14 Essentials For Your Camping Trip Once Lockdown Is Over

Make packing easier by checking out these list of camp must-haves

Kirsten Curtis |

A camping trip over the school holiday is a staple tradition amongst many South African families. It is a great way to relax, bond and have fun with mother nature as your playground. Once lockdown is over, there’s even more reason to pack your tent and get off the beaten track, away from crowds and viruses – but also away from your home where you have spent far too much time in of late.

Bring these 14 items along with you so that you can enjoy your family adventure with ease.

Life+Gear 60 Lumen lantern

This camping lantern is built with compact design and durable materials to resist both water and impact to keep shining bright through the roughest conditions. This lantern shines with 60 lumens of brightness in standard mode for crisp area lighting, but also offers a dimmer night light glow mode, red glow and a flasher mode for emergencies. R50 (was R199) at Cape Union Mart

On The Mark Headlamp

Look like a real adventurer on your holiday by strapping on the On The Mark Headlamp. The LED lamp emits a bright light to help you navigate at night, or tell scary stories. R99.90 at Sportsman’s Warehouse

Rip Curl 2 Pack Roll Beanie

Rip Curl’s 2 Pack Roll Beanie is just what you need to add a quirky element to your style. Constructed from a thick knit, these beanies will keep your head warm on your camp without compromising style. R479 at Zando

Superman Travel Mug

The Mug of Steel for the Man of Steel. The insulated flask with screw on lid is double walled for extra insulation, so you can now keep your drinks warmer for longer when on long journeys or commutes. R220 at Mantality

Jeep Polar Fleece Gloves


The evenings can be a bit chilly even if there’s a camp fire, so be sure to get a pair of Jeep Polar Fleece Gloves. R199 at Spree

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Cape Union Director’s Chair

A camp chair with a mini-table and cup-holder – you know you need this! It is easy to fold and transport making it ideal for camping, the beach, as well as your stoep. The Cape Union Mart directors’ chair is an overall winner. R399 (was R699) at Cape Union Mart

Hi-Tec Men’s Flen II Puffer Jacket









From the cityscapes to the mountainsides. The Hi-Tec Men’s Flen II Puffer Jacket gives the freedom to explore by offering solid, all-around performance. It’s lightweight, filled with recyclable polyester insulation and offers the warmth you need to brave colder conditions.  R1,299 at Hi-Tec.

K-Way Gradient 22L Daypack

It is quite the task to travel light on a camping trip, so make sure you have enough space for your things by getting the K-Way Gradient Daypack. This backpack is also perfect for your day-to-day travels. R499 (was R899). Check for availability at any Cape Union Mart.

Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool

Be prepared for any situation on your trip by bringing along the Leatherman Wingman Multi-tool. It’s more than likely to come in handy. R900 at Sportsman’s Warehouse

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Canon Powershot SX420 Camera

Capture all your adventurous memories on the Canon Powershot while on your holiday and add a new chapter of fun memories to the family photo album. R1500 at Incredible Connection

Aeropress + Rhinowares Compact Grinder + Travel Case Bundle

The Aeropress Coffee Maker is portable, durable and versatile. When partnered with the Rhinowares Compact Grinder and travel case, they form the dream team for coffee on the move. R1899 at Cape Coffee Beans 

K-Way Horizon 6 Person Tent

Camping wouldn’t really be camping without it. The K-Way Horizon is a tent fit for a family as it gives space and safety from the elements. R2299 (was R2999) at Cape Union Mart 

Star Wors 3 Piece Braai Set

May the sauce be with you! Braai your wors in style with this neat and quirky Star Wars-themed braai set containing 3 essential braai implements. R265 at Mantality.

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Bag-A-Braai BBQ & Cooler Set

This portable braai is the king of table-top, garden, patio, balcony, deck and park outdoor sizzlers. It’s brilliantly designed, packs as thin as a wafer thin mint (well not quite) and opens up to provide a compact yet practical 23cm cooking area. R449 at Mantality

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