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Master the art of camping with these campsite essentials

Whether you're a first-timer or a seasoned pro, we've rounded up the ultimate camping kit so you can boss it on the campsite

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Master the art of camping with these campsite essentials

A camping holiday can be an amazing opportunity to enjoy beautiful scenery and quality time with loved ones, without spending a small fortune. With so many beautiful sights in the UK and beyond, exploring the Great Outdoors can be an amazing experience for the whole family.

But before you leave the city behind, make sure you're well-equipped for a trip in Mother Nature with our camping checklist. 

From easy-to-set-up tents to cooking equipment, this camping checklist covers the basic essentials that you'll need for the ultimate campsite experience. Remember to check with your camp site to see if things like picnic tables, firewood, and restrooms are available.

Tent

Sleeping underneath the stars certainly sounds romantic, but it's a lot less fun in practice. Make sure you're sheltered from the elements (and the insects!) with a sturdy tent that will comfortably fit everyone in.

This stylish 6-person tent, perfect for family camping trips, has a central living area, porch and two bedrooms.

When looking at tents, be sure to check out the Hydrostatic Head (HH) rating – a measure of how waterproof a piece of fabric is. Generally, you'll need a measurement of around 1000 HH to resist light showers and around 2000HH for heavier rain and wind. 

Beds

There are plenty of options when it comes to picking bedding for your camping holiday. An air bed might be the most comfortable (an electric air pump makes getting ready for bed a total breeze) but make sure you have enough room in your tent. With its soft, flocked surved, this single air bed is just the thing for a refreshing night's sleep.

Otherwise, the classic option is to bring a sleeping bag. Even if the weather forecast says it will be nice and sunny where you're going, temperatures can really drop in the evening so packing a sleeping bag for every camper is probably a good idea. With its thick filling and tapered design, this super-warm mummy-style sleeping bag is the ultimate in camping comfort.

Cooking equipment

Plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, pots and pans are all essential for a successful camping holiday. Don't forget to bring oven mitts and a tin opener with you as well, plus a large washing up bowl or other vessel to do the dishes in.

Find out what cooking gear will be at the camp site before you travel, as depending on your options you may also want to bring a portable barbecue or a stove and fuel with you. Compact and portable, this grill* is full of functionality, including a long rack where you can keep leftovers warm. The porcelain enamel cooking grid is easy to clean, too.

bare necessities...

Even if you're going to a popular and well-equipped camp site, you'll want to make sure to bring certain essentials with you like matches, flashlights (plus batteries), a water carrier filled with fresh water and a first aid kit.  

... and CREATURE COMFORTS

We're all for getting active and living alongside nature while camping, but some creature comforts are just too difficult to give up.

Make light work of moving heavy, bulky items around the campsite with this smart folding trolley.

And, while we love to sit on the floor for picnics and the like, sometimes you just really need a big, comfy chair. We've got foldaway designs for kids and grownups (both come with a drinks holder - winning!) that are perfect for camping and great for when the ground's too damp for sitting on a blanket.

Take cover from the elements with this handy windbreak*, or use it as a partition between you and your campsite neighbours for added privacy.

Fun and Games

Going camping is all about connecting with nature, so switch off those phones and devices and indulge in some old fashioned entertainment instead with board games, cards and reading. Why not gather around the fire and take turns reading out loud? Or spend the afternoon playing a family-fun game like Scrabble or Twister

Ready for your camping holiday? Discover 10 genius camping hacks everyone should know plus delicious barbecue recipes to cook over the fire. 

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