What To Take

Make A list

Everyone has different camping needs, so a good thing to do is to sit down and make a list of what you need. Do this when you have some spare time on your hands, and are relaxed, se it as a bit of fun, and that way you will be less likely to miss out on items.

Don't just think of the essentials, think of items that will make your camping trip more fun such as fishing gear, books, binoculars and whatever else tickles your fancy. The odd luxury is always a good thing, as long as you don't go overboard. And, always be mindful of the space required for transportation.

Look After And Refine Your List

There are plenty of times when I have had to re-write a list because I've misplaced the original, and although a bit of fun, it is a bit of a waste of time. When you have your list the best place for it is probably a computer, that way you've always got it at hand, and it is easily adapted and reprinted. I've met people who laminate their lists, which is fine, but not much good if you want to alter it - unless you have your own laminator, or your boss doesn't mind you using work hours for your camping related chores.

Keep A 'Ready To Go Camping' Box

If you have space in your garage a 'ready to go box' is a good idea, particularly when it comes to essentials. This can consist of all your camping gear stored in one easily accessible place, saving you time hunting around for bits and pieces. Keeping food, even dried or tinned food is not advisable though, as it will go out of date, and will need replacing, it's better to keep a 'camping food list' so that you can pull it out of the box, and stop at a supermarket on your way to your destination.

BBC Camping Recipes - One-pan English breakfast