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Camping Essentials List

I was recently asked by a customer in our shop, “what are the most essential things to take camping with you?”.

I refrained from advising that the customer needed one of everything in our shop (as their car was not large enough!) and instead came up with this list:

1. A good sleeping bag

A good night’s sleep is essential to enjoying your camping trip. We have a great range of sleeping bags on display in our shop -we have something to match all budgets. In addition a reliable airbed (we only sell brands we can trust), airmat or camp bed is also essential.

2. A good torch

We have a great range of LED camping lights, lanterns and torches – essential for finding the correct tent in the middle of the night.

3. Good tent pegs, a mallet and a peg puller (optional)

Strong metal tents pegs – that do not bend the moment they hit a stone – and also some pegs with a bit more grip if the ground is very soft.

4. Extra guy lines

It may look calm when you first pitch your tent, but the wind can get up very quickly – especially when camping on the North Norfolk coast.

5. Some repair tape

Be prepared for the worst things that can happen whilst camping and then, they won’t ruin your holiday if they do occur!

6. Cooking equipment (and plenty of gas)

Don’t be left with half-cooked sausages by running out of gas.

We tend to advise that if you are going to be camping rarely then you should buy a stove that operates from disposable gas cannisters. If you will be camping regularly, it will be more economical to use larger, refillable cylinders.

Camping on a real budget? Then just take a couple of disposable BBQs.

7. A windbreak (or wind shield)

Makes cooking outdoors easier and can also provide your tent with some privacy.

I think we have the largest range of windbreaks available anywhere! Everything from £7.99 to £244 – and lots of options everywhere in between!

8. A camping toilet

Especially useful if camping with little ones. You don’t want to have to be traipsing all the way to the toilet block when they wake in the night.

Which type of gas cannister/cartridge do I require?

At Caravan Accessory Shop, we have a comprehensive range of gas cannisters and cartridges for camping use.

The type of gas cartridge you need is often determined by the appliance you are using with it. Here is our quick guide:

  • For our portable gas cookers – and any other similar stove – you will require a 227g resealable butane gas cannister. There are a huge amount of different brands available on the market. We sell Kampa’s – great value at £5.99 for a pack of 4 – but there are also SunnGas, Gelert, Highlander and Campingaz CP250 to name just a few. All work in the same way. Our portable gas heaters also use the same cartridge.
  • Our small Campingaz appliances require a Campingaz cartridge which have a unique Easy Clic Plus connection. They are very quick and simple to fit and provide a secure connection each time.We stock CV 300 and CV 470 cartridges. The CV 270 has been discontinued.
  • Our larger Campingaz appliances – e.g the Party Grill or the Parabolic Heater – require a Campingaz refillable cylinder. At Caravan Accessory Shop we stock the R901, R904 and R907. If you do not already own a cylinder, we can sell you a complete one. Once you own a cylinder you then just pay for the refills each time it runs out.
  • Our gas lanterns require a universal resealable gas cartridge. These have an EN417 screw thread, unlike the Campingaz ones. We stock Cadac and SunnGas gas cannisters in 220g and 500g sizes. There are 100’s of other brands on the market, all work in the same way.
  • For our larger range of camping equipment – e.g our range of double gas burners – you will require a larger refillable gas cylinder. Providing you purchase the correct regulator and gas hose you can use any size gas bottle. Most popular for camping use – due to the size – are the Calor Gas Butane 4.5kg bottles or the Campingaz 907. At Caravan Accessory Shop, we always have a full gas cage if you are need of a refill. If you do not have a cylinder already you can take out a Calor Gas rental agreement at our shop (please note: these are now subject to 20% vat).

Please note: we can not send gas cannisters in the post, therefore come and collect them from our caravan and camping shop in West Runton – just 2 miles from Cromer and Sheringham, 7 miles from North Walsham and around 20 miles from Norwich.