10 camping essentials to make it a trip to remember

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10 camping essentials to make it a trip to remember

words Jemima Skala

2022 has been dubbed the revenge summer on social media; after two years inside, socially distanced and woefully empty of plans, this summer promises to make up for all that. Maybe you’ve said yes to every whiff of a plan, including that half-baked camping trip that your mates suggested one wine-soaked evening, or maybe you’re just realising you should have planned more and are desperately looking at camping as a quick getaway. Whichever it is, you don’t want to be caught short, so make sure you’re packing all of the below to make it the most stress-free experience possible.

Carhartt WIP

GOODHOOD

Carhartt WIP x SKOTTI Gas Grill - Stainless Steel

Carhartt WIP x SKOTTI Gas Grill - Stainless Steel

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One of the major stresses of camping is sorting out food. Avoid half-cooked sausages and soggy toast (and most importantly, make the campsite dads horrendously jealous) with this absolute beauty of a camping grill, the result of a collab between Carhartt, everyone’s favourite workwear brand, and German grill experts Skotti.

YETI

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YETI Roadie 24 - White

YETI Roadie 24 - White

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Another problem with cooking outside is also having nowhere to keep the beers cold while you wait for the grill to get going. The YETI Roadie 24 ice box solves that one. It can hold up to 18 cans of beer or 10kg of ice, so your cans are guaranteed to stay crispy cool even in the most inhospitable of British heatwaves.

Ferm

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FERM LIVING YARD PICNIC BLANKET

FERM LIVING YARD PICNIC BLANKET

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No camping trip would really be complete without a daytrip to the beach or a gorgeous viewing point for an aesthetic picnic. Be the envy of everyone on the beach with this equally beautiful and practical 100% cotton picnic blanket from Ferm—complete with a strap for flinging nonchalantly over your shoulder as you saunter carefree to the perfect picnic spot.

Urban Outfitters

Late night smiles

Time Concept Inc Black Smile Lantern

Time Concept Inc Black Smile Lantern

Urban Outfitters
£ 15.00

Camping lanterns don’t have to be boring and practical. This very cute option from Urban Outfitters is as fun and cute as it is useful, guaranteed to make you smile as you root around in your tent for a spare pair of socks.

Camping lanterns don’t have to be boring and practical. This very cute option from Urban Outfitters is as fun and cute as it is useful, guaranteed to make you smile as you root around in your tent for a spare pair of socks.

Goodrays

GOODRAYS

THE GOODRAYS 4 FLAVOUR MIXPACK

THE GOODRAYS 4 FLAVOUR MIXPACK

GOODRAYS

Let’s face it: camping is stressful for even the most well-prepared travellers. Stave off the nerves with this mixpack of Goodrays’ CBD drinks. After you’ve wrestled with your tent to get it all set up, choose from yuzu and elderflower, raspberry and guava, passionfruit and pomelo or blood orange and grapefruit. Goodrays’ CBD drinks also contain your daily dose of Vitamin D per serving and are 100% vegan, so they’re probably the most guilt-free relaxation aid out there.

Alfresco Dining Company

Alfresco Dining Company

Foldaway Wine & Drinks Table

Foldaway Wine & Drinks Table

Alfresco Dining Company

Rather than suffer the indignity of having your ice-cold drinks spill everywhere, this gorgeous foldaway wine and drinks table will have you sipping away in style. Take that, uneven grassy ground.

Marshall

Urban Outfitters

Marshall Kilburn II Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Marshall Kilburn II Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Urban Outfitters

It almost goes without saying that a Bluetooth speaker is a camping essential. In case it doesn’t, we’re here to remind you that it absolutely is, and this Marshall one, designed like their classic radios, is a fabulous choice. It’s so stylish even your tent neighbours will be able to forgive you for pumping the tunes all night long.

Sunnylife

Basket > Bag

Round Picnic Cooler Basket

Round Picnic Cooler Basket

SunnyLife
£ 120.00

Although we all love a good tote bag, they’re less than ideal for carrying picnic food. This sleek and gorgeous picnic cooler basket from Sunnylife is a step up. With a lid that doubles as a cheeseboard (!) it’s perfect for romanticising your camping getaway and holiday picnics.

Although we all love a good tote bag, they’re less than ideal for carrying picnic food. This sleek and gorgeous picnic cooler basket from Sunnylife is a step up. With a lid that doubles as a cheeseboard (!) it’s perfect for romanticising your camping getaway and holiday picnics.

Frank Green

Popping bottles

Ceramic Reusable Bottle

Ceramic Reusable Bottle

Frank Green
£ 34.99

You have absolutely no business whatsoever using plastic bottles on your solo trips with all the chic bottle options available. Our go-to is this Frank Green Reusable Bottle. Not only does it maintain either a hot or cold temperature while keeping your drink tasting just right (metallic flavour water is not a vibe), it’s also sleek and compact, and promises zero bag spillages.

Reusable cups have been around a while now, but they’re more than just a commuter’s best friend. Go straight from the campfire to your next outdoor adventure with these gorgeous chrome ceramic reusable cups from Frank Green.

Decathlon

Camping is full of long evenings, almost certainly without wifi or data. In case you get bored of card games, or just forget the rules to every card game you’ve ever played and can’t look them up due to the aforementioned lack of data, you’ll be grateful you packed your Kubbs set. The Viking alternative to chess, it’s a traditional Scandinavian game where you have to knock over soldiers and overthrow the king to win.

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