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The Essential Family Camping Checklist

The Essential Family Camping Checklist

Planning a family camping trip?

There’s a lot to think about, especially if this is your first. You want to make sure you have all the camping gear you need to eat well, to enjoy fun activities, to relax, and to stay safe in the great outdoors. 

Preparing a checklist is the best way to get organised when loading your car or campervan. And the Outdoor Camping Direct team is here to make that easier than ever!

The absolute camping essentials for any family trip

Tent and tent pegs 

Yes, we know this should go without saying, but not just any tent will do. Make sure you choose one designed to comfortably accommodate the right number of people. 

Aim to buy a tent that sleeps one or two extra people than you need. That way, you’ll have more room to relax without feeling cramped. 

Tent repair tape

Just in case! Patching up rips with a strong repair tape can stop pesky draughts, rain, and insects finding their way inside. You’ll be so glad you have this when you need it. 

Sleeping bags and pillows

Go for a sleeping bag that’s designed for all seasons. For example, the Milestone Envelope 3 Season Sleeping Bag features a 400gsm double layer poly shell filling to keep you warm, but it’s still breathable enough for summer trips. 

It’s also waterproof, and the draft tubes provide extra insulation. 

Cooking equipment

One of the biggest joys of a family camping trip is eating together in the open, maybe even under the stars on a crisp evening. And you’ll need quality cooking equipment to prepare delicious meals everyone will love. 

You have plenty of options, depending on your dining tastes and cooking skills. The Cadac 2 Cook 2 Pro Deluxe QR Table Top Gas Barbecue is a terrific pick, for instance. 

This includes dual gas-powered burners to make meal preparation quick, a push button piezo switch to control temperature with precision, and you can use it with butane or propane. Just don’t forget to pack the food!

First aid kits

Hopefully, you won’t need a first aid kit — but it’s best to pack one or two just in case. 

You and your kids could easily pick up cuts and bruises while you’re exploring the wilderness. Keep a first aid kit with you at all times, even if it’s a small one for your rucksack.

The Lifesystems Adventure First Aid Kit is designed to treat most common injuries, and it’s brilliantly packaged for maximum convenience in an emergency. 

And the Lifesystems Blister First Aid Kit is fantastic for treating nasty blisters caused by long hikes. 

Portable lighting

A good lantern is ideal for playing games, reading books, or just creating a cosy ambience in your tent after dark. 

One fantastic option is the Regatta Helia 12 Dynamo Lantern. This uses 12 LEDs to create 30 lumens of light, and has three lighting settings. It features a rechargeable battery offering an amazing 10 hours of illumination. 

That’s it! These are the essentials you’ll need for your next family camping trip. 

But if you want to check out more amazing products for your holiday, browse our complete range today!


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