Following is my camping gear checklist. My gear is based around camping at unpowered sites in campgrounds.
For some minimalist campers (such as hikers), this list is way too much. I am camping with young kids and my wife, so need to have a reasonable level of comfort.
On the other hand, many people camp with a lot more than this and may consider my list to be just the basic essentials. For example, my parents have a microwave and air-conditioner in their pop-top camper – and they wonder why the trailer is so heavy!
Of course, personal effects (such as clothes, sunscreen and towel) are in addition to the list.
tent (inc. poles, fly and guy ropes)
mesh tarp (ground sheet)
foam floor tiles (for outside tent door)
poles (including ridge pole)
(additional bedding depending on expected temperature)
bottled drinking water
cups (inc. coffee cups, wine glasses)
gas stove (inc. hose)
moka espresso coffee pot
washing-up water (if not available at site)
spray and wipe
dust pan and brush
telescopic gas pole
picnic table with stools
gas bottle adaptors
general tool kit