Camping season in Michigan is in full swing. Whether you’re a first-timer or experienced veteran, being prepared is critical to a comfortable and enjoyable getaway.There are many factors to consider while planning including the weather, destination amenities, participants, vehicle size, and more. Every trip is different, and everyone has their own personal philosophy on how to prepare (overpacker here ). The important part is avoiding that dreadful feeling of reaching for something and realizing you forgot to pack it. Use this comprehensive camping checklist to identify and stock up on what you need — and perhaps add a couple of “comfort” items to sweeten the deal. Most campgrounds provide a picnic table, access to water, and a shared bathroom. We created this checklist accordingly. Printer-friendly version Campsite Essential■ Tent■ Sleeping pads■ Sleeping bags■ Pillows■ Camp chairs■ Camp table (if no table provided)■ Matches/lighter■ Lantern■ Headlamp or flashlightOptional:■ Fire starters■ Firewood (sourced locally)■ Axe or hatchet for firewood■ Portable power■ Rope/cord■ Solar string lights■ Games■ Hammock■ Tablecloth■ Multi-tool Kitchen Essential■ Cooler and ice■ Stove and fuel■ Pots and frying pan (and holder!)■ Cooking utensils■ Eating utensils■ Plates and bowls■ Cups/mugs■ Knife and cutting board■ Scrubber and biodegradable soap■ Trash bags■ Portable sink/bin■ Dish towels■ Bottle/can openerOptional:■ Portable coffee maker and coffee■ Griddle■ Roasting forks■ Food storage containers■ Water Jug Clothing/Footwear Essential■ Moisture-wicking underwear■ Moisture-wicking shirts■ Quick-dry shorts/pants■ Wool or synthetic socks■ Fleece or lightweight jacket■ Hiking or all-terrain shoes/bootsRainy/Cold Weather:■ Insulated jacket■ Rain shell■ Long underwear■ Gloves/mittens■ Warm hatOptional:■ Swimsuit■ Sandals Personal Essential■ Toothbrush and toothpaste■ Toiletry kit■ Quick-dry towel■ Toilet paper■ Sunscreen■ Lip balm■ Insect repellant■ First-aid kit/supplies OptionalOptional:■ Baby wipes■ Mirror■ Brush/comb■ Mask and earplugs To discover and book your next adventure at a Michigan state park, check out Michigan State Park & Harbor Reservations. For private-land sites, check out Hipcamp.