Camping is synonymous with most as a ‘budget holiday’, and it certainly makes a great alternative trip if you’re after a change. After giving it a go this year on our own (read: with our own transport and kit etc) I wanted to see how ‘budget’ it really could be.
So, below is a little packing list we used for a two-people trip. The items in bold had to be bought and I’ll explain further! If you’re planning a similar trip soon I hope the below comes in handy…
Campings Chairs x 2 – We already had these as we use them for garden furniture (lol). But you can get 2 for £8 in Tesco which is a pretty great bargain. Our camping neighbours had these incredible, inflatable armchairs and if I see them in the ALDI Specialbuys section then I will be all over them.
Tent & ground sheet – We bought a ‘4 person’ (they’re never for 4 people are they’ tent from Decathlon. It was a great tent and the size was impressive for the cost. It was super easy to put up and then pack down again! It didn’t come with a groundsheet so we used one bought from Poundland which was absolutely fine and worked a treat.
Mattress + Pump – We already owned this and it is an essential for a good night sleep. I don’t usually do that for Glastonbury but lordy it makes such a difference
Sleeping Bag x 2 – We already owned these but my tip would be to buy the cheap, wide sleeping bags and not the slim ‘mummy’ sleeping bags. That is if you like to starfish and move around.
Bed sheet – Essential if you have a plastic mattress or you’ll be sliding around like you’re on a water slide.
Pillow x 2 – We just used our own as nothing beats a normal pillow. If you’re packing light then you can also get inflatable pillows.
Camping stove – The cheapest Decathlon would sell and worked a treat! Would recommend if you’re a camping beginner as it’s pretty easy to use and large enough to hold a pan.
Gas canister – Only £2 for one at Decathlon and lasted us a weekend break. Which for us was two meals and three kettle heat-ups and we still had some left.
Cooking Set – The stackable sets from Decathlon we’re an absolute treat. Very handy not only to pack but also to keep together in the tent as they all handily slot together.
Cool Bag – An absolute essential if you plan on cooking for yourself. We brought bacon, milk, eggs and butter. We have ice blocks already but we also used a giant ice block we were given from a free Hello Fresh box. Seriously, if you get those – keep hold of them!
Thermos – essential for tea drinkers. We would heat up water and store most of it in the thermos for later-on teas.
Mug x 2 – You can buy camping mugs but we just brought ours from home that we wouldn’t be upset about cracking.
Tumbler x 2 – Pack of 4 bought from Sainsbury’s for summer picnics came in handy for drinks and also scrambled egg prep!
Our Food shopping list was essentially, Bread rolls, Bacon, Butter, Eggs, Milk, Tea bags, Crisps, Wine + Beer. On the first day we also picked up some instant ramen as we thought we might have dinner at the pub and then were too full from lunch at the pub (lol).
If you’re going camping for longer you might want to bring less perishables and more dry food. On our next trip we’ll be bringing food we’ve already cooked and reheating it!!
Lighter – If your campsite has campfires definitely give them a go! They make such a difference.
Washing up Liquid, Washing up bowl, Tea towel. If you’re cooking for more than one meal this is essential as without the right tools the cooking can stick to the pan. Scrambled eggs for example…
And if you’re with me after all of that, below are the three things we’d buy for when we go again:
Table – To keep the cooker still! And in case of bad weather, a great place to play cards.
Kettle – For when you burn scrambled eggs to the bottom of the pan but still want to boil water for a cup of tea…
Tent Light/head torch – Very important for getting to the toilet in the middle of the night..
That is a loooong list in retrospect, and all-together can certainly seem like it isn’t the most budget of holidays. However, a lot of what is in the list above are items that can pretty much be found and already owned by most people. The camping specific items (like the tent and cooker etc) are the really essentials here, but a bargain can be found if you look at ALDI or decathlon.
A post will soon be coming about our camping trip to Norfolk in addition to our upcoming trip to Cornwall, and I will report back on how well this camping list holds up!