Camping in Singapore is not as easy as it looks. Prep for it with the help of our camping equipment guide to make the most of your camping trip! We’ll also let you in on some of the top and legal camping spots so you can better pack for that location!
Camping checklist in a snapshot
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Campsite essentials for camping in Singapore
A camping tent is crucial for a good camping experience, it’ll protect you from heavy rains and the harsh sun. But that’s not all, it also provides a cosy cocoon to settle in for the night. Choose from an array of tents available online depending on the capacity of your camping crew and the amount of space you may need for other equipment. A moderately sized tent like this four-person tent (available on sarayangdesign store) would make for a great family camping trip or a spacious couple’s getaway.
2. Sleeping Bag
Sleeping bags come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. There’s the standard hooded sleeping bag (available on higuain.sg) which provides sufficient warmth and protection. However, if you’re looking for a more luxurious camping experience, you can check out these Coleman Inflatable Camping Airbed Mattresses (available on Sports Unlimited Singapore) for a more comfortable slumber.
It’s important to have an LED torchlight (available on Jaelin.sg) on hand. You’d be surprised by how dark and eerily quiet the night can get when camping in Singapore. Rest assured, with a trusty torchlight, there’s no reason to be afraid! Some torchlights are installed with a strobing function to help ward of nocturnal insects and even intruders should the situation ever arise.
Toiletries for camping in Singapore
4. Insect Repellant Spray/Mosquito Coil
Mosquitoes and flies can be quite a nuisance when on a camping trip in Singapore’s tropical climate. But thankfully, long gone are the days where you’d have to pick between a bug-free trip and smelling like citronella the whole day. Ward pesky mosquitoes off with the odourless Hansaplast Insect Repellent Spray (available on Nivea Official Store) or lavender-scented Baygon Mosquito Coil (available on 99.shop)!
UV protection is essential in preventing sun damage and skin cancer. Did you know that it’s possible to get a sunburn even on overcast days? Up to eighty percent of the sun’s UV rays can pass through clouds, so it’s best to be safe and apply Innisfree anti-pollution sunscreen (available on innisfree) every few hours to avoid those brutal sunburns. Check out our in-depth article on some of the best sunscreens to stock up on!
6. First Aid Kit
Cuts, scratches and other injuries might occur on a camping trip. Which is why it’s important to exercise caution and preparedness with the help of a first aid kit (available on poeifjgn.sg). Equipped with an ample number of plasters, gauze pads and alcohol swabs, rest assured you’ll be prepared for any minor injuries that may crop up during your camping expedition!
Food essentials for camping in Singapore
Keep a reservoir of refreshing beverages for a hot day with the help of a thermal ice cooler (available on lhome.sg)! Better yet, you can also use the cooler to keep your BBQ meat fresh before you cook it . Alternatively, stack some reusable ice gel packs (available on daylan.sg) in the cooler in place of ice to prevent a watery mess when the ice cubes melt!
Keep some snacks handy for a quick energy boost during your camping expedition! Bring along some Original Pringles Potato Chips (available on S-Mart by Shopee Official Store) for a late-night snack or Amazin’ Graze Granola (available on Amazin’ Graze) for a healthier alternative!
9. Water Bottle
Camping can be fun but you have to remember to take frequent water breaks to prevent dehydration! Get on the Hydro Flask (available on Hydro Flask Singapore) bandwagon to appreciate the craze behind this insulated and travel-friendly stainless steel water bottle. If you’re looking to keep your beverage cold or hot for the whole day, this is the only water bottle you’ll be needing.
Electronic essentials for camping in Singapore
10. Power Bank
We get that camping is meant for you to relax, untether yourself from technology and be one with nature. However, that doesn’t mean you have to completely cut yourself off from the rest of the world! Equip yourself with a Xiaomi Power Bank (available on EIN official store) — its large battery capacity will last you through a few charges. While here, check out this list of best power banks to get!
Enjoy the tranquility of nature with some calming music or perhaps play some upbeat tunes as you set up your tent! Wireless speakers serve as the perfect medium for you to jam to your favourite songs. Check out the wireless Marshall Kilburn II (available on Marshall Official Store) for a stylish audio experience in nature!
Clothing essentials for camping in Singapore
Remember to bring a durable hooded windbreaker (available on Elenxs) as it can get windy when night falls, especially if you’re camping near the coasts. Windbreakers are perfect for Singapore’s climate as they’re neither too heavy or thick so it wouldn’t feel warm while wearing it. Plus, they are also water-resistant and will be able to protect you from spontaneous showers of rain.
Aside from sunscreen, hats are a great way to shield your face from the sun! They also help keep your head cool and prevent UV damage to your scalp — something sunscreens can’t do. Check out these FILA Unisex Cotton Bucket Hats (available on FILA Official Store) which make for a fashionable and useful headgear when camping in Singapore!
Entertainment essentials for camping in Singapore
Fill the silence with the beautiful strums of a ukulele (available on sugarp.sg), the perfect campfire instrument. Start singalongs with your camp buddies or play instrumentals to accompany the ambient crackle of the BBQ fire.
15. Card Games
Bond with your family and friends on your camping trip with card games! From Mattel Uno Flip (available on Mattel Official Store) to Exploding Kittens (available on CyberX), get the best card games for your group dynamics! Or check out some of the other best adult card games and let everyone vote for their favourite ones.
And while Singapore may not boast many camping spots, the few we have are definitely worth visiting!
Top camping spots in Singapore
1. Pulau Ubin
Take a trip back in time to simpler times and reconnect with the kampung landscape of Singapore at Pulau Ubin.
2. East Coast Park
Famous for delicious local delights at East Coast Lagoon Food Village, you won’t find yourself going hungry when camping at East Coast Park.
3. West Coast Park
If you’re looking to get away from the crowds but are afraid to cut off from civilisation entirely, West Coast Park is the place to be. With a McDonald’s nearby, you won’t have to worry about food too much either. West Coast Park is also well-known for its outdoor playground and jungle gyms, making it the perfect camping location for families with children!
4. Pasir Ris Park
Take romantic strolls down the Pasir Ris Mangrove Boardwalk with your significant other when you camp at Pasir Ris Park! Bask in the beautiful scenery and tranquil sounds of cicadas in nature.
5. Pulau Hantu Besar (Lazarus Island)
If you’re the daring and thrill-seeking type, Pulau Hantu Besar is sure to chill your bones. Pulau Hantu translates to ‘Island of Ghosts, where ancient Malay warriors were rumoured to have battled and their spirits continue to reside. Only camp here if you dare!
Aside from Pulau Ubin, permits are mandatory for camping in the rest of the locations above. You can secure your camping permits at AXS stations for East Coast Park, West Coast Park and Pasir Ris Park. As for Pulau Hantu Besar, be sure to obtain your camping permit by applying for a Temporary Occupation License from Singapore Land Authority at least seven working days in advance.
Make that camping trip in Singapore happen!
After you’ve secured your camping permit and packed your camping equipment, you are ready to go on your camping expedition! Be it cruising along these scenic cycling routes or looking for outdoor adventures like water sports, we’re certain you’ll have a wonderful time camping with the help of our downloadable camping checklist!
This article was updated on 14 July 2020. Additional research done by Reeve Tham.