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.

6 tips for your first camping trip

Cornwall is a wonderful place for your first camping trip. Our rugged coastline is steeped in Celtic history, and will appeal to the whole family with it’s picturesque fishing villages, seaside towns and long stretches of golden, sandy beaches. Cornwall is home to many wonderful visitor attractions, including gorgeous National Trust properties and gardens to the worlds largest rainforest in captivity, The Eden Project. If you’re looking for an affordable way to visit Cornwall, you can’t go wrong with a camping holiday. Penhalvean Pottery Campsite is situated just outside the villiage of Stithians, in a great spot to travel all over Cornwall. There’s a lot going on in the local area. So what are our top tips for preparing for a successful first camping trip?

1) Don’t let your expectations run away with you
It’s easy to have high expectations for any holiday, but when you are building your own holiday, you want to it run perfectly. Camping does require a small element of work, generally when you arrive and shortly before you leave. Sometimes we have glorious weather and setting up a tent is easy. Sometimes it’s windy and setting up camp can be slightly more challenging! You may forget certain things you need, as with any holiday. Planning and preparation is key to any camping holiday – do what you can before you go, and it’ll be easier for during your stay.

2) Spend time looking for your perfect campsite

Now is the time to think what your top priorities are! There are many campsites around the UK and camping in Cornwall is popular due to our beautiful beaches and countryside. Every campsite varies in what they have to offer, and the prices they charge. If you’re looking for a rural camping experience getting back to nature, look for small campsite with basic facilities that will meet your basic everyday needs. Are you looking for flushing toilets and hot showers? Some campsites have a small kitchen area with microwave, sink, fridge etc for communal use – our kitchen area here at Penhalvean Pottery Campsite is widely used by our campers. Would you like a small non-commercial campsite or are you looking for a bustling commercial campsite? Do you need a dog friendly campsite? Do you have children to entertain? Do you want to be within walking distance of a beach? Take the opportunity to look at the area you have chosen, and see what is on offer. We love a campsite that has a campfire area – our Stone Circle campfire area is a great way to meet your fellow campers on a summer evening.

3) Get to know your tent
Experienced campers will be familiar with how their tent works. However if you are new to camping or have purchased a new tent, you will want to get to know how it works. Setting up your tent in the comfort of your own home will cut out a whole lot of hassle when you arrive at the campsite, as you will know how it works. Check your guide ropes and tent pegs – and take spare tent pegs with you! Check the tent is large enough for everyone camping with you. It can be tempting to buy a small pop up tent for the ease of set up, but remember you will be living in and around this tent and you want a bit of space. Like the rest of the UK, Cornwall experiences rain all year round so check your tent is up to coping with some adverse weather. The other key thing to have in a tent is air vents, check where they are and that they have mesh over them to prevent bugs entering. They will help with any condensation you may experience.

4) Plan your journey
The first thing to find out is when you can check in at the campsite you have booked. Be sure to do this as if you arrive to early you will need to wait until your pitch is ready. If you arrive too late in the day without checking with the campsite, you may not be allowed on site. If you are expecting to arrive late, give the campsite a call and have a chat with them before you make your booking.

5) Check your camping equipment
Spend one night camping in your tent in your garden, if possible. This is your chance to see if you’re comfortable and to check that everything works. If you’re taking an airbed, inflate it before you leave and remember to take a puncture repair kit with you in case of air leaks. If you are using a sleeping bag, give it a test run and see how warm it is. There’s nothing worse than waking up in the middle of a cool British night shivering – the temperature drops a fair bit in the night and you’ll want to keep warm! Keep a spare blanket in the car in case you need a bit of extra warmth during the night. If you are taking cooking equipment with you, check you have enough gas for your stay and that your camping stove works safely. Check your torch or camping light is working and take extra batteries with you. Ensure you have enough plates, cups, cutlery, cooking pans, bowls etc for everyone, and that you have a means of carrying water.

6) Make a list
Organisation goes a long way with camping trips, especially if you are on a family camping trip! Think through your trip in stages, and what you might you will generally do each day.
A quick list might look something like this:- Camping gear including tents, chairs, airbeds, sleeping bags,and lights. Cooking equipment which will include your cooking stove, gas, matches/lighters, cooking pans, cutting boards, cutlery and plates, cups, water bottles, foil, cloths, tea towels. Clothes including day wear, sleep wear, swim wear, walking shoes/wellies, trainers, towels, warm layers. Personal items such as toiletries, toothbrush, toothpaste, suncream, aftersun, first aid kid, medications, antibacterical hand gel. Other items that might be on your list include camera, bikes and maps. We’ll let you think about your own food list, but remember the teabags!

Rural camping in Cornwall with Penhalvean Pottery Campsite can be booked on PitchUp.

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.