It’s summertime and the living is easy! But before you know it, autumn will be here, the kids will be back in school, and life will be crazy once again. So there is no better way to close out your summer than with a St. Simons Island camping trip.

There are many different places you and your family can get away this summer and go camping. In St. Simons and the Golden Isles getting back to nature is easy as it offers a variety of campgrounds and RV park facilities in the area. 

There are also some items that are a must when you go camping but if you’re anything like me you always leave something behind when you’re packing. For this reason, we also put together a list of what to pack for camping.

What To Pack For Camping

What To Pack For Camping

It goes without saying that a stay in the wilderness typically requires much less clothing and shoes than you would pack for other vacations, but there are a few essentials you won’t want to forget. 

When you’re staying at a hotel and forgot to pack a toothbrush you could just head down to the lobby or nearest convenience to get one; the same can’t be said when you’re in the middle of the woods, miles from civilization. So, before you head out on that St. Simons Island camping trip, consult your checklist and then triple check it to make sure you have everything you need for an enjoyable camping trip.


The sun, heat, and humidity in the summer months can be brutal so when it comes to clothes, choose lightweight fabrics that are moisture-wicking. Fabrics such as cotton tend to absorb the moisture, weighing it down and making the fabric stick to you which is uncomfortable. Other pieces you’ll want to bring:

  • Lightweight hat
  • Packable waterproof and breathable jacket
  • Hiking Boots or Trail Runners 
  • Polarized Sunglasses 
  • Water shoes or sandals with good grip
  • Swimsuit
  • Socks
  • Sleepwear


Unfortunately, the wilderness is not known for its fine dining so you’ll probably be cooking all of your meals. Some things to bring include:

  • Camping stove with fuel
  • Cookware
  • Reusable Utensils 
  • Lightweight, reusable water bottle
  • Water filtration 
  • Dish soap
  • Cutting board
  • Food and appropriate pre-packaged snacks
  • Cooler
  • Wash bins

Personal Items

You can’t go camping without the basic necessities, like:

  • Toilet paper
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with SPF
  • Bug spray and itch relief
  • Hand sanitizer
  • First aid kit
  • Toiletries (with a 
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Hairbrush
    • Soap
  • Prescription medications you need to take
  • Painkillers (just in case)

Camping Absolute Necessities

If you forget this stuff at home you might as well turn the car around:

  • Tent 
  • Mallet 
  • Tarp
  • Sleeping bags or an air mattress
  • Pillows
  • Folding chairs and table 

St. Simons Island Camping: Where to go

Where to go Camping in St. Simons Island

So your car is packed, you’ve made a list and checked it twice, and now it’s time to hit the road! But where are you going? Here’s a list of some of the campgrounds in and around St. Simons Island.

Coastal Georgia RV Resort

The Coastal Georgia RV Resort is situated close to Jekyll, St. Simons, and Cumberland Islands. 

It has 105 campsites that can accommodate RVs ranging from 60 to 75 ft. and 35 ft. wide.

Some of the amenities include electric hookup, picnic table and grill at the site, water/sewer, cable TV, wi-fi, laundry rooms, supply store, swimming pool, fishing pier, paddle boats, pavilion, conference room, outdoor fire pit, game room, playground, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard court, and bark park. 

Altamaha Regional Park

Altamaha Regional Park has 43 campsites with full hookup available. The park offers:

  • Boat rentals
  • Ice
  • Bait & tackle
  • A swimming area 
  • Picnic facilities
  • Boat ramp
  • Fishing
  • Fishing and hunting licenses 
  • Camp store
  • Bathhouses 
  • And a Playground 

All of this is set in rustic surroundings and pets are allowed as long as they are on a leash. 

Blythe Island Regional Park Campground

The Blythe Island Regional Park Campground boasts 40 campsites in a 1,100-acre public park developed and managed by Glynn County with the help of Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources. It is located between Savannah and Jacksonville, where the park is surrounded by attractions such as St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Jekyll Island, wonderful restaurants, great shopping, and award-winning golf courses

Golden Isles Vacation Park

The Golden Isles Vacation Park offers 106 campsites and allows your furry friend to tag along. Some of the amenities include a pool, variety store, laundry, showers, games, playground, TV lounge, modern hookups, video rental, an on-site restaurant, and ice. 

New Homes in St. Simons Island by Palmetto

St. Simons Island is the ideal place camping enthusiasts in need of a relaxing end of summer vacation. You can visit one of the many campsites here, just don’t forget to pack the essentials.

The island’s stunning nature preserves will make you feel like you left civilization far behind. If you’re also considering becoming a resident of St. Simons Island, contact Palmetto Building Group today.

We have new, move-in ready single-family homes, cottages, condominiums and townhouses available.

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