10 Essential Items You Need for Camping
There’s a lot of camping gear out there. Depending on your level of camping experience, what campsite you’ll be using, and who you’re going with, determines much of what you might need.
Below you’ll find a list of what we consider the essentials, or the base, for starting the packing for a camping holiday.
For example, someone might say a sleeping pad is an essential, or another person might say a tarp or rope is necessary. Once you start going on camping holidays, you’ll develop your own list of “essentials” or must-haves, but we thought we’d get you started with our list.
After a long day of hiking, checking out your surroundings (ahem, Byron Bay), you’ll want a good, waterproof, comfortable (read: not too small for you and anyone else you’re sleeping with) place to sleep. This means a good tent is the top essential item you need for camping. (Unless, of course, you have a RV, then you’re set there!).
Take a look at a couple of posts we have on tents and make sure you have the best one for your situation and budget to make your next (or first) camping holiday a good memory.
- Camping Gear for Beginners: Tips on Tents, Sleeping Bags and Pads that Won’t Break the Bank
- 10 Cool Tents to Inspire Your Next Camping Trip
2. Sleeping bag
Next on the top 10 list of essential items is obviously what you actually sleep in—pretty important for getting a good night’s rest, right? You want comfort, something that will keep you warm but not overheat and not too heavy or bulky. If you’re a veteran camper, you probably have your favourite sleeping bag that has been on loads of camping holidays, but if you’re a newbie, we did some research for you. Here is a post to get you started (also see above for Camping Gear for Beginners).
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Depending on the time of year you are camping and when you return to camp in the evening, light at your campsite becomes an important part of your camping experience.
There are loads of reasons you need a lantern around your camp, so make sure you pick up the right ones for your camping set up. Say you want to read a book or play a game with your mates, then having a good light is key. If you’re having a snack or eating dinner a little later, then you will also need a good light. Do you have a family and might need more than one in case the kids are doing something different than parents? Or several couples on a group trip? Whatever is your situation, we’ve got ideas for the lanterns you could use.
4. Camping chair
When you’re at your campsite, it’s nice to have a place to sit other than in your tent or on the ground. Having a few camping chairs makes it easy to hang out at night at your campsite or gather together with the rest of your group while you drink your morning coffee and plan your day.
We made a few suggestions and put together a post on chairs.
Don’t get burned. It’s no fun. In case you aren’t from Australia, the sun here is pretty darn harsh. And even if you are, you might need to keep in mind that you’ll probably be spending far more time outside than you normally do. So lather up and protect that precious skin.
6. First aid supplies
You never know when someone might cut themselves on a branch or trip over a rock and scrape up a knee. And let’s not think remind ourselves that there are bugs in nature so probably need to be prepared for some bites. Plus, you can use your kit to bring along things like aspirin and ibuprofen.
Do yourself a favour and read through our tips and then pack up your first aid kit before you head out for another camping holiday.
7. Repair kit (include pocket knife)
A pocket knife or a Swiss Army knife is an excellent addition to your camping supplies. Included in these tools is a foldout blade, a screwdriver, can opener and a pair of foldout scissors. There are tons of uses for each of these parts including food prep, cutting kindling or a bandage and opening up something (like the back of a lantern to put in batteries).
Whether you use your phone, compass or a high-tech navigation/topography system, you will most likely need help finding your way to various places or following hikes during your holiday. A trail map and/or your compass can keep you on the path so you don’t get lost during a hike, while your phone might be more useful for navigating you to a location in town.
9. Extra clothes
Obviously you’ll think to bring clothes for everyday you’re away, but what we’re saying with this one is pack extra layers for various times of day. You might need a sweater in a restaurant if it’s the middle of summer and the A/C is cranked. You might need a jacket for an early morning hike. What about if your clothes get wet, and you’re going to head straight to lunch after an activity? Lots of reason to take a decent bag with you each day you’re out and about on your Byron Bay holiday.
10. Rain gear
While Byron Bay has more than its fair share of beautiful, picture-perfect days (it’s no wonder people love coming here), but it does rain. So keep track of the weather in the morning before you head out, and if there’s a chance of it, especially if you’ll be out hiking, then make sure to pack rain gear. No one likes to get soaked and spend the rest of the day in wet clothes, or be forced to head back to camp and change.
If you’re after ideas for rainy day activities, our post below can help you out:
Bring your gear and head to Broken Head Holiday Park to set up camp
Bring all your gear (and whatever else you determine is a must-have) and set up camp at Broken Head Holiday Park. With our excellent on-site facilities, we’ll make it easy to make sure you have an amazing camping holiday and spend more time having a blast and less time worrying about if you packed the right supplies!