You’re preparing to set off on a camping adventure, right? Not sure what to pack? We have got you covered, from the tent right down to the toilet paper, with our ultimate camping packing list. Having camped all throughout our childhood in tents, campervans, and caravans, the trend has continued into our adult years as we continue to pitch up as much as we can.

We have since taken a step up in the world of comfort and bought a campervan, named Roxy. You can read all about our pride and joy Roxy the Hiace campervan here and check out our packing list for a more luxurious type of camping in our glamping packing list.


In 2018, we spent more nights living out of our 3 man tent than we did living in a house. This experience has meant we have really nailed the packing list and necessities that come along with it, especially when you are travelling with the load on your back.

We have broken this down into sections for ease and have also included optional interests. If you want to save this list for later then make sure you pin our Pinterest image below to your Pinterest board and download our free PDF camping packing checklist so that you don’t forget a thing.



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The Ultimate Camping Packing List

We have made this suitable for both those that are carrying the load on their back and those who will be driving. If you are hiking and camping then to start with you will want to make sure you have a good strong hiking bag about 60L. This should fit all of your gear and come with a waterproof cover to keep it all dry.



General Camping Equipment

The obvious equipment you will need to keep you comfortable and dry during your camping trip. Once you have these staples, camping becomes such a cheap holiday.

  • Tent (pegs and poles)
  • Roll mat
  • Inflatable pillow
  • Sleeping bag


sunset car and tent
This camping trip was a road trip to the Lake District. Look at that sunset!



Cooking Equipment

Cooking equipment can mean carrying some extra weight and if you are moving around a lot, it can also lead to carrying around some spare food, however, we have found that bringing this equipment has made our trip so much easier and also saved us a lot of money.

  • Gas cooker ring and gas
  • Cutlery set
  • Sharp knife for chopping
  • Sponge
  • Micro-fibre dish towel
  • Washing up liquid
  • Pot



Check out the full list of our favourite camping recipes that are not only easy to make but also very nutritious! For all of your camping food inspiration, click here.



A bowl of Thai Green Curry with tofu
Thai Green Curry with tofu.




Keep your toiletries as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible by packing a bar of soap and a shampoo bar. If you haven’t already, how about trying out a bamboo toothbrush for your trip!

  • Toilet paper
  • Hand Sanitiser
  • Soap and Shampoo
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Suncream
  • Insect Repellent
  • Micro-fibre Towel




With clothing, we basically go by the wash one wear one dry one and a spare rule. You can decide how many of each you need. This part will also depend on where you are camping, whether you need warm layers or fewer layers or walking boots or flip flops. Again, we will leave this part up to you.

  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Warm layer (under armour or a long-sleeved top)
  • T-shirts and shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Shoes


tent overlooking a cliff
Our clifftop tent spot in Wales.



Personal Items

We have listed the essential personal items to pack for your camping trip below. Some of these are simply there to make your next adventure more comfortable.

  • Headtorch
  • First Aid Kit
  • Sunglasses
  • Headphones
  • Map and Compass
  • Insect net
  • Waterbottle
  • Duct Tape (you never know)
  • Rope for hanging up washing
  • Phone and Charger
  • Battery pack and Charger
  • Camera and Charger
  • Money


gemma and campbell backpacking
All set for 3 months in Europe! That extra bag was full of snacks for the 20-hour bus ahead of us!



So there you have it, the ultimate camping packing list, complete with everything you will need for an unforgettable trip. If you have been camping yourself, let us know how you enjoyed it in the comments section below. What packing tips do you want to share? Is there anything that we forgot to mention? Where has been your favourite place to go camping? Let us know in the comments below.

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