Camping for beginners

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If you don't have any experience with campings, here is a brief introduction to what you need to have.

Get a tent

You can buy a cheap tent in a sport shop, i.e. Decathlon or Intersport - it costs between 20-30 euro. Setting up a tent will take you some 10 min. If you don't know how to do it - people around will help you. You could also get a Kartent (Cardboard tent) from which will be ready for you to pick up on day 0!

Sleeping bag

You will also need a sleeping bag with a mattress. They can be found in a sport shop as well. When choosing a sleeping bag, pay attention on the temperature for which it is designed. In summer time you don't need an extra warm one.

Warm clothes

Even in summer time it might be pretty cold at night. We strongly recommend you to have some warm clothes (e.g. pullover). It's better to have it than not to have. Also, it might be rainy, so it's better to have another pair of boots - they are getting wet quickly in the grass.


In case if you get sick during the event (bad food, headache etc.), it's better to have a basic medication kit. Of course, you can always receive professional help if needed.

Water bottle

It's very important to drink enough water, especially when it's hot. On the camping site there will be water points where you can refill your bottles.

Other accessories

There are some other camping accessories that can make your life easier:

  • flashlight
  • folding chairs
  • knife


This is a checklist that you can copy and print out, it contains all the necessary things that you would need to survive 5 days at the campsite. Note that this list is really minimalistic and designed for people who are camping for the first time, or have never set up camp before. Kartent provides a tent + sleeping gear, but not the rest.

  • Transportation to/from the car, choose one:
    • Bolderkar
    • Foldable crates (3 to 4 in case you don't have a bolderkar)
    • Backpack (for minimalists)
  • Sleeping quarters
    • Ground tarp (3m by 3m plastic canvas, usually in blue or green) (not necessary, but it helps keep the bottom of the tent clean, also helps in water insulation)
    • Tent (depending on how many people you like in your bed, usually a 2-person tent is enough for you + backpack).
    • Dust pan/brush (you want to get dirt out, not in)
    • Rubber hammer (to hammer the stakes in the ground)
    • Welcome mat (or something to put your dirty shoes on)
    • Optional: Extra stakes & rope (usually included with your tent)
  • Bedding
    • Sleeping bag (a summer-model!)
    • A fitted sheet for over your air-mattrass (not mandatory but nice)
    • Air mattrass (you don't want to sleep on the ground)
    • Air pump (please, don't get a cheap foot pump, it will haunt you)
    • Pillow
  • Personal
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Shampoo
    • Feminine products (if you are of the femine persuasion)
    • Medications
    • Razor
    • Towels (one beach towel)
    • Deodorant
    • Shower shoes/flip flops
    • Comb/Brush
  • Clothes (take for at least 5 days)
    • Good fitting shoes (trust me, you will walk a lot)
    • Jeans / Pants
    • Shorts
    • T-shirts
    • Socks
    • Hat
    • Bandana
    • Sweatshirt / Jacket
    • Underwear
    • Sleep clothes
    • Raincoat
    • Swim suit
    • Laundry bag
  • Miscellaneous
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher if you dont get out often)
    • Flashlight / Headlamp
    • Camera with battery & Charger
    • Books (to read at night)
    • Radio
    • Charging cable for your phone
    • Foldable chair
    • Money belt
    • Around 100 EUR in cash (20 EUR per day for food)
    • reservation tickets
    • identity card
    • wet wipes
    • Antibiotic handsoap (alcolhol based soap)
    • Umbrella
    • Work gloves
    • Snacks
    • Fire extinguisher (small, pocket size)
    • Instant choco/coffee/tea
    • Scissors
    • Watch
    • Power extension cable (5 meter should suffice)
    • Cat5e/Cat6/Cat7 cable (50-70 meter (see Network#Wired)
    • Card games
  • Cooking (in case foodcourt is nothing for you. Pro tip: volunteer as an angel, have a good time and get a free meal at the Angel kitchen in Heaven!)
    • Water bucket (for storing clean water)
    • Thermos bottle (if you like your own coffee)
    • Propane stove (find one that is stable on unstable ground)
    • Extra propane tank (in case you make a mistake)
    • Matches (to light the fire)
    • Plates (hard plastic, easy to clean)
    • Knifes, Forks and spoons (table gear)
    • Mixing spoons
    • Aluminium foil
    • Trash bags
    • Paper towels (kitchen or toiletpaper)
    • Oven mitts
    • Cooking oil
    • bottles of water
    • Cooking pans (not the ones you have at home!)
    • Dish soap (please think of the environment!)
    • Bottle opener
    • Canned food
    • Spaghetti (or similar)
    • Cutting board
    • Scrubber (to get the pans clean)
    • Seasonings
    • Potato peeler
    • Ziplock bags