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Road trip Camping Guide

Steve Q

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Steve reviews the camping essentials required when planning a camping road trip. 

During the summer months countless of holiday makers choose to go camping for their getaways both in the UK and abroad and as with any holiday it is vital that the correct planning is made as this can often make or break the holiday. 


  •  Tent 
  •  Tent pegs
  •  Tent peg hammer
  •  Portable gas powered stove (or BBQ)
  •  Cutlery including a sharp knife
  •  Pots/pans
  • Cooking utensils 
  •  Mugs/cups
  •  corkscrew/bottle opener - you wont be popular if you cant open the beers or wine!
  •  Can opener
  •  Washing up liquid and scrubber 
  •  Sleeping bag
  •  Roll mat
  • Pilow
  • Toiletries - soap, tooth paste/brush, toilet paper, hand sanitiser, 
  •   Touches & lanterns
  •  Camera 
  •  Portable phone chargers
  •  Spare batteries for torches, portable phone chargers etc 
  •  Camping chairs & table
  •  Bin bags to take your rubbish away
  • Food storage such as cool boxes etc
  • Fresh water if not available from taps at the campsite  
  •  Maps/navigation equipment 
  •  Sun cream/insect repllent 
  •  First aid kit
  •  Prescription medication plus pain killers etc
  •  Wipes - both baby wipe & antiseptic wipes  

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Other items to consider

Besides the basics, there are other types of equipment catered for the type of activities you wish to do whilst on holiday. 

  •  Binoculars if you're into bird watching
  •  Telescope if you wish to gaze at the stars
  •  Walking sticks if you intend to go for long treks
  •  Large camping backpacks/bags if you are not returning to your vehicle for a couple of nights or more.
  •  Fishing gear.
  • Cloths line if the camp sight you've selected does not have drying/washing facilities for clothing  
  •  Bicycles 
  •  Canoes/Kayaks 
  •  Books/Magazines 
  • charcoal
  • board games
  • Notebook, pen/pencil 
  •  Doggy items - waterbowl, lead, poop bags, towel, bed etc 
  •  Music player 
  •  Lip balm 
  •  Mirror 

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  •  Multi tool
  •  Tent repair items such as Duct tape, cable ties, extra cord and tent pole repair sleaves
  •  Saw if you are intending to chop fire wood.  
  •  Matches/lighter fluid for camp fires 

Clothing & Footwear

  • Waterproofs
  •  Walking boots
  •  shorts/trousers
  • Towels 
  •  Swim wear (if apploicable) 
  •  Warm clothing - fleeces, jumpers etc 
  •  Thermals if its particularly cold along with gloves and hat
  •  Socks and underwear 
  •  sun hat if hot 
  •  Sun glasses 

Personal Items

  •  Credit/debit card 
  •  ID - drivers licence etc
  •  Campsite reservation documentation 
  •  Mobile phone and charger 

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Packing the car 

Once you have all the right equipment, next you ned to think about how to fit it all in your car. For those who are taking a trailer or roofbox then you have it easy for those that aren't then packing the car is vital.

  1. The first thing you should do is clean the interior of your car and remove any unnecessary items.
  2. Next load the biggest/heaviest items at the bottom. 
  3.  Then place liquids, fuels upright and protected with towels etc
  4.  Cushion breakables such as bows/plates with towels etc 
  5.  Food not in a cool box should be kept out of sunlight. 
  6.  Keep snacks in the passenger foot well along with maps and other navigation equipment. 
  7.  Make sure the first aid kit is easily accessible  
  8.  You may need to add air into your tyres as per your manufactures recommended maximum load weight. 

Before setting off

Don't forget to check your oil, water and fuel levels before you set off along with your headlights, foglights and brake lights etc. If applicable have you fitted a GB sticker on the back of your car and headlight converters if you're driving abroad. 

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On the road 

It goes without saying, but with a fully loaded car with people and camping gear you should take extra care when driving as your rear visibility will probably be obstructed, and it may take longer for you to slow your vehicle down due to the extra weight. Try and keep the kids entertained with portable music players, DVD players or games consoles. Also don't forget to take breaks/driver change overs every two hours. 

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At the campsite

when you arrive you'll need to sign in with the campsite and be given a map of the site. Remember to be careful when opening the boot incase any items have moved or become dislodged on the journey. The last thing you want is someone getting injured from a falling item! Once you've unloaded your car and set up your tent etc don't forget to hide your valuables from view and ideally leave them in your locked car. Then you can go and explore and find out where the amenities are what activities are available. 

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Lastly - Have Fun! 


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