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Camping essentials checklist

All the camping gear and equipment you need for when adventure comes calling.

Camping essentials checklist.

Camping checklist

Camping essentials

The essential home-from-home items that you can't go camping without.  

- A tent and sleeping bag are the two most obvious must-have items. Scroll a little further down to find our guides to choosing the best ones for you.

Tent pegs, and a mallet to hammer them with, can protect your tent from getting blown away, while a ground sheet can help to keep the elements at bay.

- Sit in comfort under the stars with a camping chair.

- If you're far from any amenities, a water carrier is a must-have, while a cool box can keep your food supplies in fresh condition.

- Keep your essentials close-to-hand with a camping rucksack.

- Keep the darkness at bay by bringing some camping lights and lanterns. It's also useful to bring a torch... and not just for telling scary stories.

Kit out your camp

Less camping... more glamping. These items had extra convenience to your camping trip.  

- A foldable, lightweight camping table gives you somewhere to put your food, drink and any portable appliances.

- Make the cold, hard ground a little more comfy with an air bed, camping mat or camp bed. And don't forget to pack a pillow!

- A soft and comfortable tent carpet gives your home-from-home an added touch of luxury.

- Keep your tent organised with a foldable storage unit. Ideal for bigger tents with lots of campers.

- A portable toilet is a convenient addition, especially if you're away from any amenities, while you can also get a camping washing machine (yes, really!), a portable wash basin and waste bin.

- A windbreak can help fight off nasty gusts, especially on open campsites.

    Cooking and dining

    Think camping means you must be without your kitchen comforts? Think again! Here’s all you need to eat al-fresco in the countryside.

    - Cook just as you would at home with a portable camping stove or hot plate. Don't forget to bring gas cartridges to fire them up.

    - Bring some portable cutlery to cook and eat your meals with. We have a range of cooking utensils and equipment that are designed specifically for camping.

    - Enjoy a morning tea or coffee with a travel kettle and keep your drinks warm for longer with a flask.

    - Remember to bring a bottle opener and can opener.

    - Keep your food and drink chilled with a large cool box.

      Have you thought about...

      These items are the ‘would have made life so much easier’ types.  

      - A two-way radio is a handy way to communicate without needing phone signal.

      - A basic mobile phone can often last for days without needing a charge.

      - If you're taking a smartphone, you might benefit from a portable power pack, which can top your battery up without requiring a mains charger.

      - Create a party atmosphere with some portable speakers.

      - A car rack makes packing much easier, while a camping trolley is an easy way to transport all of your camping gear.

        Tent guide

        How to choose the best tent

        Size and shape are the most important factors when choosing a new tent. Think about how many people will be using it and how much room you need.

        Tunnel tents are long and spacious, often with different compartments, making them a perfect home-from-home for big groups and families.

        Dome tents tend to have just one room, making them ideal for couples and smaller groups. They curve up in the middle and have a sturdy structure.

        The main benefit of a pop-up tent is that they require minimal assembly, literally popping up into shape. They’re best for kids and small groups.

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          Sleeping bag guide

          How to choose the best sleeping bag

          The main decisions when choosing a sleeping bag are what type, how thick and what size you need. 

          Types of sleeping bag

          Envelope sleeping bags tend to be more spacious than mummys. They have a zip that goes all the way around, letting you use it as a blanket too.

          Mummy sleeping bags are slim in design, keeping you cosily encased. They are usually just for one person and good at retaining heat.

          Sleeping bag thickness

          Warm and mild weather sleeping bags are thinner and best suited to use in spring and summer, while cold and cool weather sleeping bags are ideal for the autumn and winter months.

          Sleeping bag sizes

          Adults can choose between small single, single and double size sleeping bags, while for kid’s there’s junior and toddler options.

            Kid's camping gear

            Whether they’re off on their first adventure…or just having a camp out in the garden, here’s the kit they need to start camping. 

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