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Camping checklist for beginners

Still struggling on your camping checklist? Let's see our suggested items below.

Camping gear list for beginners

Don't know what to bring to camping? Let's see below,

Camping gear list
Camping gear you must bring for your first time camping trip

How to choose camping gear?

There are a wide variety of camping gear available in the market. Some focus on comfort and some focus on light weight. Some people like driving to camping sites, and some people prefer hiking instead. There are no fit-for-all camping gear, especially for beginners, and the most important thing is to choose based on your needs.

1. Tent

The camping tent set includes a breathable inner layer and a waterproof outer layer, poles and pegs. The double-layer design can reduce the accumulation of water vapor inside the tent and keep inside dry. The waterproof outer layer passed a shower tested under 2000 mm of water / hour / sqm (tropical rain) & field tests.

Basic camping tent for beginners

ARPENAZ FRESH & BLACK CAMPING TENT 3 PERSON 

3 Person choice

Tent size 197 x 210 cm, 116cm height, suitable for 3 persons. Patented FRESH & BLACK outer fabric: 99% dark even in full daylight.

2 seconds easy camping tent

Easy to set up

Self-standing Structure. EASY pitching & folding exclusive patented technology. 205 x 145 cm bedroom Max. useful height: 110 cm. 2 shoe storage areas.

CAMPING TENT MH100 - 2 PERSON

2 Person choice

Tent size is 130 X 210  x 106 cm,suitable for 2 people。ECO-DESIGN - We only dye one thread out of two to reduce the environmental impact.

Family tent

Camping Tent with Poles Arpenaz 4.1 F&B 4 Persons 1 Bedroom

Our best seller

Tent size 460 x 240 cm, 190cm height, suitable for 4 people. With 1 living room and 1 bedroom.

2 seconds easy camping tent

Inflatable - easy set up

Easy to pitch and features Fresh&Black technology. Less heat and light in your tent, so you can decide when to wake up! 510 x 280 cm, with 1 living rom and 2 bedroom, suitable for 4 persons.

CAMPING TENT MH100 - 2 PERSON

Ultralight choice

Designed this pre-assembled tunnel tent for 4 people looking for habitability and a large living space.

2. Backpack

A 50L backpack is fit for most camping beginners to bring the camping essentials. If you need to bring more stuff to enrich your camping trip, you should choose a backpack with larger capacity. You may want to bring along everything on the camping checklist. Don't forget the more you bring, the more loading at your back.

If you are a hiking beginner, remember not to carry more than 15% of your body weight.
For a 60kg person, the maximum load on your backpack should not exceed 9kg.

A good backpack with a supporting system can perfectly transfer most loading to the hip (not your shoulders!), and keep your body balance.


Here are the most popular models for camping beginners at DECATHLON:
FORCLAZ 50 L  - basic and large capacity, it can fully open by zipper. Packing easy design.
Since every body size is different, it is recommended to try the backpack in person at the store.Talk to our Sport Leaders if you have questions.
EASYFIT - in addition to the features above, Easyfit system enables your bag to be adjusted on your back in one movement, providing maximum comfort. The adjustment is 2-3 times quicker than traditional backpacks.
TREK 900 - More pockets and more comfortable support system to provide maximum performance when carry heavy gear and long hiking distance.

FORCLAZ 50 L backapack

Beginner choice

Adjust the torso length before carry on your back. Buckle chest straps so that the shoulder straps won't slide aside easily.

TREK 100 EASYFIT 50 L

Ultralight choice

Weight of this bag to just 1.3 kg without compromising on durability.The bag can be tailored to your needs thanks to the multi-purpose straps.

TREK 500 50+10L Camping Backpack

Comfort and large volume

Has a new taut mesh back as well as a new polyamide component combining light weight and strength. The perfect bag for all types of hike!

3. Sleeping bag

Pay attention to the following points when choosing sleeping bags,

Height vs Sleeping bag length
If the sleeping is too small will make you difficult to turn around; sleeping bag too long in addition to adding unnecessary weight, the larger the space inside the sleeping bag, the more energy the body needs to keep warm.

