We have discussed the camping for newbies list already. I have given you tent, sleeping bag and bedding options. So, now to complete the series of equipment needed for car camping, let’s look at the rest of my list in just one article.
Believe it or not, camping chairs come in a variety of sizes, shapes, weight-capacities and colors. Some even have built in coolers, can swivel around and even have shade canopies.
I cannot tell you what chair is best for you. It’s very much about your personal taste and the best fit for you.
A few factors you need to take into consideration include: –
- Your weight – check chair carrying capacity
- Your height – adult or kid size
- Straight back – Director chair style
- Bucket seat – laze into it
- Double seat – maybe for the kids or if you love being close
- Your specific needs
- Do you want pockets and how many?
- Do you want a built-in cooler?
- Must it have a built-in side table?
- Is a drinks holder required?
- Do you need extra shade?
- Do you want to hang it in a tree?
Like I mentioned, with all these choices, you will need to shop around and see what suits you. Have a look at the main specs listed above and read some reviews of each.
Below I will give you a quick rundown of a couple of the chairs that we use as a family.
I generally like to have a few tables, especially with the kids needing them to stand their drinks on and games and books etc. We use our tables to play cards, prepare and dish up food and occasionally eat at, as we normally eat around the open fire.
There are different sizes, folding styles and top finishes. As a newbie camper I would suggest just one big table for now. As you camp more and more you can add to your collection.
A great all in one table, which was the first table I bought that has actually lasted well and it’s easy to fold and transport. Most importantly its sturdy and mad of sold materials. I pack it at the bottom of the trunk and pile everything else on top if it
Check it out and if you don’t like it or it doesn’t suit your needs, then just browse around the internet for foldable camping tables. I hope you find a good one.
Headlamp / Lantern / Flashlight
When you’re camping, one of the most important items on your list is good lighting. I’d recommend at least one of each per campsite. Ideally the numbers you should be looking at are
- Headlamp – 1 each
- Flashlight -1 per 2 people OR 1 each
- Lantern – 2 per campsite
There are so many choices out there. I will link to a few models now below with the best reviews at the cheapest prices, and you can use that as a starting point to find what you need. Good luck!
Personally I like to barbeque on an open wood fire every night that I’m out camping. The only cooking equipment I then need is a grid and some grilling tongs (I find the stainless steel clam shaped ones work best for me), along with a roasting pan to carry all the delicious cooked food in.
This may not always be possible, so alternatively I have a handy little gas cooker with me that I can use should the weather turn bad. Don’t forget your pots, pans and a camping kettle if there is no electricity.
Crockery & Cutlery
if you are preparing to camp for the first time which, if you’re reading this, I’m assuming is the case then I suggest you just tale along some of your own stuff from home, excluding your priceless china plates.
If you reckon camping is going to be your new favourite holiday accommodation then I suggest you invest in a good plastic set of crockery and hanging cutlery and a variety of coffee cups and glasses, a good egg lifter and a serving spoon or two.
Tip: Buy a complete picnic basket that you can easily carry everything and keep all your camping stuff in one carry pack. OR buy a separate box to keep all your camping crockery and cutlery always ready to go.
Extra Tip: Don’t forget to add your favourite spices, so you don’t leave the behind.
First Aid Kit
This is simple really. For any person heading into the great outdoors a First Aid Kit is essential. Choose the size you need and keep replenishing any used items as you go .
Tip: Don’t forget to take your own required medication with you as well.
Who doesn’t like a cold drink, but more importantly, fresh food? If you want to splash out on an expensive electric camping fridge, go ahead, but for the purpose of this article we are creating new campers here and want to make sure you don’t waste your money.
I personally started off with just one cooler in my heyday, but I think 2 would’ve been better. One for food and a separate one for drinks, that way when the ice melts the food doesn’t get soggy – it’s easier to manage.
You probably have a few at home already, so just take those along with you. Then, if the camping bug hits you hard, I would highly recommend and electric camping fridge/freezer. I have one now, and I’m not sure how I ever lived without it. They run off a car battery as well as electrical mains, making them very versatile.
It may seem like there are a lot of shopping links in here and I’m really not trying to encourage to you buy everything. It’s just a way of showing you want to look for and what you can expect to pay for certain items.
For your first couple of camping trips I encourage you to use as much stuff that you already have in the house. Don’t spend money on items that you may only ever use once.
When you know that you love camping, then go and kit yourself out properly to make camping as seamless and as enjoyable as possible.
This brings an end to my current Camping for Newbies series. I hope I have managed to help you take that first step to freedom in the great outdoors. If there is absolutely anything that you’re not sure of, please leave a comment in the section below. I would also appreciate any feedback you might have regarding this full series. Thanks a mil!