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Fire Box:

matches/lighter
newspaper
fire starters
firewood
shovel
Grill and one-burner stove:
Fuel
lighter
BBQ tools
Camp kettle
Hot pads
Sticks for roasting
Pan for miscellaneous
   (putting out fire, boiling water for
   omelets in a bag, storing stuff in 
   camp, toting stuff to beach...)

Food Box:
(To be left on picnic table)
Aluminum foil
Trash bags
Forks, spoons, plates
(If you don’t use throw-away,You will need soap for washing dishes)
Napkins
Sharp knife
Flashlights (head lights for lanterns)
Shoe laces (used for tying anything)
Cord for hanging laundry
Duct tape
Ziplock bags
Hot pads
Table clothes (I use quilts that double as extra blankets for beach/cold/...)

First aid kit:
   
band-aids,
   Vaseline (for lips, hands,    wounds)
   Sunscreen
   Waterproof tape for blisters
   Small scissors
   Bug repellent
   hand/foot warmers (if in cold)
   Tylenol, Advil and Benadryl (we have allergies) we also bring a shot in case allergies make it difficult to breathe.)
With children, I'd have different doses. I put them in tic-tac containers.

Snacks:
Jerky
Trail mix
Nuts
Dried fruit
Chex mix
Granola bars
Fruit/vegetables

Beverages Box:
Tea
Sugar
Hot chocolate
Chai
Hot drink cups

Dessert box:
Waffle cones
Blueberry pie filling
Bananas
Chocolate chips
Carmel or chocolate syrup
Whipped cream
nuts
marshmallows

Gallon water jugs

Wash Station
Hand sanitizer
Soap (put it in old sock and tie it to  spigot)
Rag or paper towels, bungee cord to top
Wet ones 

Sleeping
Tent
Tarp
Sleeping bags
Mattress pad
Toiletries

 

Clothes 
Coat
Hat for sun/for warmth
Gloves
Socks
Shoes for hiking/for camp/for water
Towels for swimming
Rain poncho
Plus normal clothes, but less
     is best

Chairs

Games
make ice cream---toss bags to make it cold (see recipe for ice cream in a bag)
Checkers
Cards
Frisbee
balls
Beach toys (bare minimum, use cup for making castles, spoon for digging)
Bubbles
Glow sticks
Remember children can play with a stick and be happy.

I’ve seen lists with lots more…but my rule is “use what you have, and take as little as possible” (since it won’t all fit anyway.)
But this gets us through and we’re prepared for anything that has come up.

What is an important need for you, may not be for me...adapt for your family's needs and comfort.



What did I forget? What do you think is essential for camping?