Camping Trip Planner Template: FREE & Printable

Our FREE printable camping trip planner template walks you through each stage of your outing before you ever think about hitting the road!

One of the most important camping tips is to realize organization is your friend! Trying to design an entire excursion in your head is bound to cause you lots of unnecessary stress while preparing for your adventure as well as during the journey itself.

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Planning A Camping Trip Checklist

Any of this sound familiar?

  • Have you ever been locked out of a campground because you arrived after hours as a result of not calculating your travel time correctly?
  • How about getting blisters because you hit the trail in tennis shoes because you forgot to pack your hiking boots?
  • Did you ever have to interrupt a camping trip to run to the store because you ran out of ice in your cooler packed with perishable food?
  • Have you paid additional fees on rental equipment because you didn’t know there were maximum limits (like mileage) in the contract?
  • Did you ever have to call a tow truck as a result of running out of gas because you didn’t calculate your driving distance?

All of that madness is TOTALLY AVOIDABLE!

Packing lists ensure you won’t forget important gear at home.

Using a worksheet helps you plan the logistics of your entire trip.

This Trip Planner Is Printable

Our template is designed to be used as an RV trip planner, for car camping, tent camping … or … even for backpacking.

Our planner is NOT an interactive tool for routing with considerations on height, weight or propane restrictions … but … we have an entire blog post with RV travel tips for RV safe routes to help you.

Tips For Planning Camping Trips

We have tips on how to plan a camping trip which is a blog post packed with information you should check out before you use our camping planner template.

Finding FREE Campsites

Camping is an affordable recreational activity and it becomes even cheaper when you find free camping in the USA.

Print This FREE Camping Trip Planning Template

Our trip kit includes a complete group of 5 free printables for every aspect of your trip.

The Camping Planner Printable helps you organize details regarding:

  • Travelers (people and pets)
  • Mileage, travel time and stops
  • Time zone changes
  • Alternate routes
  • Budget for trip expenses including
  • Food, drinks (for eating out as well as grocery list items for your food packing list for meals prepared at camp)
  • Campsite reservations, locations, fees whether staying in national parks, state parks or dispersed camping on public lands like BLM land (Bureau of Land Management) or national forests
  • Permits and rentals for backcountry camping and hiking
  • Includes a link to more information on how to plan a camping trip

The Camping Meal Planner helps you organize details regarding:

  • Camping menu (the camping meal plan template is my favorite!)
  • Includes a link to more information for meal ideas including breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts and snacks as well as different types of cooking methods

The Travel Route Planner helps you organize details regarding:

  • Departure, travel route and destination information
  • Travel dates, times, milage, rest and fuel stops, number of legs
  • GPS information if you use a GPS travel device
  • Route restrictions including steep curves/mountain grades, height/weight limits, rush hours, tolls/ferries etc.
  • Things to do/see along your travel route so you can have as much fun as possible on your next trip on the journey as well as at the destination

The Camping Checklist helps you organize details regarding:

  • Sleeping and shelter items like pillows
  • Clothes and personal hygiene items for shower facilities like soap, towels, toilet paper as well as outdoor activity clothing like socks, hiking boots, sunglasses, water bottles
  • Medical and first aid kit items like personal medications
  • Recreation, tools and campfire equipment including items like cards and games for rainy days
  • Food and drinks to create your shopping list
  • Kitchen and picnic table equipment for cleanup, food storage and utensils so you don’t forget to pack items like can and bottle opener, stove, bowls, plates, forks, knives
  • Vehicle and pets items including specific needs like leash, kennel and pet food

RV Tool Kit Checklist helps you organize details regarding:

  • RV specific tools
  • Lights and electrical equipment
  • Roadside emergency equipment
  • Tire equipment
  • Adhesives and fasteners
  • Propane gear
  • Misc supplies
Camping Trip Planner Template Free Printable by CampingForFoodies is a whimsical illustration of a cute old orange car towing a blue and white vintage camper trailer down a road in a landscape of green trees, light green grass and brown mountains with fluffy clouds in a blue sky; thumbnail images of multiple pages of a camping trip planner under the text that reads camping free trip planner.

