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!
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
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!