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Camping Checklist

Preparing for your next camping adventure? We’ve collated a list of all of the essentials you need to pack for your next camping trip in the UK. When it comes to camping, pre-planning is key to helping you have a relaxing getaway.

Just remember, that what you bring along may vary depending on where you’re heading to and how long you’ll be there.

  • The tent (this should be big enough that everyone can sleep comfortably and has room to store any equipment)
  • Tent assembly tools including pegs and a mallet
    Top Tip: bring more pegs than you need in case they get damaged or lost
  • A sleeping bag and any additional blankets and pillows to make sure that everyone will be warm and cosy
  • A roll mat or air bed to help you get a great night's sleep
  • If you're bringing an air bed, don't forget to bring an air pump along too
  • A torch and extra batteries, you'll need these after dark
  • Camping table and/or foldable chairs for alfresco dining
  • Tent repair supplies

  • At least one pair of sturdy shoes or boots
  • A waterproof jacket to help you prepare for all-weathers.
  • A jumper and clothes that you can layer-up if needed
  • A bag for laundry to help separate your worn and clean clothes
  • Warm pyjamas

  • A water bottle or container to store your water
  • A tin opener and bottle opener because we know these an be easily forgotten
  • Your camping stove and fuel
  • A pack of matches or a lighter to help light your stove
  • Pots and pans to help you cook up a storm
  • Eating utensils - like cutlery, plates, bowls and mugs
  • Scissors
  • Cooking oil
  • A cool box and ice packs to keep your food fresh
  • Washing up items. Including sponge and washing up liquid
  • Bin bags to help dispose of your rubbish
  • Groceries and non-perishable food items

Top Tip: You can save on cooking and washing up by treating yourself to a tasty meal in one of our restaurants.
Half board dining options are available. View Our Food Menu

  • Toilet roll - We provide toilet roll in all of our shower blocks, but it is useful to pack a spare
  • Towels (we recommend bringing at least two)
  • Wet wipes
  • Sun cream and after-sun
  • Insect repellent
  • First Aid Kit - It's always useful to have a plaster or a bandage on hand
  • Painkillers/Prescription Medication paracetamol or ibruprofen
  • Anti-bacterial gel or wash

  • A travel bowl for food and drink
  • A dog bed that will fit comfortably inside your caravan or awning
  • Dog toys to help them burn off some energy
  • A collar with an ID tag containing your contact details

Visit our dog-friendly travel tips page for a full pet packing list


  • A pack of cards
  • Board games (we recommend bringing the travel kind for ease) and toys
  • A book to enjoy whilst relaxing

Useful Items

  • Dustpan and brush to help keep your tent tidy
  • Any relevant booking details such as our confirmation email
  • Wildlife or local area guide books

Forgotten Something?
Don't worry, our on park convenience shops carry plenty of essentials, from bread to batteries.