Going Camping? 7 Things You Need To Know

Going Camping? 7 Things You Need To Know

The Summer holidays have arrived! The sun is (mostly) shining and there are approximately 40 days of summer fun to be had before school holidays end. A camping trip can be a fantastic summer adventure – but there are 7 things you need to know before you go!

1. Check the Weather Forecast

We had the hottest day on record at the start of last week, followed by some rain a few days later.  Whether you camp in the UK, or Europe, anything could happen.  The forecast is not 100% accurate, but it should guide your preparation.

If the weather is going to be super hot, you will need to think about shade options like a gazebo or sun umbrella.  Bring the usual essentials of sun creams and water bottles too.

Rain on the cards?  Pack waterproofs and extra layers in case things take a turn.

2. Practice First

If you are seasoned-pro you can skip this step.  If you have never put up a tent before, we recommend having a practice run!

In the garden, or even in your lounge, get all the tent pieces out.  Check you have all the poles and nothing is broken. Then have a go at putting it up.  Feed all poles carefully through the slots, and take care not to snag the material or snap a pole.  Make notes of the order if needed, and make sure you are comfortable with the process.

3. Packing essentials

There are endless camping things you could buy. But what are the essentials? This list is a good starting point for campaign equipment (to buy or borrow):

  • Bedding (mat, sleeping bag, pillow)
  • Torch and chargers (with spare batteries)
  • Mallet and Spare Pegs
  • Camping chairs
  • Stove / BBQ (plus any fuel)
  • Lighter or matches
  • Cool box
  • Saucepans, plates, bowls, cutlery, mugs
  • Knife and can/bottle opener
  • Rubbish bags
4. Clothing and personal items

Pack lightweight and quick drying materials like Nylon (compared to cotton and denim which take ages to dry). Have a spare set of clothes for night vs. day so you always have something dry to sleep in.

Layers are also best so you can adapt as the temperature changes throughout the day.

Think carefully about footwear too.  Have something suitable for rough terrain or if you are going to do a lot of walking.

The usual toiletries will be needed too, plus it is a great idea to pack a first aid kit.

5. Take Toilet Paper!

There is no guarantee there will be toilet paper at your campsite, so always come prepared with your own. Put several sheets in pockets and bags so you always have something to hand too.

6. Pack the Car Right

Getting all your items into the car may be a giant game of Jenga – but add some logic. The tent should be the last thing you pack, so it is the first thing you grab when  you arrive.

Have snacks / entertainments to hand to keep any kids amused while you get the tent set up.

7. Check Campsite Rules!

Most campsites will have a set of rules to adhere to. This might be around where vehicles can park, noise levels after dark or fires and BBQs. Check what you can or can’t do in advance so you can be prepared.  You must be respectful to your fellow campers.

Oh – and it is also a good idea to take ear plugs in case you have noisy neighbours – either humans or the wildlife!


Need somewhere to store your camping equipment when you get home? Use a self-storage unit to keep it safe – and importantly – out of the way! Shurgard have a range of cost-efficient storage units available.





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