A while a go I wrote a checklist for travelling with a baby and last month we went camping at Geronimo festival. We forgot to take towels so didn’t shower all weekend! We forgot the raincover for the pram and we didn’t know how to use the cooker we took. We had a great weekend regardless but thought I would write a list for next time.


Camping checklist


  • Tent including pegs/stakes/guy ropes/ground sheet/mallet
  • Sleeping bags/blankets
  • Air bed and pump
  • Pillows
  • Cooker
  • Bottled gas 
  • Matches/lighter
  • Cool box
  • Washing up bowl
  • Pans, pots, plates, cutlery, cups, glasses
  • Cooking utensils, e.g. large spoon, fork, ladle, tongs
  • Tin opener, bottle opener, corkscrew
  • Bin bags
  • Washing up liquid
  • Dishcloths and tea towels
  • Milton hand gel (kills 99% germs without water)
  • Milton antibacterial spray
  • Milton antibacterial wipes
  • Food and drink supplies
  • Toiletries (shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush etc)
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Sanitary towels
  • Wet wipes
  • Sun cream
  • Insect repellent
  • First aid kit including plasters, paracetamol, calpol
  • Clothes including waterproofs and wellies
  • Phone/tablet/camera
  • Charger cable and varta powerpack, we took a powerpack to Geronimo and it was fab, kept our phones charged all weekend and we went Fri-Mon.
  • Varta head lamp
  • Varta lantern
  • Visit here if you would like to purchase camping supplies.


The lovely people over at Varta have offered to giveaway a head torch and powerbank 2600 and Milton have offered to giveaway some antibacterial hand gel, cleaning spray and wipes making a must have camping bundle. For your chance to win, enter below x



148 Comments on Camping checklist

  1. tracyknixon
    July 8, 2017 at 7:38 am (1 year ago)

    Thank you for the helpful checklist and giveaway! Whenever we go camping we always forget something!

  2. hali kinson
    July 8, 2017 at 3:15 pm (1 year ago)

    We love camping , will remember to use checklist next time we go!

  3. Margaret GALLAGHER
    July 8, 2017 at 4:29 pm (1 year ago)

    Ooh a BEAUTY
    Always better to be prepared for all eventuality

  4. clair downham
    July 8, 2017 at 4:49 pm (1 year ago)

    great prize thankyou

  5. WhatLauraLoves
    July 8, 2017 at 5:10 pm (1 year ago)

    I havent been camping for years but I’m going again in a few weeks time so your checklist will come in handy. Will definitely pick up some of the Milton products xxx

  6. Laura Hartley
    July 8, 2017 at 9:55 pm (1 year ago)

    Wish I’d had a list like this before I went off on my DofE expeditions! Then things might’ve gone more smoothly xD

  7. R Wing
    July 8, 2017 at 9:59 pm (1 year ago)

    Very Good Check List!

  8. Anthony Harrington
    July 8, 2017 at 10:07 pm (1 year ago)

    This would be awesome for my Daughter who is camping this very moment, she sent me a photo earlier of our Son-in-Law wearing his gardening shoes, turns out in his hurry to pack the car and get going, he put his garden shoes on to put the bins out and then got straight in the car still wearing his garden shoes and only discovered this after they had got to their camp site……..he has no other shoes and they are not near any shops!

  9. Cherry Edwards
    July 8, 2017 at 10:58 pm (1 year ago)

    What a brilliant check list, we always forget loads of stuff. I might print yours out !

  10. Mel Turner
    July 8, 2017 at 11:21 pm (1 year ago)

    Great Check list will be using this

  11. Katie Skeoch
    July 8, 2017 at 11:31 pm (1 year ago)

    We’re just back from camping in Dornoch! A handy list, will bookmark!

  12. Solange
    July 9, 2017 at 12:21 am (1 year ago)

    This is a handy check list.

