Camping Checklist

Our recommendations to ensure your stay is comfortable and enjoyable

Although staying at a friendly Kiwi Holiday Park will feel like a home away from home, the camping checklist below contains the typical items we recommend bringing with you to help ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible. Of course, you don’t need to bring everything on the list, and depending on the activities you intend participating in while on holiday there might be other items you’ll also require. Nevertheless, the checklist below offers a useful starting point which can be adapted to suit your needs.  And if you or someone in your group wants all the luxuries of home Kiwi Holiday Parks also provides a range of cabins, motels and self contained units to suit any budget or taste.

Download checklist (pdf).


  • Canvas or dome tent (unless planning on renting a campervan or staying in cabin accommodation)
  • Fly, sunroom or windbreak for canvas tents
  • Ground cloth / tarpaulin
  • Gazebo or small shelter / marquee
  • Extra guy ropes & pegs
  • Hammer or mallet
  • Tent repair kit
  • RCD cord for powered sites. Please note: RCD cords are available for hire at some Kiwi Holiday Parks. Please check with the individual park.
  • Tent fan (great during summer)


  • Folding camp chairs (enough for one each)
  • Camping table
  • Camp kitchen


  • Sleeping bags or sheets & duvet
  • Air bed, foam pad, stretcher or bunks
  • Air pump (12v or foot pump)
  • Pillows
  • Extra blankets


  • Food & drink (depends on how long you are away for, how long you are staying in one place for or how close the nearest shop is)
  • Cooking device – LPG gas stove (e.g.3 burner cooker) or portable butane stove
  • Spare gas canisters or LPG gas bottle
  • Waterproof matches / gas lighter
  • Water container
  • Cooking utensils (tongs, fish slice, peeler, whisk)
  • Pots, pans & colander
  • Plastic mixing/ salad bowls
  • Plates, bowls, mugs (made from stainless steel, enamel or melamine)
  • Drinking glasses / travel mugs
  • Cutting board & sharp knife
  • Cooking oil
  • Chilly bin or camping fridge (if using a powered site)
  • Cutlery (plastic or camping set)
  • Paper towels
  • Large rubbish bags
  • Biodegradable dishwashing liquid
  • Scrubbing brush
  • Dish cloths & tea towels
  • Tea / coffee
  • Salt / pepper
  • Zip lock bags
  • Ice packs
  • Plastic wrap / aluminium foil
  • Spare plastic bags
  • Old cloths
  • Plastic bins tubs with lid
  • Can opener / bottle opener
  • Large plastic bowls for cleaning dishes (or taking them to the kitchen block)


  • Flashlight / torch
  • Head light (great for going to the bathroom at night so you have 2 spare hands)
  • Lanterns (gas or battery) + fittings you may need
  • Spare batteries
  • Spare bulbs
  • Spare lantern fuel
  • Spare mantles

Health & Safety

  • First aid kit
  • Sunscreen (the NZ sun can be very harsh during summer)
  • Aloe Vera (good for sunburn)
  • Insect repellent
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tissue
  • Wet wipes


  • Normal summer gear (shorts, t-shirts) & warmer clothes for in the evenings
  • Rainwear / wet weather gear
  • Sneakers
  • Hiking boots
  • Jandals
  • Swimming togs & towel
  • Sleepwear
  • Hat / Sunhat (the NZ sun can be very harsh during summer)
  • Sunglasses
  • Beanie
  • Gloves
  • Warm jacket
  • Slippers
  • Gumboots

Personal Items

  • Any medication needed
  • Soap & soap holder
  • Towels (shower & beach)
  • Toothbrush / toothpaste
  • Shampoo / conditioner
  • Comb / brush
  • Deodorant
  • Razor / shaving cream
  • Toilet paper
  • Spare glasses or contacts (+ contact solution & holder)
  • Small mirror (can use car mirror)
  • Lip balm
  • Sewing kit


  • Books
  • Radio
  • iPod / mp3 player
  • Board games
  • Playing cards
  • Pen & paper
  • Frisbee, ball, beach toys, kite
  • Camera / battery charger / memory cards
  • Day pack


  • Broom
  • Brush & shovel / pan
  • Washing / laundry powder
  • Pocket knife or multi tool
  • Clothesline
  • Clothes pegs
  • Extra rope
  • Citronella candles
  • Bungee cords
  • Duct tape
  • Umbrella
  • Maps
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