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Camping essentials for your staycation: 73 things you must pack

This is the ultimate camping checklist for staycations, festivals, outdoor retreats and more...

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Megan Bull
Megan BullTV Writer
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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. 

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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! 

tropicfeek backpack

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

1. Tent 

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


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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.

mw sleeping 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.

waterproof 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

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. 

camping lanterns

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 sofa

Brunner Foldable Sofa, £129, Amazon


7. A camping foldable sun lounger 

If the weather's nice a sun lounger is just what you need.

camping lounger

Lightweight folding sun lounger, £59.99, Trail Outdoor Leisure 


8. Mallet

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

Rubber mallet

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

Festival glitter, £13.99, Amazon


11. 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.  


Elephas projector, £69.99, Amazon


Camping cooking essentials

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

12. 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.

bbq set

Barbecue tool set, £49.95, NotOnTheHighStreet


13. Alcohol

Cheers to the weekend with these reusable champagne flutes!

white 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. 

camping stove


15. Saucepans/frying pans

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


Family Cookset, was £85, now £19, Millets


16. Cutlery

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


Disposable cutlery, from £11.99, Amazon


17. Table 

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

table wayfair

Folding Wooden Camping Table, £128.99, Wayfair


18.  Cups/glasses/mugs

Great for everyday use, this reusable 30-piece dining set is unbreakable and dishwasher proof, with plates, bowls and cutlery included. 

camping dinner set

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 

fenwick chillys bottle

Chilly's matte water bottle, £22, Fenwick

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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 & Other Stories for our favourite selection of sunhats!

21. Sunhat

22. Sunglasses

23. Swimwear

24. Sleepwear

25. Something to keep you warm

26. Trousers/jeans/shorts/skirts

27. Wellies

British weather can be unpredictable, so you'll be glad you packed your wellies for the trip. 

asos barbour boots

Barbour Abbey Tall Wellington Boot, £54.95, ASOS


28. Trainers/walking shoes

29. Socks

30. Underwear

31. Waterproof clothing

32. Thermal clothing/extra layers

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Health and safety for camping

33. A first aid kit 

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

first aid kit camping

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 spray

Jungle Formula insect spray, £9.99, Boots


RELATED: The best insect repellants to buy for summer: From sprays to candles and the popular Mosi-Guard

35. Suncream 

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

nivea sun cream

NIVEA Protect & Moisure SPF 50+ sun cream spray, £6, Boots


36. Face mask

Just in case, never leave home without a face mask!

face mask

Reusable Face Mask, £4.99, Amazon

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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 coop essentials

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

44. Deodorant

45. Travel towels

46. Sanitary products

47. Mirror

48. Hairbrush

49. Umbrella


More essentials you need for camping

Make sure to pack these extras for entertainment...

50. A phone for taking high-quality snaps 

google pixel phone

Google Pixel 6, £449, Currys 


51. Headphones

52. Board games

53. Books/magazines

54. Electronic devices (iPad, radio)

55. Sports equipment 

56. Playing cards

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Whatever you do, don't forget

57. Duct tape

58. Extra tent pegs

59. Batteries

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

71. Matches

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.

water carrier

10-litre camping Jerrycan, £9.99, Decathlon


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