This is a collaborative post, thanks to Lucy McVernon
Packing for a camping trip is a lot different than packing for a flight or a cruise. You’re going to be fending for yourself out there, mainly, and you’re going to need quite a few essentials in the back. You won’t be staying in a hotel, and you might be a good distance away from the nearest supermarket, so it’s important to stock up properly before you go!
So, with that in mind, here’s a few clues on just how much luggage you should take on a camping trip. You don’t want to pack too much, when you’ve got nowhere to put your luggage, but you don’t want to forget anything important either. And if you need a camping packing checklist, consider this your first stop of inspiration.
Think of the Kitchen and the Bedroom
The first things to pack, and to underscore just how much luggage you’re going to be needing, are a camping stove and any crockery and utensils to use on it, and then your sleeping bags and air mattresses. You’ll also be needing blankets, in both heat reflective and heat trapping varieties.
If you can cook your own food quite reliably, and bed down at night in warm and cosy conditions, you’ll be able to weather the wait for the rest of your necessities. Don’t worry, you can get both lightweight and small sizes when it comes to stoves and sleeping bags, and the pans and cutlery you’ll be needing can come in travel sizes. And the air mattress can be folded up and neatly tucked away in the back of the car.
Pack a Large Suitcase
If you have a suitcase to put all of your luggage in, including walking boots and clothes for the weather, then you won’t be cramming your things into backpacks and running out of space. Of course, bring a backpack as well, for day trips and hikes, but use a suitcase to carry the bulk of your items.
Keep the Car Roomy
And finally, you’re going to want to lighten the load in the trunk of your car. After all, if the vehicle you’re using to travel is heavy ended, the journey is going to be a lot slower, both there and back again! It also won’t help the comfortable conditions in the back of the car, when you’re kids and other assorted loved ones are going to be sitting.
Which is why it might be a good idea for you to invest in some cargo carriers roof boxes; if you can stow most of your luggage on top of the car, the weight is going to be much more evenly distributed. And you’re going to have a lot more room to pack souvenirs and left over food when it’s time to come home again!
Packing for a camping trip can seem like such a bulky and monumental task, but if you take it room by room, it’ll prove a lot easier!