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Packing list camping - You have to have it on board for the camper trip

A trip with the camper has a number of advantages, but when it comes to luggage it is particularly big: you can simply take more with you! In contrast to backpackers, you don't even have to laboriously drag your belongings on your back. Of course, you need completely different utensils, which is why the “Camping Packing List” is a bit more extensive. Nevertheless, the same applies to camping: less is more. After all, you don't want to live in the small home on four wheels like in a storeroom. So that you do not lose track of all the important things, we have carefully devoted ourselves to the topic of “Camping Packing List” in our digital travel guide for the Scandinavian round trip. So you know what you really have to take with you and what you can safely leave at home. You can tick off part of the packing list in the free reading sample of the PaulCamper travel guide! You can find the right camper for your trip at PaulCamper.


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Packing list camping equipment

Let's start with our loyal companion, the camping van. As a newcomer to camping in particular, it is important to take your time to check again whether everything important is on board. It starts with the supply of gas, fresh water and electricity and extends over the clothesline to the pillow. Here is our packing list for the equipment to tick off:


  • Gas bottle (+ possibly gas content meter)
  • Water hose for fresh water
  • Sewer hose
  • Cable drum
  • Camping power adapter
  • Drive-up wedges or wooden boards as supports
  • Camping chairs + table
  • Awning or awning
  • Rubber hammer + pegs
  • Grill (suitcase grill or gas grill)
  • Hand brush and shovel
  • Clothesline and pegs
  • Camping light or lantern
  • Sanitary fluid for camping toilet (if available)
  • Blanket and pillow, alternatively: sleeping bag


With these things you have already packed the most important things and will be able to make ends meet at every campsite. The campsite is also mostly needed: In Norway and Sweden the right of access applies, but this only applies to tents and not to mobile homes and other vehicles. With the tent you can camp anywhere where it is not expressly forbidden. Campers have to use pitches. For this reason, a parking guide should not be missing. This is how you can quickly find the next rest area. A few additional things make the camping packing list longer and camping life more pleasant:


  • Parking guide
  • hammock
  • blanket
  • Card games


Safety when traveling - something that should definitely not be missing on the camping packing list

In addition to comfort, safety plays the main role when camping. Even if we want to assume the best, something unforeseen can always happen. You want to be prepared for these cases. Our emergency list ranges from bandages for minor injuries to jacks and fire extinguishers. On it you will find all the things that will help you in the event of a breakdown.


  • First aid kit (attention: expiration date)
  • Warning triangle
  • Safety vest (1x per person)
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Spare tire
  • Jack
  • Wheel cross
  • Replacement canister + filler neck
  • Engine oil
  • Toolbox
  • Jump leads
  • Tow rope
  • pocket knife
  • Duct tape
  • Torch or headlamp
  • Possibly spare light bulbs and spare fuses


Packing list for culinary matters

Now that we are equipped for emergencies, we can devote ourselves to beautiful and, above all, delicious things again. Norway and Sweden are expensive countries and a visit to a restaurant can easily be beyond your budget. Barbecue and camping kitchen go much better with camper romance anyway. So that you are well equipped, we have noted everything on the camping packing list that is useful for you when preparing your dinner. A tip on the side: Buy long-life foods such as pasta, rice or cans of vegetables in Germany. This will save you a whole lot of money. You can better buy the fresh ingredients on site. Important tip for night owls: alcohol in Norway and Sweden is many times more expensive than in Germany. According to customs regulations, you are allowed to import small amounts of alcohol. So if you want to drink a beer or a glass of wine by the campfire without rushing into expenses, then it's best to pack it in Germany. You can find the exact import quantities here.


  • Cool box (if no refrigerator is installed)
  • Pots
  • pan
  • Cutting knife
  • cutlery
  • Dishes (plates, cups, glasses)
  • Bottle opener / wine opener
  • scissors
  • dishtowels
  • Washing-up liquid
  • Rag
  • Trash bags
  • Coffee maker (espresso maker, hand filter)
  • coffee
  • tin opener
  • Wooden spoon, spatula
  • Whisk
  • Lighter
  • matches
  • Pot holders
  • Kitchen roll
  • Tupperware box (for leftovers)
  • Sieve
  • Rub
  • grill


The kitchen utensils are in place, now it's time to get the ingredients. With these basics you can prepare simple, quick but also wonderfully delicious dishes in the camper.


