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Our Family Camps with a Camping Checklist Download

It’s only a few days away from our camping adventure now and to say I’m excited would be an understatement. Well, I say excited… it’s now that all the nerves start to kick in too. There’s so much to pack and have we got everything we need? What if we forget something really important? And the big question: will it all fit in the car? I’m terrible at doing things in advance, and after the last few family holidays we’ve had, I want to do as much in advance as possible. I do not, I repeat: I DO NOT, want to be packing last minute, literally shoving things in the car minutes before we’re due to set off, getting myself stressed and worried and leaving the house looking like it’s been ripped apart by a hurricane. This time, we’re going to be organised with a camping checklist.

It’s something I’ve NEVER properly done before – a packing list. And to make it even more official, I’ve also made it into a handy camping checklist download so not only can I keep it for future camping trips, but you can download it and use it too if it’s helpful – have a look at the end of this post.

Melamine Plates from Aldi

I’ve been picking up a few last minute additions too, including these lovely melamine plates I found in Aldi. The only annoying thing is that they didn’t have any of the matching bowls to go with them… and even a call out on social media hasn’t helped me. I want to know who’s been going around all the Aldis buying the bowls! I think I’ve tried four different stores now, with no success (I just ended up buying more plates!). Bowls must be more popular than plates. Or maybe they didn’t stock as many plates? Who knows. Either way, I’m a little gutted to not have a full set.


We’ve also treated ourselves to a proper standing kitchen unit, and a double stove. Yeah, baby. All the gear. We picked the Eurohike kitchen unit to match our storage tableย and a Yellowstone Double Burner stove.* I was going to link to them both but the unit seems to have disappeared off the face of the internet. I’m just waiting for the gas hose and regulator to arrive otherwise that could prove to be a bit of problem.

Fleece Sleepsuit for Camping

The only thing I’ve had trouble buying is a nice fleece-y sleepsuit for Pickle. I bought one last time we went away (as shown in the photo above!), and it was perfect for camping! Just made me relax a little more, knowing he wouldn’t get cold – and it made for really lovely snuggly cuddles. I think it’s just the wrong time of year to be getting winter-y clothes and although some of the A/W ranges are starting to come in to the shops, I haven’t seen any in his size. I’m off to H&M today as I’ve seen online that they have a velour sleepsuit so keep your fingers crossed for me that they’ll have them in our local one. It’s been on my mind so much that I even dreamed about shopping for fleece sleepsuits last night (I found some on the highest, out of reach rail in a shop and had to climb up on some precarious step ladders to reach them – read into that metaphor if you will).

The only other thing I’m keen to buy before we go are some floor mats. We haven’t got a tent carpet because I wanted to wait to buy a proper one until we know exactly what tent we’ll be investing in so some jigsaw type floor mats will be perfect for us in the time being as they can be configured in whichever way best fits in the future. It’s another thing I’ve seen in Aldi (anyone else always get sucked in by the Aldi Specials?).

So here we have it… next time I write a Camping Post, it’ll be all about how we got on. Keep your fingers crossed for dry weather (it’s not looking hopeful at the moment). As long as I get to have my morning cup of tea sat out in front of the tent, I’ll be happy.

Download the Camping Checklist

If you’d like to download my two page camping checklist (complete with a notes section on each page for any additional bits you want to add yourself or any reminders of things you need to buy), fill in the form below. By entering your email address, I’ll add you to my email subscription list so you’ll be the first to know about any new blog posts. Happy camping!

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  • Reply Leta

    Fantastic list, really handy, thanks. Looks like you have everything sorted, love those Aldi plates. Fingers crossed the weather gets better for you and you have a fantastic time!

    August 2, 2017 at 12:06 pm
  • Reply Talya

    Such a useful checklist this is going to be so useful for everyone going camping this summer!

    August 2, 2017 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Helen

    A very helpful checklist – I’ve seen so many people go camping recently it’s really made me want to go too! But with a 7 week old baby I think it will be better to wait until she’s a bit older ๐Ÿ™‚

    August 2, 2017 at 8:16 pm
    • Reply Little Pickle's Mom

      You say that… my midwife told me it’s much easier to take a baby than a toddler – they stay still where you put them!

      August 2, 2017 at 10:18 pm
  • Reply tots2travel

    We went glamping before we went camping with kids, just eased ourselves in a bit. Gently does it.
    Helpful list ๐Ÿ™‚

    August 2, 2017 at 8:41 pm
  • Reply Stephanie

    Oh those fleeces are great for camping in aren’t they, hope you find some.

    August 2, 2017 at 10:46 pm
  • Reply Newcastle Family Life

    You sound so organised, I hope you have a great time. Can’t wait to read about your camping holiday when you get back as I have never been camping before x

    August 3, 2017 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Cathy Glynn

    This sounds super organised, we have never been camping so wouldn’t have a clue where to start, the list would come in really handy x

    August 3, 2017 at 6:37 pm
  • Reply Ana De- Jesus

    You are so organized! I hope you have a good time camping and I am definitely saving that checklist for further use x

    August 3, 2017 at 11:04 pm
  • Reply Kara

    Great checklist – we forgot the mallet one year #oops (thankfully the neighbour lent us theirs)

    August 4, 2017 at 8:19 am
  • Reply Taslyn Russell

    This looks like so much fun and your bubba is adorable!


    August 4, 2017 at 9:13 am
  • Reply Taslyn Russell

    This looks like so much fun and your bubba is adorable!


    August 4, 2017 at 9:13 am
  • Reply Lucy Mackcracken

    What a great idea, I’m always worrying I’m going to forget things when we come away so this would definitely come in useful for camping adventures #adventurecalling

    August 5, 2017 at 10:06 pm
  • Reply Laura Nelson

    That checklist looks so useful! And great that you can download it and check off the things as you pack.

    August 6, 2017 at 7:34 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    Lists are the way forward. Since having Rowan I need lists for everything ๐Ÿ™‚

    Looking forward to reading about your trip!

    August 8, 2017 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply London Mumma

    My sister is off camping next week and she will certainly be needing this checklist.

    August 9, 2017 at 11:40 pm
  • Reply Lauren The Helpful Hiker

    I love the Aldi plates, I too get sucked in by the specialbuys, that middle isle gets me every time! I love your checklist, I really should get more organised, I never learn. Hope your camping trip is great fun and I look forward to reading all about it. Thanks for sharing with us #AdventrueCalling

    August 12, 2017 at 10:22 am
  • Reply David - Potty Adventures

    Great advice and post. A double burner stove made all the difference for our family camps and the kitchen unit is great to store the big gas bottle and sauces that our kids tend to want to squeeze at will haha. I have a few different lists: one for family camps, one for adult car camps and a final one for wild camps. I always end up mixing gear though when I put it all away which still ends up with a mad panic when packing. Thanks for joining us on #adventurecalling I hope you can again this week.

    August 14, 2017 at 7:14 pm
  • Reply Emma

    Love a good camping list. I am list mad. My mind goes wild whenever we arrange to go camping so have to get things down on paper and there really is a lot to remember. X

    August 15, 2017 at 7:12 am
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