Camping Essentials…

As you read this, I am currently camping it up in the Lakes with my little family. Its been long awaited and hopefully we are having a blast! If you are thinking about going camping below I have come up with a check list of everything you would need to make it the perfect camping trip! We always get a pitch with an electric hook up, we have had many occasions where we have had to blow up beds by hand! Not fun!!


  • Tent
  • Ground cloth/tarp
  • Extra stakes
  • Shade tarp/poles/rope/stakes
  • Mat for tent entrance
  • Dust pan/brush
  • Mallet


  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Air mattress
  • Air pump


  • Camping cooker
  • Kettle {cannot miss having the first cup of tea watching the sunrise!}
  • Utensils
  • Pots and Pans
  • Basin {for carrying dirty pots to the clean up area}
  • Matches/lighter


  • Sunscreen/chapstick
  • Lantern {Solar Powered}
  • Bug repellant/candles
  • Water container {preferably a collapsible one, easier for travel storage!}
  • Camera
  • Books/magazines
  • Camping chairs
  • Sunglasses
  • First aid kit
  • Toilet Roll {incase the outdoor toilets become low}
  • Park map {you could pick one of these up at the park entrance}
  • Flashlight
  • Pocket knife {apparently this is a must.. So the husband says!}
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Binoculars
  • Cards/games/toys
  • Hand wipes
  • Wind Shields {to keep you outdoor area private}
  • Black sacks {we use these for dirty clothes}
  • Camping Table {These do really come in handy!}
  • Bottle Opener

Hopefully this is a pretty helpful checklist to get you on your way to camping! No doubt I have missed of a few bits, but at the end of the day, as long as you remember the tent and sleeping bags the rest can always be bought once there!


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