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Camping Essentials Checklist

Checklist: Every Camping Essential For A Successful Adventure

Preparation is key when it comes to camping. Whether you’re going solo or with family and friends, a successful trip always comes down to planning and making sure you’ve got all the camping essentials. 

Whether you’re a first-time camper or seasoned traveler, we’ve created the ultimate Camping Checklist that will make sure that nothing gets left behind.

Camping Checklist

Our digital checklist covers everything you need from the basic must-haves to the fancy optional extras for a stress-free stay in the great outdoors.

Simply tick off as you go – your selections will be remembered next time! Don’t forget to bookmark the checklist so you can come back to it later.

Camp Essentials

These are the things every camper will need – the key items you don’t want to forget!

Optional Camp Extras

Tools and Repair

The following items will help when it comes to setting up camp, as well as cover any simple repairs:

Camp Kitchen Essentials

A well-thought-out camp kitchen takes the hassle out of meal prep. Make camp cooking a breeze with the following core items:

Optional Kitchen Extras

Hygiene and Personal Care

Prepare for good personal hygiene by packing the following essentials:

Optional Personal Extras

Summer Camping Essentials

If you’re camping during the summer, sun protection and insect repellent are paramount:

  • Sun cream (SPF 30+)
  • Sunglasses and straps
  • Sun hat
  • Lip balm with SPF
  • Insect repellent
  • Mosquito nets


The non-essential extras to provide entertainment between base camp and adventures:

  • Board games
  • Books or magazines
  • Musical instruments
  • Playing cards
  • Portable speaker
  • Bikes
  • Sports equipment
  • iPad/tablet

Essential tips and tricks for your next camping trip

Need some guidance on choosing the right tent or equipment? These quick guides on popular topics are sure to have you covered.

Choosing the right tent

Tents come in many different sizes and different levels of functionality. Depending on the purpose of your trip, there are a few main things to consider, such as size and space, comfort, seasonality, and the ease of pitching up and packing away.

Family trips will most likely need a spacious tent with plenty of storage space, whereas backpackers would need a lightweight, versatile tent fit for all seasons. If you’re more of the latter, check out our tent finder to compare our revolutionary ultralight tents.

Getting a comfortable night’s sleep

An uncomfortable setup can ruin an otherwise great trip. Make sure you get a good night’s rest by investing in the right sleeping mat, sleeping bag, and sleeping bag liner. Available in two shapes – rectangular and mummy – sleeping bags are often rated by season and comfort. If you want to add an extra level of comfort to your setup, air beds are an ideal solution as they’re as close as you can get to a real bed.

And don’t forget pillows! Whilst you may wish to bring a traditional pillow, those looking for a lightweight trip may wish to invest in an inflatable, compact pillow to keep gear to a minimum when out on the trail. Make sure to plan ahead, check the weather conditions for the time of year, and consider the type of terrain you’ll be camping on to help decide which type of sleep setup is best for you.

Cooking at camp

Impress fellow campers by cooking up some delicious campfire cuisine. Our Camp Kitchen hub has plenty of recipes to help you get started with your shopping list, but here are a few essential tips on building a practical camp cooking setup.

Consider using a quality pan made from durable materials – it will never ruin, and you can cook just about anything on it. Cleaning up is also a breeze – simply wipe using a damp cloth and you’re good to go. 

Looking for an easy prep solution? Plan your meals in advance and chop your meat and vegetables before you leave – this way you can simply set up your stove, combine your ingredients, and put them straight into the pan in no time at all. As well as saving time, prepping your meals at home will also help avoid mess when it comes to cooking. 

Make sure to store your meat and vegetables separately in plastic zip-lock bags or containers, such as the X-Seal & Go, to keep dry ingredients dry and wet ingredients from leaking, and to avoid any cross-contamination. And don’t forget to bring a good supply of aluminium foil – this will come in handy when keeping food warm and covering food for later use.

You’ll also want to invest in sturdy, durable cooking utensils. Turning food with your hands is not an option – make sure to bring along a good pair of tongs, spatula, and oven gloves.

Next steps

Feeling inspired and ready to start planning your next adventure? Our experts are here to help, and we would love to hear any questions, so please get in touch with us on Facebook or Instagram. You can also share your adventures with us using the hashtag #SeatoSummitUK.

If you’re missing anything from the checklist, you can also browse our full range of camping accessories and essentials here.