My parents used to take my brother and me camping quite a lot when we were younger but I haven’t been under canvas in a very long time.
My list assumes you’ve got the basics like a tent, cooking equipment, a rucksack and a sleeping bag.
- Head torch. Hands-free to allow you to work in the dark and essential for those midnight trips to the loo!
- A small crochet or knitting project. I know it didn’t really need to be said since I think most people reading this would have packed that first, right?
- Plastic bags (various sizes). Large ones for shoes and clothes, medium sized ones for sandwiches and tiny ones for toiletries, these always come in handy.
- A repair kit. My lives in a mint tin and is permanently packed and ready to go. I have velcro, webbing, a lighter, a small crochet hook (not just for crochet!), plaited thread, a blunt and sharp needle, some safety pins and some spare buttons.
- A mircrofibre towel/cloth. Essential for drying damp hair but so useful for rolling damp laundry in to squeeze excess moisture out, speeding up the drying process.
- A small battery-powered radio. I have one with FM, AM and LW so I can keep in contact with the world at large and the cricket in particular!
- A large square/rectangle of cotton fabric. It can be a sarong, a dress, head covering, shawl, a windbreak, sunshade, shelter, picnic blanket …
- Loo roll. ’nuff said.
- Maps. Whether the good old paper kind or new fangled GPS it’s kind of nice to know where you are or where you’re going!
- A little luxury. It could be your favourite moisturiser, a cuddly toy or a games console, but I always take something less-than utilitarian!