Planning a UK staycation with your nearest and dearest? With the hot weather across the UK, camping is fast becoming the ideal holiday for families. Plus, now that music festival season is officially here, many of us are getting ready to spend weekends camping outside.
Research from Deliveroo has revealed that nine in ten festival-goers had to borrow essential items from a stranger, with toilet paper (24%) being the most common request, followed by suncream (24%) and painkillers (22%).
Before heading out on your next big adventure, make sure you've got all the essentials. From basic camping equipment to kitchen utensils and 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!
Shell Travel Backpack, £179, Tropicfeel
First things first, you'll need something to put your camping essentials in - and we can't get enough of the 'Shell' from Tropicfeel. Deceptivley versatile, this lightweight backpack is fully customiseable, so you can easily switch between daily backpack to 40L hiking pack ready for all your adventures. With attachable compartments and expandable pockets, the Shell is a total packing gamechanger. Weatherproof, comfortable, and made from long lasting materials - it's worth investing in a camping essential you'll be able to keep forever.
Camping Equipment Checklist
This is a no-brainer - a tent is the one thing you really must pack for your perfect camping weekend. This four-person tent is easy to pitch and full of extra space for storage.
Trespass Caterthun 4 person tunnel tent, £199, Great Outdoors
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.
Basecamp 250 Summer Sleeping Bag, £24.99, Mountain Warehouse
3. A blanket
Nights can be chilly so make sure you pack accordingly. Wrap up warm in this waterproof, windproof, and sand proof blanket. Accommodating up to two people, it can also double up as the perfect family-size picnic blanket.
URPRO camping blanket, £24.90, Amazon
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.
Travel pillow, £17.99, Amazon
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.
Waterproof camping lanterns (pack of 4), £10.99, Amazon
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.
Brunner Foldable Sofa, £129, Amazon
7. A camping foldable sun lounger
If the weather's nice a sun lounger is just what you need.
Lightweight folding sun lounger, £59.99, Trail Outdoor Leisure
A mallet is a must-have for any camper - try pitching a tent without one and you'll see why.
Rubber Mallet, from £5.20, Amazon
9. Sleeping pad/mat/air bed
Camping doesn't have to mean sleeping on the cold, hard ground. Argos is selling this luxury double-size air bed featuring an internal coil structure for enhanced support.
Air bed, £22, Argos
10. Festival glitter
If you're heading to a festival, you'll want to get your glitter on.
Festival glitter, £13.99, Amazon
Screen live music performances from summers past or enjoy a romantic night in the garden watching one of your favourite films under the stars.
Elephas projector, £69.99, Amazon
Camping cooking essentials
The best bit about camping is whipping up DIY dinners and rustic breakfasts.
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.
Barbecue tool set, £49.95, NotOnTheHighStreet
Cheers to the weekend with these reusable champagne flutes!
Reusable flutes, £19.99, Amazon
14. Camping stove and fuel
Easy to use, clean, store and care for, this stove is perfect for camping.
15. Saucepans/frying pans
Cook up a storm using this non-stick saucepan set.
Family Cookset, was £85, now £19, Millets
Made from biodegradable bamboo wood, this 24 piece set is ideal for a weekend away.
Disposable cutlery, from £11.99, Amazon
Gather around the table for a family meal in the evening with your loved ones.
Folding Wooden Camping Table, £128.99, Wayfair
Great for everyday use, this reusable 30-piece dining set is unbreakable and dishwasher proof, with plates, bowls and cutlery included.
30pcs dinner set for four, £26.99, Amazon
19. 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.
Electric coolbox, £55, Halfords
20. A water bottle
Chilly's matte water bottle, £22, Fenwick
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 & Other Stories for our favourite selection of sunhats!
25. Something to keep you warm
British weather can be unpredictable, so you'll be glad you packed your wellies for the trip.
Barbour Abbey Tall Wellington Boot, £54.95, ASOS
28. Trainers/walking shoes
31. Waterproof clothing
32. Thermal clothing/extra layers
Health and safety for camping
33. A first aid kit
Safety first! Take care of your little ones with this first aid kit.
LittleLife first aid kit, £29.99, JoJo Maman Bébé
34. 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.
Jungle Formula insect spray, £9.99, Boots
Perfect for sensitive skin, this ultra-light mist will protect you all weekend long.
NIVEA Protect & Moisure SPF 50+ sun cream spray, £6, Boots
36. Face mask
Just in case, never leave home without a face mask!
Reusable Face Mask, £4.99, Amazon
Toiletries to take camping
When it comes to toiletries you can never be too prepared.
37. Toilet roll
Toilet roll is reportedly the most borrowed item among festival-goers. Fear not, Deliveroo has partnered with Co-op to create a festival essentials hub where you can get toilet tissue, toothpaste and more must-haves, whether you're enjoying a music event or heading on a camping trip.
Deliveroo and Co-op's festival essentials hub has lots of must-haves, such as toilet paper
38. Toothpaste & toothbrush
39. Shampoo and conditioner
40. Soap/shower gel/hand sanitiser
41. Shaving cream
42. General wipes
43. Face wipes/face wash
45. Travel towels
46. Sanitary products
More essentials you need for camping
Make sure to pack these extras for entertainment...
50. A phone for taking high-quality snaps
Google Pixel 6, £449, Currys
52. Board games
54. Electronic devices (iPad, radio)
55. Sports equipment
56. Playing cards
Whatever you do, don't forget
57. Duct tape
58. Extra tent pegs
60. Prescribed medication
61. Can opener
62. Food storage containers
63. Washing up liquid
64. Washing up bowl and sponge
65. Tea towel and oven gloves
66. Bin bags
67. Dustpan and brush
68. Storage bags
69. Cutting board
70. Cooking utensils
72. Spatula/wooden spoon
73. Water carrier
Particularly essential in the hot weather, this 10-litre container stores your water so you have plenty on hand while camping - and it folds up to a compact size when not in use.
10-litre camping Jerrycan, £9.99, Decathlon
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