Camping Essentials Kit

Tracking PixelThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cutter® Insect Repellents.

Living in the Phoenix valley, it’s not a secret that I plan a mini-escape every single year. It doesn’t matter to me so much where we head, as long as we get out on the open road and enjoy the summer together as a family. This year, we planned a road trip to take us up to see Mount Rushmore, a place I have yet to see, and several other fun stops en route.

We took our trip in a 15-passenger van filled with 8 little kids, 2 adults, and all of our camping supplies and lots of food and snacks for our travels. We planned out our days to have 4-5 hours of driving a day to allow lots of time for stops, visiting sites, and to give us time to setup camp each day.

Camping Car Loaded

While I really enjoy getting out closer to nature camping, there is one aspect of camping that I know I want to avoid at all costs – bug bites! It’s never fun to come home from an overnight camping trip itching and scratching. But what would be even worse is an extended trip where you don’t get a break between new bug bites and the itches from the day before.

We went prepared and packed bug spray along with our other absolute essentials to make sure we would have everything we needed on hand to have a happy, safe and fun camping trip. This quick camping essentials kit list is to help you avoid forgetting those most important essentials that sometimes get left behind.

Camping Essentials Kit

Camping Essentials List

Prepare a small tote bag that contains all of your camping essentials so you can easily find these important items when you need them.

  • Bug Spray
  • Sunscreen
  • First Aid Kit
  • Bandaids
  • Lantern
  • Flashlight
  • Flint/Steel and Matches/Lighter
  • Nylon cording
  • Nail clippers
  • Chapstick
  • Tweezers
  • Water

Cutter® has family friendly bug spray products that helped keep our troop of kids protected without the complaints of a stinky spray or hard to use products that frustrate more than help. The Cutter® All Family Mosquito Wipes made it really quick and easy to wipe down all of the kids really quickly.


The formula isn’t greasy or oily and is soft on the skin. We really LOVED these wipes. They took out all the hassle of bug protection. Best of all, the package of 15 wipes is resealed to keep the wipes moist and ready for the next time you travel.

Camping Cutter

After the first day, we set these aside specifically for faces and sensitive areas so we didn’t run out of the wipes. The Cutter® Skinsations® Insect Repellent spray was quick and easy to apply as well, even above pajama layers. Here’s a peek at our camping trip with 8 kids!


Cutter® wants to know how everyone “Fends off Funsuckers”. They are hosting easy like to win giveaways and a $1 off coupon on their Facebook fan page to help you get more fun out of your summer without the pests that kill the fun.

What your camping essential?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cutter® Insect Repellents.


About Janel

Hi, I'm Janel! I'm the owner and lead blogger here at A Mom's Take. I have five little boys age 8 and under. I am a Phoenix based mom blogger and love the sun. I love to travel and have been known for planning trips specifically to hit the roller coasters! I enjoy digital scrapbook and design and I'm obsessed with board games.


Camping Essentials Kit — 24 Comments

  1. I love this new wipes version of Cutter. I never go outside without mosquito repellent, but I don’t like the cloud that sometimes happens when you spray it on. This takes care of that!

  2. I love Cutter. It works exceptionally well. I’m really excited that they’ve come out with a wipes version, sometimes I get a “Cutter Cloud” that I’m not too fond of.

  3. I am going camping in a few days and I am seriously now in love with the idea of insect repellent wipes! I seriously need to find those before we leave!

  4. The bugs are awful this summer. I need to pick up some of those wipes to keep in my purse!

  5. Oh my goodness, camping with all of those kids… you are super-awesome! I can’t even go in my back yard without bug stuff… HA!

  6. We are outside all summer long, so a good insect repellent is imperative for us.

  7. Hope you guys are have a great time on your trip! That is quite ambitious to take all those kids! I love Cutter Repellents for the outdoors!

  8. I need to try some of those wipes. I am allergic to mosquitos and have yet to find a product that is 100% worthy of my money. I have found 95% but not 100%

  9. Oh my goodness! That is a ton of little ones to look out for! I need some Cutter spray for our kids!