Camping setup for beginners - what to take camping

Deciding what to take on a camping trip can be a vexing question. Taking too much and packing can be problematic, but so can leaving out important and / or useful items.

Experienced campers do it pretty easily. They've built up their camping setup over a period of years, mostly via the "trial and error" method, and they know what they’re doing having done it plenty of times before. Beginner campers may not even know if camping is for them, and hence may be reluctant to invest in the very equipment that might actually make camping a more enjoyable experience for them.

While in this website we've tried to include as much variety as possible, if you are new to camping, or family camping, and just want our opinion on what you should start out with in your car camping setup, then read on. 

As you will see below, we recommend a more basic initial camping setup to avoid investing a lot of money into high-end camping gear that could ultimately stay in the garage.  Our beginners camping setup is still functional and comfortable, and will be compatible with most of the advice and tools we have available on this website. Many of the items listed will also be equally useful around the home as well if, in the end, they don't get a lot of camping use.

You can click on the links under each heading for further information and our suggested products. The items marked in the buying guide with an * (astericks) are those suggested for beginner campers.

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