We love staying in a fancy hotel when we go away – but unfortunately, our locations and our budgets don’t always stretch to that. Plus, you can sometimes end up having a much more authentic travel experience when you are not simply tempted to lounge around in the hotel spa all the time! Honestly speaking, it doesn’t get much more authentic than camping. You don’t tend to find hotels, let alone luxury ones, in beautiful rural locations. So, if you want to see some of the best natural wonders that our world has to offer, you might have to ditch the en-suite room and go slightly rogue. Camping, however, doesn’t have to be the uncomfortable, hassle-laden experience you thought it was as a child. The camping market has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years, and now there are plenty of products out there designed to maximise your comfort during a camping trip. Take a look at this selection of the things you’ll need to camp like a pro, and you won’t look at a hotel ever again!
A quality tent
Everyone knows that the cornerstone of any camping kit is a good quality tent. Many people unknowingly buy very cheap pop-ups because they consider other tents a hassle to sort out, but by doing this, you could potentially be opening yourself up to disaster. Even if you are camping somewhere in a hot country, a cheap pop-up could still let in morning dew and condensation, and it certainly won’t leave you feeling secure and protected. Make use of outdoor shop discounts and snag yourself a bargain tent during the out of season sale. Many can easily be constructed in fifteen minutes or less, and come with double-skinned weather resistance and a built-in groundsheet.
A bivy sack
Even when you camp during the height of summer, the temperature can easily plummet during the night. There’s nothing worse than not being able to get to sleep because you’re shivering so much in your tent, so why not try sleeping in a bivy sack rather than a normal sleeping bag? These sacks were originally designed for trekkers who would sleep out in the open inside them, but if you’re one of those people who are always cold (like me!) they could be a viable option for use inside your tent too.
The whole point of camping is to enjoy the great outdoors – something pretty hard to do if you’re forced to sit on the slightly damp ground all the time. Camping chairs are super cheap and easily fold up into compact bags, so take a couple with you so you can sit outside your tent, socialise and enjoy your surroundings. If you’re packing super light, you could go even smaller with camping stools. You’ll also want to make sure the inside of your tent is nice and cosy, so providing you can take them with you, stock up on pillows and a thick camping mat (if not a blow up mattress).
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