Picture the scene: you’ve arrived at your Barkers Leisure campsite, ready for a fantastic week away with the whole family, excited to experience the great outdoors in some of the most beautiful the national parks in world. Perfect.
But as you start to unpack, you realise you’ve forgotten some of the most essential camping gear. We have loads of great facilities at Barkers Leisure, but there a number of essential items that will still come in handy, especially if you’re on one of our touring pitches.
With so much equipment to consider, it’s not unlikely that there will be more than one item missing even if you go on frequent camping holidays, so at Barkers Leisure Holiday Parks, we’ve compiled our own checklist to help the most forgetful campers.
Whether it’s the standard hand-held model or one that can be attached to your head to keep your hands free, a torch is vital for locating something in the tent during the night or navigating your way to the toilet. It may also be wise to pack extra batteries to ensure that you’re not left in the dark!
2. First-Aid Kit
Hopefully, this particular item won’t get much use, but you can never be too careful in the outdoors. Stock it up with plasters, bandages and antiseptic wipes to reduce the chance of any injuries becoming infected. Some form of burn relief can be useful too, especially if you’re planning on a traditional camping trip with an open fire and toasted marshmallows.
3. Insect Repellent
Insect repellent, despite belonging in the first-aid kit, has its own place on our essentials list, especially if you’ve set up your basecamp near water. Insect bites can be irritating and distract from the fun of the holiday, so be prepared by ensuring you pack bug spray.
4. Sleeping Supplies
Despite popular belief, camping doesn’t have to mean compromising on comfort. Although sleeping bags are rarely forgotten, roll up sleeping mats and camping pillows don’t always feature as high up on the priorities list as they should. You’ll thank us later!
5. Toilet Roll
Although our campsites at Barkers Leisure Holiday Parks have nearby toilet blocks, it’s always a good idea to have some spare toilet roll in your tent for spillages, crumbs, and cleaning muddy shoes, for example. Its uses are endless.
6. Waterproof Clothes
As much as we can wish for bright, warm sunshine on our holidays, it doesn’t always work that way and when the rain does make an appearance, it’s important to cover up in a rain coat and some waterproof trousers. The rain doesn’t have to ruin your holiday, and waterproof clothing will ensure that it doesn’t.
7. Sun Cream
For when the sun does decide to come out, and the waterproof clothing can be packed away, it’s important to protect your skin with sun cream to avoid some painful sunburn and the risk of sunstroke. It can be a hassle having to take time out on your holiday to find a shop selling it, so be prepared and pack for any weather.
8. Rubbish Bags
If you’re planning to have some tasty treats during your camping trip, it can be useful to have rubbish bags at the ready. This will help to keep the campsite and your tent clean and tidy, whilst also removing the temptation for ants to move in with you.
9. Matches or Lighter
Campfires are often seen as an essential part of the camping experience, so as long as it is permitted and safe to do so, a source of fire will help massively. A pack of waterproof matches or a lighter are small and lightweight, ideal for camping.
Whether you need a daily dose of coffee to get you up in the morning or prefer to enjoy a hot chocolate with your toasted marshmallows, having a decent flask with you will complete your camping experience.
Make sure you don’t miss out on any of the camping fun and become one of our forgetful campers by ticking off our checklist as you pack.
If a camping holiday appeals to you, Barkers Leisure Holiday Parks are the perfect place to begin your outdoor adventure. For those of you that camping doesn’t appeal to, we also offer a range of other accommodation to suit your needs such as caravan holidays and luxury lodges and cottages.
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