Camping trip packing essentials

In August, I was able to cross off one of the things I wanted to do before turning 26 – I went camping in Cornwall! I wanted to share what items I took with me, as I know I struggled when it came to packing my bags for a week-long camping trip. I thought this list might help or remind others about what they can take camping.

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I hope this list of camping essentials can help when it comes to your next camping trip. Everyone is different, so you might not have what I have on my list on yours, but hopefully, it can remind you of an item you might be missing. 

Before we start with the list, let’s talk about three things to consider before packing. 


Where are you going? Will it be hot? Will it be cold? Will you have access to facilities, or will you be braving nature and go wild camping? All these factors matter when it comes to your camping trip packing. 

For me, I went to Perranporth, a seaside resort town on the North Coast of Cornwall. Specifically, we stayed at the Anchor Barrow Campsite, which is a 20-minute walk from Perranporth town. The Anchor Barrow campsite has high-quality facilities, including toilets, sinks, heated showers and hair dryers. They have a little shop on-site, with a range of food trucks throughout the week. 

They have a range of under-counter fridges and washing and tumble drying facilities, but we didn’t use them. 


When packing, I also considered the duration of time I would be staying, which helped when packing clothes. 

Personal needs 

You also should take into consideration what your personal needs are when packing. Consider what you have to use every day or what is essential. For example, my partner took allergy tablets and an inhaler while I needed my glasses, contact lenses and travel sickness pills. 

Consider what your day-to-day needs are when packing. 


Finally, onto our camping list. Our camping trip packing essentials revolved around two people, and as mentioned, can differ from yours. 

Camping essentials 

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag/cover
  • Pillows + travel pillows for car ride
  • Air mattress with pump 
  • Clothes & underwear – formal, casual, beachwear 
  • Footwear – casual, sandals, boots
  • Water bottle (can be refilled on the campsite)
  • Mini first-aid kit
  • A torch

Standard bag essentials 

  • Purse/wallet 
  • Phone 
  • Keys with bottle opener 
  • Sweets (for car ride) 


  • Toilet Roll
  • Shampoo
  • Shower gel
  • Deodorant
  • Hairbrush
  • Toothpaste 
  • Toothbrush 
  • Bobbles
  • Contact lenses + solution + glasses
  • Face wipes
  • Tampons
  • Hand sanitiser 
  • Sun cream 
  • Towels
  • Tissues


  • Bluetooth speaker 
  • USB type C x2, Micro USB and charging plug
  • Charging packs x 2
  • Card games


  • Duct tape
  • Face masks
  • Sleeping masks (helps with sleep)
  • Earplugs (blocks noise from other campsites when sleeping) 
  • Camping chairs 
  • Black bags – for cleaning the campsite 
  • Reusable cups 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Hat

Personal items

  • Allergy tablets
  • Travel sickness tablets 
  • Inhaler 

Packing details 

All our items fit in one suitcase, two backpacks, a bag for the sleeping bag, the air mattress and two camping chairs. We thought we brought loads, but others on the trip had more!

I rolled the clothes up to pack to make it easier. 

Essential items brought by others 

Of course, a group of us went camping, so other people brought a few more items for use to use. These items included: 

  • A mini gazebo 
  • Flat-pack table 
  • Mini BBQ
  • Dishes – plates/bowls/utensils 
  • Camping stove 
  • Bug spray 
  • Paracetamol 
  • Raincoats 


I think that is everything we took camping. It seems like such a long list now, but I might have missed something out. Once we got to Perranporth, we had a trip to the local supermarket to pick up some food, as we didn’t want to bring any food with us, as the car journey was 6/7 hours. 

I hope this blog post will help the next time you go camping. If you have anything to add to this list, let me know in the comments below. 

You can check out what else I did in August here.

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  1. A good list, but as I’m mostly traveling by motorcycle, whenever I go camping I can’t have that many items with me😅. Barely any, to be honest. Think something like this: look at everything you want to take with you and cut it in half. After this, take another good look and cut it in half again. 😅 Pack what’s left. Happy camping!😂

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    1. We barely fit it all in a car, so you’d have no chance with a motorcycle, as you said. 😂 Next time, I will be packing less!

      It must be very freeing to travel on your motorcycle! Happy travels! Thank you for your comment. 😊


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