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Camping Checklist

Camping Checklist

26.03.2019 | Camping Kit Lists

Not sure what to take camping? Or don’t want to forget anything? Our handy camping checklist will ensure you don’t forget anything important. This list is designed for a couple/family camping at a camp site- you will need to add to/adapt it if you are wild camping. For all your camping needs, check out the Mountain Warehouse camping store.

Camping & Sleeping

  1. Tent
  2. Always pitch your tent prior to your trip to make sure there are no tears in the fabric and no poles or tent pegs are missing.

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  3. Sleeping Bag
  4. Choose a season rating that suits where you are camping and what temperatures you might expect.


  5. Sleeping Mat/Airbed
  6. A comfortable night’s sleep on hard ground won’t be possible without a sleeping mat or airbed.


  7. Groundsheet
  8. A groundsheet will protect the bottom of your tent from damage and provide protection against damp.


  9. Flysheet/Tarpaulin
  10. If rain is forecast a flysheet is a smart idea, it will keep rain off your tent and belongings. If you don’t have a flysheet, then just arrange a tarpaulin across your camping area. You must ensure the flysheet or tarpaulin is pulled taut and does not touch your tent, as this will allow water to seep in.

  11. Mallet
  12. Essential for a successful pitch, especially if the ground is hard!


  13. Duct Tape
  14. A camping essential, duct tape is perfect for fixing holes and rips in your tent should something go wrong mid-pitch.


  15. Pump
  16. Essential if you’re taking an airbed!


  17. Blankets
  18. Blankets are great for extra insulation on colder camping trips. You can put them under your sleeping bag, over your sleeping bag or even snuggle up by the fire with one when the sun goes down.


  19. Travel Pillows
  20. Half the size of a standard pillow but with just as much comfort.


  21. Lanterns & Torches
  22. A hanging lantern will keep your camp illuminated once the stars come out (opt for a wind up option to save on batteries!). Lanterns and torches are also invaluable when trying to find the bathroom in the middle of the night!

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  23. Folding Chairs
  24. Forget about sitting on the cold, hard ground, take along some compact and lightweight folding chairs to relax in after your camp has been constructed.


  25. Folding Table
  26. A small folding table is perfect for keeping food and candles off the floor, away from bugs and pesky insects. A level surface is also useful for chopping/cooking on.

    Eating Outdoors

  27. Camping Stove
  28. Whether you are whipping up a hearty dinner or making bacon sarnies a portable stove is essential for easy cooking outdoors.


  29. Frying Pan/s

  31. Saucepan/s

  33. Bottle Opener/Corkscrew

  35. Can Opener

  37. Food Storage Containers

  39. Resealable Storage Bags

  41. Plates & Bowls

  43. Mugs & Tumblers

  45. Washing up Liquid

  47. Sponge/s

  49. Flask

  51. Wooden Spoon/Spatula

  53. Coolbag/box
  54. Essential for keeping your cold foods, such as meats, milk, butter and cheese, cool.


  55. Water Bottle
  56. Keeping a bottle of fresh water with you is always a good idea. It saves on trips to the campsite tap every half an hour and keeps you hydrated in the heat your tent will create when you sleep.


  57. Water Carrier

  59. Food
  60. You won’t be able to keep chilled foods for more than a few days (in a coolbag/box) so most of your food should be unperishable. Biscuits, crisps, bread and tinned food such as baked beans and chopped tomatoes are ideal. Basics such as teabags, coffee, salt, pepper and cooking oil should also not be forgotten!


  61. Basic First Aid Kit
  62. Always be prepared! A basic kit should include bandages, adhesive tape, antiseptic wipes, gauze pads, tweezers, scissors, antibiotic cream, aspirin and latex gloves.


  63. Insect Repellent

  65. Sleeping Mask
  66. Unless you love waking up with the dawn, you’ll want to take a sleeping mask with you to keep the sun at bay till you’re ready to emerge from your tent.


  67. Travel Towel

  69. Matches/Lighter

  71. Citronella Candles
  72. Citronella candles are perfect for keeping the bugs at bay as well as being a useful light source for the evenings.


  73. Wash Bag

  75. Sunscreen/Aftersun

  77. Wet Wipes
  78. Even if you have shower facilities wet wipes are useful for cleaning hands/face.


  79. Toilet Paper

  81. Lip Balm

  83. Hand Sanitizer

  85. Mirror

  87. Prescription Medications

  89. Cosmetics

  91. Brush/Comb

  93. Earplugs

  95. Toothbrush & Toothpaste

  97. Shampoo & Conditioner

  99. Shower Gel

  101. Deodorant

  103. Razor & Shaving Cream

  105. Face Wipes/Face Wash

  107. Other Personal Toiletries

  108. Activities

  109. Cards & Games

  111. Books/E-reader

  113. Radio

  115. Pad of Paper & Pen/s

  117. Ball Games



  119. Wellies
  120. You never know when the weather will turn and you don’t want to be caught unawares! Wellies are always good to have on hand in case you need to pack your camp up in the rain.


  121. Fleece/Hoody
  122. Come sundown, the temperature is going to fall so wrap up warm with a fleece or hoody.


  123. Warm Sleepwear
  124. Wherever you are camping it’s likely to get chilly at night. Make sure you wear sleepwear you’d be happy to walk around the campsite in!


  125. Waterproof Jacket
  126. A lightweight packaway or poncho is the ideal just in case jacket.

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  127. Swimwear
  128. Essential if your campsite has a pool!


  129. Shoes

  131. Trousers/Jeans
  132. Even if it’s hot in the day when the sun goes down it will feel chilly.


  133. Shorts

  135. T-shirts

  137. Socks

  139. Sunhat/Cap