What do I need to go camping?

So, it’s your first time at a campsite and you’re asking yourself what do I need to go camping? Well I’ve made this post to hopefully give you some hints and tips on the equipment you’ll need and what’s necessary and what you can purchase later. I’ve made another post that’s more of a list so you won’t forget anything and that can be found here: Camping list

what do I need to go camping?

So, it’s your first time at a campsite and you’re asking yourself what do I need to go camping? Well I’ve made this post to hopefully give you some hints and tips on the equipment you’ll need and what’s necessary and what you can purchase later. I’ve made another post that’s more of a list so you won’t forget anything and that can be found here: Camping list

1. The tent

Whether you’re going for a 2-man , 4-man etc, I’d always advise going for one with a porch as it gives you just that little bit of extra space; especially if your hiking and want to leave your bags outside of the sleeping compartment. I always like to watch the rain (hopefully you won’t have any) and with a  porch this is easier to do (as it won’t come straight into your bed). Always try to make sure that the sleeping compartment is a separate sheet to the outer layer as if you get condensation it’ll drip on your face and you’ll be grumpy in the morning.

There are quite a few “pop up tents” and air inflate tents on the market and while these are quick and easy to put up, I know the pop-up tent can be difficult to fold away. With the air inflate tents I’m always concerned that if you get a hole in your air pole then it’ll just deflate, and you don’t want that in a storm, so I always stick to pole tents. If you have used these types of tents leave a comment below on your thoughts on them. Finally get a pack of spare guide ropes as well they’re your best friend if a freak storm comes!

2. Air bed

Don’t skimp out on this, especially if you’re going camping for a week. The ground is very hard, and you’re back won’t thank you if you do (but remember blow it up 30 mins before you use it then top it up again just before you go to bed, and it’ll be firmer). I also put a blanket underneath the airbed so it’s a little warmer and makes less noise if you or your family are fidgeters. Another handy little device is vacuum bags for your duvet (for transporting) if you have the space. Don’t worry about a vacuum for coming back as you can just role them as it’ uses a one-way valve (obviously it won’t be as compact as when you use a vacuum).

3. The Stove

If you’re away for the weekend a single stove would suffice if you’re planning on cooking boil in the bag meals that you only need a single pot for. But if you’re planning on cooking properly for the week, I’d invest in a 2-ring stove. You can buy an all singing all dancing stove that has an infrared grill for doing your toast. But personally, I’d buy 2 single rim cooking stoves so

  1. If you have 2 big pans, they won’t get in each other’s way.
  2. They’re cheaper, you can pick them up for around £10-£15 each and buy a spare set of 6 canisters for around £10.

4. Hanging Light

Nice and simple, rather than using a torch so you have both hands free. (just remember when it’s on you cast a shadow on the tent that people outside can see).

5. Collapsible chair

If your budget can stretch to it, I’d really recommend a collapsible chair (one with a drinks holder is handy), you’ll get sick of sitting on the floor otherwise.

6. Miscellaneous

  • First Aid Kit: Obviously don’t skimp out on this, I’d add in some bug-spray just in case.
  • Battery pack/solar charger: If you’re not going to be driving round to charge your phone, I’d really recommend a tidy battery pack that will last and have a few charges in it. If you’re planning on walking a lot maybe invest in a solar charger as you can strap it to the outside of your bag, and it’ll be charging whilst you walk.
  • Pack of playing cards: If the weather is horrific or even if it’s not you can entertain yourself and family for hours.

Some other great items if your budget can stretch to it

    • Collapsible Table: Usually comes as a 4-seater and is easier to sit at rather than a separate table and camping chairs as they can sometimes be slightly lower than normal chairs.
    • Gazebo: These are so handy as you can still cook and eat outside (even if it’s pouring down)

12 thoughts on “What do I need to go camping?

  1. Hi Alun
    Great idea for a website and very informative.
    To be honest I do not go camping, but for those who do, I am sure they will get a lot of valuable information by visiting your site.

    To Your Ultimate Success
    Sandra

    1. Yes when I started everyone was like oh you’ll need everything all at once. But it’s the same when you move out, some things are a priority and some things you can add on later 😀

  2. Never gone camping before but this guide keeps it tidy and straight to the point. It’s well worth trying all this out in someone’s backyard before venturing all out for the first time. Thanks.

  3. My family and I love camping. But as usual, we end up forgetting something. Looks like you’ve come up with a great list here. When we decide to camp again I will make sure to check off each item that you’ve listed.

    I would have to say one of the most important items to take on a camping trip is the first-aid kit. Thanks for including getting your list.

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