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10 Camping Essentials For Your Staycation In Ireland

Camping essentials

Planning on going camping this summer? From tents to tennis rackets, sleeping bags to seats, bike racks to barbecues, I’ve got all your camping essentials covered.

Whether you are a first time camper or a camping expert, it is vital you have the right camping essentials with you when camping in Ireland. A good quality tent is a given, but so is a sleeping bag and insulation mat, to cope with our ever changing weather conditions.

Roof boxes can be a handy way to double your boot space, but a powerbank to charge multiple devices in one go is probably at the top of your kids priority list! Unfortunately in Ireland we don’t have the luxury of campsites with swimming pools and restaurants that you find overseas, so you need to bring cooking equipment and cooler boxes, and of course no camping holiday is complete without games!

family camping holidays in Ireland

With this in mind I have teamed up with Irish owned, who are Ireland’s number one online store for all your car and camping essentials. They have a wide selection of camping equipment online, many of which are available with next day delivery. 


1. Tents

High quality tents are the ultimate camping essenitals

There is a wide selection of tents available, including small tents for couples, luxury tunnel tents that can sleep up to six, and cool pop-up play tents for kids. Choosing the right tent really depends on how much camping you plan on doing. Luxury brands like Husky and High Peak produce high quality tents which are ideal for camping holidays in Ireland.

The High Peak Leesburg six man tent is like an outdoor home! It comes with a 11-15m2 of living space, a sewn-in floor to keep moisture, dirt and creepy crawlies out, transparent windows which can also be opened, and a large canopy to provide shade and protection against the wind. 

But if you are camping for the first time and are looking for a smaller, basic tent, Micks Garage have those too. Search the full range here:

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2.  Sleeping bags and Air mattresses

Husky sleeping bags are ideal for camping holidays in Ireland

The best tent in the world won’t feel like it if you don’t have a good sleeping bag to go with it. The high quality Husky sleeping bags are available for both adults and kids, and they cope with extreme conditions as well as warmer temperatures.

Make sure you pick up a camping mat too. The self inflating ultralight mats provide insulation, and their compact size are ideal for backpacking.  

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3. Portable camping furniture

camping essentials - inflatable seats.

From camping holidays to festivals, every home should have inflatable chairs. Micks Garage have a great selection with prices from just €15.90. You will also find portable dining tables and popup hammocks – the ultimate camping essentials!

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4. Roof racks

how to choose a roof rack

If you are worried about being short on boot space for your camping holiday, then you should invest in a roof rack. There are many different types to choose from, with prices from as little as €69.

Micks Garage’s easy to use roof rack tool will show you how to choose a roof rack in minutes. They have a wide selection of roof boxes to choose from too.

Read: How to choose a roof rack in three easy steps

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5. Bike racks

bike racks.

Cycling has become more popular than ever, and Ireland has many gorgeous greenways that are just waiting to be explored. However, renting bikes for all the family is not cheap, and many kids and keen cyclists feel more comfortable using their own bikes. Bike racks are an efficient and economical way of transporting your bikes, both on holidays, or for days out at home.

MicksGarage have a wide selection to choose from – you carry bikes on the roof, towbar or rear door of your car, with prices from €49.99. They also have a new electric bike carrier in stock too.

Read: 5 Greenways to cycle in Ireland this summer

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6. Portable barbecues and stoves

portable barbecue for camping.

Cooking on a portable stove or barbecue is part and parcel of camping holidays, and there is nothing better than barbecued burgers on the beach! Micks Garage have a wide selection of cooking equiment available as well as Chilly Bottles and camping cutlery.

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7. Powerbanks and Jumpstarters

a good quality powerbank is a camping essential


A jumpstarter is one of those things we all mean to buy, but often don’t. As well as jump starting a dead battery, they also double up as a powerbank and can recharge multiple devices on the go, including phones and tablets. Many also feature an LED light for use at night or low light conditions. These can be particularly useful if camping in Ireland and are one of those camping essentials that you will be glad to have with you.

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8. Roof boxes and tow boxes

roof racks can be handy for camping holidays

Double your boot space for your staycation this year but adding a roof box or tow box to your car. Store bulky items in the roof box, and allow plenty of room in your boot to bring a selection of clothes for all weather eventualities – remember you may get four seasons in one day in Ireland.

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9. Games and activities:

Games are camping essentials for family camping holidays.

Is a camping holiday even a camping holiday without fireside games and activities? From Swing Ball to Limbo, tennis rackets to darts, there is a wide selection to choose from, as well as kids crab nets, fishing rods and inflatable swimming pools.

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10. Cooler boxes

cooler boxes are vital camping esentials

Did you know that Coleman cooler boxes can retain ice for up to 3 days? Cooler boxes are not only camping essentials, but they are something that every home should have. There is nothing better than reaching for a cool drink on a hot day! There are many different cooler boxes to choose from, including personal coolers for short excursions and extreme coolers for longer trips. 

