Essential Family Camping Checklist

Looking forward to a family camping trip? Think you’ve got everything you might need? Use Ladram Bay’s camping checklist just to be sure…



The Tent:

  • Mallet – for hitting the tent pegs into place
  • Pillows/quilts/blankets – for added comfort and warmth
  • Pump – for blowing up air-beds or inflatable mattresses
  • Torch – for lighting the way to the toilet block at night!
  • Lamps – for some light in the tent
  • Fold-up chairs – for evenings outside or when you need a break from kneeling!


  • Stove/BBQ  – whatever you’re planning to use to cook make sure you have the necessary gas, lighters etc.
  • Washing-up liquid & sponge – and a bowl, though you can wash up directly in the sink
  • Pans – make sure one has a pouring lip as its much easier to pour water or sauces
  • Can opener/corkscrew – Always useful!
  • Comprehensive cutlery – including a sharp knife
  • Crockery – Bowls, plates, mugs & plastic cups
  • Cool box – storing milk, drinks or food in
  • Any food you may need/want for the journey or upon arrival just in case the shops are shut!


  • Shampoo/conditioner – for yourself and the kids
  • Shower gel – easier to transport than a bar of soap once wet!
  • Toothbrushes & toothpaste
  • Body lotion – great for any sunburn and a small luxury when skin gets parched
  • Toilet roll – though most camps supply it you can never be too sure!
  • Insect repellent- keep mosquitoes and other nasties away
  • Antiseptic wet wipes – for feeling clean after a day on site
  • SPF! You never know when the sun might pop out and burning can happen on long walks as well as the beach!
  • Washing powder/tablets & pegs – check if there is an area onsite, if not bring a bowl!
  • First Aid kit – plasters, painkillers, anti-histamine, etc
  • Towels – take as many as you can, microfiber towels are great for quick drying


  • Underwear, pyjamas & spare layers such as tee shirts
  • Swimwear – wetsuits if boarding & bring hoodies for the beach if things cool off
  • Clothes – jumpers, tops, shorts, trousers etc
  • Plenty of warm, waterproof clothing – even in the summer
  • Trainers or comfortable walking shoes
  • Wellington boots – great to throw on around the campsite when flip flops aren’t an option or for country walks that might be a bit muddy!


  • Buckets and spades
  • In-tent entertainment – think board games and books
  • Check if there are any events on site such as fancy dress etc

Other Necessities:

  • Matches & batteries – just in case!
  • Bottled water
  • Cash
  • Mobile phone charger, car charger is useful too if you don’t have access to electricity!
  • Map of the area or region – any places you might want to visit

Pets – If you’re bringing a dog then don’t forget:

  • Lead
  • Water bowl
  • Pet food
  • Food bowl
  • Spare towels
  • Dog bed
  • Any medicines if needed
  • Vet’s number just in case!
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