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Family Camping Checklist: Do You Have the Essentials?

With the excitement of getting prepared for your next family camping trip, it can sometimes be easy to forget the essentials!

Whether you’re a camping enthusiast or a beginner, it’s always handy to keep a camping checklist to ensure you have all of the essential items with you.

On any trip away, you’re undoubtedly always going to forget something. But don’t fret. As long as you have the essentials with you then it shouldn’t cause too much hassle to your holiday.

So get your pen and notepad out, and use our family camping checklist below to tick everything off as you fill the car!

A Tent!

First and foremost, don’t forget your tent! There are absolutely tonnes of tents available, dependent on the size you require, whether you want an air tent or poled and whether you want additional features such as blackout.

As well as just bringing your tent, you should ensure that you’ve practised pitching it before you arrive. This is crucial for any camping trip, to be sure that everything is in working order and you have all the pieces you need such as your pegs. You can find out more about this process here.

Footprint Groundsheet: an essential layer between you and the ground – a footprint groundsheet provides insulation and protection from hard ground and rocks. Also a must-have if you have a sewn-in groundsheet to keep it protected and clean.

Camping Furniture Essentials

Camping furniture is a great way to bring your home essentials with you in a compact and convenient way.

There are so many different camping furniture items available on the market – including even wardrobes and kitchen stands! But here are our top, most essential items:

Chairs: rather than just sitting on picnic blankets, add a bit of comfort to your camping trip with camping chairs. There are many varieties available catering for all budgets – from simple camping chairs right to inflatable sofas. There are even mini ones for the kids, too!

Tables: what’s a camping trip without a feast for everyone and card games at night?! A table on your camping trip will provide so many uses and is an absolute must-have item.

Portable Toilet: especially in today’s climate of social distancing, a portable toilet is essential and provides added convenience for any camping trip.

Shelter: With the very unpredictable British weather, we highly recommend taking a shelter on your next camping trip to help protect you and your belongings from the sun, or (most probably), rain!

Camping Sleeping Essentials

A good night’s sleep on your camping trip is absolutely vital. You’ll likely be doing lots of exploring, playing games, walking, (eating and drinking!) whilst you’re away.

So keeping yourself energised will play key to a great staycation. Here are our sleeping must-haves whilst you’re away:

Sleeping Bags: you can get a sleeping bag for every member of the family! Even in the summer months, nights are likely to be cool. So sleeping bags are essential to help keep you warm at night to make sure you get an undisturbed sleep.

Air Beds/Sleeping Mats: for added comfort, air beds or sleeping mats are a great item to take with you. They’re available in a range of sizes and budgets, so we would recommend these as an essential item for everyone.

Pillows: an item that a lot of people tend to forget – but we all know that a good pillow is key to a good night’s sleep! Pack yours NOW!

Camping Accessory Essentials

Complete your family trip with a range of camping accessory essentials! Accessories can often be seen as luxury items, but there are a few that we would say are an essential part of your camping trip:

Torch/Lantern: guarantee you won’t be left in the dark with a lantern, lamp or head or hand torch. Especially useful to keep with you during the night in case of emergencies.

Camping Stove: no camping trip is complete without some scrumptious camping grub! Make sure to bring either a portable BBQ or camping stove – and you’ll be everyone’s best friend around camp.

Kitchenware: pots, pans, plates, and utensils are all essential for any family camping trip. If you’re a coffee-lover, then a portable kettle will also be your lifesaver!

Water Carrier: water carriers or jerry cans are vital in bringing fresh water to your camp. And you can even get collapsible ones for added portability.

Heating: a portable heater can be a great way to help take the chill off in Spring mornings or Autumn winters and could be very important if you have small children.

Electric Hook-Up: a slightly more luxurious item, but having an electric supply for many families has become an essential part of camping.

Camping Health & Safety Essentials

Last but certainly not least, there are a few health and safety items that must be added to your camping checklist:

  • Cleaning Equipment
  • Bin Bags
  • First Aid Kit
  • Sun Cream
  • Insect Repellent
  • Repair Kit

And that’s it! We hope our camping checklist comes in useful for you. But if you need any further advice, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

At The Family Tent Shop, we’re experts when it comes to camping and caravanning. If you require a new tent or any other camping or caravanning essentials – please visit our website.

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