Our top 10 camping tips
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Here, we've selected our 10 best tips that hopefully you'll find useful when you go camping. Some of them may be obvious to seasoned campers, but then again, some of them may not be. We present these tips in no particular order or preference as they're all equally useful (we hope!). So here goes..
Buy a larger tent than you think you'll need
Buy a tent larger than your needs. For two people, get a 3 or 4 man tent. A two man tent would be very cozy once you've got all your bags etc. in there too! This is particularly the case if you're taking the car and can park near your pitch. If you're wild camping, weight is everything, so you'll probably be aiming to buy a small, lightweight tent instead
Buy a tent with a separate porch area
It'll be easier to keep the inner bit dry and mud free when the weather's nasty. This is important too as it will give you somewhere to dry your belongs out if they get wet. If the porch area is somewhere you can stand (or semi-stand in) too then this is even better as you'll be able to stretch your legs without getting soaked. You could even setup a table here and have a game of cards; whatever the reason, a tent with a separate porch area makes a lot of sense (too us anyway!)
Don't take your best towels
Don't take your best towels to dry yourself with; you might need them to mop up any flooding if the weather is wet! If you've got a porch area, this may be particularly true if your guy ropes and tent aren't taught, the risk of puddles and pools accumulating is quite high
Take ear plugs just in case
If you're staying in a campsite, you may not be allocated the best of pitches, or you have arrived late in the day. You may be pitched right next to the noisy, slammy toilet toilet block. Or, if you're wild camping, sheep can get quite noisy at night.
Don't pitch your tent at the bottom of a hill
One to avoid if you can help it. We've seen first hand tents at the bottom of a hill at Glastonbury festival after a deluge and it was like Atlantis with just the tops of the tents poking out the top. The drainage wasn't too good. You also have additional risk of mini-landslides and rubble descending as it's loosened by the rain.
Take a small airer with you
If the weight you're carrying and distance allow it, try to take a small airer when you go camping. If your stuff gets wet or you need to launder it, you'll find it much easier to hang your belongings out on an airer than it is your guy ropes!
Keep bags and equipment elevated
This is especially true at night and if you keep them in the porch area of your tent. Whilst you may be nice and snug in your inner bit of the tent, outside, your porch area may be getting very soggy indeed. This is especially true if your tent outer is not very taught. You'll not be a happy camper if it rains over night and all your stuff is soaked in the morning.
Practice erecting new tents before you set off
Got a new tent? Try it out before you go camping. Although most new tents are pretty straight forward, with their colour coded poles and holes, but there may be bits missing or broken and it's probably best to find out and get it sorted out at a time that's more convenient than when you're trying to put your tent up. The other reason is that it may be windy or dark or wet when you are erecting your tent. You don't really want to be messing about reading instructions and figuring things out in those types of conditions
Check your equipment before you leave
This is slightly linked to the one above, but try to check all your equipment before you set off. Check all your tent pegs are there. If your tent is regularly used, your tent peg supply will invariably dwindle as if you're like us, pegs will be left behind after every camping trip (no matter how studiously you look for them once it's all packed away). Check the batteries in torches as these slowly discharge over time and may not have any juice in them. If you're taking a lighter to start your stove, ensure it has gas etc. etc.
Don't skimp on equipment
If you're starting to get into camping, it may be worth investing in some decent kit. It will probably seem expensive at first as it all adds up, but it will be worth it in the long run. Your equipment should work better and last longer. A cheap waterproof jacket may be good for the first 10 camping trips, but if it then starts leaking, it's not a very good "waterproof" jacket! You get the idea...
There you have it. Remember, this is our list. Other people may have different ideas or different tips. If you have a tip you'd like to add then please get in contact. Thanks for reading, we hope you found this useful