Packing and I have a love hate relationship. Sometimes I love packing, getting all excited about which dresses to bring and thinking about what I’ll wear on certain evenings out to the local restaurants other times I hate it. But not as much as I hate unpacking, at least with packing you’ve got that feeling of excitement, knowing you’re about to embark on a new adventure.

Packing for a camping trip always leaves me pretty excited. I love being outdoors and there’s that excitement of waking up and unzipping your tent to a spectacular view (like this one in Norfolk).

This weekend I’m off for a camping trip in the Lake District to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday. There’ll be toasted marshmallows, hiking, adventuring and perhaps some wild swimming from me (but not him, he’s not a fan of cold water!).

Since this trip is just a weekend and we don’t have a car we can cram full of stuff (we’ll be carrying everything in a backpack!) the list includes mainly the essentials along with a couple of luxuries.

My camping packing list for a weekend in the Lake District

weekend camping packing list

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1.Vango Mistral tent & sleeping bag//2. An OS map of the area so we don’t get lost // 3.Pan of some sort // 4. Torch // 5.Quick dry towel // 6.Bodum coffee travel mug – this is great, like your own little cafetiere. This is essential due to my coffee addiction! // 7.Bowls – I prefer bowls to plates as they’re useful for everything! // 8.My howies jacket // 9.Tea bags or hot chocolate // 10.Cutlery // 11.Gas canister // 12.Water bottles // 13.Matches // 14.My teeny tiny camping stove // 15.Two or three lightweight T-shirts like these howies ones which are super soft and fit great // 16.Suncream – whether cloudy or not, you’ll need sunscreen if you’re out hiking all day // 17.Swimsuit for wild swimming! // 18.Roll mat – for that extra comfort // 19.Hiking boots // 20.Camera // 21.Shorts – I love these HM sweat-pant ones // 22.Leggings – for both sleeping and hiking // 23.Backpack // 24.Blanket – great for sitting on or keeping warm with!

I’ll also be packing a few food rations for the trip but don’t want to pack too much as we’ll be carrying our bags. Plus, it’s the Lake District and there will be shops to stop off at on the way! Besides these easy camping recipes, I’m probably going to give some new ones a go.

What are your must haves on your camping packing list?

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