After a ton of camping this summer I’ve learned a thing or two about what to bring… and what to leave behind! Sample mistakes: On our big trip in June I packed way too many clothes – we spent 90% of the time in swim suits. The next trip I forgot the frying pan AND sauce pan so we couldn’t cook at all.
And on our latest camping weekend our drivers licenses weren’t where they were supposed to be and we’d no other photo ID on us, so it was a real headache checking in to the camp site.
I’ve had a list from the start, been adding and scratching out for months now, and have finally whittled it down to the essentials.
Your essentials list will depend on:
This list is based on 2 adults plus 3 children (aged 2 to 6 years old), temperatures of Max: 30C, Min: 15C, cooking breakfast and lunch ourselves (eating dinner out), planning lots of swimming, snorkelling and walking, and staying at a camp site with all facilities.
2 double duvets (bulky yes, but worth it for the comfort. We shove them in the space between the back and front seats so the kids can lean forward and rest their heads on them on a long car journey)
2 double and 1 single inflatable mattresses, air pump
5 small cushions (for pillows)
2 double sheets, 1 single sheet
2 folding chairs
Fold-away table and chair set (seats 4)
Folding table for stove
Gas for stove
Glasses, plates, cereal bowls
Spoons, forks, knives
Can opener, bottle opener, scissors, tongs, vegetable peeler
Chopping board, sharp knife
Frying pan, saucepan
Cooler with ice packs
Tea towels, paper towels, tin foil
Basin, scrubber, dish soap, wire scrub
Pre ground coffee beans, teabags
Olive oil in plastic bottle
Salt, pepper, sugar
Tins of beans, olives, tomatoes
Gallon of water
Obviously this will depend on the expected weather but generally I would make sure everyone has at least:
One good warm top
Sun hat and glasses
Extra pair of footwear
If there are laundry facilities where you are going you might as well plan to make use of these and cut down on the amount of clothes you need to pack.
Beach umbrella, buckets, spades
Masks, snorkels, arm bands
Child carrier for hiking
Shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, tooth brushes and paste, moisturiser etc.
Nappies, wet wipes, bum cream
Small dustpan and brush
Extension cord (optional)
Pack of cards, toys, books, frisbee
Rope / clothes line
Maps, guide books
Good to have
Extra gas, spare batteries
And don’t forget!
Your passport or other photo ID – essential for checking-in anywhere in Spain.
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Great article about camping. We’ve been putting it off but someday soon. This list you’ve put together is well worth hanging onto, for camping amateurs like our family.
Thanks Linda. Good luck with future camping adventures, bet you’ll be a pro in no time! Gra x
Good list. It’s all that little stuff that makes all the difference when far from home.
Great list thanks for taking the time to put it together. Think another essential is picnic blanket for outside tent and also those large yoga type mats for under blow up beds, for cold weather. I’m excited to get our first camping trip organised soon and will certainly be returning to your list.
Good thinking Cloda on mats and picnic blanket. Enjoy your first trip, hope ye get the weather! xx