Going camping – what should I buy?

If you are going camping or caravanning, it is important to make sure that you have everything that you will need with you, as if you forget anything, it can be hard to locate a replacement item in a rural or remote area.


What you go for depends on your personality and preference.  If camping sounds a bit too much like roughing it, but you’re looking for low-budget, domestic holidays, you might consider investing in a caravan. It could serve you and your family for many years of happy holidaying! You can visit Park Resorts to check out the latest in caravan sales.


But if you definitely want to head out into the wilds under a bit of tarpaulin, here is a handy checklist to look over before you depart. While not everyone’s camping requirements will be the same, it will nonetheless give you an idea of the items you are likely to need.


It is very important to make sure that you have everything that you need to assemble your sleeping quarters, as if not, you may be in for a rough night! Obviously, you will need all the elements of your tent, including the pegs (and a mallet to hammer them in with), guy ropes, the groundsheet, the flysheet, and your sleeping bags or blankets. Other things that you might want to take include an air bed or a roll mat for lying on, and some pillows for extra comfort.


If you are planning to cook food while you are camping, you will need a number of different items. These can include some kind of cooker or barbeque kit, fuel to burn in it such as bottled gas or charcoal, and a lighter or matches. Also, you will need such things as pots, pans, cutlery, plates, cups, glasses, and cooking utensils. Don’t forget tin openers, bottle openers, and corkscrews if you are taking food or drink that need to be opened with devices such as these. You may also need some food storage containers, bin bags, foil, kitchen roll and/or napkins, scourers, dishcloths, a washing-up bowl, and some washing-up liquid. Finally, don’t forget the food and drink!


It is important to make sure you have a well-stocked first-aid kit with you that will enable you to cope with most minor ailments and some major ones. Your first aid kit should include sun cream, insect repellents, antiseptic, antihistamines, pain relief medicine such as paracetamol, plasters, and bandages. You should also take some personal hygiene products with you, such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes, toilet roll, sanitary towels, wet wipes, deodorant, and towels. Also, you should make sure you bring a torch, batteries, and at least one mobile phone. Happy camping!


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