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The Ultimate Family Camping Packing List

Wild Country has created the ultimate family camping packing list to give you a helping hand. We’ve been stuck inside for what feels like an eternity, so it’s no wonder that more families are giving camping a go this year. If you’re new to camping, you’ll need to know what to pack.

Packing for your family camping holiday undoubtedly fills most people with trepidation, but it shouldn’t have to. We know there’s a lot to think about when it comes to packing, so we want to help.

Here at Wild Country, we’ve conducted market research asking the nation for their must-pack items, culminating in a complete packing list that ensures you have everything you need for the perfect family camping trip. This will be your easiest packing experience to date:

Camping equipment

It goes without saying that your camping equipment is important. Forgetting the essentials is very inconvenient. Here’s what camping equipment you’ll need:

Sleeping equipment

Sleeping needs to be warm and comfy, even more so for longer family camping trips. Making sure you pack for a comfortable sleep will result in a more rested family and a happier holiday:

  • Sleeping bag for each camper
  • Camping bed/airbed for each camper
  • Air pump (if you’re taking an airbed)
  • Pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Hot water bottles
  • Sleeping eye mask (optional)
  • Earplugs (optional)

Cooking essentials

Unless you plan on eating out every night (hey big spender), then you’ll need to take the cooking essentials:

  • BBQ utensils
  • Charcoal/firewood
  • Camping Stove
  • Fuel for stove
  • Matches or lighter
  • Pans
  • Cooking utensils inc. Knife/cooking spoon/spatular
  • Corkscrew/bottle opener
  • Scissors
  • Chopping board
  • Camping fridge/cool box
  • Plates/bowls
  • Cups/mugs
  • Cutlery
  • Water carrier
  • Thermal flask
  • Water bottles
  • Kettle
  • Coffee pot/teapot
  • Food
  • Tea/coffee/hot chocolate/sugar
  • Food storage containers
  • Foil
  • Skewers
  • Condiments/seasonings/spices
  • Oil or butter for frying
  • Hand towel and tea towel
  • Dishcloth/sponge/scourers/tea towel
  • Washing up bowl
  • Washing up liquid
  • Kitchen roll
  • Disinfectant spray/wipes
  • Rubbish bags

Useful extras

Some of these are must-haves, others are a convenient extra. You choose:

  • Headtorch/torch/lanterns
  • Extra batteries
  • Clothes pegs
  • Heater
  • Gaffer tape
  • Citronella candle (to help keep midges away)
  • Picnic blanket
  • Tissues
  • Clothes airer/washing line
  • Multi-tool
  • Rucksack
  • Pet supplies and food
  • Umbrella
  • Bags for dirty clothes
  • Travel wash
  • Wet wipes
  • Handwash
  • Hand sanitiser


Just in case you forget… you’ll need to pack clothes for the whole family:

  • Clothes for daytime
  • Socks and underwear
  • Sun hat
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimming kit
  • Shoes: walking shoes/easy to put on camp shoes/flipflops/wellies
  • Layers of warm clothes and coats
  • Waterproofs
  • Gloves
  • Hat

Personal items

These depend on the time of the year and your personal preferences, but its good to have the option:

  • Insect repellent
  • Sun screen
  • Lipbalm
  • First aid kit
  • Hairdryer/straighteners
  • Makeup
  • Prescription medicines
  • Sunglasses
  • Bath towels
  • Wash kit
    • Toothpaste
    • Toothbrushes
    • Face cloths
    • Deodorant
    • Comb/hairbrush
    • Soap/shower gel
    • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toilet roll


Whether you have children or not, we all like to keep entertained. Here’s some ideas:

  • Camera
  • Tablet/phones/Chargers
  • Radio
  • Outdoor toys
  • A pack of cards
  • Board games
  • Bikes and helmets
  • Toys
  • Laptop and DVDs
  • Bucket and spade

Trip planning

  • Campsite booking information including their phone number
  • Directions and GPS
  • Guide books/maps
  • Note pad and pen
  • Details of nearest doctors/emergency department

This Ultimate Family Camping Packing list isn’t exhaustive so be sure to adapt it to your own needs and you’re sure to have a stress-free camping holiday.

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