With summer upon us, and lockdown restrictions due to be eased further in London on July 4th, we are all craving a trip away. Camping is the perfect trip to take at the moment – the risk of COVID transmission is low outdoors and it's easy to distance from other groups.
In fact, many people who have never camped before are considering an al-fresco UK holiday this year. If that's you, you might be wondering about what you need to take on a trip. Camping requires a few different things to hotel-based holidays, but don't worry, we've got you covered with this list!
The first – and most obvious – item is a tent. Our advice would be to get a tent that's for more people than in your group – so if there are 2 of you, consider getting a 3 or 4 man tent. You'll have much more space this way!
We're in Britain, and it rains here! Make sure you've got something waterproof to throw over your tent in case the heavens open.
Investing in a good-quality sleeping bag is really important if you are planning on camping a lot. During the summer, most sleeping bags should be ok, but if you want to get something for the winter make sure it can handle lower temperatures. You can buy sleeping bags that specify whether they are suitable for temperatures down to 5, 0, -5 or -10 degrees.
Some people are happy to sleep on the tent floor when camping, but if it's your first trip, you'll appreciate a comfy roll mat. There are some really great options in high-street camping shops that won't leave you missing your mattress at all!
Once you're all set up, you'll want somewhere to sit. The ground can get uncomfy after a while, so it's a great idea to bring some camping chairs to perch on.
BBQ or cooking stove
As we can't share cooking facilities for the foreseeable future, you'll want to take your own cooking stove or portable BBQ. The most efficient tool to use is a gas-based device; these will last longer and are more reliable. Don't forget your BBQ gas as well – ordering it ahead of time will make sure that you have the right one to suit your device!