Once people have done the most important part of their camping trip - picked a destination and hired a campervan - I often get asked a couple of other questions. Namely, what equipment is already in the van, and what else should I pack?
With that in mind, I've put together a list of everything that's included in the van, all of the things you should definitely take, and some things that you might want to consider if you've got loads of space.
Every campervan already comes with the following:
A kettle, a cafetiére, tea, coffee, milk and sugar
2 saucepans, a frying pan, utensils and a bottle opener
Salt and Pepper
Plates, bowls, mugs, glasses and cutlery for each person
A folding barbecue
Camping chairs, two tables and a picnic blanket
A windbreak and a mallet
Tea towel, cloths, washing up liquid, bin bags and a dustpan and brush
An electric hook-up lead
A full 10 litre water bottle for the sink
A sun canopy, or optional driveaway awning
A first aid kit, jump leads and a hi-viz, just in case
Esssential camping kit:
Food and drink (it always helps to have something ready made for the first night)
'The Kitchen Box' - Have a ready to go kit of essentials such as oil, herbs, ketchup and cling film
Refillable drinks bottles
Clothes for all of the things the British weather can throw at you - from swim shorts to thermals
A good hat or two
Sunglasses - it's good to be optimistic
Walking boots or spare trainers
A multitool or penknife
A good quality sleeping bag, or a duvet and sheet
Your favourite pillow for a good night's sleep
A towel (Get a microfibre one to save space)
Your wash kit and medicine
Hand sanitiser and biodegradable wet-wipes
A rucksack to put it all in that's also small enough for carrying on a hike
Your phone charger and cables - if it's not on instagram did it really happen?
Paper OS maps of the area you're visiting - don't just rely on your phone!
A lighter and matches for your campfire
Ear plugs and/or an eye mask - you never know when there'll be bears. Or guitars.
Bin bags. They always come in handy
A decent torch and spare batteries
And of course, whenever you leave home... KEYS! WALLET! PHONE!
If you've still got space, here's a list of optional extras:
Some charcoal, seasoned logs and firelighters
Bikes or a canoe
Running or wild-swimming kit
Games like playing cards
Outdoor games like a frisbee or football
Decor for your pitch e.g. fairy lights
Skewers, chocolate digestives ad marshmallows...if you know, you know!
A rain shelter
Decent books or an e-reader
Some sun cream - you never know!
A bag of bits...things like string, gaffa tape, clothes pegs, that might just come in handy.
Of course, if you haven't got the luxury of a campervan, then you'll need need everything from the first list, as well as this little lot...
Crucially, a tent!
A good quality inflatable mattress
A hot water bottle or some hand warmers in the winter
A compact and easy to use cooker such as a Trangia
A big cool box like this one you can charge in your car
Water storage for cooking, drinking, and washing up
I hope this list has given you a bit of inspiration and helped you plan for your next trip. If you want to see some things you definitely DON'T need, have a look here.
Thanks for reading, Nick 😄 🚌
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