Beginners Guide to Camping: What to Pack for Your First Camp Out
Beginners Guide to Camping: What to Pack for Your First Camp Out
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Beginners Guide to Camping: What to Pack for Your First Camp Out

Camping is an outdoor activity which combines tranquillity and adventure, providing you with the ideal opportunity to unwind.

What’s good about staying at the campsite is that it offers you with a much-needed relaxation. Not only that, but it will also allow you to spend quality time with your family and friends.

No wonder many Brits are taking their breaks from their hustling and bustling lives and start spending more time outdoors. And with more people choosing staycation holidays here in the UK, camping is still rising in popularity.

So, if you are in need of some relaxation and escape from the daily grind, go camping.

To make the most of your camping experience, whether it’s your first time or not, we’ve created this ‘Beginners Guide to Camping’ for you. But first, let us know what the different types of camping are.

Different Types of Camping


Be mindful that different types of camping will require you certain types of equipment. This is why it is essential to know what sort of camping you can have a go at.

Below, we have compiled the most popular forms of camping in the UK.

Campsite Camping


Also known as camping pitch, a campsite is a place used for an overnight stay outdoors, ranging from large families to a group of friends, couple, etc. According to Go Outdoors, having a dedicated pits means you get to have your own space surrounded by your fellow campers, and you can even park next to your tent.

Festival Camping


Music festivals have become one of the most exciting summer traditions in the UK. Festival camps can be quite an overwhelming experience, especially if you’ve never been to one before.

This kind of camping is often not split into particular pitches, so if you wish to fit your tent in your desired spot, make sure to arrive early. Each festival has its own rules when it comes to the size of the tent you’re allowed to pitch.

Some organisers even regulate the type of cooking equipment you’re allowed to bring and use on-site, as many festivals don’t allow gas.

If you don’t want your camping tools to be confiscated, it’s worth checking your chosen festival’s website to ensure that your gear adheres to their rules.

Wild Camping


Wild camping allows you to not only pitch up in the wilderness instead of designated camps but also offers you an uplifting sense of freedom. This type is perfect for people who want to enjoy the best of camping alone.



This sort of camping is considered as a luxurious one wherein it involves accommodation and facilities more lavish compared to the traditional style.

Your Tent’s Size


For the size of your tent, it is essential to consider how many people can it hold without any luggage. So when choosing your tent, it’s recommended to take into consideration the following:

  • How many people are camping? For instance, there will be four people, so make sure to find a tent that can hold them without feeling uneasy. Alternatively, (or in some cases, preferably) you can have 4 smaller tents. One per person.
  • How many kits you’re taking.
  • How many bedrooms do you need? This is applicable for more substantial groups
  • Check your campsite if they have any size limitations for tents.

Before Your First Camping Trip

Check Your Gear


By doing this, you’ll know if it’s ready for use when you get to the campsite.

Pitch Your Tent


You can pitch the tent in your garden beforehand to make sure the parts are all there, and you know how to set it up.

Check the Rules


Whether you’re going to a campsite, a festival, wild camping or glamping, make time to check the rules your chosen site implements to ensure all your kits are compliant.

Make a List


If you want to make sure that everything you need is in your bag, well, it’s better to start building your camping list.

Your Camping Checklist: What to Pack for Your First Camp Out


Listed down below is the list that is sure to help you camp at a low cost with your family and friend, and bring the must-haves.

So let’s say you’ve finally chosen your campsite, booked your week away with your family, etc. So what else you can add on your prep list?

A camping checklist! Whether you’re camping or going on a road trip, this handy checklist can guarantee you that you bring everything you need.

Tent and Sleeping Equipment


  • Tent
  • Pegs and mallet of the tent
  • Sleeping bag and Duvet (only if you have rooms)
  • Pillow
  • Cushion
  • Groundsheet
  • Air mattress and pump



  • Stove or Gas BBQ with extra fuel/butane or
  • Charcoal BBQ with extra charcoal
  • Lighter and matches
  • Newspaper for lighting the fire
  • Frying pan and saucepan with lid
  • Knives, forks, spoons
  • Plates, mugs, bowls
  • Corkscrew and tin opener
  • Chopping board
  • Reusable cups and straws
  • Ice chest and ice packs

Are you looking for a perfect BBQ grill ideal for camping? The Garden Buildings Direct offers a variety of gas barbecues suitable for your camp trip! Go check out the accessories section ranging from fuel to utensils and tools, GBD’s range of BBQ equipment will make sure that you’re completely stocked up.

Groceries and Supermarket Items


If you’re planning to cook a meal on your first night and all the stores near you are closed, potatoes, tinned stew or baked beans can be your best bets.

Others are:

  • Dishwashing sponges
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Wet wipes
  • Tinfoil
  • Toilet roll
  • Pocket Tissues
  • Cooking oil
  • Salt, pepper, herbs and spices
  • Sandwich bags
  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Tea and coffee
  • Water
  • Dried ready meals such as pasta in tomato sauce or veggie rice

Hygiene Survival Kit


  • Travel size shampoo and conditioner
  • Travel size shower gel
  • Mini hand sanitiser gel
  • Baby wipes
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Comb, brush, hair clips
  • Deodorant
  • Razor
  • Shaving foam
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Towels (at least 2)

Medicine Kit


  • Insect repellent
  • Painkillers
  • Plasters
  • Bandages
  • Safety pins
  • Tweezers
  • Antiseptic

Lighting Kit


  • Cigarette Lighters
  • Matches
  • Gas and gas lantern
  • Spare lantern fuel
  • Torch
  • Outdoor candles



  • Charger
  • Powerbank
  • DVD for laptop or portable DVD player
  • Deck of cards
  • Books
  • Travel board games
  • Extra toys and games for kids
  • Beach ball



  • Spare carrier bags
  • Empty water bottles and water container
  • Disposable plastic cartons with lids
  • Sewing kit
  • Swiss army knife
  • Chairs
  • Travel clock
  • Camera
  • Flashlight
  • Compass and Map
  • Swimming shorts

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