This camping checklist contains all the essentials needed for your next camping trip. From basic camping equipment and cooking utensils to toiletries and waterproof clothing, we’ve got you covered.
Planning a UK staycation with your nearest and dearest? With the gorgeous weather we’re having, camping is fast becoming the ideal holiday for families across the country. In fact, Trail Outdoor Leisure found a 567% increase in searches for staycations at the height of summer last year, and sales of tent sales went up by 23%.
Before heading out on your next big adventure, make sure you’ve got all the essentials. From basic camping equipment to kitchen utensils, toiletries to safety kits and clothing, we’ve got you covered. Get organised by screenshotting our camping essentials guide or print it out and use it time and time again!
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Camping Equipment checklist
This is a no-brainer – a tent is the one thing you really must pack for your perfect camping weekend. This four-person tent is easy to pitch and full of extra space for storage.
Trespass Caterthun 4 person tunnel tent, £149.99, Great Outdoors
2. A sleeping bag
You want to get some decent sleep, don’t you? This square-shaped sleeping bag is perfect for campers who prefer more legroom – and the best part? You can unzip and attach another bag to create a well-insulated double bag.
Basecamp 250 Summer Sleeping Bag, £16.99, Mountain Warehouse
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3. A blanket
Nights can be chilly so make sure you pack accordingly. Wrap up warm in this multi-functional sleeping bag. Made with waterproof fabric, It can accommodate up to two adults.
Bessport camping blanket, £26.99, Amazon
4. Travel pillows
You’re guaranteed to get a peaceful night’s sleep with this inflatable travel pillow – it’s small in size and big on comfort.
Travel pillow, £15.99, Amazon
5. Torch/lantern/head torch
Built with high-quality water-resistant materials, these lanterns can be used for camping, hiking, hunting, mountaineering, fishing, reading and more.
Waterproof camping lantern, £8.99, Amazon
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6. Folding table and chairs
Kick back and relax on your UK staycation using this outdoor two-seater sofa. There’s nothing more romantic than spending an evening under the stars, cuddled up to your special one.
Brunner Foldable Sofa, £73.75, Amazon
7. A camping foldable sun lounger
If the weather’s nice a sun lounger is just what you need.
Lightweight folding sun lounger, £59.99, Trail Outdoor Leisure
A mallet is a must-have for any camper – try pitching a tent without one and you’ll see why.
Rubber Mallet, £1.99, Amazon
9. Sleeping pad/mat/air bed
Camping doesn’t have to mean sleeping on the cold, hard ground. Argos is selling this luxury air bed featuring a puncture-resistant surface and built-in electric pump.
Air bed, £110, Argos
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10. Festival glitter
Recreate Glastonbury with this festival glitter set!
Festival glitter, £7.99, Amazon
Screen live music performances from summers past or enjoy a romantic night in the garden watching one of your favourite films under the stars.
Elephas projector, £79.99, Amazon
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Camping cooking essentials
The best bit about camping is whipping up DIY dinners and rustic breakfasts.
Enjoy cooking al-fresco? Cook up a feast for your family using this four-piece set which includes easy-grip tongs, a basting brush, two-pronged fork, and a spatula with a custom-made carrying case.
Barbecue tool set, £39.96, NotOnTheHighStreet
Cheers to the weekend with these reusable champagne flutes!
Reusable flutes, £19.90, Amazon
14. Camping stove and fuel
Easy to pack and transport, this stove is perfect for camping, caravans, motorhomes, picnics, and home use.
Table top gas BBQ, £32.14, Amazon
15. Saucepans/frying pans
Cook up a storm using this non-stick saucepan set.
Family Cookset, £40, Millets
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Made from biodegradable bamboo wood, this 24 piece set is ideal for a weekend away.
Disposable cutlery, from £11.99, Amazon
Gather around the table for a family meal in the evening with your loved ones.
Folding Wooden Camping Table, £115.99, Wayfair
Great for everyday use, this reusable 10 piece dining set is dishwasher proof.
Dinnerware set, £39.89, Amazon
19. Coolbox/ice packs
A camping kitchen essential, this cool box can cool up to 18°c below the temperature of the air surrounding it and keep food warm up to a maximum temperature of +65°c.
Electric coolbox, £65, Halfords
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20. A water bottle
This stainless steel bottle will keep drinks cold for up to 24 hours or hot for 12 – perfect for camping!
Chilly’s Vacuum Insulated Leak-Proof Drinks Bottle, £20, John Lewis
Clothes you need for camping
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25. Something to keep you warm
British weather can be unpredictable, so you’ll be glad you packed your wellies for the trip.
Barbour Abbey Tall Wellington Boot, £54.95, ASOS
28. Trainers/walking shoes
31. Waterproof clothing
32. Thermal clothing/extra layers
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Health and safety for camping
33. A first aid kit
Safety first! Take care of your little ones with this first aid kit.
LittleLife first aid kit, £24.99, John Lewis
34. Insect repellent
Offering up to nine hours of protection, you’ll be glad you packed this Jungle Formula spray. Check out our round-up of the best insect repellents for even more options.
Jungle Formula insect spray, £6.73, Amazon
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Perfect for sensitive skin, this ultra-light mist will protect you all weekend long.
Garnier Ambre Solaire Sun Cream, £12.99, Amazon
36. Face mask
This face mask can be worn outdoors during sport activities.
Reusable Face Mask, £1.99, Amazon
Toiletries to take camping
When it comes to toiletries you can never be too prepared.
37. Toilet roll
38. Toothpaste & toothbrush
39. Shampoo and conditioner
40. Soap/shower gel/hand sanitiser
41. Shaving cream
42. General wipes
43. Face wipes/face wash
45. Travel towels
46. Sanitary products
More essentials you need for camping
Make sure to pack these extras for entertainment…
51. Board games
53. Electronic devices (iPad, radio)
54. Sports equipment
55. Playing cards
Whatever you do, don’t forget
56. Duct tape
57. Extra tent pegs
59. Prescribed medication
60. Can opener
61. Food storage containers
62. Washing up liquid
63. Washing up bowl and sponge
64. Tea towel and oven gloves
65. Bin bags
66. Dustpan and brush
67. Storage bags
68. Cutting board
69. Cooking utensils
71. Spatula/wooden spoon
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