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Camping essentials for your next staycation: 70 things you must pack

This is the ultimate camping checklist...

Megan Bull

Planning a UK staycation with your nearest and dearest? With lockdown easing and gorgeous weather, camping is fast becoming the ideal holiday for families across the country. Before heading out on your next big adventure, make sure you've got all the essentials. From basic camping equipment to kitchen utensils, toiletries to safety kits, and clothing, we've got you covered. Get organised by screenshotting our camping essentials guide or print it out and use it time and time again! With temperatures soaring, why not recreate Glastonbury festival this weekend? 

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Camping Equipment checklist

1. Tent 

This is a no-brainer - a tent is the one thing you really must pack for your perfect camping weekend. This 4-person tent is easy to pitch and full of extra space for storage. 

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Trespass Caterthun 4 person tunnel tent, £129.99, Great Outdoors

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2. A sleeping bag

You want to get some decent sleep, don't you? This square-shaped sleeping bag is perfect for campers who prefer more legroom - and the best part? You can unzip and attach another bag to create a well-insulated double bag.

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Summit 250 square sleeping bag, £29.99, Mountain Warehouse

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3. A blanket 

Nights can be chilly so make sure you pack accordingly. Wrap up warm in this multi-functional sleeping bag. Made with waterproof fabric, It can accommodate up to two adults. 

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Bessport camping blanket, £29.89, Amazon

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4. Travel pillows

You're guaranteed to get a peaceful night's sleep with this inflatable travel pillow - it's small in size and big on comfort. 

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Travel pillow, £13.47, Amazon

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5. Torch/lantern/head torch

Built with high-quality water-resistant materials, these lanterns can be used for camping, hiking, hunting, mountaineering, fishing, reading and more. 

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Waterproof camping lantern, £6.99, Amazon

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6. Folding table and chairs

Kick back and relax on your UK staycation using this outdoor two-seater sofa. There's nothing more romantic than spending an evening under the stars, cuddled up to your special one.  

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Sardis Lake camping sofa, £97.50, Millets

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7. Mallet

A mallet is a must-have for any camper - try pitching a tent without one and you'll see why. 

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Rubber mallet, £3.90, RS

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8. Sleeping pad/mat/air bed

Camping doesn't have to mean sleeping on the cold, hard ground. Argos is selling this luxury air bed which takes just five minutes to self inflate. 

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Air bed, £59.99, Argos

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9. Festival glitter

Recreate Glastonbury with this festival glitter set!

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Festival glitter, £7.99, Amazon

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10. Projector 

Screen live music performances from summers past or enjoy a romantic night in the garden watching one of your favourite films under the stars.  

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Elephas projector, £79.99, Amazon

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Camping cooking essentials

The best bit about camping is whipping up DIY dinners and rustic breakfasts. 

11. Food 

Enjoy cooking al-fresco? Cook up a feast for your family using this four-piece set which includes easy-grip tongs, a basting brush, two-pronged fork, and a spatula with a custom-made carrying case.

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Barbecue tool set, £44.95, Not On The High Street

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12. Alcohol

Cheers to the weekend with these reusable champagne flutes!

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Reusable flutes, £13.13, Amazon

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13. Camping stove and fuel

Easy to pack and transport, this stove is perfect for camping, caravans, motorhomes, picnics, and home use. 

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Table top gas BBQ, £30.45, Amazon

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14. Saucepans/frying pans

Cook up a storm using this non-stick saucepan set.

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Family cookset, £36, Millets

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15. Cutlery

Made from biodegradable bamboo wood, this 24 piece set is ideal for a weekend away. 

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Disposable cutlery, £9.99, Amazon

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16. Table 

Gather around the table for a family meal in the evening with your loved ones. 

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Camping table, £143.99, John Lewis

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17.  Cups/glasess/mugs

Great for everyday use, this reusable 10 piece dining set is dishwasher proof. 

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Dinnerware set, £34.99, Amazon

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18.  Coolbox/ice packs

A camping kitchen essential, this cool box can cool up to 18°c below the temperature of the air surrounding it and keep food warm up to a maximum temperature of +65°c. 

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Electric coolbox, £60, Halfords

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19. A water bottle 

This stainless steel bottle will keep drinks cold for up to 24 hours or hot for 12 - perfect for camping!

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Chilly's Vacuum Insulated Leak-Proof Drinks Bottle, £20, John Lewis 

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Clothes you need for camping

Tip one - you can never go wrong with packing extra layers. Tip two - If you're heading out on a camping trip this summer, make sure to check out &OtherStories for our favourite selection of sunhats!

20. Sunhat

21. Sunglasses

22. Swimwear

23. Sleepwear

24. Something to keep you warm

25. Trousers/jeans/shorts/skirts

26. Wellies

27. Trainers/walking shoes

28. Socks

29. Underwear

30. Waterproof clothing

31. Thermal clothing/extra layers

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Health and safety for camping

32. A first aid kit 

Safety first! Take care of your little ones with this first aid kit. 

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LittleLife first aid kit, £24.99, John Lewis

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33. Insect repellent

Offering up to nine hours of protection, you'll be glad you packed this Jungle Formula spray. Check out our round-up of the best insect repellents for even more options. 

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Jungle Formula insect spray, £11.73, Amazon

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34. Suncream 

Perfect for sensitive skin, this ultra-light mist will protect you all weekend long. 

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Garnier Ambre Solaire sun cream spray, £7, Amazon

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35. Face mask

This face mask can be worn outdoors during sport activities. 

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Reusable face mask, £2.49, Amazon

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toiletries

Toiletries to take camping

When it comes to toiletries you can never be too prepared. 

36. Toilet roll

37. Toothpaste & toothbrush

38. Shampoo and conditioner

39. Soap/shower gel/hand sanitizer

40. Shaving cream

41. General wipes

42. Face wipes/face wash

43. Deodorant

44. Travel towels

45. Sanitary products

46. Mirror

47. Hairbrush

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More essentials you need for camping

Make sure to pack these extras for entertainment...

48. Umbrella

49. Headphones

50. Board games

51. Books/magazines

52. Electronic devices (iPad, radio)

53. Sports equipment 

54. Playing cards

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Whatever you do, don't forget

55. Duct tape

56. Extra tent pegs

57. Batteries

58. Prescribed medication

59. Can opener

60. Food storage containers

61. Washing up liquid

62. Washing up bowl and sponge

63. Tea towel and oven gloves

64. Bin bags

65. Dustpan and brush

66. Storage bags

67. Cutting board

68. Cooking utensils

69. Matches

70. Spatula/wooden spoon

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