You can grab your FREE copy of our camping trip planning kit so you can start planning a camping trip today!

Get Your Free Printable Camping Trip Planner Template Here

Camp Trip Development

Before you can use a camping itinerary template, you have to decide where you are going and what you are doing.

There are FREE resources to help you design the perfect trip with apps.

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These are the best camping apps for traveling, finding camping destinations, activities, hiking, fishing, bird watching, health & safety as well as finding water and RV dump stations.

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Be sure to check out the RV Life app that has an RV LIFE Trip Wizard and RV LIFE Maintenance Tracker available to campers who upgrade to the RV LIFE Pro member version.

Keeping It Minimal

If you are interested in low cost, easy experiences … get our tips on planning simple camping trips.

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Camping Route Planner

Our FREE printable camping route planner is designed to focus on the travel days of your road trip.

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Staying Organized Throughout Your Trips

This trip planner will get you started on the right foot. But, how do you make sure you STAY organized all the way through to the final day?

Use these tips on camping organization that include 7 simple rules that will change clutter problems forever!

Organized Camping With Camping Organization Ideas For How To Stay Clean And Organized Throughout Your Entire Trip by CampingForFoodies features a retro Shasta camper with a white and light green color scheme at two camp chairs neatly arranged on an outdoor carpet in front of the door with a cloth-covered picnic table in the background under a blue sky and scenic red rocks in the background at a beautiful campsite with text over the image that reads organized camping.

Unique Camping Road Trips

If you are looking for a different type of camping experience, think about visiting the oddities that make the U.S. a fascinating place.

No matter where you are in the country, you can find a bit of Americana through unusual roadside attractions … here are some fun RV road trip ideas you won’t ever forget.

RV Camping Road Trip Ideas Unusual Roadside Attractions - Camping For Foodies .com

More Help For New RVers

This trip planner is a great organization tool for new and seasoned campers alike.

Newbies need a little more help like these RV camping tips for beginners!

11 Tips For Beginners RV Camping by CampingForFoodies

Camping With Physical Body Limitations

We have 9 tips for people with physical challenges so they can make the most out of limited mobility camping.

Limited Mobility Camping by CampingForFoodies features a man in a wheelchair sitting alongside a wooden rail fence in a green field in a forest looking at beautiful mountains in the background with text over the image that reads Limited Mobility Camping.

Try New Camping Recipes

In addition to making your travel and campsite plans, you can’t forget about the camping food you are going to enjoy in the great outdoors!

If you’re looking for awesome ideas for yummy camping food, you’re in the right place! Here’s our entire camping recipes list.

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  1. What an awesome email with all the wonderful links! Thank you for sharing!
    I have a cooking (sort of) question. I have read reviews about SOAPSTONES, that you can cook on them and maybe even heat a small camper. I was wondering if anyone knows where I can get one.
    Thank you in advance for your help and info!

    1. Kim Hanna says:

      Hi Marie! It is so nice to hear from you, thanks for the kind words! Your question about soapstones is an interesting one. Cooking with them is a common thing. You can find styles like this soapstone grill accessory made to fit the Kamado Joe grill. You can also find soapstone reusable chilling rocks that keep drinks cold without watering them down like ice does when it melts. Using them to heat a small camper is not as common, but they do work to heat objects. I discuss using hot rocks as one way to heat a tent without electricity. Once a rock is hot it radiates heat slowly throughout the night. Many campers heat rocks around a campfire then wrap them with a towel, wool sock, leather bag or something similar. Then, they place the wrapped rock in the bottom of a sleeping bag to pre-heat it before going to bed. The concept of heating a rock and putting it in your bed is tried and true. In the olden days, people would place their “bed rock” on top of a wood stove in the kitchen, wrap it in rags and stick it down at the foot of the bed to release radiant heat throughout the night. I have another post you may want to check out, it’s how to heat a camper without electricity. Please let me know if you have any questions, I’d love to help you stay toasty warm on your chilly trips. Happy Camping, Kim