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Camping for beginners: The ultimate camping checklist

Published 19th April 2022
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Heading off on your first ever camping holiday? Not too sure what to bring with you?

Whether you’re adventuring alone or going with family, use our handy camping checklist to ensure you pack everything you need to make the most out of your trip!

camping checklist for beginners
To shop for your essentials, check out our full camping gear list below!


tent iconHolidays are all about getting in some much-needed R&R - even the most active camping trips are no exception!

To unwind in style and ensure you get a good night’s sleep, you’ll want to pack the following camping essentials:

Camping advice for beginners: If you have kids, we advise getting a pop-up tent. With no poles or stakes, you’ll enjoy fast assembly and worry-free playtimes. Lightweight and compact by design, they’re also great for hikers and wild campers! 


clothing iconWhen it comes to camping, comfort is king - and that all starts with the clothes you wear!

How much you bring will depend on what you get up to and how long you’re away, but here are a few things you shouldn’t leave home without: 

  • Raincoat or waterproof jacket (we recommend Trespass, for comfort and protection combined)
  • Warm clothes
  • Waterproof shoes
  • Thermal sleepwear (or any good old fashioned pyjama set will do!)
  • Socks & underwear (to minimise sweating, look out for bamboo or cotton blends)
Top tip: Pack your comfiest shoes, and just in case the weather takes a turn, bring lots of layers and spares. After all, the last thing you want is to be sitting in soggy underwear!


campfire iconGetting back to nature means one thing - dining al fresco style! From picnics to grilling, there are a whole bunch of ways you can enjoy your outdoor dining experience.

Whatever you plan to get up to, avoid any last-minute rushes to the shop by packing the following:


playing cards iconIf you’re camping with family, this is the perfect time to enjoy a good game or two.

Ideal if the weather takes an unexpected turn, here's everything you need to beat the boredom:

Health & hygiene

toiletries iconNo matter what you plan to get up to, it’s always best to come prepared for any eventuality.

So, as well as any toiletries you’d usually use, you'll definitely want to pack the following health and hygiene essentials:


hiking poles iconOne of the many beauties of camping is the feeling of getting back to nature - and there’s nothing quite like a long walk to do just that!

Whether you’re an avid hiker or more of a ‘plod along’ explorer, be sure to pack these hiking essentials:

Hiking tip: GPS signal can be dodgy when you're out in the sticks, so it's always a good idea to pick up a map of the local area before heading out.

Handy extras

picnic iconSo that's your essentials covered - anything else you need to pack? 

From comfortable additions to weather-busting accessories, here are some handy extras you can bring to make your camping experience even more enjoyable: 

For everything you need at prices to suit your budget, head on over to our camping supplies category. Packed with a huge variety of products for family trips, solo retreats and hikes, it's your one-stop shop for all outdoor adventures!

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