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Ultimate camping essentials checklist

What to pack for a UK camping trip this summer

Tent on campsite

Whether you are new to camping or an experienced camper, making sure you have everything you need is essential for the ultimate, stress-free camping trip.

We’ve had a few nightmares over the years, once we even forgot the tent inner, oops! We had to sleep in the car, luckily it was only an overnight trip so we coped and we can laugh about it now all these years later!

None of the mishaps have put us off though, we absolutely love camping and have a mini trip planned to the Peak District in just a few weeks time which we are very much looking forward to.

If you too are planning for a camping trip then my camping essentials checklist might come in handy for your well-deserved break. Of course, your finished list might differ to mine but this is a good starting point to ensure you have the basics for a stress-free trip!

The Ultimate packing list for a camping trip

Camping equipment

Tent (poles, outers and inners!)

Pegs and Mallet

Ground sheet

Windbreak for privacy and shelter when cooking

Duct Tape for on the go repairs.

Dustpan and brush

Airbeds and pumps/camping mats/camping beds

Sleeping bags and pillows

Spare guyline just in case or also useful as a washing line

Clothes pegs for wet towels

Table and chairs

Picnic rug

Bin bags

Torch and spare batteries

First aid kit

Insect repellent

Antibacterial wipes

Hand sanitiser



Charcoal/gas bottle

Camping stove

Fire lighters

Lighter/long matches

Pen knife

Pots and pans


Cooking utensils

Chopping board


Tableware (Plates, bowls etc)

Tin opener

Bottle opener



Water carrier

Cool box and freeze blocks

Food and drink

Washing up liquid and bowl

Cloth/scouring pad

Tea towel

Other essential items for your camping trip

Booking confirmation

Driving license






Sun cream






Sat nav

I wish you all a wonderful camping trip and look forward to seeing the holiday snaps on social media xx

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