Our packing checklist for a family camping trip

With the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic causing airport chaos, it’s no surprise that up to 77% of Brits will choose to holiday in the UK this year. With an incredible selection of country parks, idyllic coastal retreats and breathtaking natural scenery, there’s so much to discover here, too.

Camping is one of the best ways to cut down costs on a family holiday. Besides the tent, we’ve compiled an essential checklist to follow if you’re pitching up instead of jetting off this year.

  • Clothing

Wherever you’re headed in the UK, unpredictable weather is almost guaranteed. Regardless of the time of year, you should pack clothes to cover you for every kind of weather from torrential rain to uninterrupted sunshine.

So, from the lightest, floral women’s holiday t-shirts to the best waterproof jackets, make sure that the clothes you pack mean you’ll be ready for anything.

  • Bedding

The supplies required for sleeping in a tent vary depending on both the levels of comfort you’re looking for and the space you’ve got available in your car – or backpack. For a minimalist approach, you can still snooze peacefully with just a sleeping bag and a quality inflatable camping mattress.

Or, if glamping is more your thing, go ahead and fill the car with duvets, spars pillows, an air mattress, and even a camping bed for a touch of luxury.

  • Cooking equipment and utensils

If you’re planning on eating in restaurants throughout the duration of your trip, you might not need to bring cooking equipment with you. However, nothing beats the authentic experience of preparing your own breakfast in the fresh air with a picturesque view behind you. 

You can buy camping stoves in various weights and sizes, so if you’re going camping with just a rucksack, a small gas canister and a folding stove could be ideal. If you’re planning on cooking outside every day, you’ll also want to bring camping chairs or stools. 

Lastly, don’t forget your knife and fork!

  •  Electronics

There’s nothing worse than being stuck in the dark, so why not illuminate your tent with a solar lamp? You’ll also want to remember a portable charger or power bank for your phone and other personal gadgets, so you don’t have to compromise on the inevitable Instagram stories of your trip.

  • Health and safety supplies

Even if things run smoothly for the duration of your trip, you’ll need a few safety essentials. Mosquitos and midges could be problematic if you forget insect repellent, especially if you’re staying near open water. 

It’s also sensible to carry a first aid kit, painkillers, and a small bottle of sun cream – windy conditions can distract from the strength of the sun, so make sure you don’t get caught out.

We hope you’re feeling more prepared for your trip after reading this post. Why not share your own camping tips in the comments section below?


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