What to Take for a Family Camping Break?

February 15, 2021

I remember our first family camping breaks, racking our brains to make sure we’ve got everything, and a car full of camping gear heading down to the West Country.
There will always be something you forget and plenty of stuff you take that you’ll never use! 😉

That’s one of the difference between weekend camping and longer camping breaks: you need more stuff for a longer camping break. But there’s a balance between too much stuff and and too little.

There are always the basics to take, such as the tent, sleeping bags, etc. However, what you need depends on the number of people and ages in your family, where you are staying, the activities you are doing, and if you prefer to eat out a lot or mostly cook at the campsite.

After you’ve read and watched this article, you will have a better idea of how to plan your family camping break. And to help, we have the Family Camping Planner.


01.

Make your own Camping Check List

Keeping a list of what to take helps us a lot. You can use our Family Camping Planner as a great start for your own list.

Print out the Family Camping Planner and make a note of what items you need to take after watching these videos.

The Family Camping Planner

02.

Setting up your tent for a Family Camping Holiday

Your tent, sleeping mats, and sleeping bags are essential, but what about furniture?

If you are just used to camping at the weekend for a night or two, camping furniture, such as storage cupboards, can be a bit of an overkill. However, we’ve found that on a longer camping break, having storage makes a huge difference. Without, your tent can soon get into chaos with little room to move due to all your bags.

In this video, we look at setting up your tent and kitting it out for a family camping break.


02.

Setting up your Camp Kitchen

The first thing you need to ask yourself is how much cooking you intend to do at the campsite. Some families cook all their meals, while others only have snacks at the tent and eat out the rest of the time.

If you plan to eat out most of the time, you won’t need to take as much items for your kitchen. However, if you plan to cook, more work surfaces and at least two hobs will make life a lot easier.

Generally, your camp kitchen should be outside your tent. The only exception might be if you have a flame-less hob, like this one.

Tap here for more details on how to set-up your camp kitchen outside under a camping tarp.

Creating a Camp Kitchen Shelter

Learn how to set-up a sheltered camp kitchen away from your tent.


03.

Fitting it all the car

All this camping gear is great, but if you can’t get it all to the campsite, then it’s useless.

In the video below, I show how all the items could fit in my car boot, but there’s no room for clothes and food.

This is why we use a roof box and a trailer for longer camping tips. You can see our camping trailer by tapping here.


04.

The Kit List

Here are some of the camping items in the videos. If you see anything you like, remember you can add it to your Adventure Planner by viewing the review and tapping the heart icon. This helps you build up a list of things you might like to get for your own family camping breaks.

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Kit List

The Tent

The tent we used in this video was the Easy Camp Match Air 500. We have many tent reviews to help you work out what sort of tent will suit your family.

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Easy Camp Match Air 500 Review

£41.99 -94%
The Easy Camp Match Air 500 is a great tent for a family of four, with darkened bedrooms, plenty of living space, and a built-in porch.
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Dimensions
Height (cm)

205

Length (cm)

655

Width (cm)

300

Weight (kg)

21.7

Pack Size (cm)

73 x 39

Tent Bedrooms
Bedroom Divider

Removable, toggles in place

Cable entry to Bedrooms

No

Darkened Bedrooms

Yes

Larger Bedrooms

No

Removable Bedroom

Entire inner tent

Storage Pockets in Bedroom

Yes

Auto-seal bedroom doors

No

Tent Details
Sleeps

Bedrooms

Recommended Tent Use

,

Frame Type

Hydrostatic Head

3000 mm

Tent Accessories

Tent Carpet, Tent Footprint

Year Introduced

2020

Tent Doors
Additional Tent Doors

Yes, on one side

No-Trip Entrance

Yes, on all doors

Rain-safe Entry

Yes, at main door

Bug-Free Mesh

Main door only

Door converts to sunshade

No

Tent Living Space
Inner Living Space Size

2 sections (e.g. furniture space)

Living Area Storage Pockets

Yes

Cable Entry

Yes, one side

Wet-Dry Zone

Yes, in the porch

Built-in Porch

Yes

Porch Storage Pockets

No

Tent Pitching and Storage
Colour Coded Tent Pegs

No

Colour Coded Tent Poles

Yes

Guy Line Storage

Yes

People to Pitch

2 People

Pump included

Yes, with pressure gauge

Wheeled Tent Bag

No, not required

Tent Windows
Window Blinds

Yes, toggle up

Tinted Windows

No

Specification
Pack Size

73 x 39 cm

More Tents

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Kit List

Sleeping

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The 16 cm version of the Outwell Dreamboat self-inflating camping mat is soooooo comfortable! It gets the Thumbs Up award.
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Dimensions
Height (cm)

