There are 2 important things that need to be tackled when packing for camping, summed up by the following quote “the right stuff, but in the right place”.
It’s not just about making sure you have the right stuff, it’s also about making sure you have the right stuff to hand when you get to your camping pitch. Also, if you are anything like us, we don’t travel light so every available piece of car space gets filled – it’s like a finely tuned jigsaw puzzle.
Whichever way you go about your packing we hope this article helps you to be that little more organised and less stressed so you can have a more enjoyable break. Please feel free to bookmark this page to help make your camping trip that bit less stressful.
A Camping Checklist (boring).
Packing lists can appear daunting, both long and over-complicated. Also, we all take different stuff away with us as we all have different sized families with different requirements – there is therefore no ‘Universal Camping List’.
So here at TentLife we have created a simple ‘Blank Camping Checklist’ with headings that cover all the major areas. Please copy or print it and fill it in with all the stuff that you and your family need (We have also provided an example of our own). We’ve tried to simplify it as much as possible and have it down to just 6 categories that should cover everything you need to take.
You will notice that the example packing list has some items highlighted in RED. This is the stuff you should ensure is easy to get to when you arrive at your camping pitch. Pack it on the top, or at the front – Try if possible, to make sure it is the last stuff that goes into your car, so that it can be the first stuff to come out.
BLANK CAMPING CHECKLIST (print a copy here)
Here are the 6 headings;
EXAMPLE CAMPING CHECKLIST (print a copy here)
This list is not exhaustive, it’s for guidance. Some items fall under more that one heading, but to keep things simple they are only shown once and not duplicated (as long as you’ve got it, you’ve got it).
Ground sheet, tent, tent porch/gazebo, tent pegs, mallet, air pump, tent repair kit, tent carpet, pet stuff (incl. ground spike, lead, water, food, bowls, blanket)
Folding cooker stand, food/drink, fridge, gas bottle, stove/grille, pots/pans, plates, cutlery, cups, kettle, disinfectant wipes, kitchen roll, washing up liquid, dishcloth, tea towel, can opener, matches/lighter, can opener
Sleeping bags, air beds, pillows, chairs, folding table
Clothes, shoes, walking boots, sandals, toiletries, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo/conditioner, towels,
Hookup cable, torches/lanterns, extension leads, phone chargers, heaters,
Sun cream, after sun, bug repellant, plasters, Washing line and pegs, maps of area, booking/reservation email, first aid kit, plasters, medicines, inhalers, tools/Swiss army knife, duct tape, spare guy rope
What else do you need to do before you drive off?
Make sure all unnecessary electrics are turned off, set any timers for lights etc., turn off the heating, set any alarms/cameras,
Then take a deep breath and off you go.