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Into the wild: the essential accessories you need for your next camping trip

by Edaein OConnell
21st Jul 2020

Going camping on your Irish holiday? Here we list 12 items you need to make your expedition as comfortable as possible.

If you are the camping type, then you need good camping accessories.

If the wild calls out to you and you have a burning need to be at one with nature, then you have to carry the right gear.

With staycations the trip of the day, camping is having its moment in the sun. From family breaks to a weekend with the girls, nothing makes you more grounded than sleeping on the actual ground.

The idea of camping for novices can be terrifying. What do you pack? What’s the right size tent? What if it rains?

And what about the bears?

Thankfully, the online world is blessed with a range of camping retailers that are experts in the area. Most have excellent camping specific areas on their websites with our top picks being Regatta and Halfords.

Although you may have to go elsewhere about the bears.

The camping pros will tell you the same thing: invest in a good tent and sleeping bag and that is half the battle. From there, items such as gas stoves, chairs, lanterns, and cool boxes make up your kit.

If you are feeling particularly fancy, an inflatable pillow and light up bunting will have you camping in style.

Here are our top camping picks.


Vango Beta 550XL Moroccan Blue, €246.50 at Great Outdoors


Survivor III 45L rucksack, €39.95 at Regatta

Inflatable pillow

Trekology ultralight inflatable pillow, approx €13.33 at Amazon

Sleeping bag and sleeping mat

Hilo boost expandable sleeping bag Oxford blue ebony, €34.95 at Regatta

Napa Uitralite self-inflating foam camping mat, €24.95 at Regatta

Air bed (for extra comfort)

Trespass single premium raised air bed, €54.99 at Argos

Camping chairs and table

Kampa tub blue chair, €60 for twin pack at O Meara Camping

Four person camping table, €45 at Decathlon

Camp cooking

Complete cookset pack, €36 at Halfords


14 litre 12V electric coolbox 2019, €50 at Halfords

Light up bunting

Tobar light-up bunting, approx €11.90 at Amazon


Ultra-bright LED camping lantern, approx €11.10 at Amazon

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