One of the first things you should do when you’re getting ready to pack for your next camping trip is to make a list of the things you will need to take with you while you’re away.
You’ll need to think extra carefully about what you’re going to take with you if you’re traveling with a mini camper as these have even less storage space for you to work with.
If you’re not sure where to start, you can use the following camping essentials that we’ve included in our tips on what to bring on your next camping trip.
Shelter and Comfort
One thing that usually tends to put people off the idea of camping is the thought of missing their home comforts and having to sleep on a cold, hard floor with only some material to protect them from the harsh outdoor elements and extreme weather.
By remembering to pack the things that you need in order to be comfortable while you’re camping, you’ll have a much more enjoyable experience. So, let’s start with what’s most important.
- Sleeping bag – to sleep in, obviously.
- Pillows to sleep on.
- Sleeping mat – see above.
- Foldable table/chairs to sit on during the day.
- Spare pegs, a puller, and a mallet to help set up your tent.
- Chargers for your electronic devices and/or spare batteries in case you run out of juice.
- Torch or lantern so you will be able to see around the campsite.
- Tent repair kit for emergencies.
- Air pump (if using an air mattress that requires inflating).
- Windbreaker for weather protection.
Clothing and Weatherproofing Items
It can sometimes be tricky to pack for camping as it is an outdoor activity. You will be at the mercy of the weather so you should pack something for every occasion, just in case.
- Waterproof clothing, including jackets, trousers, socks, and shoes. If you want to buy high-quality hiking shoes, you can try Brand House Direct.
- Umbrella or parasol to sit under.
- Something clean and dry for you to sleep in.
- Warm layers such as woolly hats, gloves, and scarves.
- Sun hat for sun protection.
- Appropriate footwear for camping activities.
- Spare socks and underwear, just in case.
- Lightweight clothes that will dry quickly – nylon is a good option if you’re more of an active person due to its breathability, but avoid materials like denim or cotton.
- Sun protection, after sun, and sunglasses to protect your eyes.
They might cook over a campfire in the movies, but on a real camping trip, you’ll need to make sure you’ve remembered to pack the following essential equipment for food preparation:
- Portable stove for cooking.
- Fuel (gas, etc) for the stove.
- Matches/lighters to start the stove.
- Coolbox/fridge for food storage.
- Pots, pans, and a kettle to cook food and boil water in.
- A chopping board to prepare the food on.
- Plates, bowls, and mugs to eat and drink out of.
- Cooking utensils and cutlery.
- Dishcloths, sponges, towels, and washing up liquid. Dish duties still exist even when you’re camping.
- First aid fire fighting kit, fire blanket, and an extinguisher to put out a fire in an emergency.
- Rubbish bags for your waste. Don’t leave a trace!
- Tin/bottle opener. There’s nothing worse than going to open one of these and realizing you have no way to open it because you forgot to pack them.
- Tea, coffee, sugar, condiments, and anything else that will improve the taste of your food.
Stay Safe and Healthy
You still have to take care of yourself, even when the amenities are more basic than the ones you would have access to. Plus, you’ll need to remember to print out and pack any documents that you may need during your trip, such as a campsite reservation booking.
- A small bag with all of your essential toiletries, such as face creams or oils.
- Your medication – forget this and you might have to turn around again before you even pitch your tent!
- First aid kit in case of an emergency. This should include basic first aid items such as gauze, bandages, and sanitizing wipes.
- Hand sanitizer – if the global pandemic taught us anything, it’s that you should always carry hand sanitizer with you.
- Insect repellent. Unless you enjoy being bitten to death by bugs and insects.
- Toothbrush and toothpaste to brush your teeth.
- Towels to dry yourself with after washing.
- Printed copies of any booking details and tickets.
- Travel insurance – it’s always better to be prepared for the worst.
- Breakdown cover – again, it’s better to be prepared.