Holding Icon The Essential Family Camping Equipment List

Packing for a family camping holiday can be stressful, and it's easy to forget the odd item. Luckily, Halfords has put together this family camping equipment list containing all the essentials.

Going camping as a family is a great way to bond and spend some time together experiencing the great outdoors. Making sure you've got everything is the first step to a happy holiday for all - read the list below to help you get packing.

The Essential Family Camping Equipment List


Use this checklist to make sure you've got all the family camping equipment you'll need for a successful trip, as well as some basic household items that will come in handy:

Tents Tent Sleeping Bags Sleeping bag & pillows Airbeds Airbeds
Pump Folding table & chairs Camping Lights Torches / lanterns
Warm / waterproof clothes Wellies / hiking boots Towels
Toiletries Washing powder & pegs Toilet roll
Dry wash gel First aid kit Insect repellent
Suncream Hats Sunglasses Sunglasses
Toys & games Books / magazines Sat navs Map / sat nav
Camping stove / BBQ & fuel Lighter/ windproof matches Pots & pans
Plastic plates, cups & cutlery Picnic rug Cool box
Washing up liquid & sponge Water carrier Bin bags


Space is at a premium when trying to fit the whole family and everyone's gear into the car. If you don't have the luxury of roof bars and a roof box, make sure you can fit everything securely in the boot. A good tip is to put your tent in last, as it will be the first thing you get out!

Another great tip is to place clothes into compression bags before packing them into your rucksack - you'll be surprised at how much space this can create.

Also, while you're away, try to keep the tent organised, otherwise you'll spend the whole time searching for the torch, pen or other items that have a habit of disappearing!


The majority of the items on the family camping list above can be bought from Halfords. Make sure you browse our online range of tents, camping furniture and camping accessories to see what we've got in stock and any offers that are available.

What's more, you can reserve camping gear online and collect it at your local store, or have it delivered directly to your home, leaving you time to get organised. Family camping is easy with Halfords!