  13. Heather Hibbert
    July 9, 2017 at 12:33 am (1 year ago)

    Love this checklist, bookmarked it thanks!

  14. Vicki D
    July 9, 2017 at 3:09 am (1 year ago)

    Great giveaway! Myself and my husband love camping so this would come in really handy.

  15. stuart hargreaves
    July 9, 2017 at 8:22 am (1 year ago)


  16. Dale Askew
    July 9, 2017 at 9:10 am (1 year ago)

    a useful checklist, thank you

  17. Edward
    July 9, 2017 at 9:59 am (1 year ago)

    perfect for our camping holiday

  18. christine shelley
    July 9, 2017 at 10:39 am (1 year ago)

    My friends scout pack would love this

  19. Clare nicholas
    July 9, 2017 at 10:58 am (1 year ago)

    I love camping but it requires so much stuff it’s rather crazy packing ready for any trip lol

  20. Emma H
    July 9, 2017 at 11:38 am (1 year ago)

    A very useful list, I always forget something when I go camping.

  21. Karen Barrett
    July 9, 2017 at 12:11 pm (1 year ago)

    Great list, thanks for sharing

  22. Suzanne Jackson
    July 9, 2017 at 1:01 pm (1 year ago)

    Lovely giveaway thank-you

  23. iain maciver
    July 9, 2017 at 1:38 pm (1 year ago)

    fabtastic giveaway

  24. laura banks
    July 9, 2017 at 1:55 pm (1 year ago)

    fab giveaway

  25. Victoria Thurgood
    July 9, 2017 at 2:27 pm (1 year ago)

    great giveaway

  26. Kim Styles
    July 9, 2017 at 4:11 pm (1 year ago)

    I searched your checklist hoping i could be a clever clogs and suggest something you had forgotten- but no I think you have thought of absolutely everything!!!

  27. Becky Yeomans
    July 9, 2017 at 4:24 pm (1 year ago)

    We love camping!! Really handy checklist!

  28. Graham Ross
    July 9, 2017 at 5:08 pm (1 year ago)

    What a fab camping gear prize to win

  29. Cydney
    July 9, 2017 at 5:11 pm (1 year ago)

    Pillows are an absolute essential on camping trips, a little piece of home from home. And I go through so many wipes while camping too aha!

  30. Debbie W
    July 9, 2017 at 6:04 pm (1 year ago)

    Really love camping, such a fab experience for kids. Great checklist, thanks.

  31. Susan Smith
    July 9, 2017 at 7:18 pm (1 year ago)

    Great list, for ticking things off, thank you

  32. Tracy Hanley
    July 9, 2017 at 8:18 pm (1 year ago)

    Thats great

  33. fiona waterworth
    July 9, 2017 at 8:31 pm (1 year ago)

    great checklist

  34. Lorraine Tinsley
    July 9, 2017 at 9:01 pm (1 year ago)

    This is an amazing list of things, we are planning on taking our two daughters this summer so I will definitely look at this when we go

  35. Nigel Soper
    July 9, 2017 at 9:22 pm (1 year ago)

    The list is a great help -thanks – listing most of the things we have forgotten in the past, except, for camping in the UK – an umbrella big enough to cook under if possible!

  36. steven young
    July 10, 2017 at 7:50 am (1 year ago)

    What an amazing prize to give away

  37. Joanne Beale
    July 10, 2017 at 9:40 am (1 year ago)

    Fantastic giveaway and advice

  38. Sheena Batey
    July 10, 2017 at 10:04 am (1 year ago)

    Thanks for the chance to win this prize . Head torch especially useful for visits in the night.

  39. Rachel
    July 10, 2017 at 10:14 am (1 year ago)

    Great prize for camping trips this summer – especially the head torch!

