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What You Absolutely Have To Pack For Camping

Let yourself drift and pitch your tents wherever you like – no other form of vacation offers as much freedom as camping. The equipment plays an important role in this. We show beginners what they should definitely take with them for a successful holiday in a tent, mobile home or caravan.

Whether you are traveling with a motorhome, caravan or tent makes a big difference in terms of comfort: Motorhome or caravan vacationers can carry all their household items with them, while tent vacationers usually have to make compromises. Our packing lists show which basic equipment you need for camping, mobile homes or caravans.

Basics for all campers:

  • Passport or identity card
  • Driver’s license
  • Insurance card
  • Vehicle papers
  • Health insurance card
  • Cell phone, cell phone cable
  • Credit cards, cash, coins for showers and toilets
  • Emergency telephone numbers
  • GPS
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, mosquito repellent
  • First aid kit with plaster, bandages and wound disinfectant spray as well as emergency medication for diarrhea, pain and fever
  • Rainproof jackets, shoes and clothing, swimwear, slippers, backpack, sun hat, sunglasses, mosquito protection, etc.

For camping:

  • A tent that offers enough space and has a minimum water column of 3000 mm, because rain is always to be expected. If possible, the tent floor should have a water column of at least 5000 mm.
  • An additional tent pad that protects the tent floor from moisture and sharp stones.
  • Good pegs and a rubber mallet to anchor the tent
  • A camp bed or a self-inflating sleeping mat that has a minimum sleeping height of six centimeters. When camping for longer periods in particular, it is important that you lie comfortably and sleep well.
  • A sleeping bag or bedding that is suitable for the temperatures of the travel destination.
  • A folding table and chairs
  • Flashlight, headlamp and camping lamp for the tent
  • Pocket knife or multitool

For the camping kitchen:

  • Cooker, fuel, lighter or matches, outdoor crockery (cups, plates, bowls), cutlery, sharp knives, cutting board, can openers, spices, a cool box, washing-up liquid, sponge, washing-up bowl, tea towels, garbage bags
  • A 10 liter canister of water
  • Filters or tablets for water treatment (for wild campers!)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Clothesline with clips to hang up wet towels etc.
  • Toilet paper
  • Bath accessories: handkerchiefs, shower gel, shampoo, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, etc.
  • towels, bath towels

For wild campers:

  • Small shovel for burying the necessities

For the motorhome or RV:

  • Pillows, blankets, covers or sleeping bags
  • towels, bath towels
  • Bath accessories: handkerchiefs, toilet paper, shower gel, shampoo etc.
  • Power cables, multiple plugs, cable reels, power adapters
  • tool box
  • jack
  • Safety vests
  • Warning triangle
  • Water canisters, water buckets
  • chemistry for toilet
  • water hose
  • ropes, lashing straps
  • Steps and leveling wedges for a straight stance
  • Foot mats

Equipment for the kitchen in the RV:

  • Crockery made of plastic or melamine, cutlery, cooking utensils, tea and coffee pots made of stainless steel or plastic, pots, pans, various cutting knives, cutting boards, bottle openers, corkscrews, washing-up liquid, tea towels, garbage bags
  • Small broom with a shovel
  • Toilet paper
  • duct tape, string, scissors

For outside:

  • Camping table and chairs, possibly awning carpet, lamp, lantern, tensioning straps for the awning, grill


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