The Ultimate Camping Checklist: How to Plan your Trip

A planner, and a checklist of camping equipment and accessories you should bring with you.

Camping is a great way to spend quality time with family and friends and has several health benefits. Being outdoors not only helps you to unplug and relax, but it has also been shown to improve physical health.

If you have never planned a camping trip before you may wonder what to take with you, where to find a campsite, and what gear you should consider buying.

Here is a step-by-step-guide on how to plan your break, and a list of important items for your outdoor adventure.

  1. Choosing the type of camping 

The first step to planning your holiday is to decide the camping experience you want to have. The most common types of camping are:

  • Motorhome and campervan

Campervan in a field

Motorhomes and campervans offer a greater living and storage space than a tent. They provide better sun and rain shelter. While a campervan has basic cooking, washing and sleeping facilities, most motorhomes tends to be more spacious and have a toilet.

If you don’t own a motorhome or a caravan you can hire one from Bunk Campers, Cool Camping, or Auto Europe 

  • Tent

Tent and hammock in the woods

Tents are cheaper to buy or rent than motorhomes or campervans, however they offer less weather protection. Staying at a tent camping pitch is also less expensive than stopping over at a motorhome campsite or campervan site.

Tents comes in all shapes, sizes and materials, and can cost between £20  and  £2,000

For great deals on tents checkout  Go Outdoors, Blacks or CotsWold Outdoor.

If you are not ready to invest in a tent you can hire one at Tentshare

Hiring is the best way to test if you should buy your own tent, especially if you have never slept under the stars before.

  • Glamping

glamping cabin in the mountains

Glamping is a more glamorous camping experience. It allows you to have an outdoor holiday without sacrificing your comfort. From barns and cabins, to treehouses and caves, there are many sorts of glamping accommodations and each provides a unique way of enjoying nature. 

  1. Booking the camping site

Tents at a camping site

Once you have decided the type of outdoor adventure, you can reserve your spot.

Choosing a suitable campsite is key to the success of your trip.

You can book a pitch, a cabin or lodge, a tent and even a caravan in the UK and Europe on Pitch Up or And, if you are not planning to go anywhere this summer,  why not make the most of your own garden instead?

Bell tent glamping is a fun, stylish and luxurious way to spend time with your family and friends in the comfort of your own garden.

  1. Camping equipment and accessories

Camping gear

When camping, it’s nice to have a comfortable and homey site. Having a well thought out camping checklist can help you ensure you don’t forget the essential things when packing for your camping trip.

Here are our recommendations of camping equipment to take with you.


Camping mallet and tool kit

Sleeping bag


Air pump

Repair kit for air bed

Camping pillow



Camping chair

Camping table

Gas stove

Cooking utensils


Containers for food storage

Cook set

Cool box

Water carrier

Water filters/purification


Extra batteries

Clothes line or drying rack 

Clothes pegs



First aid kit

Insect repellent

If it’s your first time camping, it might be best to borrow or hire some of the gear instead of investing a lot of money in equipment you may not use again. Additionally, hiring is also a great way to have a sustainable camping experience.


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