Camping checklist

Preparation is essential when preparing for any activity, making sure we have all supplies needed for the adventure/activity will make all the difference.

We are taking up camping so we are making a camping checklist to help us make sure we have ALL essentials needed to make our camping experience more fun and enjoyable.

Creating a checklist is a great way to get/stay organised, I find that they help releave the stress and also a great way to not forget anything. I start my checklist way in advance, as and when I think of items I add them to my list, when the time comes to pack I have my list as a back up to help make sure I don’t forget anything, having a list at the ready really helped when we went camping in the new forest.

I have been talking amongst friends and family who have experienced camping and we have come up with this camping checklist between us.

We have broken the list down into sections to make it easier when packing, we have also kept the list to just the basics as Ian likes to travel light and always say’s “far too much gets packed when we go away” …….I don’t know what he means!

           Here is our list of must have items we think you should have on a camping check list.
Shelter: Bathroom/shower:
Making sure the tent is packed is a MUST. Wash bag.
Ground sheets as we’d hate to get wet. Shower flip-flops.
Tent pegs and spares. Flannels.
Mallet. Towels.
Cooking: Travel sized body wash.
A cooking stove. Travel sized shampoo/conditioner.
Kettle. Toothbrush and toothpaste.
Gas/extra gas. Travel sized mouthwash.
Matches or lighter. Body spray.
Non breakable cups, plates, cutlery and bowls. Hair gels/sprays.
Mini fridge if pitching at an electric pitch. Travel sized shave gel and razors.
Fold up picnic table Toilet roll.
Bin bags for the rubbish. Comb/Brush.
Cooking spray/oil, film and foil. Mirror.
Pots and pans. Make-up
Wind shield for cooking. Ideal clothing:
Food storage containers. Wellies
Paper towel/napkins. Hat’s, gloves and scarfs.
washing up and drying equipment Watherproof trousers and coat/jacket.
Bleach wipes. Underwear.
Cooking utensils, openers and scissors. Thermals.
Other must have’s: Trousers.
Torch/lanterns. Shorts.
Well stocked and up to date first aid kit. T-shirts.
Extra batteries. Jumpers.
Puncher repair kit. Jackets.
Games/entertainment. Trainers/boots.
Camera. Food ideas:
Umbrella. Hotdogs
Hand wipes. beans
Insect repellant. spaghetti
Phone chargers. macaroni
Duct tape. meatballs
Pen & paper. Dried nuts and fruit
Camping/pocket knife. travel size jams and spreads
Camping/folding chairs. Dried pastas & noodles.
Sunglasses/sun cream. ready cooked meats
Radio. Packet rice, cous cous.
Candles to keep the horrid bugs away. Drinks.
Water bottle/drinks bottle. Biscuits.
Sleeping: Crisps.
Pillow. Cereal bars.
Sleeping bag. Bread, rolls.
Warm PJs. Treats.
Blow up bed’s Tinned fruits
Electric/hand pump. UHT milk.
Blankets. Marshmallows and skewers.
Bed socks. Tea, coffee, sugar, hot chocolate.

I do hope that I have not missed anything off the list, can you spot anything that I have missed?


  1. If there isnt hook up then I cool box with lots of freezer blocks are essential! If we go camping for the weekend then we just use a cool box for our fridge stuff, plus our sturdy one doubles as a small table/working surface too! Enjoy camping 🙂

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