Preparation is essential for any outdoor adventure. Having the necessary supplies and equipment can make a difference in your overall enjoyment and experience.
I have two camping trips planned this year, over two long weekends. One in August and one in September. Both are at Robin Hoods Bay in North Yorkshire near Whitby, one is staying in my tent and the other is staying in a glamping pod.
I love going on holiday and travelling, staying in hotels and villas with pools. As much as I love my adventures abroad, camping is something special. I always love camping at car shows and relaxing weekends at Whitby. Spending nights outdoors under the stars can do wonders for you, especially when you are used to spending time indoors, in the office and home. There is nothing better than camping by the sea, sunbathing during the day and spending evenings with a bbq on and chatting to your friendly tent neighbours. Make sure to take some books or tablets loaded with Netflix or TV shows for those peaceful nights.
Camping requires more planning than other holidays do as you have to take everything, including the kitchen sink.
These are the basic things you need to take for a fun, relaxed camping weekend away:
- Tent (not for glamping, we have the pod)
- Flagpole & flags (easier to find your tent)
- Duvet & Pillows (don’t like sleeping bags)
- Spare blankets
- Phone chargers & portable charger
- Camping Stove and Gas, stove toaster
- Picnic blanket
- Camping accessories for pets
- Camping Tables and Chairs
- BBQ and Firepit (tripod bbq’s can be used as a firepit)
- Charcoal, firelighters & Matches
- Airbed & Pump (not for glamping, beds are in the pod)
- Gazebo (depending on camp site rules)
- Torch and tent light
- Coolbox & Icepacks (not for glamping, we have a fridge)
- Tools (hammer & pliers)
- Cleaning equipment (bowl/bucket (kitchen sink), washing liquid, scourers & tea towels, dust pan & brush)
- Pans, plates, cutlery, glasses & cups
- Portable speaker
- Clothes, day & night wear inc shoes & waterproofs
- Shower bag (inc flip flops, towels & toiletries)
- Medications (usual & insect repellent/spray)
- First Aid Kit
- Feminine Products
- Toilet roll and kitchen roll/wet wipes
- Water bucket or large bottles of water
- Suncream, aftersun & sunglasses or umbrella
- Food & Drinks
If you are a first timer, here are some hints and tips to ensure your stay is enjoyable and as comfortable as possible:
- Always arrive during daylight, there is nothing worse than trying to put a tent up in the dark. This makes for excellent evening entertainment for your neighbours!
- Check the ground for large rocks or animal droppings, you wont regret it when you are comfy in bed later.
- Take extra tent pegs, some usually bend or break, I once didn’t take enough and half my tent blew away.
- Always pack your tent away properly when it is completely clean and dry, there is nothing worse than getting your tent out to sleep in the next time and it is mouldy, smelly and dirty.
- Always take an extra blanket, temperatures can drop quickly during the night.
- Always invest in a good airbed or camp bed, you need a goods nights sleep to enjoy the rest of your stay. Take an extra blanket to place on the airbed to sleep on, sheets wont keep the cold out.
- Always take a spare torch and batteries, don’t rely on your phone one, it wont be good enough.
- Always take flip flops for the showers, some can get dirty and you never know what you might step in.
- Always take a good first aid kit.
- Invest in a good cool box, cheap ones wont keep your food at ideal temperatures. If you aren’t near shops or restaurants you need a good cool box. Always freeze your meat for day 2 & 3.
- Always take a stove and extra gas for that morning cuppa and bacon sandwich.
- Take lots of plastic bags to store wet/dirty clothes in.
- Always take toilet rolls, think I’ve only stayed at a couple of campsites where they didn’t run out.
- Try to take drinks that aren’t contained in glass, most campsites wont allow them.
- Always buy a bbq with legs or a stand, most campsites wont allow bbq’s unless they are on legs/bricks.
- Always take a big brolly, useful for cooking in the rain. You should never take cooking equipment inside the tent.
- Always check the rules to see if you are able to take a generator, most require these to be switched off by a certain time. There is nothing more annoying than a generator going all night. The same could be said for my snoring 🙂
- Always take a power bank to charge your phone, its nice to have a break without it but you may need it in emergencies. I schedule in times when I turn my phone off so as to make the battery last longer.
- Always take a hot water bottle for those chilly nights.
- Always keep valuables in the car when you leave your tent for the day.
Once you have done it a few times you will know what you need and how best to do things. Camping isn’t for everyone but for those that love it, like me, its time spent closer to nature and I’ve met some lovely neighbours along the way.
Do you love camping? Where is the nicest place you have been camping? What equipment would you recommend?