The lead up to a camping trip can be hectic and it can be all too easy to forget something as you pack your gear. We have created a camping packing checklist to help you ensure you’ve got the essentials for a stress-free holiday! Whether you are looking for a well-equipped campsite with modern facilities, a more off-grid option or pet-friendly accommodation, Family Parks offers something for everyone! Check out our list of parks to find something suited for your camping style.


Tent & Sleeping Gear

Packing the bare minimum essentials first is important. If you forget a torch or matches they are easy to replace, but sourcing a whole new sleeping set up is not an easy task!

  • Tent (might seem obvious, but worth triple checking you’ve got it!)
  • Hammer/tools to set up tent
  • Extra tent pegs/tent repair tools
  • Tarpaulins (a wet-weather essential)
  • Sleeping bags
  • Pillows
  • Sleeping mat/air bed/camp stretcher
  • Air bed pump if required
  • Extra blankets



Aside from the obvious, there’s a few extra clothing items we recommend packing to prepare you for any weather event! Even if your destination is predicting sunshine and hot temperatures, the weather can turn at any moment, so it’s best to be prepared.

  • Waterproof outerwear
  • Gumboots!
  • Extra socks
  • Another pair of extra socks (you never know!)
  • Sunhat and sunglasses
  • Thermals
  • Gloves and beanies
  • Quick drying clothes
  • Sleepwear



A good range of cooking utensils and crockery is a must to allow flexibility. Even if your camp offers cooking facilities, make sure you’ve got your own on hand, just in case!

  • BBQ/camping stove
  • Pots and pans
  • Cutlery
  • Cooking utensils
  • Can opener
  • Cups
  • Plates
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Tea towels
  • Chilly bin



Ensure you’ve got the basic health and wellness items to keep everyone happy, safe and healthy. Preparation is key to prevent the trip getting cut short due to illnesses.

  • First aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Medication
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Panadol/Nurofen
  • Throat lozenges/cough medicine
  • Aloe Vera
  • Toilet paper/tissues
  • Wet wipes


Personal Essentials

It might be the last thing on your mind, but packing your personal essentials are crucial for a successful camping trip.

  • Wallet with credit card and cash for emergencies
  • Cellphone and charger
  • ID
  • Campground booking confirmation
  • Camera
  • Books/magazines
  • Water bottle


As you pack your gear, having a checklist is important to make sure you’ve got all bases covered. Start by packing the most obvious, essential items that are hard to replace. Sometimes the most important things are overlooked, so triple checking your list is recommended!

If you need accommodation, Family Parks has a range of holiday parks throughout New Zealand and Australia with options for all types of campers.