See more here are Ireland’s number one online store for all your car and travel essentials. They have a wide selection of camping equipment, SUP boards, bike racks and roof racks, many of which are available to order with next day delivery. Rated 4.7 on Trustpilot, should be your first port of call for staycation essentials this summer.

This post on camping essentials was sponsored by I hope it helps you plan a trip away soon. 


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Travel Tips

The Ultimate Camping Equipment Checklist

camping in Achill (1)

Whether you are a first time camper, or a veteran, this camping equipment checklist will ensure you pack smart for your next camping trip.

Primary school teacher Eibhlin has enjoyed many camping holidays and has picked up some great tips and tricks along the way. You can read her top tips for camping in Ireland here. After many years of ‘winging it’ and throwing things into the boot of the car, last year she decided to compile a camping equipment checklist of all her camping needs.



Camping Equipment Essentials:

camping equipment, tent

A tent, porch, mallet, pegs and ground sheet are all essential and can be found on You can also be lucky and pick up some second hand deals on Adverts or Done Deal. I would also recommend a tent carpet – it is optional, but adds a bit of luxury all the same. Clothes pegs are handy for hanging up wet towels or clothes on the guide ropes too. 



Cooking essentials:

cooking equipment for camping

A camping kettle, gas cooker, gas canisters, a saucepan and a frying pan are essential camping equipment. Remember to bring mugs, plates, bowls, cutlery, a sharp knife, spatula, tongs, tin foil, food storage boxes, and a chopping board for preparing meals. 

Two basins, two tea towels, washing up liquid and a cloth are needed for cleaning, and don’t forget large plastic bags for rubbish. A dustpan and brush is a great tip for sweeping up sand, grass etc. that gathers inside the tent.

Camping chairs and a table are also necessary if camping for any length of time, and remember to bring plastic wine glasses and a bottle opener too! A small cool bag and reusable ice packs can also come in handy, as well as a picnic blanket for day trips.




family camping equipment - airbeds

Airbeds (don’t forget the pump), sleeping bags and pillows are essential camping equipment if you want to sleep comfortably. Bring an old blanket or sleeping bag for underneath the airbeds – this helps to create a barrier between the cold ground and the bed.



Personal Items – Clothes:

family camping holidays in Ireland

Bring plenty of underwear, socks, hoodies and tracksuit bottoms – for some reason they always get really dirty! Raincoats are a necessity, and wellies if you are camping near a river. Wetsuits are also handy if you are planning on swimming. Old shoes or runners are ideal for children, and flipflops are practical for showering.

It can get cold at night time so bring warm pyjamas and extra layers, and dressing gowns are useful for walking to the bathrooms.



Everyday items:

Bring small backpacks for the kids and a tote bag or backpack for yourself – camping is not the place for your nice handbag… Think rain or shine – umbrellas and sunglasses are a must.



Electronics and gadgets:

Bring phones, chargers, plug in car chargers for the car, and don’t forget your camera! Torches and headlights (one for each family member) are very helpful at night time.

Read: 10 staycation essentials that you should be buying now




what to bring camping with kids

As well as your children’s favourite teddies or toys, bring boardgames and a deck of cards too. Bikes, scooters and helmets are handy if you have the space – think about buying a bike rack. A portable DVD player or tablets can be a Godsend on rainy days.



Toiletries & Medicines:

Washbags with toiletries may seem obvious, but bring toilet paper, towels and wipes too – they can be really handy. Sunscreen and insect repellant should also be included. Bring painkillers and calpol / nurofen for children. 




camping equipment - what food to bring camping

Over the years, we have cut down on the amount of food we bring, as we found we were wasting it or bringing a lot of it home with us. We usually buy fresh ingredients daily from the local shop. You may have access to fridge/freezer in the camper’s kitchen (check with campsite).


This will differ depending on your family, but we bring small cereal boxes, snacks, fruit, eggs, sausages, rashers, bread, tinned food, butter, ketchup, mayo, cooking oil, coffee, sugar and alcohol. We also bring individual water bottles for everyone.
Happy camping campers!

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Al Fresco Holidays Feature Five New Parks for 2016


Looking to travel some where new this year?  Al Fresco Holidays feature five new parks for 2016 in France, Italy and Croatia.


Forget about drafty mobile homes with no shower pressure! Al Fresco holidays offer spacious modern mobile homes complete with air conditioning, private decking and my personal favourite – power showers! They also offer a wide range of parks to suit all tastes, sixty-eight to be precise, across five countries, France, Spain, Italy, Croatia and Holland. You can choose large and lively, small and friendly, or even authentic parks if you want to live like the locals! Kids are extremely well looked after with kids clubs and entertainment generally available. You will also find that many offer water slides, kids discos and numerous sports facilities.  Their new parks for 2016 include a 5* Yelloh! village in France, an Italian park close to Venice and a stunning beach park in the island of Pag, Croatia. Check them out below and let me know your favourite 🙂

Crystal Al Fresco Holidays feature 5 new parks for 2016


Yelloh! Village au Lac de Biscarrosse, Aquitaine, France

Enjoy five star comforts at this Yelloh! camping village. Ideally situated on Lake Biscarrosse, you can choose the lake, the nearby sandy beach or the on-site aquatic park to cool down.  On land kids will enjoy the kids clubs and entertainment programme, while adults can treat themselves to a spa treatment in the wellness centre or a wine tour near in nearby Bordeaux.

