There’s a lot to be said for a family camping trip. The bonding effect of getting back to nature in a tent can be a great way for the family to re-connect. And it’s a budget friendly means to enjoy new sights and experiences together. Being prepared is key to a happy family camping holiday. Whether you go for a summer adventure or a quick weekend away you’ll still need to plan ahead for a trouble-free trip. So here’s our ultimate camping list: a checklist of family camping essentials that’s free to download and print.
Spring and summer is the perfect time to get in touch with nature and the countryside on a family camping trip. Even in the autumn, a weekend away, scrunching through leaves on woodland walks or catching a glowing sunset at the seaside is a brilliant antidote to term time stress.
Halfords got in touch to tell us about the family camping guide on their website. It includes places to stay, recipes for campfire cooking, even a playlist, with tips for beach lovers, sightseers and adventurous families.
The Essential Family Camping Checklist
We haven’t done much camping ourselves, unless you count campervan’ing, which arguably is cheating as it doesn’t involve a tent. But, some of Map and Family’s contributors are practically professionals! So with their help I’ve drawn up the ultimate everything-but-the-kitchen-sink family camping checklist for a holiday of a week or more.
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This isn’t any old packing list for camping. It’s the tried and tested result of years of holidays in the UK and Europe with children and teens. And we road-tested it during one of Cornwall’s famous four-seasons-in-one-day summer weeks. Here are a few tips to give you a taster:
Family Camping Checklist Top Tip #1
If you’re camping in the UK always pack wellies for everyone. No matter how sunny it might be when you’re loading the car.
Family Camping Checklist Top Tip #2
Prepare a simple meal in advance and pack it last. This way it will be easy to reach so you can eat effortlessly when you arrive at the campsite.
Family Camping Checklist Top Tip #3
Pack a big flask of hot water so that when you arrive you can have a decent cup of tea before you set about pitching the tent.
Family Camping Checklist
Getting ready for any trip can be stressful. But a proper packing list for camping will go a long way to speeding up the process. Our list of family camping essentials is printable so you can carry it around the house or even take it shopping. Then on departure day tick off items as you load them into the car so you don’t leave the torches or wet wipes behind.
For online shopping help, Halfords stocks lots of camping essentials too.
Is there anything we’ve forgotten? Please check out our list and tell us in the comments below.
With special thanks to Rachel and family for their expertise in drawing up the list. And to Yvonne and family who road-tested it!
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