The family is going camping and to be honest, I have no idea what to expect. I’ve obviously been camping before, but I’ve never been this adventurous with two small children in my care 24/7 – a whole different ball game! We’ve booked a few days away and I’m busy doing what I do best: Trying to control everything so that I can guarantee a great camping experience. Deep down I know that none of my controlling can achieve that – on the contrary… I might just spoil the whole trip. So I’ve decided to put together a kick-ass camping list and then let my hair down and go with the flow. Come what may.


This is the Absolute Essential Camping List, according to the Phuthu girls. You are welcome to deduct from it if you prefer a more primitive outdoor experience or add to it if you’re planning a larney camping trip:

Main stuff

  • Tent
  • Mattresses and bedding
  • Pump (for blow-up mattresses)
  • Ground sail
  • Gazebo (if you don’t have one attached to your tent)
  • Camping chairs and table
  • Gas bottle for lamp or skottel – optional
  • Lamp and torch (spare batteries)
  • Grill
  • Cooler box and ice

Kitchen stuff

  • Paper plates
  • Knives, forks, spoons, spatula
  • Cutting board
  • Spices
  • Fire kettle (if there is no electricity)
  • Braai tongs
  • Can opener
  • 5 L Drinking water
  • Tin foil
  • Food

Boring but important stuff

  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Dish cloths
  • Holder to wash dishes in
  • Mozzie stuff (the ones you burn rules)
  • Sun block
  • Rubbish bags
  • Charcoal/wood and firelighters
  • Loo paper
  • Doom

Emergency stuff

  • First aid kit containing antiseptic cream, plasters, headache tablets, Imodium etc.
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Enough nibbly’s and drinks

Stuff to remember:

By Elzet

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