Yamp Camp’s Camping Checklist

So, you're going camping, but don't know what to bring!
Well look no further than this, Yamp Camp's Essential Camping Checklist!

1) Camping Equipment

First and foremost, you need to ensure that your equipment is suitable for yout trip

  • Tent: Make sure its big enough or maybe bring multiple pop-up tents, but you have enough helpers to erect them (Don’t forget a mallet for those pegs!)
  • Pop-Up Chairs: 1 for each person on the trip
  • Folding Table: Not too big, but big enough to fit a couple people around it
  • Lights: Fully charged or wind-up lanterns, torches
  • Blow-up Mattress or Roll-Mat: for each member of the trip
  • Air Pump: A car-powered pump will save you time, but a foot-pump will save you fuel!
  • Sleeping Bag/Bedding/Pillow: Comfort and warmth is Key!

2) Clothing

The British weather is unreliable, it is important to cover all bases when packing clothes

  • Waterproofs: Jackets, Bottoms – it’s the British summertime…don’t take any chances
  • Wellies: Keep your feet dry – if they get wet, they’ll never be warm again!
  • Walking Boots/Trainers: Make sure your feet are comfortable when hiking
  • Socks and Underwear: Bring more than you’d expect, its amazing how easily things get wet and dirty
  • Layers: It’s better to be safe than sorry, especially at night-time
  • Shorts: When the sun comes out, you’ll be glad you have them, it’s also a lot easier to get dry and warm if you have wet shorts rather than wet trousers.
  • Cap/Hat: This will help shade you in the sun, and keep your head dry in the rain
  • Swimsuit/Wetsuits: The beach is always a great family day out, but make sure you’re equipped for the British waters

3) Cooking & Food

Meals bring everyone together, so make sure things go as smoothly as possible

  • Groceries: Bring mostly preservatives that don’t need to be refrigerated
  • Tea/Coffee: You’ll need it
  • Gas Stove: Including Gas and Matches/Lighter
  • Pots and Pans: Including cooking utensils
  • Plates, Cutlery, Cups, Flask: You’ve got to eat of something!
  • Cool Box: If you can hook it up to a power source, this will be crucial for storing milk and meat or drinks for the evenings
  • Marshmallows: for cooking over the fire
  • Big Water Container and reusable smaller bottles
  • Details for a Nearby Takeaway in case things go wrong!

4) Health & Hygiene

Getting muddy is one thing, but good hygiene should always be important

  • Hand Sanitiser: Keep your hands clean
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste: Dental hygiene should never be ignored
  • Shampoo/Shower Gel: Make the most of showers if there are any
  • Deodorant: Camping is no excuse to be smelly
  • Wet Wipes: Keep your surfaces clean
  • Toilet Roll: You never know when it will come in handy!
  • Towel: Keeps you dry and warm
  • Bin Bags: Look after the environment, take your rubbish with you
  • Face Mask: Always necessary these days
  • First-Aid Kit: Its better to be safe than sorry

5) Extras

The things you might forget but can't live without

  • ENTHUSIASM & AN OPEN MIND: Speaks for itself
  • Mallet: Crucial if you’re pitching on hard ground
  • Can and Bottle Openers: Self Explanatory!
  • Portable Phone Chargers: Electricity isn’t guaranteed, make sure your devices can stay charged
  • Boardgames/Cards: Perfect entertainment for rainy days
  • Washing up Liquid/Sponge/Tea Towel: Easy to forget, but absolutely crucial
  • Umbrella: It’s Britain, you’ll probably need to shelter from the rain 
  • Brush: Keep your tent floor clean, its amazing how quickly they get grubby
  • Clothesline/Pegs: When it is sunny, it is the easiest way to dry clothes
  • Satnav/Map: You’re out in the country, you’ll need something to help you navigate
  • A Book: Sometimes you need to escae the group, this is the perfect excuse
  • Batteries: If you don’t have electricity, these will certainly come in handy
  • Sun Cream: Even in the UK, its easy to get burnt in the sun
  • Ice Packs: Great for keeping food and drink chilled on hikes and for meals
  • Frisbee/Bat and Ball/Football: Games as entertainment for the group are a must!

