Camping Essentials: Your camping checklist

Preparation is the key to a successful and enjoyable camping trip! When visiting a campsite in Cornwall do your research about where you have book and see what facilities they have available – you can amend your list to suit the campsite. This is a general list of what most campers would want to go camping with, of course you may want to take a lot less if you are backpacking and not arriving in your own transport!

It is easy to forget camping essentials when going on holiday, but one suggestion to make your life easier, is to keep a couple of storage tubs packed with camping kitchen essentials so they are all washed and ready to go!

Have a look at our blog post,  6 tips for your first camping trip.

Tent Essentials

  • Tent – always go for a larger tent than you need. Extra space is always useful. Remember your tent porch if you have one.
  • Tent Pegs and Mallet – tent pegs can easily get bent.
  • Electric Hook Up – if you have booked a pitch with electric, this is essential!
  • Camping Lights – whether it’s a torch, lantern or a tent light that hangs from the ceiling, don’t forget it – and the extra batteries!
  • Windbreak – extend your living area with a bit of privacy.

Sleeping Essentials

  • Bed – keep yourself off the ground by using a camp bed, or an air bed (remember the foot pump!) or use a sleeping mat.
  • Sleeping Bag/Duvet – make sure it’s warm enough for the cooler nights.
  • Pillow – take your own pillows or buy inflatable camping pillows.
  • Extra blanket – useful to use outside the tent as well as in.

Kitchen and Cooking Essentials

  • Camping Stove and/or BBQ – having a couple of options is useful.
  • Water carrier/container – rolling containers can be handy.
  • Gas or charcoal
  • Cooking pots, frying pan, cooking utensils
  • Kettle – don’t forget your teabags!
  • Plates, bowls
  • Cool box
  • Cups, glasses
  • Cutlery, serving utensils
  • Chopping board
  • Tin Opener and Bottle Opener
  • Washing up bowl and washing up liquid

Other Essentials

  • Camping Chairs – folding camping chairs are fabulous inventions.
  • Folding Table – perfect for family dining, or an extra space for food.
  • Waterproof Picnic Blanket – particularly useful if you have children or dogs.
  • Matches and/or lighter
  • Biodegradable wet wipes
  • Spare batteries
  • Scissors
  • Spare plastic bags for storing wet clothes
  • Phone charger for the car
  • Bin bags
  • First Aid Kit – be prepared for anything.
  • Head torch or small torch – night time walks to the toilet block will be a lot easier!
  • Puncture repair kit for air beds or inflatables
  • Camera
  • Medications

Penhalvean Pottery Campsite is a dog friendly and family friendly campsite in Cornwall. We offer affordable rural camping, with a few added extras, such as access to hot showers and flushing toilets, and a small communal kitchen area with fridge freezer, sink, microwave and kettle. Rural camping in Cornwall with Penhalvean Pottery Campsite can be booked on PitchUp.

Castles to visit in Cornwall

If you’re camping in Cornwall, you might want to take in some of the local historical sites around our beautiful county.  With Arthurian legends, tales of Giants and mermaids, and secret World War II bases, Cornwall is an adventure for the whole family, and we have a few lovely Castles dotted around the county.  Join us as we take a look at just four of our favourite attractions in Cornwall.

St Michaels Mount (Penzance – approx 18 miles from us)

St Michaels Mount is a rocky tidal island in Marazion, near Penzance. One of the more unsual places to get to, St Michaels Mount is accessible via boat crossing, or by walking across the causeway when the tide is out! It’s oldest buildings date back to the 12th Century, and it is steeped with wonderful history and interesting architecture. With myth, magic and mystery around every corner, you’ll hear tales of miracles and mermaids. The well known legend of Jack the Giant Killer is alive on the island, with stories of Cormoran the Giant whose heart is said to be present in the stones…will you find it? You’ll also find The Sail Loft and the Island Cafe to keep you satiated whilst on your island adventure! Read more on the St Michaels Mount website.