  40. Kayleigh Watkins
    July 10, 2017 at 11:13 am (1 year ago)

    We love camping with our three children, this would be perfect, thank you very much for the chance xxx

  41. helen tovell
    July 10, 2017 at 1:01 pm (1 year ago)

    Great giveaway let’s hope for some fine weather

  42. Carolynn Woodland
    July 10, 2017 at 1:29 pm (1 year ago)

    Great prize for the summer months

  43. Alice Mason
    July 10, 2017 at 3:42 pm (1 year ago)

    useful stuff

  44. Jayne T
    July 10, 2017 at 7:55 pm (1 year ago)

    Fantastic list, it’s amazing just how much you need to pack for a good camping trip.

  45. Tammy Tudor
    July 11, 2017 at 10:55 am (1 year ago)

    love the checklist, love to plan ahead and this is so useful fro camping trips

  46. Jodie Andrea Green
    July 11, 2017 at 3:05 pm (1 year ago)

    brilliant! were planning to take our children camping this summer (their first time) amazing bundle!

  47. James Harris
    July 11, 2017 at 4:34 pm (1 year ago)

    This would be good for when we go camping in Pembrokeshire later this year.

  48. Janice Dunn
    July 11, 2017 at 10:58 pm (1 year ago)

    Fab checklist, it has everything you need for camping.

  49. Alison Johnson
    July 12, 2017 at 12:06 am (1 year ago)

    Fab giveaway & very useful checklist. We have never been camping before but we are meeting friends next month at their caravan & we will be camping next door.

  50. Iris W
    July 12, 2017 at 8:27 am (1 year ago)

    Great checklist that is very useful, lovely giveaway thank you

  51. Lori Darling
    July 12, 2017 at 3:12 pm (1 year ago)

    Very useful checklist and great prize

  52. Elaine Skye Clark
    July 12, 2017 at 6:05 pm (1 year ago)

    Wow what a comprehensive list. We could actually go camping…instead of just thinking about it…. we’ve wanted to go camping for so long.

  53. barbedwire71
    July 12, 2017 at 8:56 pm (1 year ago)

    absolutley awesome and amazing, please count me in

  54. Helen Thurston
    July 12, 2017 at 9:49 pm (1 year ago)

    Comprehensive checklist – thank you.

  55. Emily Hallett
    July 12, 2017 at 10:00 pm (1 year ago)

    Great post and thanks for the competition

  56. Ritchie
    July 12, 2017 at 10:03 pm (1 year ago)

    Always better with a list.

  57. Marycarol
    July 12, 2017 at 11:02 pm (1 year ago)

    Fantastic giveaway and list xx

  58. Jacqui Graham
    July 13, 2017 at 8:15 am (1 year ago)

    there is everything I need for a prefect family weekend away with my boys x bring on the summer holidays

  59. Anita Missen
    July 13, 2017 at 1:22 pm (1 year ago)

    Great check list. Xx

  60. Stephanie Keill
    July 13, 2017 at 6:23 pm (1 year ago)

    This ian amazing I’d really love to win for Munich family we love camping!! Thank you very much for the chance

  61. Lorraine Kirk
    July 16, 2017 at 10:31 am (12 months ago)

    Great checklist, I save mine on Excel and then I can add to it or change every year.

  62. Amy Dickson
    July 16, 2017 at 12:07 pm (12 months ago)

    This is an amazing bundle. We have wanted to go camping for ages but costs too much to get all the bits and bobs together!

  63. Ashleigh Allan
    July 16, 2017 at 9:23 pm (12 months ago)

    Great post and list

  64. Isabel
    July 17, 2017 at 4:59 pm (12 months ago)

    I never thought of a headlamp for camping but it makes sense, it’s so much easier than a torch.

  65. Faith
    July 18, 2017 at 6:42 am (12 months ago)

    Great check list & giveaway.

