Camping is a fun activity that can be done by anyone regardless of age, sex, and religion. While going to the beach or some exotic location is a great way to relax, there is nothing like spending time outdoors and close to Mother Nature. Camping is just as fun as your memory, of course, and poor planning can ruin a whole journey.

There are some basic rules that you should adhere to when it comes to planning for your camping trip, so you don’t overpack or, heaven forbid, under pack.

You can either camp the traditional way, go down the minimalist route, or even think glamping — the luxurious way of doing things. But whatever you choose, you can’t do without things, and that includes the clothes you’re going to wear.

It’s often difficult to choose what to do and what to do, so if you’re having trouble, check out this quick guide and you’re going to be all right.

Packing Clothes for Camping

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Be Smart

You really should try packing all your things in one bag, using packing organizers to keep it tidy and smooth. In this way, all of your clothing, toiletries, and basic equipment can be packed into one bag; you should be able to carry your bag comfortably, so pack light.

Having said that, here’s a rundown of all the most important clothing items you need in your bag. Of course, depending on when and where you are camping, this will have several variations, but in general, these things would be in any camping pack.

Something to Keep in Mind

It should be noted that most certainly a waterproof jacket should be on your list, even if you are not going in or anticipating rainy weather. Mother nature has a way to do the unpredictable, and being prepared is better than risking getting sick because you’ve got wet.

For guys, one of the biggest options on the market is the TACVASEN Fleece Tactical Waterproof Softshell Jacket, and for ladies, the Charles River Apparel Women’s New Englander Waterproof Rain Jacket is an inexpensive but effective and trendy alternative.

These jackets will be great to keep you warm and dry and offer wind protection–three of the most important things for a fun camping experience. Wherever you’re camping, it doesn’t matter, you’re sure to have cooler nights than days, and that’s when these jackets are most welcome, even when you’re getting cozy under the stars at an open (but safe!) fire.

Clothing items you need to pack for camping

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  • T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Jeans/Pants
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Bathing Suit
  • Jacket or sweater (in addition to the waterproof jacket)
  • Pajamas
  • Hat
  • Bandana
  • Closed-toed shoes (sneakers or boots)
  • Sandals or flip-flops

How to pack your clothes for camping


Now that you know what to wear, clothing-wise, let’s just get into how to pack your luggage. When you read it out, these may sound complicated and difficult, but once you actually begin to follow the steps, you will see that it is quite logical and straightforward and not as difficult as you might have thought it would be.

Fold and Roll

You’ll be able to save big time on space by folding and rolling the clothes you’re bringing along with you.

Here’s a video on how to fold and roll

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Place the shirt on a table and turn the bottom inside out around 15 cm, holding it straight and smooth. Take the left side from there and fold it in the middle of the shirt. Then fold back the sleeve into the folded area. Do the same with the other side now and make sure it’s not larger than 15 cm.

You can then take the collar and start rolling the shirt as tightly as you can until it is rolled out fully. To secure the roll, you can use the inverted bottom part. Keep in mind that many wrinkles can be caused by this method.


Place your pair of socks on a flat surface (stacked) and fold the top end of the sock for about 5 cm on itself. Use the top part of the bottom sock and tie it around the rolled socks until you have a full package.


Place your underwear on a flat surface and invert about 7-8 cm of the waistband. Fold both edges, keeping them parallel to the middle. Then roll the bottom up to the top and use the inverted portion to easily and compactly wrap it up.


If you wrap a shirt, socks, and underwear together, you can also save space.

Place the shirt flat somewhere, put the underwear down on the chest area, and put two socks on top of the underwear.

Fold the shirt’s bottom by about 10 cm and fold the shirt’s sides over the socks and underwear to the right. Now roll the shirt tightly down from its collar and wrap it up using the inside-out portion.

Wrinkle-Free Shorts and Pants

Shorts and pants are much harder to roll than shirts. Try this instead: by the waistband hold the pants (or shorts) and fold in on itself, holding each other’s back pockets. Then lay down the clothes somewhere flat and take the crotch to the middle and fold in half from the foot. If you want, you can fold in thirds as well.

Clothing Folder

To store your clothes in a very flat way, you’d do well to using a mesh folder. It’s better if you want your clothes to stay wrinkle-free.

Place, for example, a shirt on a flat area to use a clothing folder and put the folding board on the shirt so it covers the collar. Then fold over the board the sides and sleeves. You will fold back over the board the bottom of your shirt and place your shirt inside the folder of your clothes.

Here’s a cool video showing how a kid can fold using BOXLEGEND V2

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Tips on strategically packing

Make sure you’ve got everything you want to pack and sort everything out by weight. Place them all on a flat surface, from left to right, from lightest to heaviest, in your bag.

You should pack in your shoes your rolled-up socks and underwear. Do suggest packing your sleeping bags, luggage, spare shoes, and anything at the bottom of your bag that you won’t use as often. If you have all your light things at the bottom, they can be compact in order to make more use of the room you have.

If in these cases you don’t get the hang of folding your sheets, try again. Eventually, you will work it out and be better off for it. If you do well with visual presentations, you can find videos on YouTube to support you.

Here’s a full list of what you can pack and where you should place them

How to Pack Clothes for Camping.

Bottom-of-Pack Items

  • Sleeping bag (many packs have a bottom compartment sized for one)
  • Sleeping pad (especially if it rolls into a tiny shape)
  • Any layers, like long underwear, that you plan to sleep in
  • Camp shoes or down booties


Core-of-Pack Items

  • Food stash (entrees, not snacks)
  • Cook kit
  • Stove
  • Water reservoir (unless you prefer bottles for hydration)
  • Bear canister (containing food and all other scented items, plus whatever bulky items help fill it to the brim)


Top-of-Pack Items

  • Insulated jacket
  • Fleece jacket and pants
  • Rain jacket
  • First-aid kit
  • Water filter or purifier
  • Toilet supplies (trowel, TP, used TP bag)


Accessory Pockets

  • Map
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Headlamp
  • Bug spray
  • Snacks
  • Water bottles
  • Raincover
  • Car keys (look for a clip inside one of the pockets)
  • ID and cash stash


Tool Loops and Lash-On Points

  • Trekking poles
  • Tent poles
  • Large sleeping pad
  • Camp stool or chair
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Climbing rope



Packing your camping clothes shouldn’t really be as big a deal as it is often the case. When you pack incorrectly, you’ll end up using more room than you really should, and you might end up carrying a heavy backpack, which is very uncomfortable. If you’re doing it right, though, you’re going to feel like a genius to have your stuff sorted out without using too much space.

You can get the packing over and done with and concentrate on how much fun you’ll have on your camping trip by following the tips and advice you’ve been given here.