Doing this can bring with it peace of mind that you will not forget a single thing you would like to bring including the "activities" you would like to do. While you are doing this for yourself, you don't need to forget that others are going out on this camping trip with you. Getting together with them can stave off any chances of forgetting a single thing. Between all of you, there should not be a single thing forgotten. Since camping checklist are pretty easy to make, there is no reason not to make one other than you just do not want to take the time.
What's the first thing on your list _ The first thing that needs to be done is choose a date for this very special occasion. If it's going to be a surprise for the mom to be you may want to consult with her significant other. He may be able to give you an idea of her schedule and when would be the best time to completely surprise her. He'll most likely want to help and may come up with a way to get her to the party. When the date is established check it off of your list.