Holding Icon The Camping Checklist of Essentials

It's easy to forget something when you're packing for a camping holiday. Use Halfords' helpful camping checklist of essentials to make sure you don't leave anything behind.

Stock up on as much kit as you can before you leave, as it can be expensive to buy camping equipment on-site. Follow the list below and you should be fully geared up for your trip!

The Camping Checklist of Essentials


Tent Tent Airbed & pump Airbed & pump Sleeping bags Sleeping bags
Camping lights Camping lights Warm clothing Towels
Camping stove & gas Folding table & chairs Plastic plates & cups
Coolbox Food and drink Water carrier
Cutlery Pots and pans Kettle
Washing up liquid & sponge Bin Bags Picnic blanket
Toiletries Suncream Inscet repellent
Boots / wellies Poncho / mac Cash
Mobile phone Map Rucksack Rucksack


For more helpful advice on what to take camping, check out our camping equipment buyer's guide. You can also compare tents and compare sleeping bags using our handy comparison charts - and if you're off to a festival, our festival camping buyer's guide is a must-read.

Of course, you can always pop into your local store, where the staff will be more than happy to help you find the right tent or camping gear, wherever you're off to.


Most of the items in our camping checklist can be found on, with the option to reserve online and collect in-store available. Alternatively you can buy online and we'll deliver your camping kit direct to your door. That's helpful, that's Halfords.