Camping in Autumn

Why go camping in autumn?

Looking to go on a camping holiday in the October Half Term but thinking why, isn’t it just going to be cold and wet? Autumn is one of the best times to go camping. Kitts Camp and Alpaca Camp are open until the end of October.

We think Autumn is a perfect time to go camping as the colours are changing. The leaves on the trees are turning from green to all different shades of orange, yellows and reds. The mornings are brisk but beautiful. With the sun rising heating up the country fields, peering over the trees heating up the moisture on the grass from the night, it is a sight you will not see during the other months.

The sunsets, well, in Sussex I’m SURE we have the most beautiful sunsets throughout the year. The weather is calm and still with blue skies during the day meaning once the sun starts to set, the skies are painted with all different shades of pink, reds and oranges.

From the end of August onwards, camping holidays in the UK slow down, children are going back to School as the summer break is over. Therefore there are fewer people at the campsite, meaning the campsite is quieter and more pitches available to choose from (pick your favourite spot)!


The weather is starting to get cooler throughout the day and night. As our 2018 summer was a scorcher, at times it was too hot to sit in the sun, but with the temperature cooling down, it is so much more enjoyable to have lunch outside without having to find a spot of shade!

From Bluebells to cow parsley now to falling leaves, the local walks are amazing. Don’t pack away your walking boots yet, there is much more to see. Take a walk on the Ditchling Beacon and on a very clear day, you can see for miles!

There are also changes in local wildlife. Some birds are arriving and some are leaving for the warmer weather. Look for flocks of jackdaws, rooks and carrion crows flying to woodland roosts on Autumn evenings. On an early chilly autumn morning, looking around you suddenly realise how many spiders there are! Spot spider webs outlined in dew on hedgerows, woods and the campsite you are staying at. Keep your eyes peeled to make sure you are not walking through webs on the way to the showers!



Camping With Children

Have you been thinking of a weekend away on a camping holiday but it’s too much hassle getting everything together and remembering to bring the children at the same time? We have some top tips to help!

  • Arrive with plenty of time before the sun goes down. It will be easier to pitch your tent before the kids start getting hungry
  • Involve the children in putting up the tent, if they’re old enough to put the tent pegs in or blowing up beds
  • Even if the weather is set for a good weekend, make sure to bring plenty of socks and warm clothes as it can get chilly during the evening, wellies are a must!
  • Bring games for the children to play during the day e.g. football, frisbee, rounders set, books, board games, cards, giant jenga, bikes
  • Make meals before you leave for your trip to make life easy. Check out our list of easy camping meals!
  • Bring a ‘sick kit’ including wipes, kitchen roll, first aid items
  • Plenty of snacks! As the kids will be running round most of the day, they will need snacks to tide them over in between meal times
  • Bucket/Potty for those middle of the night emergencies

Use the time outside you have together to explore nature & make life long memories.

May Bank Holiday!

We are busy getting ready for this May Bank Holiday Weekend (25th May) and our campers will soon be packing their bags/dogs/kids tightly in the car, ready to join us !
The weather is looking good. Fingers crossed no thunderstorms!!

If you are staying with us this weekend, please check your email for our Welcome pack.
This includes:
– Pubs close to your campsite
– Places to visit in the area
– Campsite wardens telephone number
– Campsite address (very important!)
– Nearby events happening this weekend
– Wood & Kindling for sale (please do not bring your own)
– Recycling Centres
– Opening times

We have limited spaces available at our campsites so if you are interested in staying, please get in touch as soon as possible! Also remember Kitts Camp, Alpaca Camp & Firle Yurts are open weekdays so if you can’t make it this weekend, we have pitches available throughout half term.
Hope you have a lovely weekend! 🙂