  66. Lisa Wilkinson
    July 18, 2017 at 10:51 am (12 months ago)

    Brilliant prize. Thanks

  67. Jo Carroll
    July 18, 2017 at 12:15 pm (12 months ago)

    Now that’s what I call a ‘proper’ list…now where did I put mine? πŸ˜‰ x

  68. Emma Salter
    July 18, 2017 at 10:41 pm (12 months ago)

    Great giveaway and checklist. Good luck everyone!

  69. Rich Tyler
    July 19, 2017 at 1:36 pm (12 months ago)

    Super useful, count me in πŸ™‚

  70. amy bondoc
    July 19, 2017 at 6:58 pm (12 months ago)

    excellent bundle! handy prizes x

  71. bella smyth
    July 20, 2017 at 1:51 am (12 months ago)

    Thank you for the very helpful checklist i always forget something lasy year it was the camping stove oops thanks for the chance,

  72. Jo Hutchinson
    July 20, 2017 at 4:01 am (12 months ago)

    Thank you for the great giveaway and checklist

  73. Tracey Belcher
    July 20, 2017 at 6:36 am (12 months ago)

    Excellent check list and of course giveaway

  74. Julie Smith
    July 20, 2017 at 1:52 pm (12 months ago)

    I’ve never been camping but am looking at going. Will definitely be using your helpful checklist to make sure I have everything whenever I decide to bite the bullet and go for it πŸ™‚

  75. Tina Deacon
    July 20, 2017 at 11:38 pm (12 months ago)

    Brilliant check list, we’ve never been camping but my boys would love it, keeping this list for the future thank you

  76. Sharon Lou Johnson
    July 23, 2017 at 7:45 am (12 months ago)

    wow this would be awesome we are off camping in 3 weeks πŸ™‚

  77. Claire jacobs
    July 24, 2017 at 5:58 am (12 months ago)

    This would be great to win for summer!

  78. Pam Francis Gregory
    July 24, 2017 at 3:43 pm (12 months ago)

    Great checklist – everything included!

  79. Michelle Sykes
    July 27, 2017 at 6:40 pm (12 months ago)

    Great check list – wish I had seen it before my last camping trip

  80. Katie
    July 29, 2017 at 10:28 pm (12 months ago)

    What a wonderful giveaway xx

  81. Sidrah Ahmed
    July 31, 2017 at 4:18 am (12 months ago)

    Excellent giveaway

  82. karen clapp
    August 2, 2017 at 11:11 am (12 months ago)

    love camping and i always make a list πŸ™‚

  83. Wendy Jones
    August 2, 2017 at 12:25 pm (12 months ago)

    Love the unpredictableness of camping. As much as you try to be organised something inevitably goes wrong or different as i say.

  84. Sarah Fielding
    August 4, 2017 at 2:05 pm (12 months ago)

    What a wonderful giveaway!

  85. Sheri Darby
    August 4, 2017 at 10:26 pm (11 months ago)

    Brilliant to get me organised

  86. Rebecca roberts
    August 5, 2017 at 8:20 am (11 months ago)

    Love this blog camping is on our summer hit list!

  87. Gemma Massey
    August 5, 2017 at 5:10 pm (11 months ago)

    I love camping we go regularly in our vw around the country with our chug Arthur thanks for the chance

    August 5, 2017 at 9:24 pm (11 months ago)

    My son pumped his airbed up then couldn’t get it through the door of his tent, ho ho

  89. Rachel
    August 6, 2017 at 12:43 am (11 months ago)

    Great prize. Camping can be fun, educational and adventurous.

