If you are in fact planning to pitch a tent, then of course a sturdy, spacious and weather resistant tent is absolutely paramount. With this, you will undoubtedly want to also bring along warm and waterproof sleeping bags, in addition to an inflatable air mat for added comfort. A good rule of thumb when selecting your tent is to double the number of people who will be using the tent for sleeping and select a tent that accommodates this number, which will ensure ample space. If instead you are planning to use an RV, or camper, then most likely you have already furnished it with the necessary blankets, pillows and other items commonly used in a camper of any sort.
Whether you are roughing it with a tent or embracing nature from a safer distance, there are still numerous essentials to add to your checklist prior to your departure date. Lanterns, lighters, and first aid kits are among the most frequently forgotten items that every camper should have on hand. First Aid kits should include a ready supply of band-aids, antiseptic, aspirin and burn ointment. Other helpful items include mosquito repellent, moist wipes, and emergency candles & waterproof matches. If you have opted to bring a refillable lighter, having lighter fluid reserves is a good idea too, along with replacement wicks & flints.
Enjoying your camping trip to the fullest will be much easier to accomplish with a well-developed checklist on hand. While preparing for your out-of-doors adventure and prior to departure, check (and double-check) your inventory; as you pack and again as you load up. This will ensure you are less likely to forget items.