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Camping Essentials For First Timers

Sometimes we all need to kick back, relax and forget about work and life for a while, and what better way of doing that than heading into the great outdoors for a few days of nature and tech-free simplicity?

The problem is, if you aren’t a seasoned camper, knowing what you need to take you on a trip can be a little bit overwhelming and intimidating. Fear not though, as we have a list of the essentials that every first-time camper needs.

1. A tent.

Obviously, you need a tent. There are so many out there that it can be challenging to choose the right one. The main thing you need to think about is whether you want a single skin tent or a double skin. A single skin one is more than adequate for something like a festival in fair weather, but if you’re doing a proper camp, you’re probably going to be better off with a double skin. This will be warmer and offer better protection against rain and wind. The downside to them is that they are a little more tricky to put up and are more expensive. It’s worth it for the extra comfort they provide. You also need to make sure it is big enough, not only to sleep in but to get changed in and store luggage in.

2. Sleeping bags

Even in the middle of the summer, you’re going to need some kind of sleeping bag. You need to consider the temperatures – in the UK, you’re not likely to need an artic rated bag, but you’re going to want something that keeps you warm and comfortable. The lightweight ones are usually more expensive as they are designed to be put into bags and carried around by travelers and backpackers. Space can be at a bit of a premium when you go camping. Many people use a trailer to take their equipment, and have the information for a decent trailer spares site to hand, just in case of emergencies!

3. Torches and Lighting

Unsurprisingly, it gets very dark at night! Even if you are staying on a family campsite, the chances of it being well lit in the night are slim, and if you need to get up to go over to the toilet block or fumble around in your tent for something, you’re going to need a light. Candles and tea lights are a bit of a no-no in a tent due to the fire risk. You can buy lanterns that are battery powered to light up the inside of the tent – most tents have a hanging loop at the centre of the roof for you to hang it from. Alternatively, you can buy headlamps (think miner style) which are perfect for those middle of the night toilet visits, especially if you are taking young children with you.  Make sure your torch or lantern is fully charged or that you have enough spare batteries for your trip.

What are your camping essentials?

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