Camping Essentials – What to put on your Camping Checklist!

Posted on by Single With Kids

Packing for a holiday with kids can be a nightmare, and packing to go camping with kids… now that’s just out of the question. Don’t worry, one thing that Single With Kids has in abundance is pro campers, from experts at camping on a budget to those with every camping gadget under the sun.

Our single parents have had enough practise, with some joining us year after year totalling over 30 of our camping trips, and we’re here to share their wisdom and the staple items on their camping checklist.

We’ve had lots of posts on the forum asking about the camping essentials, what our campers couldn’t go without and what are “nice to haves” while you are away with the kids. So we decided to create a one-stop camping checklist to simplify and de-stress the build up to your camping UK holiday.

Let’s start with the basics…

Sleeping Essentials for your Camping Checklist

  • Tent
  • Tent pegs
  • Ground sheet – (unless this is sewn in)
  • Sleeping bags – (make sure these are warm or bring extra blankets)
  • Air beds + pump or camping mats – (We’d really recommend these: it’s very cold, very wet and very uncomfortable without them)
  • Pillows

Kitchen Essentials when Camping with Kids

  • Cutlery – (plastic is fine)
  • Plates – (plastic is still fine)
  • Cups – (plastic is alright, but we’d recommend a mug or flask for hot drinks)
  • Tea bags / coffee / sugar and milk
  • Cereals for breakfast
  • Something for the barbecue
  • Beer / wine (and a corkscrew/bottle opener)
  • Cool box or bag
  • Tin foil
  • Zip lock bags or Tupperware
  • Washing up liquid + bowl (if you’re bringing something to wash)
  • Water container or big bottle of water

Clothing Essentials

  • Thick socks
  • Warm pyjamas
  • Waterproof coat (just in case)
  • Bathing costumes
  • Spare clothes – (light layers are best)
  • Hat

Other Essentials for your Camping Checklist

  • Torch or lantern
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet roll
  • Wet wipes / baby wipes
  • Insect repellent
  • Towels
  • Somewhere to put dirty washing
  • Matches/lighter
  • Sunscreen
  • Scissors
  • Bin bags
  • String

The “Nice to Have” while Camping Checklist

  • Chairs or a mat to sit on
  • Storage for in the tent
  • Games
  • Playing cards
  • Colouring books + crayons
  • Camera
  • Candles
  • Sunglasses
  • Marshmallows
  • Ear plugs
  • Table
  • Cooking ring + gas bottles
  • Music

Do I really need everything on this camping checklist?

Well that depends, what are you willing to do without? Every camper is different: you’ve some who bring four outfits for a two day camping weekend, or those who stick to one pair of clothes for the whole weekend. Do remember to check out the facilities of the camp site you will be visiting, as well as the surrounding area. Some of the things on the list may be provided for you, or can be picked up from a nearby shop.

The benefits of a group holiday for single parents is made more apparent here, as you won’t need to bring everything yourself. There’s bound to be a barbecue you can chuck a couple of sausages on or a spare mallet to bash in your tent pegs. This helps take the pressure off a little, and means you might be able to reduce your checks and re-checks down from ten to, well… less than ten.

Feel free to print this camping checklist ready for your next adventure with the kids.

Have we missed something?

Think we’ve missed something that you simply couldn’t go without while camping? Want to add to the “nice to have” list or simply show off your camping gadgets… comment below with your say.

Camping Checklist | What to Take Camping with Kids

Happy Camping

…from SWK


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