Campsite tools

Setting up and maintaining a campsite doesn’t require a lot of bulky and heavy tools and equipment, but you will need some carefully chosen items for camping. Be prepared to spend a little extra for some of the lighter and more compact products that we are looking for - you won’t regret it. Here’s what we have in our camping tool kit and how we use them.

Item 

Uses / notes

2 mattocks / hammers

MattockWe include two mattocks in our tool kit to speed up the setup process. No-one should be standing around idle if there are tent pegs to be hammered in

Tent pegs / stakes

Tools pegsExtra tent pegs should be carried in case you have left some in the ground on previous trips or if they become bent. Cheaper tents generally come with cheaper and more flimsy tent pegs which can bend and rust easily and are less reliable. A few good quality pegs purchased separately from a camping store come in handy for greater reliability in key or exposed locations

Guy ropes, including spares

Tools guy ropesExtra guy ropes also come in handy around the campsite as DIY clothes lines and for any time a basic rope is required, so take a few more than you think you need.

Tent peg / stake puller

Tools tent peg pullerHelps to remove tent pegs from the hard ground

Multi-tool

A necessity for many different repairs and other tasks and negates the need to take lots of different tools. Choose one that is lightweight and compact

Screw driver

Tools screw driversAs well as the multi-tool, a compact little screw driver set is handy for odd jobs

Spanner / wrench

SpannerRequired for tightening and loosening the LP gas cylinder fitting

Duct and gaffer tape

TapeA necessity and useful for all manner of patch-ups and repairs and for temporarily securing things into place

Rubber bands

String2For individually tying guy ropes together to avoid a tangled mess. Check out our other uses for a rubber band

Plant twist wire

Tools plant twist wireGreat for temporarily securing or tying things together or into place such as lighting and wiring

Cable ties For fastening or holding items together. Being a single use item, and plastic at that, try to find an alternative solution for short term fixes. 

String

Tools stringUseful when guy ropes are too thick

Fold back clips

Tools fold back clipsPurchased from the stationers, these are great for securely clamping things together or into place

Foam strips

Foam stripsCut from a foam mat found on a neighbors hard rubbish pile, these help to level your absorption fridge (to help it run efficiently) and your camp stove (to prevent pots and pans from sliding around)

Mini dust pan and brush

Tools mini dust pan and bushUseful for cleaning out the tent before you pack it up, and for cleaning around the campsite and the floor of your car

Broom

BroomInstead of the mini dust pan and brush, for long stay camping, a compact broom with a removable handle can help to keep the campsite clean and free of dirt, leaves etc. and it's a bit easier on your back. The handle can travel in the tent pole bag and the brush goes with the tool kit

Trowel  In the absence of toilet facilities, to dig a hole to bury solid waste when nature calls

Small scissors

For general maintenance and use around the campsite

Tent repair kit Usually supplied with your tent as well as tent manual with repair instructions

Bike tools

Tools bike toolsFor bike repairs. Includes a compact pump, spare tyre tubes and repair kit

Optional if space / weight permitting

Small spade / shovel

For digging holes, preparing fire pits, moving camp fire coals for campfire cooking, digging your car out of a bogged situation

Small axe

For chopping fire wood for the camp fire

Compact folding saw For sawing pieces of wood