What To Bring on a Camping Trip With Friends

Camping trips with friends are arguably one of the most fun experiences a person can have! This blog will explain what to bring on a camping trip with friends, and also the things you can do whilst camping.

How To Plan a Camping Trip With Friends

Firstly, before you can start packing, it’s wise to plan your getaway.

Make sure you know where you’re going, how long, and who you’re going with.

The Family Field at Sumners Ponds is perfect for friends wanting to get away together. 

It is situated in a lovely secluded area, away from the campsite, and next door to the gorgeous Match Lake.

It’s perfect for groups (or large families) who would like a more private camping experience.

Our Family Field also comes with its own exclusive mini shower block, toilets, electric hook-up, and a fire pit.

Bring your guitars and marshmallows and get chilling!

Once you have it all figured out, you can start making a list of what to bring on your camping trip.

What To Bring on a Camping Trip

Making lists for camping trips is a great way to help you remember what you need to bring. 

The last thing you want to do is get stuck without your walking boots or toothbrush!

Here are the basic camping essentials you should bring on your camping adventure:

  • Tent
  • Tent pegs
  • Mallet
  • Sleeping bag 
  • Pillow
  • Sleeping mat/camp bed
  • Waterproof coat, trousers & umbrella
  • Clean, dry clothes
  • PJ’s
  • Depending on the weather – woolly hat & gloves or sun hat/cap & sunglasses
  • Walking boots & flipflops
  • Spare underwear & socks
  • Table & camping chairs
  • Water container
  • Cooking and eating utensils
  • Wet wipes
  • Tin & bottle opener
  • First aid kit
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Towels
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Toilet roll
  • Insect repellent
  • Insect ease
  • Pocket knife
  • Hand sanitiser

For a larger checklist, check out our Camping Checklist blog

Camping with friends is a great way to get to know each other more and bring out the fun side in everyone. 

Bring along a deck of cards, or even card games such as dobble or cards against humanity. 

You could even bring a board game such as monopoly or trivial pursuit!

What To Do on a Camping Trip With Friends

You have everything packed and ready to go, but what are your plans when you get there?

Here are some great ideas that you can do at Sumners Ponds Campsite and Fishery:

Go for lovely walks.

We have many different walking routes that are perfect for getting out and enjoying the fresh air and nature. Click here for our blog on Cycling and Walks.

Take in the scenes of our lovely ponds, walk through our woods, and explore the different campsites.

Click here to view our map of Sumners Ponds.

Say hi to our farm animals.

We have cows, chickens, sheep, and 3 shetland ponies. They all love fuss and attention so go and say hi!

Try your hand at fishing.

Sumners Ponds has 5 fishing lakes, all well stocked with lots of different fish species, such as carp, perch, roach, pike, bream, and more.

All fishing lakes in Sussex are different, so if you’re looking to find out the best way to fish at Sumners Ponds then read our top fishing tactics for fishing in our lakes and ponds.

Our fishing lakes are dotted around Sumners Ponds, click here for a view of the map.

Grab a bite to eat at our Cafe by the Lake.

We offer homemade cakes and sandwiches, and also delicious burgers with fries!

You can quench your thirst too here with a range of soft, sparkling, and alcoholic drinks.

Bike ride around Sussex.

We have perfect access to The Downs Link for bike rides, which is very popular amongst cyclists.

The Downs Link is a 37-mile (59km) route that links the North Downs Way in Surrey with Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex.

Visit the local town Horsham.

Four miles from Sumners Ponds, Horsham has regular markets and a good variety of independent shops as well as a shopping mall offering the usual high street names.

Attractions include a good public swimming complex, bowling alley, and large park featuring pitch and putt, tennis courts, the Millennium Maze, and a coffee shop, as well as good nightlife.

Sumners Ponds Contact Details

Reception and General Enquiries: 

Tel: 01403 732539 

Email: bookings@sumnersponds.co.uk

Monday – Sunday: 9am – 5pm

Cafe by the Lake: 

Tel: 01403 732734

Email: cafe@sumnersponds.co.uk

Monday – Sunday 9:00am – 4:00pm

Food Service: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Quick Enquiry

Disabled Friendly

Sumners Ponds is a accessible fishery for those with a disability. The best lakes to fish are either Farm Pond or Betty’s Lake.

Farm Pond has a purpose built accessible platform with a ramp from the ajoining car park. This spaceous decked area has three large swims which are all disabled priority. The car park for this lake is directly next to the closest fishing swims so there is not far to travel with your equipment.

Betty’s Lake has two disabled parking areas which are very close to the nearest wood-chipped swims.