If you are due to go camping this summer and love your home comforts, then you may deem most items as essentials you need to pack when camping. Truth is, so long as you have the absolute essentials, you will be fine. The one time Liv and I went camping I packed every item possible and probably only used a 10th of the items. Wasted space and wasted energy spent packing unnecessarily!
Just enjoy the elements with the bare essentials! You really do not need to spend a fortune, there are some fantastic camping offers out there, whether you are a beginner or simply need to pick up some essentials.
Let’s have a look at the essentials you need to pack when camping…
Power Bank – an absolute necessity if you wish to keep electronics charged when camping, especially if you are stuck in the middle of a field! I am heavily reliant on my mobile phone as my camera and would hate to miss those magical moments due to not having any charge. Varta have a fantastic range of heavy duty power banks such as the 12000 mAh Slim Power Bank (£34.99) which provides up to 5 phone charges and 2 tablet charges.
Lighting – lanterns offer a wonderful ambience when sitting outside your tent in the evenings and come in super handy when nipping to the bathrooms in the dark! The Varta Camping Lantern features built in hooks at the top and bottom for hanging, alongside being shockproof and waterproof. With 4 light modes offering an amber glow, this is the perfect camping essential. You will need 3 x D sized batteries with this lantern giving you up to 130 hours of light.
Kettle – according to Jenny from The Brick Castle, a kettle is an absolute must as not only can you make a brew and heat water for food, but it can also be used as a container to carry water. Multi use items are certainly the way forward when camping!
Baby Wipes/ Toilet Roll/First Aid Kit – spare toilet roll goes without saying, though baby wipes are an absolute must! Perfect for cleaning mucky hands, faces and for a quick clean up when required, baby wipes can be picked up in most retail stores for £1. A first aid kit is a necessity, especially when you need to put up a tent and you are out in the wilderness. Ensure you have antiseptic cream, plasters and bandages – shops such as Home Bargains are great for stocking up on such items at a reasonable price.
Source of Fire – whether you use waterproof matches or a full on Zippo lighter this is possibly the most handy of all camping essentials, especially if you are heading wild camping. Light your camp fire, your BBQ or for lighting candles to help get rid of those pesky midgets that are an unfortunate part of camping.