We put our thinking caps on and came up with a few nuggets of what we hope are good advice for anyone who is considering a camping trip any time soon. These pieces of advice are useful simply because, if followed, they should help you either have a safer, or more enjoyable camping trip. And we like that kind of thing.
Pick the right bag
The humble sleeping bag has undergone a few changes over the last few years, but in the end it’s still just a warm bag to sleep in. But remember that sleeping bags, like your duvet, are season specific. That means that you can buy a bag that is perfectly suited to the warmer summer months, or a heavy duty item that will keep you warm in the cold. Our tip here is to always buy a bag that will provide warmth for a little colder than the current season you are in. If you’re in summer, grab a bag that helps with a Spring level of coolness. If you’re out in the autumn, go for a winter bag. You won’t ask us why once you realise that the night time is generally a lot colder no matter what time of year it is.
Set up camp before dark
Especially if it’s your first time. There are many things that can go wrong when you are camping, and getting the tent up and ready as quick as possible gets plenty of the problems out of the way before it’s too dark to deal with them. If you’ve lost anything at least it will still be daylight. If you’re finding it hard to get your tent set up (newbies especially) then this is the perfect time to get on top of it as the daylight will provide you with plenty of visuals. It just makes sense to get the tent up while you can see it.
Get the clothing right
This is about as important as it gets when you’re talking about preparation for the camping holiday. You need to ensure that the clothing you take with you is appropriate. Remember those old school trips you went on when a clothing list came home and it literally detailed all the clothing you would need? There was a reason for that.
Pack strong shoes and plenty of waterproofs. And one of the best pieces of advice we can offer here is to always pack a waterproof poncho. You’ll be glad you did.
So there are a few bits of advice that we came up with regarding your camping trip. The obviously important one is the clothing one, but take heed of our advice on getting that tent set up quickly. It’s all about being as sensible as you can while still focusing on enjoying yourself. take plenty of precautions and ensure you’re ready for whatever Nature decides to throw at you.
Oh, and enjoy your trip…