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Camping essentials for your staycation: 71 things you must pack

This is the ultimate camping checklist...

Megan Bull

Planning a UK staycation with your nearest and dearest? With the gorgeous weather we're having, camping is fast becoming the ideal holiday for families across the country. In fact, Trail Outdoor Leisure found a 567% increase in searches for staycations at the height of summer last year, and sales of tent sales went up by 23%.

Before heading out on your next big adventure, make sure you've got all the essentials. From basic camping equipment to kitchen utensils, 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! 

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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. 

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Trespass Caterthun 4 person tunnel tent, £169.99, 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.

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Summit 250 square sleeping bag, £34.99, Mountain Warehouse

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3. A blanket 

Nights can be chilly so make sure you pack accordingly. Wrap up warm in this multi-functional sleeping bag. Made with waterproof fabric, It can accommodate up to two adults. 

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Bessport camping blanket, £26.99, Amazon

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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. 

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Travel pillow, £14.99, Amazon

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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. 

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Waterproof camping lantern, £8.99, Amazon

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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.  

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Brunner Foldable Sofa, £72.95, Amazon

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7. A camping foldable sun lounger 

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

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Lightweight folding sun lounger, £59.99, Trail Outdoor Leisure 

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8. Mallet

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

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Rubber Mallet, £5.99, Amazon

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9. Sleeping pad/mat/air bed

Camping doesn't have to mean sleeping on the cold, hard ground. Argos is selling this luxury air bed featuring a puncture-resistant surface and built-in electric pump.

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Air bed, £110, Argos

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10. Festival glitter

Recreate Glastonbury with this festival glitter set!

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Festival glitter, £7.99, Amazon

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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.  

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Elephas projector, £67.99, Amazon

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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.

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Barbecue tool set, £49.95, NotOnTheHighStreet

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13. Alcohol

Cheers to the weekend with these reusable champagne flutes!

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Reusable flutes, £16.99, Amazon

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14. Camping stove and fuel

Easy to pack and transport, this stove is perfect for camping, caravans, motorhomes, picnics, and home use. 

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Table top gas BBQ, £30.45, Amazon

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15. Saucepans/frying pans

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

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Family Cookset, £40, Millets

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16. Cutlery

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

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Disposable cutlery, from £11.99, Amazon

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17. Table 

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

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Easy Camp Toulouse Folding Picnic Table, £61.99, John Lewis

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18.  Cups/glasses/mugs

Great for everyday use, this reusable 10 piece dining set is dishwasher proof. 

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Dinnerware set, £38.99, Amazon

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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. 

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Electric coolbox, £65, Halfords

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20. A water bottle 

This stainless steel bottle will keep drinks cold for up to 24 hours or hot for 12 - perfect for camping!

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Chilly's Vacuum Insulated Leak-Proof Drinks Bottle, £20, John Lewis 

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Clothes you need for camping

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21. Sunhat

22. Sunglasses

23. Swimwear

24. Sleepwear

25. Something to keep you warm

26. Trousers/jeans/shorts/skirts

27. Wellies

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. 

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LittleLife first aid kit, £24.99, John Lewis

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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. 

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Jungle Formula insect spray, £6.51, Amazon

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35. Suncream 

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

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Garnier Ambre Solaire Sun Cream, £5, Amazon

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36. Face mask

This face mask can be worn outdoors during sport activities. 

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Reusable Face Mask, £4.95, Amazon

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toiletries

Toiletries to take camping

When it comes to toiletries you can never be too prepared. 

37. Toilet roll

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

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More essentials you need for camping

Make sure to pack these extras for entertainment...

50. Headphones

51. Board games

52. Books/magazines

53. Electronic devices (iPad, radio)

54. Sports equipment 

55. Playing cards

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Whatever you do, don't forget

56. Duct tape

57. Extra tent pegs

58. Batteries

59. Prescribed medication

60. Can opener

61. Food storage containers

62. Washing up liquid

63. Washing up bowl and sponge

64. Tea towel and oven gloves

65. Bin bags

66. Dustpan and brush

67. Storage bags

68. Cutting board

69. Cooking utensils

70. Matches

71. Spatula/wooden spoon

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