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Camping essentials for your next trip


There are some basic items that everybody will need when they’re camping.

If you’re an outdoor lover, you might already know exactly what you need for a successful camping trip. However, if you’re new to the concept of pitching a tent or setting yourself up on a campsite, you’re probably wondering what to pack for your upcoming camping holiday.

Making sure you pack all of the essentials with you on your camping trip will enable you to have fun and fully immerse yourself in the camping experience. Although the specifics will depend on where you’re going on your trip and your personal preferences, there are some basic items that everybody will need when they’re camping.

Camping essentials for your next trip
Missing any of the essential items for your trip could cause a huge inconvenience while you’re away. You won’t want to forget the best rooftop tents, canned food, portable stoves, and thermal clothing if you want a wonderful camping trip. But the list of essentials doesn’t just stop there!

Below, we’ve got a list of all of the essentials that you need to take with you on your next camping trip (and any subsequent trips as well). We’ve broken everything down into categories to make it even easier for you to organize your belongings.

Shelter and sleep

  • Tent and a car mount or rack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad or mat
  • Camping bed and air pump
  • Pillow (or two)
  • Blanket
  • Windbreak

Clothing and accessories

  • Thermal long-sleeved shirt
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Spare t-shirts and leggings or trousers for relaxing
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Clothes to sleep in
  • Spare underwear and socks
  • Woolly hat
  • Thick mittens or gloves
  • Scarf
  • Wellies
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Umbrella
  • Sunglasses
  • SPF sun cream

Food and cooking

  • Non-perishable foods, such as cans and ready-to-eat snacks (e.g.- soups, beans, bars, and chips)
  • Coffee, tea bags, and hot chocolate
  • Water bottle
  • Flask
  • Portable stove and fuel
  • Box of matches or an oven lighter
  • Portable mini fridge
  • Pans
  • Kettle
  • Plates and bowls
  • Knives, forks, and spoons
  • Chopping board
  • Mugs and plastic cups
  • Microwaveable dishes
  • Good storage containers
  • Can opener
  • Washing up bowl
  • Sponges and dishcloths
  • Washing up liquid
  • Tea towels
  • Trash bags


  • Towels
  • Brush and comb
  • Shampoo, conditioner
  • Soap and body wash or soap
  • Dry shampoo
  • Baby wipes
  • Deodorant
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss
  • Medications or supplements, if needed
  • Fully stocked first aid kit
  • Insect repellent

Rounding up
Camping is a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy, but your enjoyment can be quickly shattered if you forget even just one of the many essentials. Feel free to print out the list above and tick off each of the items once you’ve packed them into your car or camper van.

Before you set off to the campsite or field where you’re camping, double-check that you have everything you’re going to need for a great trip. It’s better to spend an hour or so going through your bags than it is to arrive at your destination and realize you’re missing half of the essentials!

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