Camping Essentials: The Complete Camping Checklist
Camping can be one of the best ways to experience the true beauty of the British countryside. But it can be difficult to know exactly what you should (and shouldn’t) bring along with you. Within this handy guide, we’ll share some top tips and advice on how to make a good camping trip even better by packing the right camping equipment. Whether you’re off camping on your own or on a countryside break with the whole family; you’re sure to find this guide useful!
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The first few items to organise should be your camping equipment. This includes the things you’ll need to build your temporary home in the countryside. We’ve listed a few of the main items.The amount of equipment you'll need will depend on the number of people you're camping with.
1. Camping Tent
A strong, reliable tent which stands up to the British weather is vital on any British camping trip. The number of campers sleeping inside and the environment you’re camping in both play a part in deciding which tent you should pack. Will a pop-up tent suffice, or do you need something bigger like a dome tent or large family tent?
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In case it rains, bring a travel towel along with you to mop up any water that manages to find its way into your tent.
To quickly fix any damage to your tent, you should bring a tent repair kit along. Keep this handy piece of kit packed away in your tent, ready to pull out on a rainy day.
Give your camp some protection from the elements with a waterproof windbreaker. With improved privacy, you’ll be able to chill out in peace after a long day of exploring, free from distraction.
Want to avoid sitting on the wet ground? A sturdy camping chair is an essential for every camper. Chill out around a campfire, enjoy your lunch sitting down or take a break in comfort during a long walk with a portable camping chair.
A camping table is the hub of activity during a camping trip. Whether you’re bonding over a meal or bickering over a board game, you’re sure to create memories around a camping table.
1. Sleeping Bag
A high-quality sleeping bag is a must have for a good night's sleep in the countryside. Three season sleeping bags are suitable for almost all weather conditions. In summer months, you may prefer to go with an ultra-lightweight sleeping bag to avoid overheating during the night.
2. Air Bed
Spending the night on the floor with no padding will leave you restless. Why not treat yourself to an airbed, you’re sure to get a much better sleep than without.
Adding a camping lantern to your camping arsenal can be a great bonus. With the help of a hanging hook, you’ll be able to provide lighting to your entire tent. This will be a great help once the sun goes down.
Avoid using your phone as a torch, phone battery can be precious while camping so using a lantern instead could save you precious battery life!
To avoid a stiff neck in the morning, make sure to pack an inflatable pillow. This small luxury will definitely make all the difference to how you sleep. Inflatable pillows are super affordable and can be rolled up and neatly packed away anywhere.
Campsite and Walking Clothing
Sweat wicking t-shirts are really useful when camping and exploring the countryside. The quick drying material means you’ll be able to wash your t-shirt and leave it to dry overnight, ready to wear the next day.
To protect your skin from the sun and insect bites, make sure to pack a few long sleeve t-shirts. They can also be used as a layering option during the night or on colder days.
Stay dry and cheerful even when the weather is looking gloomy with a waterproof jacket or coat. Without one, you risk being caught out in the unpredictable British weather, leaving you cold, damp and miserable.
For relaxing days around the campsite make sure to pack a pair of casual trousers or jeans. Throw them on when you’re relaxing around the camp after a day of exploring the countryside.
If you’re planning on doing some exploring during your camping trip, it may be a good idea to bring a pair of walking trousers along. Not only are walking trousers incredibly reliable, they’re also quick drying if you get caught out in the rain.
Get the right footwear for trekking, hiking and rambling in the countryside. By kitting yourself out with a pair of walking boots, your feet will be fully supported over uneven ground and protected thanks to shock absorbing materials.
Be sure to bring a pair of casual trainers along to change into once you’ve finished walking.
For morning breakfast at camp, chilly afternoons up the mountain or relaxing around the fire of an evening, a warm fleece really is the perfect piece of camping clothing. Great as a layering option with a jacket or on its own, a fleece will become your best friend in the countryside.
Even though you’re living in the country, it doesn’t mean you should go without your home comforts. Give your camping stash a boost with plates and cutlery to make meal times that little bit more enjoyable.
A camping kettle will make your life much easier when you’re out in the sticks. You can use the kettle to quickly and easily boil water for cooking or for your morning serving of tea & coffee.
3. Pots & Pans
You’re going to need something to cook in so don’t forget to throw a set of pots and pans in with your camping gear. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will all be under control, you just have the task of nominating the camp chef now!
Avoid eating bland cold food throughout your trip by packing a cooking stove or bbq. You’ll be able to start the day off right with a cooked breakfast and a warm drink!
You’re going to need fuel for your fire. If you’re bringing a stove, you’re going to need gas canisters. Opting for the BBQ? Make sure to pack some coal.
Avoid multiple trips to the nearest tap by stocking up on water with a large container. Whether you’re using water for a morning wash, cleaning the dishes or for drinking, a water container will make your life much easier.
6. Cool Box
Keep your food cool and safe to eat for the duration of your trip with a cool box. With plenty of room to store meat, drinks and fresh food, a cool box will allow you to have delicious meals when you’re out in the countryside.
Useful for opening bottles and cutting rope, having a camping multi-tool on hand can be really useful when it comes to completing small tasks around your campsite.
Planning on exploring the countryside during your camping trip? Give yourself some support with a set of walking poles, which will lighten the load and keep yourself going over steep gradients and tricky areas.
For days of exploring on the move, don’t forget to bring a backpack along for all of your daily essentials. Walking, trekking or hiking will become challenging if you leave without lunch, water and other outdoor essentials.
3. Warm Clothing
The temperature can quickly drop when you walk at altitude. It’s a good idea to bring some extra layers along to stay warm. A simple beanie and pair of gloves will make all the difference the higher up you go.
1. Mountain Bikes
For outdoor exploring on two wheels, bring your mountain bikes along on your camping trip. If you’re camping as a family, bringing some bikes along for the kids will keep them occupied for hours.
If you’re planning on bringing your furry friend along on a trip to the country, don’t forget their camping gear too! For long walks protect your pooch with a dog coat, they’ll thank you if they could. Why not also treat your dog by bringing along a few dog toys.
3. Picnic Set
Have lunch in the fields with a picnic set. This is the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon in the countryside. Don’t forget to accompany your picnic a board game and a few toys for endless amounts of fun.
You’re all set
You have all the basic camping equipment you’re going to need for a trip away. Don’t forget you’ll also need some personal items such as toiletries, as well as food and drink. We’ve created an extensive camping checklist which you can download for free at the top of the page!