What Do I Need For A Camping Holiday Plus WIN a Camping Lantern

July 12, 2018

My best times growing up were spent camping. We had a trailer tent when we were really little and then a caravan. I remember being the envy of my school mates when I’d get picked up early on a Friday afternoon to head off somewhere exciting for the weekend. So many happy memories of simple living; being in charge of outdoor washing up duties, the smell of bacon across the campsite, swingball and endless BBQs.

When our girls were little we visited a few different Haven sites and had some amazing holidays across the country. Now we are really lucky to have a base at Kelling Heath and try to get their as often as possible.

In spite of not being in a tent (‘proper camping’ as I would call it) and actually having a lot of the creature comforts of home, we spend most of our time outside. Today I am sorting out my packing for our summer holidays down there and thought I’d share my list of things to take for a great, stress free camping trip, whether you are in a tent or a static van.

Plus I have a great giveaway to win a Coleman LED Lantern.

Eating and drinkingParty Grill 400CV - What Do I Need For A Camping Holiday

Disposable BBQs are a cheap and easy way to cook on a campsite. Everyone loves a BBQ and they are great for a fry up in the morning too. But what if I told you there is a fab portable alternative?

The Party Grill 400 offers campers the choice of 5 different cooking surfaces – choose between pan cooking, barbecuing on the cooking grid, a reversible grill and griddle plate and the lid even doubles up as a wok for making tasty noodle dishes. Sometimes it is nice to have something different to grilled meat – stir fry anyone?!

The Party Grill is ultra-portable thanks to its lockable lid and it also comes with a handy carry bag so we take this down to Blakeney Quay when we are in Norfolk and have a sausage sizzle while the kids paddle. Perfect not just at the campsite but weekends away or picnics too.

While we’re talking eating and drinking, don’t forget plastic glasses as no-one wants any broken glass around the campsite. Wine is the most important fuel for a camping trip – make sure you’ve got sturdy vessels so you don’t spill it when you put your glass down on the grass.


You need to be able to see.

If you don’t want to be tripping over tent ropes in the middle of the night, you need a good torch or lantern. I’m giving away a fabulous LED lantern in the giveaway at the bottom of this post – head over and enter to win.

Lights don’t come in one variety either:

  • Head torches mean that you can have your hands free to deal with small children in the dark too!
  • Solar lights – put them around the tent to help find your way back after midnight trips to the toilet. It makes it obvious where the tent…and tent pegs are!

Marking out your territory

what do i need for a camping holiday

The trusty windbreak is great for creating a little privacy and weather protection around the front of your camping area. If you are camping with a group, you can make yourselves a little enclosure with a set of windbreaks and a strategically placed car or two.

Citronella candles on sticks or solar lights on sticks are another great way of marking out your area, with an added bonus!

First aid

Outdoor life can mean more scrapped knees and grazes than normal. Plus you’re living alongside the local wildlife, and critters.

Pack a first aid kit, and plenty of bug spray.

Having a bug zapper on your table can mean the difference between a night of scratching at bites and not. I totally recommend one whether you are camping close to water or not.

Keeping tidy and organised

When you’re living in a small space, you do need to keep relatively tidy. And clean.

  • Pack nappy sacks for wet clothing, rubbish and leftover food so you don’t find yourself inundated with ants.
  • Large plastic boxes are great to store food in and stop it being invaded by insects! Stackable boxes are easily packed in the car to get there and stored once you’ve set up camp.
  • Who wants to make middle of the night trips to the toilets if it’s raining? Not me – bring a potty and avoid that dash to the toilet block if you have little ones.
  • Dirty shoes and wellies will get everything muddy. We have welly bags at the door and a washable plastic shoe tray to encourage everyone to take their shoes off before entering!

Fun and games

We’ve had a run of sunny weather but the good old English weather can’t be guaranteed. Pack some games for the kids – Lego, Guess Who and any Orchard Toys games do the trick nicely. Plus colouring bits and bobs.

We always have a swingball and it comes out before anything else usually – it tends to be an easy way to make friends too who want to come and play! Plus it packs away nicely to come to the beach for a day out.

Toilet roll

There is not much to say on this one. An essential item! Alongside wipes which are pretty invaluable for cleaning up small people, spillages and cleaning.

WIN this Coleman LED Lantern

If you’re planning a camping trip this summer and want to be in with a chance to win one of these fabulous Coleman LED Lanterns, enter the giveaway below.


