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Camping Checklist

Every camper is different, and here at GO Outdoors, we stock a range of kit to cover back to basics campers, right through to luxury glampers. This camping checklist covers some of the must-haves and some of the optional extras to consider before your next camping trip. It's always worth creating your own checklist before any trip to make sure you don't forget something that is hard to get a hold of when you arrive at the campsite. Preparation is key!


Camping Essentials

The basics, the must-haves you need for any camping trip.

  • First of all, a Tent! They come in lots of sizes, and a good rule of thumb is to aim for a tent that sleeps 1 or 2 people more than you need.
  • Tent Pegs - you will get some with your tent, don't forget to take them!
  • Sleeping Bags for everyone who is camping. It gets pretty chilly at night, even in summer.
  • A Sleeping Mat, Air Bed, or Camp Bed for each person. Airbeds are cheap and comfortable so a good place to start.
  • Pillows - easy to forget, but make a huge difference to a good night's sleep. If camping by car take your ones from home.
  • Camping Stove - to cook your meals. Don't forget to take the correct type of fuel as well.
  • Cooking Pans & Utensils
  • Cutlery
  • Water Carrier or Jerry Can - so you don't have to go to the site tap every time you need water.
  • Camping Chairs - the best way to relax in the sun is on a comfy folding lounger or chair.
  • Torch and Lantern for lighting the tent in the evening, and any night time trips to the loo (don't forget extra batteries!).
  • Bin Bags - so you can keep the tent clean and tidy.

Optional Extras

Something to add a little more to your setup, to make your stay more comfortable and relaxing.

  • Tent Footprint - Protects the underside of your tent by adding a layer between the tent and the ground.
  • Tent Porch - Many family tents have a purpose-built extra porch that can be bought seperately. If yours doesn't a gazebo or tarp can add extra space.
  • Tent Carpet - For a spot of luxury and extra warmth (and to soak up any spills!).
  • Camping Table - Ideal for mealtimes and late-night card games.
  • Electric Hook-Up - If your pitch has electric power then you will need a mobile mains kit to connect to it safely.
  • Camping Toilet - Ideal for when you really don't want to leave the tent during the night. Especially useful for younger campers who might not get to the toilet block in time.
  • Cupboards and Storage - Help keep your tent tidy
  • A Windbreak to create a bit of privacy and shelter

Tools & Repair

Useful items for any camper. These should not be overlooked

  • Mallet - to help put the pegs in, especially on stony ground.
  • Duct Tape - A lifesaver when it comes to simple, on the go repairs.
  • Tent Repair Kit
  • Brush - To help keep debris out of your tent, and to brush down the bottom of the tent when packing away.
  • Penknife - especially good if it also has pliers
  • Extra guyline or string - Useful for binding, adding extra guylines in bad weather, or as a washing line.

Camping Kitchen

Additional items for your camping kitchen outside of the essentials mentioned above.

  • Gas for your stove, charcoal for your barbecue. This can sometimes be purchased on site if there is a shop, but much better to take your own to be sure.
  • Cleaning Equipment - washing up bowl, sponges and scrubbers are very useful.
  • Kettle
  • Tableware (Plates, bowls etc)
  • Tin Opener
  • Bottle Opener
  • Matches / Lighter
  • Wet Wipes or cloths - For easy, quick cleaning

Health and Safety

  • Personal medications (plus extras just in case)
  • A travel First Aid Kit is a great idea.
  • Sun Cream
  • Anti-Bacterial Handwash
  • Insect Repellent
  • Toilet Roll

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