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.
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.