Are you planning an adventure closer to home this year? There are thousands of campsites in the UK that are an ideal base for outdoor activites, hiking and cycling. Wherever your next trip will take you and whether you're camping, glamping or caravaning, be sure to make the most of the great outdoors with these 10 camping essentials.
#1 - The Tent
For those of you who don't need modern amenities and can live without a little luxury, it's still important to nail your tent setup. It sounds obvious, but without your tent, you're likely in for a cold, sleepless night. From a one-person tent to a shelter that sleeps the whole family, you'll want something that is easy to assemble, is waterproof and has enough room for your other camping supplies.
#2 - Sleeping Bag
A decent sleeping bag is essential to keeping you warm at night when temperatures can often drop quite significantly. The right sleeping bag will make all the difference between a bad night and a great nights sleep. Opt for windproof and insulated to ensure a cosy night in.
#3 - Cookware
Got any plans for dinner? If you've not booked a table at the local pub and plan to show off your culinary skills, whether that's a three-course meal or simply heating up some beans, a good camp stove and camping cookware will make your life a lot easier. Lightweight plates, bowls and cutlery will also save you from carrying around breakable ceramics from your kitchen cupboard and are easy to clean and pack away in a hurry.
#4 - Head Torch
Has anyone seen my water bottle? Where are my socks? Solve the big questions on your next camping trip with the head torch. You will save the battery on your phone when looking for bits and bobs in your tent or need a midnight trip to the toilet. And if you're hiking before the sun fully comes up, you'll know which way you're heading.
#5 - Backpack
If you're planning to hike during your camping adventure, you will need a solid but lightweight backpack, big enough to carry all your essentials. We recommend a bag that has adjustable straps for the shoulders, around the sternum and your hips. This will help with weight-bearing whilst you are walking. Hiking bags come in a few different sizes; large bags suitable for multi-day hikes and smaller versions for day hikes
#6 - Hiking Boots
To be able to walk for hours, whether on flat, rocky or undulating terrain, you need a good pair of shoes to keep your feet feeling fresh and blister free. Investing in a pair of hiking boots will keep you as comfortable as possible whatever distance you are covering. Hiking boots are sturdy too, meaning you are less likely to roll your ankle if the ground is uneven and they are extremely durable and ideal for all weather conditions.
#7 - The right clothing
It's best to wear layers of lightweight, breathable clothes for outdoor activities. This is so that sweat can wick away quickly and you'll be more comfortable. We highly recommend looking at tops made from Merino wool as it is naturally breathable and antibacterial, as well as temperature regulating.
#8 - GPS Watch
GPS watches can help you plan your walking routes thanks to their built-in navigation systems and also track all your activities so you can show off on Strava.
#9 - Camping Furniture
Camping furniture, such as a fold away chair, comes in very handy when you are sitting around a campfire, when you are eating, if you're tired after a day of activities or if you're going to struggle and seize up sitting on the floor. Not essential for all campers but certainly will make your fellow campers jealous if they have forgotten their own.
#10 - Music Speaker
Whilst it is lovely listening to the sounds of nature, sometimes there is nothing better than listening to a playlist of your favourite music. And anything is better than the campers nearby playing Wonderwall around their campfire for the 3rd night in a row.
Now that all your camping essentials are in order, it's time to relax, get your campsite booked and start counting down the day until your next adventure.