Camping is one of the best ways to get outside. You can reconnect with nature, explore our beautiful surrounds or just spend some quality time with your family and friends.
To make the most of it, it’s essential to pack reliable, durable camping gear specific to your way of camping. Some campers will bring nothing but the bare essentials, while others like to indulge in a few creature comforts.
Whatever your preference, this packing list will make your next camping trip a little easier.
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Before you go
Consider the weather, activities, campsite amenities and the length of your stay before you head off. These will influence the kind of gear you bring, as well any extra preparation you might have to do.
For instance, if you’re multi-day hiking, you’ll need minimal, lightweight camping gear. And if you’re camping with the family in remote backcountry, you might want to consider a power generator, jump leads and a shade shelter.
Use this list as your starting point for your individual approach and adjust it to your needs.
Regardless of your adventure, there are a few essential items that will keep you, safe, comfy and enhance your camping experience.
First-aid kit. While it’s rare, accidents do happen. Bring a well-stocked first-aid kit including band-aids, bandages, antibacterial ointment, an ice pack and a space blanket.
A mobile or radio. Switching off is an excellent idea, but make sure you’ve got a means to communicate with the outside world. You can also stay up-to-date with any local weather warnings (including fire restrictions) and contact someone in case of emergencies.
Good quality sleeping gear. A good night’s rest is better for your mind and your body. If you’ve got the room, bring your favourite pillow, invest in a proper sleeping bag, and add a sleeping mat/cot for extra comfort. Learn how to choose the right sleeping bag.