We love camping, there is something so lovely about sleeping under canvas. Actually you are more likely to be under polyester or nylon nowadays, but that doesn’t sound quite so romantic does it!
We were going to go camping earlier in the holidays but a combination of family issues and rubbish weather, put a (literal) dampener on our plans. However! Lee has booked the last full week of the summer break off work and we are hoping, even if it’s just for a few nights, to actually go somewhere, anywhere!
As I was thinking about gathering up all our camping bits and pieces that are scattered around the house, I decided I would make a list of all the things I deem essentials for a successful camping trip in the hopes it will help others.
The size of your tent obviously depends on how many there are of you. We have a 10 man tunnel tent, a much older version of this Sunncamp Saphire 1000. We like this style because of the height. It’s nice to be able to walk around upright when your stuck inside in the rain! You want to spend as much as you can afford on a tent so you know it will survive a downpour, but remember you can buy last years ‘best buy’ much cheaper on websites like ebay when a newer model comes out. Often it may only have a new type of zip or be a different colour and can be a third of the price!
Airbeds can be bought relatively cheaply nowadays even from supermarkets, ours cost as little as £5 for a single one.
Sleeping bags are nice, but you can just as easily take your quilts & pillows from home.
Warm pyjamas are an essential for chilly evenings, but when there’s a lot of you all crammed in it can get hot through the night. We often take shorts to actually sleep in as everyone sweats so much!
Do you have a snorer in the family? Lee snores terribly but will shut up if I nudge him till he turns over. I have also been kept awake by a few epic snorers over the years and often wish I could go find their tent and poke them too! This stop snoring ring* might just be the answer to my dreams! It uses accupressure points on the little finger to stop snoring in it’s tracks, although it can take 3 days to start working so start using it before you go.
A stove is a definite must, even if it’s only for frying bacon and boiling the kettle, ours has a stand which I think is essential.
You’ll also need saucepans, stowaway ones are handy but your own from home are just fine (I have BIG saucepans so always take my own)
A washing up bowl to carry your dirty dishes to the sinks, I really want one of these with the handles! Don’t forget the washing up liquid and teatowels.
Plates (enamel or plastic) and cutlery.
A cupboard and a freezer box are handy for storing food, although a box/bag is ideal if your only there overnight
A small table with benches is really handy for food prep also for children to sit at.
Camping seats are a must if you don’t want a damp bottom.
Lighting in the form of LED lanterns, these are also safe to bring inside too.
Handwarmers, like this Zippo* one to make those chilly evenings a little more bearable.
A windbreaker, not only do these help keep the wind out, they can also help keep little people contained
Toilet roll is a must, as is your toiletries kit.
A good hand sanitizer. Milton‘s antibacterial gel* comes in a small bottle so is handy to keep in your pocket. This way you don’t ever have to worry about your family having dirty hands.
Natrasan First Aid spray*. This spray does it all. Not only does it disinfect cuts, grazes and insect bites, it also disinfects hard surfaces and can even be used safely on babies!
Wellies are good at keeping your clothes dry when the dew is still on the grass.
An outdoors games set to keep the kids occupied during the day (so they are shattered by bed time) but make sure they aren’t making nuisances of themselves near other people’s tents.
A baby carrier, like this BabyBjorn We carrier* if you have little ones. Often babies and toddlers can get a bit overwhelmed and need to be close to you, also most pushchairs aren’t great on grassy fields! I have been given the chance to review one of these carriers so keep an eye out for that soon!
So there you have it, everything you need for a successful camping trip, as far as I’m concerned. Is there anything else you would add?
***Disclaimer: I was sent the products marked with a * to try before deciding to add them to this post, all thoughts are honest and my own***