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Camping checklist: Everything you need to pack for your camping adventure

We’re going camping! How do I even start packing!?

Getting ready to go camping? Wondering what to pack? Whether you’re a complete beginner or a total expert, there’s always that head scratching moment as you get ready for your overnight adventure thinking ‘what do I need to pack?’ And that’s when a camping checklist becomes a lifesaver!

I always have these moments of packing panic, despite the fact that it might be my 4th camping trip of the year.. and inevitably I always forget something important – like the children’s sleeping bags (don’t ask…!) As a result, I decided to write a camping checklist to refer to as I pack for our camping trips.

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The checklist….

The list is broken down into essentials, nice-to-haves, and luxury items depending on the type of camping you’re doing. For longer, family camps we seem to pack most of the house (all essential and luxury items on the list) and stuff every single inch of the car! Or for shorter, one or two night trips we might streamline and only take essentials.

Ultimately, you can get by with just a sleeping bag and some food, but I do like a little touch of luxury when I camp… a comfy chair, a hot water bottle, and a glass of wine (in plastic wine glass please!)

If you need to stock up on anything I would highly recommend a trip to Go Outdoors. I’ve spent many a-happy hour roaming around that shop…!

what to take camping
stuffed car!

I hope you find this list as useful as I do. If you think we’ve missed anything, please do let me know! I love to hear about tips and items that other people have for camping. A very good friend recently told me about warming up a hot water bottle and stuffing it in your sleeping bag an hour or so before bedtime and I’ve been grateful for that tip ever since!

You can download our checklist below.

Camping Checklist

camping checklist
GWGW’s camping checklist

By the way, if you’re planning your camping adventure, take a look at GWGW’s
Top 6 campsites in the South West here…