There is nothing worse than getting stuck in a campground in the middle of nowhere without your toothbrush or your tent pegs but it happens to even the most experienced camper.
With so much to think about a checklist is the only way to ensure you bring all of your camping equipment. Consider the following items before you leave on your next camping holiday.
* 12V Compressor for vehicle tyres
* Buckets, dishwashing liquid etc for dishes
* Bedding including pillows, sheets, sleeping bags
* Basic toiletries including soap, shampoo/conditioner, sponge, razor and blades
* Camp ovens or stoves are ideal for cooking meals when camping
* Camping table
* Clothing suitable for all weather conditions
* Cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery
* Electric or battery run portable heaters (gas heaters are not recommended for camping)
* Extra mantles for gas lamp
* First aid kit
* Food and drink
* Gas bottles (a 9L and a 2L is ideal)
* Gas or candle lanterns
* Pack of cards, sports equipment, boardgames
* Plastic bags to store rubbish
* Plastic container with tap for water
* Rubber mats
* Snake bite kit
* Spare batteries, toilet paper, matches sunscreen and insect repellent (you may need the extra strength variety depending on the destination)
* Tarpaulins, waterproofing agents and perhaps a groundsheet
* Toilet / shower tent, solar shower
* Tools including. shovel, spanner, mallet
* Tripod (for cooking stove)
* Plug (generic size)
If your trip is going to be many months long there a several additional considerations you should make. For males, you should consider electric hair clippers this allows you to give yourself a haircut during the months away. For females you should consider getting a simple haircut from the hairdresser, one that doesn't require regular maintenance or styling - this takes a lot of hassle out of the everyday camping experience. Also take a look at the camping tips section.
Before erecting your camping equipment you should consider the site's proximity to the other campers. There is a camping etiquette to be followed in camp grounds to ensure all the visitors get along and enjoy their holiday together.
** Please note this is just a guide and in no way an exhaustive list