Environmental temperature vs. Comfort temperature
The sleeping bag is marked with "comfort temperature". It is wise that to choose sleeping bag according to the weather. Note that the temperature in the campsite used to be lower than in the urban area, you may need to choose a sleeping bag with lower comfort temperature.

Note : Our sleeping bags are marked in comfort temperature, while other brand might marked with limit temperature. 

Hood vs No hood
A sleeping bag without hood is more suitable for people who turn a lot when sleeping; Most of the heat loss from your head, sleeping bag with a hood is more efficient to reserve body temperature.

Material vs Weight
Down sleeping bag is the lightest and the price is more expensive; the synthetic fiber is usually heavier and the price is more affordable.

TREK500 10° TREKKING SLEEPING BAG - LIGHT BLUE

Bestseller

With size M, L and XL.
Size M user height up to 170cm.
Size L user height up to 185cm.
Size XL user height up to 200cm.
Its synthetic fibre provides better compression of the sleeping bag, which reduces overall weight and volume.

CAMPING SLEEPING BAG - ARPENAZ 10°

Lightweight 

With RDS-certified* down and feathers, compressible,  Mummy shape and adjustable hood with good coverage and a drawstring.

CAMPING SLEEPING BAG ARPENAZ 20°

Best for warm weather

Same as Arpenaz 10° sleeping bag, this sleeping bag is more suitable for warm weather and lighter in weight.

4. Sleeping mat

Sleeping mat is often missed out on camping checklist. It improves sleeping quality, in addition to keeping you away from the chill. there are different types of sleeping mats, foam, inflated, and self-inflated.

Foam - The lightest, easy to set up, easy to store; the one disadvantage is the large packed size. Usually tied outside backpack when carrying.
Inflated - Available in different sizes and thicknesses. Depending on the material, the weight varies and has different styles.
Self-inflated - Spongy placed inside the mattress makes it self-inflated. Usually thinner than the inflatable mat.

TREKKING MATTRESS TREK 700

Trekking mattress trek 700

Light weight design, easy to inflate in 1-2 min. Thickness is 5cm with non-slip silicone patches. Reduced sleeping bag slippage.

FOAM TREKKING MATTRESS - M100

Foam trekking mattress - TREK 100

195 x 55 x 2 cm. Foam mattress - the longest groundsheet, versatile and insulating. Concertina folding

AIR JOY 70 MATTRESS

SELF-INFLATABLE CAMPING MATTRESS - ULTIM COMFORT

Very thick self-inflating mattress that can be attached to other mattresses and is easy to set up, so you can enjoy home comfort while camping.

5. Pillow

Of course pillow is a must on a camping checklist! Inflatable pillows save space and weight more than regular pillows and improve the quality of sleep during camping.

PILLOW AIR DREAM

Pillow air dream

A self-inflating pillow inflates by itself up to about 80%. 

LIGHT WEIGHT TREKKING PILLOW

Trekking pillow

Extra large one-way air valve, easy to inflate. Cover can be removed and cleaned, keep clean all the time.

AIR BASIC CAMPING INFLATABLE PILLOW

Air basic camping inflatable pillow

The ergonomic design according to head shape makes sleeping more comfortable.

6. Cooking equipment

For camping beginners, it is better to cook simple meals, such as noodle soup, pasta, and small hot pot. Fuel for cooking is one of the camping essentials for beginners!

MH500 STAINLESS + NON-STICK COATING 2 PEOPLE 2.1L

Mh500 stainless + non-stick coating cook set

Stainless-steel pans + non-stick coating for easy cooking and care.

MH 100 STAINLESS 1 PERSON COOK SET

Mh 100 stainless 1 person cook set

Sturdy and easy to maintain stainless steel saucepan, folding handle.

7. Camping table, chair

Bring along with chairs and table can maximise your camping experience!

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Easy carry

Excellent strength of tubes and fabric. Maximum load: 110 kg

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Camping table

Aluminium feet and melamine top. The top can withstand up to 50 kg.

7. camping table, chair

Suitable for friends

Laminated table top with aluminium frame and reinforcements, steel legs

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