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Camping & glamping checklists

There can be a lot to think about ahead of a holiday in a tent, motorhome or glamping accommodation. Reduce the hassle and stay self sufficient by following our tried-and-tested camping equipment checklist.

Ease the process when heading on an outdoor trip by following a camping equipment checklist (Karson Chan / Unsplash)

Tent camping checklist

Caravan, campervan and motorhome checklist

Glamping checklist

Checklist for camping or glamping with your dog

Packing tips for camping

Don’t overpack

Unless you’ve got lots of space in the car, leave the non-essentials behind. That goes for breakables like wine glasses and high-fashion clothing you wouldn’t want to ruin. 

Keep it together

You can keep most of the essentials (the first aid kit, the cooking implements and so on) in a big plastic box and store it in your home ready for your next trip.

Roll your clothes

Rolling instead of folding your clothing helps to pack it up tightly, giving you more room in the backpack. The same goes for your sleeping bag and tent. 

Invest in space-saving equipment 

Look out for collapsible items, like washing-up bowls and kettles. It’s also worth buying nested cookware and crockery, as well as ultra-portable folding equipment like tables and chairs.

The ultimate packing checklist for camping

Tick off these items to make sure you never leave any essentials at home again.

Personal items

  • Bank/credit card

  • ID/passport

  • Smartphone (with what3words downloaded in case of an emergency)

  • Spare car keys

  • House keys 

  • Medication

  • Booking confirmation (either on phone or printed out)

Food supplies

  • Cooking oil or lard

  • Salt and pepper

  • Herbs and spices

  • Condiments (sauces, salad dressings, vinegar)

  • Bread

  • Butter

  • Packets of dried ready meals that only need boiling water

  • Tea and coffee

  • Water

  • Snacks

Kitchen equipment

Prep

  • Tin opener and bottle opener

  • Corkscrew

  • Sharp knife

  • Chopping board

Cooking and eating

  • Stove 

  • Fuel (gas canisters, campfire wood and/or barbecue charcoal)

  • Lighter and matches

  • Kindling or newspaper for lighting a fire

  • Kettle 

  • Frying pan and/or wok

  • Saucepan(s) with lid

  • Plates, bowls and mugs

  • Knives, forks and spoons

  • Plastic beer and wine glasses

Storage and clearing up 

  • Dishwashing sponges

  • Washing-up liquid

  • Tea towels

  • Tinfoil

  • Sandwich bags

  • Ice chest

  • Ice packs

Hygiene

  • Toilet roll

  • Pocket tissues

  • Baby wipes

  • Mini hand sanitiser gel

  • Travel-size shampoo and conditioner

  • Travel-size shower gel

  • Flannel

  • Toothpaste and toothbrush

  • Comb, brush, hair clips etc

  • Deodorant

  • Razor

  • Shaving foam

  • Make-up bag

  • Towels – at least two

First-aid kit

  • Insect repellent

  • Painkillers

  • Plasters

  • Bandages and safety pins

  • Suncream

  • After-sun cream

  • Lip balm

  • Tweezers

  • Antiseptic

Clothing

  • Swimming shorts or costume

  • Wellies and/or waterproof hiking boots

  • Sandals/flip-flops

  • Rain gear (waterproof jacket, trousers and an umbrella)

  • Extra underwear and socks

  • Quick-drying T-shirts and long-sleeved tops

  • Warm layers for nights

  • A fleece or a cosy jumper 

  • Sunglasses 

Get more information on the clothes you need for camping in this guide.

Lighting

  • Matches  

  • Gas lantern and gas

  • Spare lantern fuel

  • Torch

  • Head torch

  • Solar or battery-powered outdoor lights

Figure out which camping lights to buy with this guide.

Miscellaneous

  • Safety pins

  • Swiss army knife

  • Camera

  • Outdoor chairs

  • Clothesline and pegs

  • Compass and map

  • Extra bank card/credit card

  • Padlock

  • Gaffer tape

  • Spare carrier bags

  • Empty water bottles

  • Disposable plastic cartons with lids 

Entertainment

  • Phone charger/spare battery pack

  • Camera charger

  • Deck of cards

  • Board games

  • Books

  • Beach ball or inflatable ball

For your dog

  • Collar and lead

  • A dog stake or long lead

  • Treats and toys

  • Dog food

  • Bowls (one for food, one for water)

  • Towels for muddy paws

  • Poo bags

  • ID on collar 

  • Dog bed, blankets or a crate

  • Dog coat (for winter) or cool mat (for summer)

  • Tick tweezers

  • Medication

Learn more about camping with your dog in our guide.

Packing lists for tent camping, touring and glamping

Often, the items you need to bring camping will depend on whether you’re staying under canvas, in a motorhome or rented accommodation. As well as all of the above, here are the extras to pack for each different situation. 

Tent camping equipment checklist

  • Tent (including the groundsheet, inner body, pegs and poles)

  • Tent footprint or tarp 

  • Mallet/hammer

  • Sleeping bag(s)

  • Pillow(s) 

  • Extra blankets 

  • Air mattress (and pump)

  • Spare guylines

  • Spare pegs (learn about the different types)

  • Tent repair kit

  • Windbreaker 

  • Electric hook-up cables (if applicable)

Motorhome, campervan and caravan camping equipment checklist

  • Spare key 

  • Vehicle manual

  • Travel insurance and breakdown cover details 

  • Safety gear, including high-vis jackets

  • Oil and coolant

  • Anti-frost screen cover and spray (plus ice scraper)

  • Warning triangle

  • Electric hook-up cable

  • Power strip, adaptors and extension cords

  • USB fan 

  • Heater

  • Bedding (duvet, sheets, pillows and extra blankets)

  • Levelling ramps

  • Awning and/or gazebo

  • Doormat

  • Washing-up bowl

  • Coolbox or fridge 

  • Spare light bulbs

  • Hand-held vacuum cleaner

  • Cleaning products 

  • Dustpan and brush

  • Water hose and fittings, plus waste hose

  • Sterilising tablets

  • Fresh water tank cleaner

  • Toilet chemicals

Glamping packing lists

Questions to ask your glamping site before arrival

The beauty of going glamping is that you generally have a lot less to pack than when staying in a tent or touring by motorhome, campervan or caravan. Pre-booked accommodation varies, though – you might be staying in a place where even the food’s included or a simpler option where you’ll need to bring along everything including bedding and towels.

When you book a glamping holiday on Pitchup, check ‘Pitch availability and type’ for the accommodation type to see what is supplied and what you need to take. Also, think about asking these questions before arrival: 

  • Are beddings and towels included?  

  • Are pets allowed? 

  • What cooking facilities are available? Are they private or shared?

  • Are the toilet facilities private or shared? Are they in the accommodation or a short walk away? 

  • Is there a fridge or coolbox?

  • Is there heating? Is it electric? Will I need to bring wood for the fire or is it available on site? 

  • Is there electric power or is the accommodation off-grid? 

  • Are there food options on site or close by?

  • Is the accommodation secure? If not, is there somewhere I can leave valuables?

Glamping equipment checklist

  • Blankets

  • Food supplies 

  • Cosy nightwear, including thick socks

  • Walking boots/wellingtons

  • A torch

  • A picnic blanket 

  • A powerbank

Luxuries

A few of life’s little extras to pretty up your glamping break. Of course, there are no rules to say you can’t take the following luxuries on a camping trip to glam up your tent. 

  • A picnic basket

  • A powerbank

  • Binoculars

  • Dressing gown and slippers

  • Scented candles

  • A cookery book

  • Cocktail mixers

  • Bunting or fairy lights 

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