Take the stress out of preparing for your next camping trip by taking some time planning in advance.
Make sure to choose the right type and size for your circumstances.
Think about the space you will need to live in, not just to sleep.
Generally, Tunnel Tents tend to be more spacious and more suitable for families or larger groups.
A tent can be a big investment and it’s always best to consider how you will use the tent, both now and in the future. A larger tent may be a smart choice even for couples as it will provide more space should the weather keep you under canvas longer than expected.
As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to buy a slightly bigger tent than you really need.
Let’s face it, camping in the UK always comes with a chance of rain. However, modern tents with a sewn in floor will help to deal with the bad weather, not to mention unwanted insects.
A Tent Carpet will add a bit of comfort and help protect the tent floor as well.
A sleeping pad may not seem all that important when considering camping gear.
However, it comes highly recommended and will provide not only extra comfort when sleeping, but also provide additional insulation from the ground.
The time of year you plan to use the sleeping pad will also be a consideration - if it's early Spring or late Autumn the ground can become very cold at night.
Once again there is a lot of choice when it comes to sleeping bags.
Choosing the right sleeping bag could mean the difference between a good and bad nights sleep.
It’s generally considered the best way to keep warm in a sleeping bag is to reduce the amount of airflow. Therefore, Mummy Sleeping Bags are tapered to reduce the amount of air circulation within the bag. If you prefer some space to move about then a more traditional rectangular sleeping bag may be a better choice.
The time of year you plan to use the sleeping bag will also be a consideration. For colder nights, an additional blanket is worth considering if space allows.
If space is not a problem, then taking a large comfy pillow from home is a good option. If space is in short supply, then a smaller camping pillow could be worth considering. You can also get a sleeping pad with built-in pillow.
Tables & Chairs
There’s nothing better than sitting outside on a lovely evening listening to stories with friends and family. Best not to forget something comfortable to sit on then!
A good quality set of folding chairs could be the answer here. Easy to set up and will take up less space when travelling.
It’s also a good idea to consider a camping table to go with the chairs. With so many options to choose from it’s easy to make your camping trip a comfortable one.
Don’t fancy the idea of sharing a bathroom? If space allows, why not consider taking your own!
A floorless pop-up tent paired with a portable camping toilet and handwash station could be the answer. The toilet has a 20-litre waste holding tank that makes it adequate to use 4-5 days for an adult before requiring emptying.
The camping handwash station is fitted with a 3-litre soap dispenser, a towel rack, and a 17-litre freshwater tank. It features a hands-free operation design by stepping on the foot pump to provide a stream of water.
Download A Camping Checklist
This useful Camping Checklist will help you double-check you've considered everything you might need to take with you when you go camping.