When it comes to a checklist for camping, outside of a few essentials it really is dependent on the person/people involved. At GO Outdoors we cater to every kind of camper, from the wild camper looking for a stripped-back approach with the lightest gear to fit in their rucksack, to the festival-goer looking for just what they need at a price that won't break the bank, through to the large family group who will use camping as their main family holiday.
The checklist below is aimed at those looking to take on a group camping holiday. You can take this list as a starting point and work out what gear is relevant to your particular trip.
For stripped back wild camping, this list will be much shorter to save space and weight when carrying. If you're driving to a campsite, it's a good idea to pack whichever items are relevant to you.
Tent - always choose a larger berth than the number of people camping, this gives you extra space for luggage.
Tent Accessories - these can include tent porch, tent carpet and tent footprint (depending on the tent you own)
The sleeping checklist is applicable to most forms of camping, the gear may change but the items remain the same. Lightweight options are better for backpackers, while family campers may wish to indulge in a little more luxury with airbeds and camp beds.
Sleeping Mat/Airbed - whether roll mat or double airbed, this can add comfort and extra insulation during the night.
Camp bed - a camp bed gets you off of the ground, and feeling like home.
Extra clothing - the temperature does drop at night, layer up and you can remove layers as you get warmer during the night.
Ear plugs - other campers can be loud; whether after you've gone to bed, or before you want to wake up.
Your camp can be whatever you want to make it, and with so many furniture choices and other add-ons to think about, you can truly create a home away from home. Or, you can just take the necessary items like bin bags to make sure you can leave your camp space as clear as possible. Leave no trace!
Furniture - camping chairs and tables can go a long way to creating a great social area outside the tent or in the living area.
Portable Toilet - ideal for the middle of the night, or with young children.
Windbreak - good for campsite privacy, and of course keeping the wind away.
String/Cord - can be used for binding, or an onsite washing line.
Camping Kitchen Checklist
Depending on your type of camping, could alter how this list may look for you. Wild campers will want a lightweight stove, and perhaps a single pan to cook with and eat from, while festival goers may have to follow strict rules over what fuel they can cook with at the festival site. Family and group campers may look to take substantially more as they aim to create meals while out camping, and with that comes all the accessories needed.
You know your own health requirements; taking more personal medication than needed for the time period is of the utmost importance. Outside of this, standard first aid kits, sun cream and other essentials should also be part of your camping kit.