What To Take Camping?

When it comes to a camping holiday in Devon, Cornwall or Somerset it is always a great idea to make a checklist of essential items for the great outdoors. We have put together a handy list to ensure you don't forget anything important for your family camping trip. 

Tent - Obviously the most important item for your camping break, but don't forget to check that all of your pegs and poles are there!

Mallet - Perfect for getting the tent pegs hard into the ground.

Peg puller- This handy gadget will help in make the packing up process a lot easier. 


Lantern or Torch - You may need one of these for those dark evenings and night time trips to wash your dishes! 

Groundsheet - Protect the bottom of your tent from the damp grass.

Sleeping Bag - You can get different sleeping bags for different seasons so you're not too hot or too cold. 

Air bed or sleeping mat - Add extra comfort and more insulation for a comfortable night's sleep - don't forget your pump! 

Blankets - Ideal for the colder camping nights in bed or snuggle up by the camp fire when the sun goes down. 

Camping Chairs - Sit back, relax and watch the kids play and the sun go down. 

Folding Table - A folding table can go a long way during a camping trip. Perfect for preparing and eating meals or even just playing a family game! 


Camping Stove/ BBQ - Just what you need to fry up those hearty breakfasts and enjoy leisurely summer BBQ's. 

Pots and Pans - Having all the food and nothing to cook it is never good. 

Water Containers/ Bottles - Keeping a large bottle of water with you is always a good idea for keeping hydrated and for brushing your teeth.

Tableware - Make sure you have plenty of bowls, plates, cutlery and cups for all of the family on your trip. 

Cool Box/ Bag - Essential for keeping your food and drink nice and cool. 

Bottle Opener/ Cork Screw- If you are looking forward to relaxing with a cold beer or glass of wine when the children are in bed don't fall short and forget one of these! 

Kettle - Make sure you are able to boil water for a morning cup of tea or soaking your pans. 

First Aid Kit - Always be prepared for a grazed knee or cut on the finger. 

Sun Cream - If you are lucky enough to get some English sunshine don't forget your sun cream, sleeping in a tent with sun burn can be very uncomfortable. 

Towels and Tea Towels - Ideal for keeping everything and everybody dry! 


Here at John Fowler Holidays we offer camping and touring at two of our holiday parks in North Cornwall and North Devon. At Sandaway Beach you can enjoy a proper Devon camping holiday and at Widemouth Bay Caravan Park and at you can enjoy views of the North Cornwall Coast when you open your tent in the morning. 

Both holiday parks have all the facilities you would expect from a touring park including shower blocks, plate washing facilities, fresh water points, free hot water, car parking and waste disposal points.

Check out our camping and touring holidays here


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