  90. Andrea Johnson
    August 6, 2017 at 1:21 am (11 months ago)

    I’d love to take my two camping

  91. Simone Griffin
    August 6, 2017 at 7:25 am (11 months ago)

    Great prize – I would love to win x

  92. Robert Price
    August 6, 2017 at 9:08 am (11 months ago)

    Great prize

  93. Shelley Jones
    August 6, 2017 at 11:19 am (11 months ago)

    We recently went camping for the first time and have definitely learnt what to do and what not to do – we’ll definitely be taking a power pack next time and going for an electric hook up – our tent collapsed at 5:30am in 40mph wind so we had to take a 30 minute drive to the nearest camp shop and buy a new tent – but despite this, we had a blast and my children thought it was amazing – we are looking forward to our next trip away x

    • Jenni
      August 6, 2017 at 10:38 pm (11 months ago)

      Oh no, that was a proper adventure!x

  94. Susan Sargent
    August 6, 2017 at 11:57 am (11 months ago)

    Great prize, the list looks so long but most of the items are just standard things you always have with you

  95. Harry Baker-Farmer
    August 6, 2017 at 3:38 pm (11 months ago)

    I’ll be camping in September, so this would be really useful!

  96. Angela Cringle
    August 6, 2017 at 5:56 pm (11 months ago)

    This would be amazing thank you x

  97. rachael mccadden
    August 6, 2017 at 7:31 pm (11 months ago)

    great prize

  98. Sarah Parker
    August 6, 2017 at 7:42 pm (11 months ago)

    love camping πŸ™‚

  99. clair dukes
    August 6, 2017 at 8:49 pm (11 months ago)

    Great check list!

  100. Katy Malkin
    August 6, 2017 at 9:23 pm (11 months ago)

    I still need to persuade my husband to try camping out

  101. Stevie
    August 6, 2017 at 9:27 pm (11 months ago)

    I used to take a pot noodle and a flask of hot water incase the fire didn’t take.

  102. Adele Knight
    August 6, 2017 at 9:52 pm (11 months ago)

    Handy list, love camping!

  103. Ellen Stafford
    August 6, 2017 at 10:17 pm (11 months ago)

    Oh fab prize. Thanks for the chance.

  104. Chris Fletcher
    August 6, 2017 at 10:33 pm (11 months ago)

    These products look so useful for a camping trip!

  105. paula cheadle
    August 7, 2017 at 12:06 am (11 months ago)

    we are going camping in a few weeks time

  106. amanda greensmith
    August 7, 2017 at 12:08 am (11 months ago)

    we love camping

  107. matt allison
    August 7, 2017 at 1:43 am (11 months ago)

    Good checklist!

  108. Natalie Gillham
    August 7, 2017 at 4:45 am (11 months ago)

    These would be so useful for my festival and fishing trips. Thanks for the chance to win x

  109. Kim Lam
    August 7, 2017 at 6:44 am (11 months ago)

    What a really useful prize. Thank you

  110. Hannah Read
    August 7, 2017 at 6:46 am (11 months ago)

    The children love camping, I used to love it so much as a child too, and I’m glad I can pass on my camping fun, but maybe a little more organised than my dad was

  111. Tracy Gladman
    August 7, 2017 at 7:19 am (11 months ago)

    A very useful prize here. Thank you.

  112. Lindsey Martin
    August 7, 2017 at 7:37 am (11 months ago)

    What a handy checklist. A couple of things I hadn’t thought of in here too. Thanks

  113. jazbaz1986
    August 7, 2017 at 7:40 am (11 months ago)

    We are planning a family camping trip this summer and I found this blog post so useful. Thank you for sharing.

  114. petalrose91
    August 7, 2017 at 8:04 am (11 months ago)

    This checklist for camping is so useful and will be using this next time.

  115. Hayley Todd
    August 7, 2017 at 9:07 am (11 months ago)

    This would be amazing to win! We would love to take our girls camping! It’s something I did with my parents when I was little so would love to introduce a love of camping to our girls.

  116. Joanne Heath
    August 7, 2017 at 9:30 am (11 months ago)

    What a fantastic prize I am known for being occasionally scatty so this would mean I wouldn’t forget things and we can have a stress free getaway. Count me in xxx

  117. Andrea A
    August 7, 2017 at 9:51 am (11 months ago)

    Really useful checklist. Thanks for taking the time to host a giveaway.

