Camping Essentials Checklist for Family Camping in Ireland
Part of the joy of camping is needing very little to exist outdoors and enjoying a simpler way of living. However, it is nice to have a comfortable, convenient campsite with a good camper’s kitchen. If it is your first time camping, it might be best to borrow some equipment to start off and as you become a more experienced camper, you may find that certain items suit your family and personal preferences more.
Camping is meant to be simple so there is no need to overthink it and if you do forget anything most campers kitchen are well equipped and most fellow campers are happy to help out.
I strongly feel invest well in your tent and bedding and you can invest later in cooking and dining items once you know what you want. Check out campsites with very good campers kitchens and utilise this for the first year. You can expand on your camping equipment more wisely from here.
Preparation is key and forgetting the simplest of items could spell disaster on the campsite so while you’re packing, use this handy camping checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything important and or create a more comfortable experience for you.
Add or remove items to suit your individual needs. I give my 13 year old the task of ticking everything off as she is extremely thorough and loves taking charge of this. Everything is lined up outside and nothing enters a car without her say so.
I have not included personal items and clothes as I feel that is very much a personal decision but do bring plenty of socks, hoodies and tracksuit bottoms. You will be changing their socks all day if they are anything like mine and with this Irish weather they can move from shorts to long pance a least once in the day.
I always throw in plenty of fluffy socks which come in handy late in the evening or at night. Socks will get wet no matter what you do so have extras. Another essential item of ours are sliders or flip flops for the toilets so you are not putting on shoes late at night to run to the bathroom and in the showers.
As always raincoats are a must and wellies are also handy even to throw on and off easily. Three out of the five of us are cold creatures so we wear fluffy pjs but my husband and daughter just wear normal pjs. Throw in both just in case as they are handy to throw them on at the last minute. There is nothing worse than lack of sleep due to the cold. Don’t forget the beach toys and picnic blanket for the beach.
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