Obviously what you take depends on the following factors:
- Who you are travelling with - friends, family, children?
- Where you are going - if it's wild camping then you'll need a different list than if you're visiting a park
- How long you'll be away for - a weekend trip may mean you decide to ditch the cooking utensils and eat out
- What type of leisure vehicle you own / hire / are visiting and how it is equiped
- What the weather is likely to be like - although in the UK it's best to plan for all eventualities.
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Other tips from some of our experienced friends include:
- Take an old bath-mat (or 2!) to leave outside to wipe feet on - they are much lighter and very absorbent.
- Sporks - combined spoon, knife & fork - are the best invention ever saving space and washing-up!
- Cheap disposable glow-lights (make sure you take they away with you) are a safe and fun alternative for kids instead of torches/
- Before you pack games equipment like footballs, Frisbees or tennis rackets, check your campsite doesn't already supply them as part of the package.
- It's probably worth checking out where the first aid help is when you arrive. The campsite should provide first aid supplies, and have details of the nearest doctor and hospital.
- Write down the menu for all meals for your trip. This way you'll know what you need to take, or what you can wait to buy.
- Meals that can be cooked at home ahead of time, and travel well in a cooler, will save a lot of time for the first couple of nights of your trip. Precooked meats will last longer in the cooler than raw meats.
- If you only do one thing make sure you are warm at night - cold, sleepless nights are no-one's friend and one thing guaranteed to mean you think twice before venturing out again...
- Each time you go camping, make a note of anything you wish you'd taken at the time. Make a note of it on your computer, in notebook etc when you get home to refer to the next time you go.
- Be BBQ safe - never light a barbecue in an enclosed space, don’t leave children unsupervised near a barbecue and ensure the barbecue is fully extinguished after use. Never use a barbecue as a source of warmth when camping - barbecues can give off deadly carbon monoxide fumes when not properly ventilated.