Pendennis Castle (Falmouth – approx 11 miles from us)

An English Heritage site, Pendennis Castle was built between 1540 and 1542 by Henry VIII, as an artillery fort and coastal stronghold. Based on a rocky headland, the vantage points provide simply stunning views across Falmouth and out to sea. Steeped in history, it’s last military role was as a secret Second World War base. Visit their Victorian War Shelter, and experience real  genuine World War II gun being fired,  with the noon day gun fire. They offer free guided tours which are suitable for the whole family. Dogs are also welcomed around the site on a lead. The harbour of Falmouth is on it’s doorstep and has a lot to see and do for the whole family, including boat trips. Visit the Pendennis Castle website.


Restormel Castle (Lostwithiel- approx 35 miles from us)

Restormel Castle was built on an earlier Norman mound, but is a circular 13th Century shell-keep. Visited twice by the medieval military hero, Edward the Black Prince, it saw action in the Civil War. Surrounded by beautiful, peaceful Cornish countryside, it is a lovely spot for picnics and spending time with family. Perhaps the most exciting thing about Restormel, is the Wall Walk. A chance to climb up the stone staircase onto the wall of the keep and view the castle from above, and see some of the preserved rooms from above. Visit the Restormel Castle website.


Tintagel Castle (Tintagel – approx 47 miles from us)

Prepare for a magical day if you are venturing up the North Cornwall coast to visit Tintagel Castle. It’s built partly on the mainland and partly on a headland in the sea, making it a really spectacular place. 1,500 years of history lie at your feet among the medieval ruins, with the legend of King Arthur playing a part. The children will love to explore Merlin’s Cave, which stretches deep into the Cliffside, as the tide reveals rockpools twice a day. Take a picnic and watch the waves crash from an amazing setting. Dogs are welcomed there on a lead. Visit the Tintagel Castle website.


If you’re thinking about booking a UK camping holiday this year, look no further than Cornwall. Penhalvean Pottery Campsite is a small, non-commercial, rural campsite near Redruth, set in four acres of quiet countryside. Our tariff is simple and reasonable, making it an affordable holiday for the whole family. Read more about booking here.

Rural Camping in Cornwall

Rural camping introduces the whole family to a slower pace of life. Leaving work, school, and the usual routine behind you! With nowhere to rush, families can totally immerse themselves in simple pleasures. From first arriving and pitching the tent or setting up a caravan, to cooking meals together on the barbecue, camping is a family friendly holiday. The beauty of camping is that you can make it as relaxing or as activity packed as you wish. Totally customisable, and completely affordable!

If you’re planning on rural camping in Cornwall, you’re probably eager to get back to nature and experience a simple way of living for a while. Cornwall is a popular choice for UK camping holidays as it has such a mild and sunny climate. With our many golden beaches around the coast of Cornwall, you can easily spend your days relaxing in the sunshine and swimming in the sea. Pop out for traditional Cornish cream tea and a stroll around a coastal town. Bring your bikes with you and enjoy cycling through the Cornish countryside, or your hiking boots to follow a few local trails.

Our Cornish rural campsite has a very special extra feature, which a lot of campsites don’t benefit from. We have our very own designated campfire area in a secluded area away from any pitches, called The Stone Circle, where we encourage you to join your fellow campers for a cosy campfire and get to know them. Perch on one of the granite stones with glass of wine, and enjoy the warmth of the flickering flames! Surely there is nothing better on a Summer evening than lying back on watching the stars, next to a blazing campfire.

Our campsite is set in 4 acres of quiet countryside, where we encourage wildlife and nature to stay with us. Butterflies are in abundance around the site and hedgerows, and in the heat of the Summer you can spot dragonflies and swallows over the long grass. Penhalvean Pottery Campsite lies in the hamlet of Penhalvean, in the parish of Stithians, Cornwall.

To book your camping break with us, call 01209 861444 or email us on info@penhalveanpottery.co.uk with your requirements. View our tariff here.