The goal is to only take what you need as you’ve got to fit it all in a small space. Here are the basics for every camping adventure.
1. A tent
The most important thing on your checklist! The right tent can make all the difference to your trip. If you haven’t got a tent, here are some pointers to get you started.
• Set yourself an approximate budget:
If this is your first foray into camping, spend wisely. You can always upgrade once you’ve the caught the bug
• Look for easy pitching tents:
Air tents are the easiest as they do most the hard work for you, but poled tents are cheaper and can be simple to pitch. Watch the ‘how to pitch guides’ before you buy to get an idea of what you’ll need to do
• Consider how much time you’ll be in the tent:
If you just want a base, go for a smaller option. If you want to hang around the campsite with the family, you’ll be more comfortable in a larger tent with full standing height ceilings
• Do you need a porch or canopy?
Porches are ideal for storing wet kit, wellies, prams or bikes. Canopies let you extend your tent and give you a shaded outdoor area for al fresco dining
• Trial pitch before you go:
Put the tent up in the garden before your holiday so you’re familiar with how everything works when you reach the campsite
TIP: Pack your tent in the car last as it’s the first thing you will need when you get to the campsite