  118. Jacqueline Roberts
    August 7, 2017 at 9:59 am (11 months ago)

    For the novice nervous camper this is perfect checklist, thanks for the help

  119. carol Boffey
    August 7, 2017 at 11:20 am (11 months ago)

    great prize thank you

  120. Terrie-Ann Wright
    August 7, 2017 at 11:22 am (11 months ago)

    We have had a tent for the last 3 years and still haven’t used it, we really must get motivated to trying it out.

  121. hayleyj
    August 7, 2017 at 11:27 am (11 months ago)

    fantastic giveaway

  122. Su Brett
    August 7, 2017 at 11:33 am (11 months ago)

    Great checklist and giveaway

  123. Paul Ballantine
    August 7, 2017 at 12:48 pm (11 months ago)

    Ive just bought some camping stuff and this list is a great help for my first trip this month. Great giveaway liking n sharing thanks for the chance to #WIN

  124. Maria Jane Knight
    August 7, 2017 at 1:40 pm (11 months ago)

    I would be extremely grateful for this prize and am so for your check list! As a total camping novice and having the bright idea of throwing our family in the deep end with a weeks camping holiday booked for the beginning of September, i was started to think i had lost my mind!!

  125. Stacey Gahan
    August 7, 2017 at 2:25 pm (11 months ago)

    Great checklist!

  126. melaspurt
    August 7, 2017 at 2:39 pm (11 months ago)

    Helpful checklist! Thank you!

  127. Antonia Richardson
    August 7, 2017 at 3:07 pm (11 months ago)

    love this list lots i didnt think of

    August 7, 2017 at 3:20 pm (11 months ago)

    Such a fabulous giveaway

  129. Carly Belsey
    August 7, 2017 at 3:28 pm (11 months ago)

    Fab giveaway and great checklist. Thank you

  130. Kirsty Woods
    August 7, 2017 at 5:18 pm (11 months ago)

    Fantastic, fingers crossed

  131. Sarah Wilson
    August 7, 2017 at 6:11 pm (11 months ago)

    Some things I wouldn’t have thought of on that list, thank you!

  132. Sam Parkes
    August 7, 2017 at 6:22 pm (11 months ago)

    Love the checklist and great giveaway

  133. joy buckenham
    August 7, 2017 at 7:54 pm (11 months ago)

    would be lovely

  134. laura stewart
    August 7, 2017 at 7:57 pm (11 months ago)

    fingers crossed x

  135. Jo Hutchings
    August 7, 2017 at 8:07 pm (11 months ago)

    We’ve never been camping together as a family before so thank you for the tips.

  136. Sylvia Paul
    August 7, 2017 at 8:23 pm (11 months ago)

    Wow what an incredible prize xx

  137. Jess Berkeley
    August 7, 2017 at 8:28 pm (11 months ago)

    I didn’t think of many of the must haves on that list!! So it would amazing to win so I wouldn’t forget it πŸ™‚

  138. Sian Hallewell
    August 7, 2017 at 8:38 pm (11 months ago)

    Handy giveaway, fingers crossed

  139. Alison Clifford
    August 7, 2017 at 10:02 pm (11 months ago)

    We’ve just come back from a week away camping and only forgot the washing up liquid so we did really well! A checklist for each time you go is a great idea though

  140. Ben Robb
    August 7, 2017 at 10:10 pm (11 months ago)

    this would come in handy Super useful giveaway!

  141. Katie
    August 7, 2017 at 10:30 pm (11 months ago)

    THanks for the chance

  142. Laura Mugomezi
    August 7, 2017 at 10:57 pm (11 months ago)

    Super!! Thank you so much writing this list. Will come in handy

  143. Hannah Wood
    August 7, 2017 at 11:19 pm (11 months ago)

    Such a good giveaway

  144. Tina D
    August 7, 2017 at 11:38 pm (11 months ago)

    Great Prize =D


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