I have been camping for many years which is why I thought I would share 5 essentials for camping with you today. Obviously, what everyone finds essentials will differ. However, these are the things that I think are really important.
Things to consider when deciding on your essentials:
- The location you will be staying at
- The activities you might be doing
- The time of year (camping isn’t just for summer you know)
- Who you are going with
- How long you will be going for
There is a whole host of other things that will also decide what your essentials will be so really think about the trip as a whole. Obviously, we can’t control the weather so its important that you think about all types of weather before packing too. Here is my 5 essentials for camping:
Somewhere to sleep
This is an obvious one right? But you need to think about where you will sleep. This could be a tent, caravan or something else. Depending on what it is will depend on what sleeping things you take. Personally, when I’ve stayed in a tent, I’ve taken a raiseable bed as well as a sleeping bag. I want to be as comfortable and warm as I can be at night. If I have stayed in a caravan, just a pillow and duvet have done me well.
Somewhere to cook
There are so many options when it comes to somewhere to cook. It also depends on how many you are cooking for. I personally have used a two ring mini gas hob, but I know some people prefer to use a barbeque. I can’t camp without having at least my morning and evening cup of tea (very British I know!) So an on the hob kettle is perfect for this.
This is completely dependable on what you need to charge and how long you will be away. You might find that a basic powerbank will do. The kind that fits in your handbag, you know the ones. However, these won’t be any good if you have things like camera batteries to charge or if you are staying away for longer. Whilst some people like to go tech free when camping, for others, this just isn’t an option.
There are some great portable power stations available on Amazon, which can also be recharged through solar panels. I recently used one of these and honestly, its a game changer for me. I was able to recharge it during the day and charge things up at night.
Blankets, Blankets, Blankets
You can have the hottest summers day here in the UK, but we all know that the evenings can get cold quite quickly. There is nothing worse than feeling cold when your camping because it can be really difficult to warm yourself up. I always make sure I take a few blankets with me. You will find me wrapped up in one in the mornings and evenings. I also make sure I’ve got one near me in my sleeping area, because you never know when you might need it during the night.
I think its essential to take a few things away to pass the time, especially in the evenings. Whether is a pack of cards, a quiz book or something else. I’ve mentioned a few games on my blog over the years that would be perfect to take away camping. Jaques Of London have some good travel games, whilst we can’t forget gamely games with their Frozen Unicorns and A Little More Conversation card games.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my 5 essentials for camping. I hope it has given you some inspiration on what to take too. Do you go camping? If so, I’d love to know what your essentials are. You can also follow more of my adventures on Instagram and YouTube so make sure you are following me on both.