The modern-day definition of primitive camping would be a campsite without electricity and running water. Here is a primitive tent camping checklist with specific categories.
Tent, stakes, and poles (stakes and poles usually come with the tent). If you have never pitched a tent before I would suggest that you practice once in your backyard so that you are not struggling to pitch it once you are at your campsite. As a beginner, you should probably buy a cheaper tent.
Tarpaulin or ground cloth
Sleeping bag pads, or air mattresses and air pump.
Sheets, blankets, and pillows.
Axe (if you are allowed to chop wood at the campsite)
Flashlights/headlamp (don't forget the extra batteries!)
Lantern, fuel lantern hanger, extra mantles
A mat to place at the tent entrance, dustpan, and brush
Cooking and Eating
Cooking stove and fuel
Firestarters, newspaper, lighter fluid
Cooking oil or oil spray
Matches or lighter
Large water container. Make sure you have enough water with you as you may not find piped water or vending machines at a primitive campsite.
Coolers and ice
A few rags
A plastic tub for cleaning utensils
Dishwashing soap and scrubber (scotch brite)
Non-perishable food items
Seasonings, sugar, spices
Knives, peelers, can openers, bottle openers
Zip-lock bags and airtight containers to store food
Trash bags. Always use trash bags to dump your leftovers and dump the trash bags in the space provided at your campsite. This is because bears or other animals could come and scavenge through your leftovers. Do not ever attempt to feed or pet the bears! And if bears do visit your campground you will see plenty of signboards telling you the same thing.
BBQ grill with charcoal briquettes (Optional)
Folding table (Optional)
Shoes/boots (waterproof ones are recommended)
Rain jacket/raincoat/rain poncho
Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash
Body soap bar or body wash.
A small mirror
any required medications
Deck of cards
Notepad, pens, pencils
Cell phone and charger. You can use the alarm clock on your cellphone if your campsite has electricity or you can use a car charger. Otherwise, bring a battery-operated alarm clock with you.
Maps of hiking and biking trails. Get a printout of all the necessary documents that you may need during your stay.