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Camping Essentials Checklist

Whether it’s your first camping trip or you’re an old-timer, use this camping checklist as a guide when you pack for your trip away. Your packing list might vary slightly to the items below depending on your camping unit but it’s a good guide to get you started. Remember that many of our campsites have on-site shops or are near outdoor equipment shops in case you do need to pick something up whilst you’re away.

Tent and comfort checklist

These are the most essential items for a tent camping checklist:

  • Tent and required components (tent footprint, porch etc.)
  • Spare tent pegs
  • Mallets
  • Sleeping bag/Duvet for each camper
  • Sleeping pad or mat for each camper if tent camping
  • Pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Camping chairs
  • Camping table
  • Toilet roll
  • Torches/lanterns

two camping chairs

Cooking checklist

  • Water container
  • Camping stove
  • Fuel – gas / charcoal depending on your cooking method
  • Matches or lighter
  • Coolbox & ice packs
  • Oven glove/heatproof mat
  • Kettle
  • Frying Pan
  • Saucepan
  • Serving dishes
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Cups / glasses
  • Washing up liquid & sponge
  • Tea towel

For inspiration view our cooking ideas and recipes.

camping cooking equipment

Clothing checklist

  • Pyjamas and plenty of extra warm layers
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • T-shirts
  • Long-sleeved T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Trousers
  • Jumpers and warm layers
  • Waterproof
  • Sun/winter hat
  • Sandals
  • Trainers/walking shoes

hiker's boots and walking stick

Health and safety

  • Sun cream
  • Insect repellent
  • First Aid Kit
  • Any regular medication
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash and sanitizer

View all of our health and safety help and advice.

first aid kit

Personal – toiletries, towels etc.

  • Towel
  • Brush/comb
  • Soap/shower gel
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Razor
  • Shaving cream
  • Contact lenses / glasses
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste

camping towel hanging over a tree branch in the sun

Useful extras

  • Dustpan and brush
  • Bin bags
  • Duct tape
  • Rope
  • Batteries
  • Small shovel
  • Pegs
  • Head torch
  • Entertainment- a deck of cards, board games, beach ball, football, book etc.

two campers playing cards in a tent

View our expert help and advice for more information on getting started with camping, health and safety guides and so much more.

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