The 10 best essentials for camping

The Lakesbury five person tent from
The Lakesbury five person tent from
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Going camping? You’re going to need a tent and this roomy Lakesbury model, pictured, is big enough for the whole family.

It’s got all the essentials – head height, two bedroom areas sleeping two or three, a sewn-in groundsheet, storage pockets and a large door.

2 Three layer deluxe comfort flock air bed, £84, from

Forget those thin foam mats you used to lie on and get yourself an airbed instead.

3 Petzl Tikkina2 head torch, £19.99, from Millets.

Perfect for late-night reading and middle-of-the-night toilet dashes. Attach it to your head and see the light.

4 Highland trail picnic table and four chairs, £49, from

Made of lightweight aluminium tubing it folds away and is easy to put up.

5 48 LED camping light, £6.97, from Wilkinsons.

Don’t sit in semi-darkness. Kit your tent out with this super-bright LED light. It comes complete with three AA batteries.

6 Eurohike rechargeable pump, £26.99, from Millets.

Take the effort out of inflating and deflating airbeds and other inflatable items – and you don’t even need to be near a power source. Simply charge it at home or from your car battery – 12V and 240V chargers are included, along with multi-purpose valve adaptors. It also comes with a carry bag.

7 Mcnett Tenacious repair kit, £7.99, from Outdoor World.

If you like to be ready for anything this repair kit is your ultimate camping essential. It will repair rips and tears on tent, tarps, rain gear, fishing gear and much more.

8 Camping toaster, £5.50, from

If it’s missing out on life’s little luxuries that puts you off camping in the first place, this toaster should restore your faith.

9 Aztec Swallow 300 double sleeping bag, £49.99, from Outdoor World.

This is a great double-sized sleeping bag with good heat retention due to its shoulder baffle, which really helps keep the heat in.

10 Breeze Blocker windbreaker, £34.99, from

With strong steel upright poles and bright guy lines it’s perfect for families, giving them privacy and shelter from the wind.