Family fall camping in Maryland

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What you need to pack for camping

Some families store their camping gear in large plastic bins, so there are fewer things to collect each time you want to head out. Here are some suggested items to be sure you have before leaving home.

If you're new to the great outdoors, you can probably borrow a lot of the things you need until you know whether it suits your family.

Cooking utensils such as spoon, spatula, knife
Can opener
Oven mitts
Scissors
Paper plates, napkins and plastic utensils
Foil
Mugs
Bottled water (jugs and bottles)
Coffee pot and filters
Skillet and/or pot
Salt, pepper and small containers of condiments so you don't have to purchase big bottles
Dish towels
Paper towels
Sponge
Dish soap
Antibacterial wipes
Picnic table cloth
Lighter
Marshmallow roasting sticks
Bungees
Rope
Bucket
Plastic bags (including trash bags)
Clothespins
Batteries
Flashlights
Lantern
Bug spray
Fire starter
Air mattress / pad
Air pump (if you need for mattress pad or bicycle tires)
Extra sheets for sleeping bags
Sleeping bags
Pillows
Toiletries in a container to carry to the bathhouse
Towels
First aid kit
Cards
Camera
Camping/ lawn chairs

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