Our camping essentials and free camping check listCamping is pretty trendy right now, which is great because there is always new camping equipment coming out. We like to try as much as possible to see if it really can have an impact on our camping experiences. You can find reviews of the new things we try in the Camping Gear section of the site. But like any camper, we have quite a few camping equipment staples that we couldn’t live without. (We like to camp in luxury, so I’m sure many people would say we can cut this list in half!)
Our camping equipment
Tents: We are lucky enough to have a family of campers, so have a few different tents to choose from including a 2-man Quechua pop-up tent, a classic 4-man pole tent and a 4-man Vango air tent with inflatable poles. And when we have a family trip we even get out our old 8-man canvas tent!
Toilet: When we are wild camping we take our Freedom Trail Portable Flush Toilet. Costing around £50 its one of the cheapest camping loos out there, and one of the smallest too!
Camping shower: If you always stay on campsites, then you don’t need to worry about a camping shower. To save on costs, we try to mix it up, with a couple of nights wild camping followed by a couple of nights on a campsite. Currently we use a simple water bag and shower head set-up that we picked up in a bargain basement store, but plan to upgrade to something with a bit of pressure in 2017, so watch this space!
Bedding: As many campers will tell you, a good sleeping bag is the best option for both keeping warm and avoiding any dampness. But we like our home comforts, so usually opt for a thick duvet, and a few blankets and a mountain of pillows! On top of a good quality air bed, it makes your tent or campervan feel like a home away from home!
Cooking equipment: We try to travel fairly light, so our cooking equipment consists of a chopping board, one deep saucepan and one frying pan on most of our trips. If we are doing a couple of weeks, then we add an extra pan to give us a bit more flexibility with our meals. Our campervan has a built-in gas hob, and if we are camping we use a portable alternative.
Camping dining set: We have a very quirky melamine dining set from OLPRO, a boutique camping supplies business. The set includes plates, cups and bowls and comes in a variety of designs. This set is actually one of our favourite things in our campervan right now! We use a cheap set of cutlery from Argos.
Camping chairs: We have some great fold out chairs from Halfords with high backs and drinks holders in the armrests. Their only downfall is the space they take up in the campervan!
Cleaning goods: In our cleaning box we have a washing line, washing tablets, washing up liquid, tinfoil, kitchen roll, bin bags, sponges, dustpan, a torch and a laundry bag.
Kitchen essentials: We do quite a bit of cooking while camping, so we always take a box of kitchen essentials. This includes cooking oil, salt and pepper, garlic, ketchup, tea bags, sugar and instant hot chocolate.
Extra camping luxuries: We have a few extra luxuries that we like to take with us to make our spot feel like home, including fairy lights, a snuggly blanket, a windbreak and our camping slippers!