Essential Wild and Campsite Camping Checklist

Whether you’re travelling cross-country or just want a taste of the great outdoors, camping is the way to pitch a perfect night’s stay. To make that perfect a little easier to pitch, here is our handy camping equipment guide to help you sleep soundly under the stars.

Fed up of scrolling through pages of ‘camping necessities’ when you know you’re not even going to be taking your razor or makeup bag, let alone fairy lights for decoration? Then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve taken the faff out of outdoor fun with a simple, short but essential, absolutely essential, camping checklist.

Head into the wilderness with these camping essentials and we can assure there are no pickles to be had – unless that’s all you bought for dinner.

Looking for inspiration on where to camp? Read our latest blog on the Best UK campsites for families.

The Tent

  • Tent
  • Groundsheet (if your tent doesn’t come with one… ours do)
  • Spare tent pegs
  • Mallet
  • Duct tape/ Tent repair kit


  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat/ Air bed and pump
  • Pillow
  • Extra layers of clothing
  • A head torch

The Campsite

The Camp Kitchen

  • Camping stove, fuel and lighter
  • Cooking utensils
  • Pots and pans
  • Tableware (cutlery, plates, bowls, mugs)
  • Washing up bowl, sponges and liquid
  • Tea towel

Health and Safety

  • Reusable water bottle
  • First aid kit
  • Sun cream
  • Insect repellent
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Spare batteries
  • Map and compass
  • Loo roll

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And if you’ve got room to spare for a little more luxury, check out our camping guide and glossary for an extensive camping equipment list.

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Written by: Natalie Green