all the significant stuff, yet I could not seem to ace the better subtleties. From that point forward, I’ve camped a lot of times while compiling an ultimate checklist. I would like to impart my ultimate checklist to you, so you prohibit from similar mistakes that I made and learned from.

Before you begin with the checklist, it is important to know that I used the checklist below to make sure that I had all of the essentials needed for camping on the mountain:

Campsite equipment

Following are the pieces of equipment that you will need in order to set-up your campsite:

  • Camp chairs
  • Camp table
  • Camping pillow
  • Headlamps or flashlights (and extra batteries)
  • Lantern
  • Sleeping bags
  • Sleeping pads
  • Tent

Optional:

  • Camp rug
  • Clothesline with clips
  • Cots
  • Firewood sourced near the campsite
  • Hammock
  • Sleeping bag liners
  • Sunshade, tarp or screen house
  • Tablecloth and clips

Tools & Repair Items

In order to set-up your campsite, handle firewood, or build anything else you will need the following equipment:

  • Duct tape
  • Extra cord
  • Mallet or hammer
  • Multi-tool
  • Pad/Mattress repair kit
  • Saw or axe
  • Small broom and dustpan
  • Tent-pole repair sleeve

Extra subtleties

Following are some of the Extra items that you must have:

  • Binoculars
  • Book/reading material
  • Dry bags, stuff sacks or clear plastic bins to store items
  • Field guides (flowers, insects)
  • Music player with headphones
  • Navigation tools
  • Notebook and pen/pencil
  • Solar and portable power
  • Star chart/night-sky identifier

Kitchen

If you are a fan of cooking like me then you must have all of the below items and leave no margin because there is no match for the perfect blend of stunning scenery, calm nature, and delicious steak.

  • Biodegradable soap
  • Bottle opener
  • Camp sink or wash bins
  • Cook pots
  • Potholder
  • Cooking utensils
  • Cooler
  • Cutting board
  • Dishtowel
  • Eating utensils
  • Frying pan
  • Ice or ice substitutes
  • Matches
  • Mugs
  • Plates
  • bowls
  • sponge(s)
  • Sharp knife
  • Stove and fuel
  • Trash/recycling bags
  • Water bottles

Optional:

  • Camp grill and fuel
  • Charcoal
  • Dutch oven
  • Griddle
  • Grill rack
  • Large water jugs
  • Large, clear plastic bins to store kitchen gear
  • Marshmallow/hot dog roasting forks
  • Portable coffee/tea maker
  • Rolling ice cream maker
  • Small food-storage containers/bags/foil

Clothing & Footwear

Following are the item that you should pack priorly to anything else, cause why not, looks and cold matters even if no one is watching!

The quantity depends on the number of days you are planning on staying.

  • Boots or shoes suited to the terrain
  • Lightweight fleece or jacket
  • Long-sleeve shirts (for sun, bugs)
  • Moisture-wicking T-shirts
  • Moisture-wicking underwear
  • Quick-drying pants/shorts
  • Sleepwear
  • Socks (synthetic or wool)

For cold and/or rainy weather:

  • Fleece pants
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Long underwear
  • Rainwear (jacket and pants)
  • Warm hat
  • Warm insulated jacket or vest

Optional:

  • Bandanas
  • In-camp sandals or booties
  • Swimsuits
  • Water sandals

Personal Items

These are the items that must be number one in your list since they ensure your safety.

  • Campsite reservation confirmation
  • Cell phone
  • Credit card and/or cash
  • ID
  • Map and compass
  • Emergency contacts

Health & Hygiene

As they say, no compromise on health so do not blame me for my intensive list of items:

  • First-aid kit or first-aid supplies
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Menstrual products
  • Prescription medications
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Toilet paper
  • Toiletry kit
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

For protection against bugs and sun:

  • Insect repellent
  • Insect repellent candles
  • Lip balm
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen

Optional:

  • Alcohol or antiseptic wipes
  • Baby wipes
  • Brush/comb
  • Mirror
  • Sanitation trowel (if no toilets)
  • Urinary products

Author Bio: I am Ain Ul Haq, a realistic writer conceived in digitalization, and dedicated to the proposition that world is beautiful place waiting to be explored. Through my writing, I want to help people leave trails where no path existed before.