When it comes to a checklist for camping, outside of a few essentials it really depends on you how much or how little you take. We can help you whatever type of camper you are: from a light, back to basics type camper looking for a stripped-back approach right through to the large family group whose camping trip is their main summer holiday.
We’ve put together this checklist for a camping holiday. It’s a useful starting point for everyone planning any kind of camping trip to work out what gear you want/need to take on your trip.
- Your tent – always choose a larger berth than the number of people camping, this gives you extra space for all your bits and pieces.
- Tent Accessories – these can include tent porch, tent carpet and tent footprint (depending on your tent)
- Spare Tent Pegs – nothing worse than bent tent pegs
- Mallet – ideal for knocking tent pegs into the ground
- Torch and/or Lantern
- Duct Tape – you’d be surprised what can be fixed with tape
- Electric Hook up
- Sleeping Bag
- Sleeping Mat/Airbed – whether roll mat or double airbed, this can add comfort and extra insulation during the night
- Camp bed – a camp bed gets you off of the ground and helps you to feel at home
- Extra clothing – the temperature does drop at night, layer up and you can remove layers as you get warmer during the night
- Ear plugs – other campers can be loud; whether after you’ve gone to bed, or before you want to wake up.
Your camp can be whatever you want to make it, and with so many furniture choices and other add-ons to think about, you can truly create a home away from home. Or, you can just take the necessary items like bin bags to make sure you can leave your camp space as clear as possible. Just remember to leave no trace!
- Furniture – camping chairs and tables can go a long way to creating a great social area outside the tent or in the living area
- Portable Toilet – ideal for the middle of the night, or with young children
- Windbreak – good for campsite privacy, and of course keeping the wind away
- Torch/ Headtorch – very much needed for finding the loo during the night!
- Bin Bags – leave nothing behind
- String/Cord – can be used for binding, or an onsite washing line.
Camping Kitchen Checklist
- Water container– ideal for drinking water, or trips to the onsite tap
- Stove and/or BBQ
- Gas/Charcoal– depending on your choice of cooking appliance
- Low Wattage Appliances– to work with your electric hook up
- Cooking utensils
- Tableware – plates, bowls, cups etc
- Basin – even if not used to wash the dishes, it will certainly help for carrying dirty dishes to the campsite wash area
- Tin Opener– all the food and no way to open it is never good
- Bottle Opener
- Wet Wipes
Health and Safety Checklist
- Personal medications (plus extra)
- First Aid Kit
- Sun Cream
- Anti-bacterial handwash
- Insect Repellent
- Extra Batteries
- Pocket Knife
- Toilet Roll
Now it’s your turn..
Our checklist is just a guide for you to use to help plan your own camping trip.
Pop by and see us if you need any advice on any aspect of camping or caravanning – we’re always happy to help!