LED lantern


An eye catching, compact and weather resistant lantern ideal for weekend breaks. It has three light modes, a powerful lumen output and durable construction making the PUSH+ 200 the perfect camping companion.

Good luck!

WIN Coleman LED camping lantern


Thanks to the following bloggers who contributed their ideas for camping essentials: This Day I LoveMummy Est 2014, Inspire Gratitude & Manifest, Boo Roo and Tigger Too, Big Family, Little Adventures, Crafts on sea, Devon Mama, North East Family Fun.


This is not a sponsored post but we were gifted a Party Grill 400. All views are my own. 

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  • Reply Rebecca July 12, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    I loved camping as a child. I can’t wait to start taking my own little boy. I’ll remember the bbq idea as will be great not to have to keep buying the disposable ones.

  • Reply James Harris July 20, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Great prize, we could do with this for our camping trip to France next month.

  • Reply Susan Smith July 21, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Fantastic and very very useful, so much better than a torch, will be perfect for our upcoming camping holiday

  • Reply Pam Smith July 24, 2018 at 8:21 am

    You can’t beat a camping trip for adventure. Children love it

  • Reply Paul Meulen July 24, 2018 at 10:59 am

    This would be a great addition to our camping kit

  • Reply donna l jones July 24, 2018 at 11:19 am

    very useful

  • Reply john prendergast July 25, 2018 at 11:59 pm

    Great prize

  • Reply Debbie Finnerty July 26, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    This would be great for our next camping trip our lantern broke this time so we were stuck using a tiny torch for light haha x

  • Reply sheri Darby July 28, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    This would be really useful

  • Reply sandy ralph July 28, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    oh so much better than using a normal torch , I love it

  • Reply paula cheadle July 29, 2018 at 11:44 am

    we all love camping in our family

  • Reply gaynor Vincent July 29, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    We do a lot of camping in our family so this would come in very handy

  • Reply carol boffey July 29, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    very useful i love camping

  • Reply Gareth Evans July 29, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Living cornwall as i do these are not juts for camping but for powercust as well

  • Reply Allan Fullarton July 29, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Great competition.

  • Reply Rebecca Whatmore (@0zzyhog) July 29, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Really helpful blog and prize!

  • Reply Annaloa Hilmarsdottir July 30, 2018 at 1:35 am

    Very helpful blog and great camping prize fo the summer.

  • Reply jo liddement July 30, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    We love to go camping as a family and having a good light is so important. This one looks fab.

  • Reply Anthea Holloway July 30, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    This is a lovely prize and I would love to be the lucky winner!

  • Reply Stev Rigby July 30, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    Great prize and interesting to see your choice of essential items

  • Reply Hazel Rea July 30, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    Very useful gadget whether camping or at home during a power cut!

  • Reply Paul Ballantine July 31, 2018 at 5:25 am

    Im going camping next month with my nieces in Scotland, I carnt wait for a great family adventure

  • Reply Geoff Hibbert July 31, 2018 at 8:19 am

    This is a really handy prize for us campers

  • Reply Carolyn E July 31, 2018 at 10:10 am

    So useful – not just for camping!

  • Reply Jessica Barber July 31, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Absolutely love camping! This would be so handy to avoid tripping over those pesky ropes!

  • Reply Fiona Johnstone July 31, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Very useful. I am hoping to get away camping soon. Hope I’ve not missed the good weather

  • Reply Samantha O'D July 31, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Great for camping

  • Reply Jessica Howliston July 31, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Fab giveaway! We recently brought our very first tent for family adventures and had lots of fun taking it away for the first time last weekend for a long weekend. The kids had so much fun sleep outdoors too! x

  • Reply janine atkin July 31, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    id love this!!!

  • Reply Jennifer Rhymer July 31, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    We are having a family camping trip in a few weeks and this would be so useful xx

  • Reply Lynn Neal July 31, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    Really useful prize!

  • Reply MANDY DOHERTY July 31, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Great advice and fab prize, thanks

  • Reply CAROL PATRICK July 31, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    A really great and very useful prize for camping, thank you for the opportunity to win it.

  • Reply nic parton July 31, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    I was only looking at these in the shops today – a very useful item and thanks for the chance to win one

  • Reply amanda greensmith July 31, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    this would be fantastic for camping

  • Reply Natalie Gillham July 31, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    This would be perfect for my camping trip with my daughters in September, thanks for the chance to win!

  • Reply Natalie Crossan July 31, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    Such a useful prize 🙂

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