  • Salt pepper
  • Spices
  • oil
  • Storage foods (pasta, rice, lentils)
  • Muesli, corn flakes
  • Bread, spreads
  • Canned vegetables: tomatoes, corn, kidney beans
  • Emergency ration of food (e.g. canned ravioli)
  • Drinks (juice, water)
  • Wine and beer


Don't forget: papers & co

Admit it: When it comes to documents like passports and driver's licenses, you're always afraid of forgetting them. And that is why it is checked ten times whether you have actually packed it. So that you can start your camping adventure with complete peace of mind, there is again the camping packing list with important documents to tick off.


  • ID / passport
  • Health insurance card (or international health insurance)
  • Driving license
  • Vehicle papers
  • Credit cards
  • PaulCamper documents (emergency numbers, cover letter, documents)
  • Cash (as nest egg)


Hygiene in the camper - the packing list for camping hygiene

Such a small wet room in the van or the communal toilets on the campsite are a change to the home oasis of well-being. But if you have the right little helpers with you, you can also feel good when traveling. Our packing list tells you what should not be missing in terms of hygiene:


  • Toothbrush + toothpaste
  • Shower gel + shampoo
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Microfiber towels
  • Hand detergent (e.g. Rei in der Tube)
  • Toilet paper
  • Wet wipes
  • Disinfectants
  • Sunscreen mosquito spray
  • Nail set (including tweezers!)

The main thing to be healthy: packing list for camping first-aid kit

A small upset stomach, too much sun or a cut - when traveling, you also have to be prepared for small health problems. A good first-aid kit is the be-all and end-all. If you tick off the camping pharmacy packing list, then you are prepared for all the little problems.


  • Paracetamol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Diarrhea medication (e.g. immodium)
  • Electrolytes (e.g. Elotrans)
  • Travel chewing gum (against travel sickness)
  • aspirin
  • Bepanthen ointment
  • Plaster + gauze bandage
  • Clinical thermometer
  • Voltaren ointment


What am I wearing? The right clothing for camping

The big question before every trip: What clothes should you take with you, what can stay at home. The motto of the “Camping Packing List” is: function before beauty. Instead of summer dresses, the windproof outdoor jacket is the better choice. Especially in Scandinavia, where the weather can be a bit more uncomfortable and temperatures drop especially in the evening.


  • underwear
  • Socks
  • Jeans, pants
  • pullover
  • Shirts
  • T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Jogging pants / trousers
  • Pajamas
  • Outdoor jacket (wind and rainproof)
  • Solid shoes or sneakers
  • Swimming trunks or bikini
  • Flip flops



  • walking boots
  • Hiking pants
  • Rain jacket


Technology and documentation - from navigation systems to travel diaries

Now we have almost everything you need on your Scandinavia tour. What is still missing are a few technical aids and equipment to document your trip. After all, such an experience also needs to be captured in pictures and words. Whether you travel in a very minimalist way or in the Flashpacker style with a laptop and reflex camera is your decision. With the following devices you are definitely equipped for all gadgets. It doesn't matter whether you want to go to a movie night or make films yourself.


  • Road map
  • Navi
  • Cell phone + charging cable
  • Laptop or tablet + charging cable
  • Camera + charger
  • Memory cards
  • External hard drive (if necessary)
  • USB adapter for cigarette lighter
  • Power bank
  • Travel journal
  • Paper + pen
  • Music (CDs, USB sticks, playlists, etc.)


Now your "packing list camping" is finished and you have everything you need for your trip. Here you can buy the digital travel guide for the tour through Norway and Sweden. And then the adventure can begin! Just to reassure you: you always forget something. Fortunately, you can get almost everything on the go, so don't worry.


The only thing missing for your road trip happiness is the right camper? Here you will find a motorhome in which you can conveniently stow all the things on the list and finally set off for Scandinavia!