Crystal Al Fresco Holidays feature 5 new parks for 2016


Des Menhirs, Brittany, France.

This lively park offers fun for all the family. With kids clubs available from infants to age 12 and a wide choice of sports for teens, this is suitable for kids of all ages. There are sports tournaments, waterslides in the pool and even pony rides available, if non stop action is what you seek, then look no further. Des Menhirs is also situated close to Carnac plage which has a wide choice of  bars, restaurants and shops as well as numerous water sports on the beach. Take a trip to nearby Auray and visit the evening market, or explore the Brittany countryside.

Crystal Al Fresco Holidays feature 5 new parks for 2016


Domaine des Naiades, Cotes d’Azur, France

Enjoy the glamour of St Tropez without the expensive price tag. Situated in the South of France, this park is close to the stunning marina of Port-Grimaud and the larger towns of  Antibes and Cannes. It boasts a picture postcard setting with views of St. Tropez and comes complete with a Olympic sized swimming pool. It also has water slides, sports facilities, a cinema and an open air stage offering dance shows and karaoke.

Crystal Al Fresco Holidays feature 5 new parks for 2016


Portofelice, Venetian Riviera, Italy.

Portofelice is situated right on the beach of Eraclea Mare and is a modern park complete with water slides, entertainment and kids clubs. It also has the added bonus of being only 25 miles from Venice. If the kids are looking for some more adventure, Lido di Jesolo is close by which has the popular Aqualandia waterpark.

Crystal Al Fresco Holidays feature 5 new parks for 2016


Camping Simuni, Dalamatian Coast, Island of Pag, Croatia.

Situated on the island of Pag, you have no less than seven beaches on your doorstep. You can try scuba diving, surfing or simply chill out in one of the beach bars and take in the view. There are also excellent facilities on site, including kids clubs, entertainment and even a bouncy castle for the younger ones.

Crystal Al Fresco Holidays feature 5 new parks for 2016


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4* Sanguli Resort Salou, Easter Week, 2ad & 2ch, €1039


Thinking of getting away for Easter holidays? I found this amazing deal in the 4* Sanguli resort Salou, you need to check this one out!


With the kids off for two weeks over Easter, a week away is just what’s needed. I found a great deal to Salou, staying in the superb Sanguli resort. This is one of Spain’s most popular campsites and is always booked out during the Summer months. Situated beside the beach, in the heart of Salou and only minutes from Port Aventura Theme Park, the location just couldn’t be better. I included a two day pass to PortAventura in this deal because I went there this year with my kids and loved it. Read my review of PortAventura for all the highlights, tips and tricks. You can also take a day trip to Barcelona, the Roman city of Tarragona, or the harbour town of Cambrils, a food lovers paradise! Suffice to say you will be spoilt for things to do. Sanguli is equipped with pool slides, an entertainment program and beautiful gardens, so it’s not surprising that it is one of the most sought after complexes in the area.



A two bedroom Rossini mobile home is only £245 ( approx €280 )for Easter week, a saving of 30%! You can also upgrade to a three bedroom mobile home for £318 (approx €360 ), this is incredible value for such a busy time of year. If you have three or four kids you will only pay for the extra flight flight cost of €120! All mobiles come complete with decking, an outdoor table, parasol,  chairs, sun Loungers, & reclining chairs. You will need to pay extra for bed linen and towels. Don’t worry, a family pack that consists of 1 double linen pack, 2 single linen packs, 2 beach/bath towel packs and 2 bath mats is only £55! If travelling with a baby, you will receive a travel cot, high chair baby bath, socket covers and baby gate on the terrace all free of charge, just pre book it before you go.


Sanguli Resort Salou for Easter Holidays by The Travel Expert


Flights depart from Dublin on Good Friday the 30th of March for seven days. In fact they depart every day over the Easter Holidays, I just selected the 30th because the price was good and it still gives you the weekend to get organised when you get home 🙂 Make sure you select Barcelona Reus airport as it is only 6 miles from Salou, Barcelona main airport is much further away. So what are you waiting for, book a week in Sanguli Resort Salou today!


Click here to book mobile home: £245 2 bed or £318 3 bed

Click here to book flights: €120pp ( Select Barcelona – Reus airport )

Click here to book tickets to PortAventura: 2 Day Ticket, Adult €50, Child €44.


Prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change.




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