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The Ultimate Camping Checklist for Families

The Ultimate Camping Checklist for Families

Are you ready to take your Snugpak gear along on a memorable adventure with your loved ones? Camping with your family is a fantastic way to create lasting memories, bond with one another, and to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. To ensure your family camping trip goes off without a hitch, at Snugpak we’ve put together the ultimate camping checklist that covers everything you need for a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable experience in the great outdoors. 

Shelter and Sleeping Gear

Tents: choose a tent that accommodates your family size and offers weather protection. The Snugpak Bunker IX is our lightest 3-person tent yet - with loads of room, and complete weather and insect protection, it’s the best choice for your family trip!

Sleeping bags: go for sleeping bags that are suitable for the season and temperature range of your camping location. Our Explorer sleeping bags are perfect for kids - even wiggly little ones - and the Softie Expansion 4 is ideal for any adult. 

Sleeping mats: enhance comfort and insulation by sleeping on a good-quality mat. Check out our range of sleeping mats here!

Pillows and blankets: bring along pillows for a good night’s sleep, and extra blankets for warmth. If you have young children, make sure they’re wrapped up warm! Our Jungle Blanket is a great choice, and very useful for when the temperature drops right down.


Layered clothing: pack clothing suitable for various weather conditions, including moisture-wicking base layers, insulating mid-layers, and waterproof outer layers. Our Impact Fleece Shirt is the perfect cosy mid-layer, and our 2nd Skinz Top and Long Johns are ideal for keeping you dry - and the right temperature!

Hiking boots or sturdy shoes: comfortable footwear is essential for exploring trails and ensuring foot safety. 

Rain gear: pack waterproof jackets and trousers to stay dry during unexpected showers. The Snugpak Torrent jacket is built to battle every rainstorm, and the Patrol Poncho is great for keeping in your kit for unexpected downpours.

Hats and gloves: bring sun hats and gloves for protection against sun and cold. The Snugnut Hat is a necessity for extra insulation - it’s made for outdoor walking, activities, working and sleeping in!

Cooking and Food Supplies

Camping stove or grill: choose a portable stove or grill for cooking meals at the campsite. If you’re cooking for the whole family, make sure it’s big enough for a feast!

Cookware: include pots, pans, and utensils for preparing those feasts. 

Cooler: keep perishable items fresh with a well-insulated cooler.

Non-perishable food: bring a variety of easy-to-cook and ready-to-eat meals, along with snacks for everyone!

Reusable water bottles: make sure everyone stays hydrated with reusable water bottles. 

Personal and Hygiene Items

First aid kit: be prepared for minor injuries with a well-stocked first aid kit.

Prescription medications: pack any necessary medications for family members.

Toiletries: include toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, soap, and hand sanitiser. Our Wash Bags can fit a huge amount of toiletries, and come with a hook, wet storage, and a mirror. 

Sunscreen and insect repellent: protect your family from the sun, and those pesky insects!

Towels and washcloths: for personal hygiene and cleaning up. Our Towels are microfibre, extra absorbent, and fast drying - making them an essential item for your travels. Made with SILVADUR™ Intelligent Technologies, they reduce odours and minimise the build up of bacterias, too!

Entertainment and Safety

Camp chairs: you can all relax around the campfire with comfortable folding chairs.

Torches or headlamps: ensure that everyone has a light source for evening activities.

Multi-tool or camping knife: handy tools for various tasks.

Maps and compass: navigate the area safely and explore with confidence.

Emergency contacts and information: make sure to have a list of emergency numbers and campsite information readily available.

Child-Friendly Supplies

Activities and games: keep children entertained with outdoor games, colouring books, and toys. Try scavenger hunts, or bringing bikes and scooters.

Portable cribs and high chairs: for the little ones!

Nature exploration kits: bring binoculars, magnifying glasses, and field guides, so your children can have a closer look at the natural world.

Remember, the key to a successful family camping trip is planning and preparation. Customise this checklist based on your family’s needs and the specific camping destination. By packing the essentials, and focusing on safety, comfort, and fun, you’re setting up camp for a memorable adventure that your family will cherish for years to come. So, grab your Snugpak gear, head out into the wilderness, and create unforgettable moments together!

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