Five Things You Might Not Think to Take Camping but you Should

When packing for a camping trip, old hands feel they have got it all down to a fine art. Whether they are travelling fully laden in a motorhome or with a caravan with everything including the kitchen sink, or packing for an ultralight hiking expedition, they feel they know exactly what they need to bring. But for people for whom camping is not a common occurrence, packing for that trip can sometimes be a bit of a nightmare. The key is to think carefully about what will come in handy and, crucially, what won't. Most people know the basic items needed for a camping trip – shelter – ie your caravan, motorhome, tent, tarp – something to sleep on and something to sleep in, stuff to cook and eat with, clothing. There are some things, however, that can come in extremely handy and yet people often do not think to bring them. Here are five things you'd probably never think to take camping but should:


Some string can be useful in a wide range of places. String can be a temporary fix, when camping in the great outdoors, for shoelaces, backpack straps, guy lines and much more. It can be used to keep something elevated off the wet ground, or even, perhaps to catch a fish. In a family camp it can be used as a makeshift washing line to dry wet clothes – the uses of string are almost endless which is why it should always be taken on any camping trip.

Duct Tape:

Another very useful item that could be used for a variety of make-shift repairs. It could be used to repair a ripped rain coat, tent or tarp. – a temporary fix until you return to civilisation. Shoes letting in water – duct tape could temporarily solve the problem.

Roll of Toilet Paper:

Even if you are heading for an organised campsite where they will almost certainly have plenty of toilet paper in their facilities, it never hurts to take along your own roll. Wherever you find yourself, you will never have to worry about being caught short and it can also be useful for nose blowing, mopping up spills, drying hands and many other things.

A Scarf or Bandana:

Male or female, a piece of thin fabric can have a range of uses. You could spread it and sit on it, wear it in a variety of different ways in a variety of different situations, use it as a shade or wind screen or to lay out your picnic on. The versatility and quick-dry properties of these items make them surprisingly useful on a camping trip.

A Few Clothes Pegs:

Clothes pegs are not only useful for hanging up wet things to dry. They can also be used to peg back the corner of a tent flap or part of an awning, or to hold curtains closed in a motorhome or caravan to make sure you are not disturbed by early morning light. They can also be used to peg shut plastic food bags containing things like pasta or noodles.