Camping is one of those things that people tend to either love or hate. You may think that camping isn’t for you if you’ve been used to 5-star luxury on all your vacations thus far, and you may be of the opinion that it can’t possibly ever be comfortable. But this is where you may be wrong. The concept of camping as a viable holiday has blown up in recent years, partially due to the increased cost of spending a week in a luxury resort. Plus, more and more people are becoming increasingly interested in getting away from city life to a more rural setting – and camping is something that can deliver on this front. Thanks to the expanding camping market, there are now more products than ever available to make your nights under canvas as full of comfort as possible. Still, aren’t convinced that a tent can be your home away from home? Here’s everything you need for a great night’s sleep while camping, guaranteed.
A waterproof tent
Your tent is arguably the most important part of your entire camping set-up. It’s your vessel and your home for the weekend, or for however long you are spending al fresco. There are plenty of different types available now to meet just about everybody’s needs. When it comes to tents, it is worth it to put your money where your mouth is, so to speak. Cheap tents are exactly that: cheap and flimsy, and will probably let you down within seconds of you erecting them. Spend a little more money on a quality tent, and you won’t be disappointed. Look for something with multiple sections if you’re sharing with others, and a porch section, so you have somewhere to put your muddy boots. Finally, a double skinned tent with a high HH rating is essential, so you’ll stay dry and cozy whatever the weather.
A sleeping mat
Sleeping on the ground isn’t anyone’s idea of fun, even with a groundsheet between you and the earth. If you want to feel like you’re right back at home in your bed, go for a blow-up mattress. Sure, it takes a while to inflate them, but there’s nothing quite like coming back from a long hike and being able to flop onto a soft, squashy bed. If you’re trying to travel light, visit a site like Score Survival for more information on alternatives to mattresses. Mats and pads are often just as good and take up far less room too.
Something to sleep in
Forget bringing your duvet from home and throwing your thickest sweater on; when you’re camping, you need plenty of solid insulation throughout the night. A sleeping bag is the only real way to achieve this level of warmth and comfort, so look for one with a high warmth rating. It can also be worth investing in sleeping bag liners – as that way, if you do end up getting too hot (in the mornings for example), you can simply wriggle out of the bag and just sleep in the liner.
I can’t wait to start camping this summer, it is a great way to get back to basics, and by basics, I mean cots and tents and all the frills a tent can offer.