How to get organised with the Family Camping Planner

We wanted to go beyond the normal ‘camping checklist’ and put something together to help you organise a great family camping trip.

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When you download and print the Family Camping Planner, you’ll find a number of lists. Let’s take a quick look…


What to Take – The Packing List

Any good camping checklist needs a packing list…

Camping Packing Checklist

For short camping trips you might not need to take all this, and there are sections you can skip, such as if you are not using an Electric Hook-Up.

We’ve also included a list of items you may need if you are having a campfire.

The blank lines are for you to add your own items to the lists.

Help and Tips

Help & Tips

Camping Tarp Shelter

Staying Dry with a Camping Tarp

If you are not sure about using a tarp shelter, then view this guide on what they are, how they help, and how to use them.

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EHU

How to use an Electric Hook-Up

If you have never used an electric hook-up but are thinking about it, then read this guide to using EHU.

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Camp Kitchen

How to create a camp kitchen

Not sure how to set-up a camp kitchen? Then read this guide.

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Understaing Sleeping Bag Temperature Ratings

Not sure what sleeping bags are appropriate for the season you are camping in? Then read this guide.

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If you haven’t used a gas bottle with your camping stove before, then read this guide.

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Outwell Fuji Electric Tent Heater

Using a tent heater to keep warm

Thinking of taking a heater for your tent? Then read this guide to tent heaters.

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Click here for even more ideas on what to take camping.


Don’t forget the kids!

Kids get their own page, with plenty of space for you to customise.

Help and Tips: Kid's Camping Trip Ideas

Help & Tips: Kid’s Camping Trip Ideas

Car games for kids

Travel games and activities for kids.

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Alphabet Scavenger Hunt

Download and print this drawing scavenger hunt for the kids to do

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You just need to take some string and a blindfold for this game

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You don’t need to take anything for this game

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One-Armed Tag: another game idea that doesn’t require anything

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Tiny Raft Making

Bring some string to help make these tiny rafts

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Leaf Art

Just need pencils and paper for this one

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Download and take this game, and help your kids learn map symbols

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Games to play on a walk through the woods

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A great game for groups

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Take things to build a den

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Make a treasure map with our Treasure Map Construction Kit (club members only)

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 Click for more games and activities…


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What to Eat

Camp food checklist

A family always needs feeding! This sheet should help you plan out your family camping meals.

In the left column, write out the recipe, and then in the column next to it, right out the food items you need to take the campsite.

You use the final column to write out any items that you don’t currently have and need to go on the shopping list.

Family Camping Recipes

Family Camping Recipes

A pocket pizza

Pocket Pizzas

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Campfire Pizza

Making and using a campfire pizza oven

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Campfire Doughnuts

Quick campsite doughnuts

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Click here for more family camping recipes

Trips and Wet Day Planning

The Visit PlannerUse this sheet to pre-plan places you might want to visit.

Make sure you research places that might be a useful visit for a rainy day.

Tip

Tip

When you find a campsite on Get Out With The Kids, scroll the page down and you’ll see things to do nearby.

This includes places to visit and routes to walk or cycle.  These are shown on the map as well as an indication of how far they are away from the campsite.

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2 Comments
  1. Great suggestion.

    For the very basics, you’ll want the tent (obviously), sleeping mats, and sleeping bags.
    For pitching the tent, take a tent peg mallet.
    For the night, you’ll want some torches.

    To make things very simple, you could eat out.
    However, you will still want snacks and drinks.

    If you are planning on cooking something, then take a small gas stove, whistling kettle, and a small pan. You’ll also need a water container and a bag for rubbish, and a hand towel is very…handy.
    Camping plates, cups, and cutlery, plus you’ll want something like a washing up bowl, washing utensils, and a tea towel to take everything to the campsite’s washing up facilities.

    For yourselves, clothes to keep warm and dry, as well as wash items and towels.

    See the ‘Take stuff from home’ list here https://www.getoutwiththekids.co.uk/family-camping/equipment/

    I hope that helps.

    Cheers,
    Gav

  2. Hi Gav,

    These planners are great, however being a first time camper with a young child (trying to get my son into it), it would be great to have a list/planner of the minimum equipment/supplies I would need for a short weekend.

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