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Are you planning a camping trip? Make sure that you take all the camping essentials with you on your next adventure. South Africa’s stunning scenery provides plenty of exciting destinations for you to explore with your loved ones. Whether you’re soaking up the sun near the ocean or enjoying the fresh mountain air, there’s nothing more relaxing than a family holiday spent outdoors. Find affordable camping equipment for sale on Junk Mail.

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Here is a list of camping essentials:


A good quality tent is a must-have for any camping enthusiast. Choose wisely because your tent will be your home for the duration of your trip. You’ll need pegs and poles to put your tent up as well as ropes to secure the structure. A groundsheet comes in handy as it helps to keep the dirt out. Don’t forget to consider the size of the tent. Two, three, and six-man tents are popular options. It’s always a good idea to go for a bigger tent to ensure you have enough space.

Remember to bring tent spare items like extra ropes, pegs, poles, etc. You can also pack your tent repair kit and some good old duct tape, just in case.


Enjoy a good night’s rest on a comfortable camping mattress. An inflatable mattress takes up less space, but you’ll need a pump to inflate it. Foldable foam mattresses and stretchers are also good options. If you do bring your inflatable mattress, make sure you also pack the pump and your mattress repair kit.

Bedding or sleeping bags

Although sleeping bags have always been part of the camping essentials list, some campers prefer to just take everyday bedding with them, such as a pillow, comforters, sheets, etc. But because sleeping bags are so easy to use and to transport, it is still a popular option. At the end of the day, it is completely up to you to decide what you want to use since it will depend on your personal preference and the nature of the camping trip.

Chairs and tables

Whether you’re enjoying your morning coffee or swapping stories around the braai, you’ll need a comfy chair to sit on. Camping chairs are durable and they fold up so that transportation is easier. Add one or more small, foldable tables to the list that you can use to prepare food or put snacks out on.

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Clothes and towels

The number one rule for camping is to pack light. You’ll need comfortable and practical clothing during your camping trip. Remember to include a swimming costume for the warm summer days and a jersey for those cooler evenings. Similarly, you’ll need to pack comfortable shoes. Remember to bring separate towels for swimming and bathing.

First aid kit

Be prepared for emergencies by taking a first aid kit with you. Along with the necessary medical supplies, you’ll need mosquito repellent and sunscreen. Also take a fire extinguisher with you.


As the sun sets, you’ll need lighting to illuminate your campsite. A headlamp is a popular option if you plan to braai, but torches and lanterns (newer LED versions) will definitely come in handy during your camping trip, so don’t forget them at home. Also pack plug adaptors, extension cords, batteries, battery chargers (if applicable), and replacement bulbs.


Don’t set off without all the necessary utensils, which should include the following:

  • Knives and forks
  • Plates and bowls
  • Cups and glasses
  • Pots and pans
  • Can opener
  • Braai tongs
  • Grid brush
  • Plastic containers
  • Flasks

Appliances may include a camp stove, kettle, mini-fridge/freezer and many more. Also, remember to pack cleaning aids such as cloths, sponges, soap, buckets, a broom and dustpan, etc.

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Learning to pack the right food is a skill that any camping enthusiast needs to learn in order to survive. Include non-perishable food items that will last for the duration of your trip and don’t forget the spices. The food needs to be easy and convenient to prepare as you won’t have the luxury of using a fully equipped kitchen.

Remember to get enough ice/ice packs for your cooler box or keep the most important items like meat in your portable fridge/freezer.


Most campsites have bathroom facilities where you can enjoy a hot shower. Remember to pack the following toiletries:

  • Soap or shower gel
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Facewash and moisturiser
  • Toilet paper

Prepare for your next big adventure by getting all your camping essentials ready. Missing something from our list? Find all the camping equipment you need on Junk Mail.

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