16

Length (cm)

200

Width (cm)

86

Weight (kg)

3.9

Pack Size (cm)

81 x 25

Inflation Details
Number of Valves

1

Re-Inflation Prevention

Yes

Insulation Specification
R-Value

Summer: 3.1 (-4C); Winter: 5.1 (-16C)

Mat Depth (cm)

16

Tent Details
Year Introduced

2020

Dimensions
Weight 3.9 kg
Dimensions 200 × 86 × 16 cm
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A very comfortable self-inflating mat that’s insulated too.
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Dimensions
Height (cm)

7.5

Length (cm)

200

Width (cm)

77

Weight (kg)

2.3

Pack Size (cm)

80 x 17

Inflation Details
Number of Valves

1

Re-Inflation Prevention

Yes

Insulation Specification
R-Value

Summer: 2.7 (-2C) Winter: 3.5 (-8C)

Mat Depth (cm)

7.5

Dimensions
Weight 2.3 kg
Dimensions 200 × 77 × 7.5 cm
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The Outwell Contour is a sleeping bag designed for both warm and cooler nights, with its reversible design.
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Sleeping Bag Temperature Ratings
Season

,

Tent Details
Year Introduced

2020

Specification
Pack Size

42 x 22 cm

Comfort Rating (Woman)

7C (cold side up) or 16C (warm side up)

Limit Rating (Man)

2C (cold side up) or 12C (warm side up)

Dimensions
Weight 1.5 kg
Dimensions 220 × 85 cm

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Furniture

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The Outwell Dawlish is a great idea. It’s both a seat and storage and folds down really small for transport.
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Tent Details
Year Introduced

2020

Specification
Pack Size

30 x 8 cm

Volume

22 L

Dimensions
Weight 1.4 kg
Dimensions 30 × 30 × 29.5 cm
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The Outwell Barmouth gives you additional storage for your tent but without taking up lots of space in your car boot.
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Pack Size

35 x 79.5 x 6 cm

Volume

40 L

Dimensions
Weight 2.2 kg
Dimensions 35 × 32 × 50 cm
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We have a look at another piece of camping furniture that’s designed to take up the least amount of space in your car: the Robens Walker.
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After years of broken tables and even more years of no tables, we at last have found a good family camping picnic table set: the Outwell Marilla. …
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We try the Outwell Catamarca Sofa, a double-seat camping chair that doesn’t take up twice the space that two singles would.
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Tent Details
Year Introduced

2020

Specification
Pack Size

24 x 17 x 96 cm

Max Load

125 kg per seat

Seat Height

45 cm

Dimensions
Weight 5.4 kg
Dimensions 146 × 56 × 98.5 cm

More Furniture

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Kit List

Camp Kitchen Items

Kitchen Storer

This is a really helpful storage solution for kitchen items.

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We’ve been giving the Outwell Wash Base a good test.
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The Primus Tupike Stove not only looks smart, it can save you a whole load of hassle at the campsite.
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Burners

2

Grill

No, but has a hob-top griddle pan.

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The Outwell Grimsby induction hob is a safer way to cook inside your tent.
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Cable Length

2.5 m

Power

Up to 2000W

Dimensions
Weight 2.2 kg
Dimensions 36 × 28 × 6.5 cm

Cooking

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Lighting

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The Outwell Opal lantern is a rechargeable, dimmable, Bluetooth-enabled, stylish-looking camping lantern.
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Rechargeable

Yes

Runtime

10 hours

Dimmable

Yes

Bluetooth Speaker

Yes

Dimensions
Weight 0.37 kg
Dimensions 9 × 9 × 14.5 cm

Lighting

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Heaters

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Outwell Katla Fan and Heater

£28.72 -30%
The Outwell Katla fan heater has two power settings and safety features for using it in your tent.
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Cable Length

3 m

Overheat Protection

Yes

Tilt Cut-Off

Yes

Rechargeable

No

Power

1kW or 1.5kW

Dimensions
Weight 1.5 kg
Dimensions 14 × 18 × 27 cm

Heaters

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