(PRWEB UK) 22 August 2014
1. The golden rule – always ensure familiarity with equipment before leaving.
After buying a new tent or caravan awning, unpack it at home in advance of a holiday - if something is missing (or damaged), it's best to know about it before facing the imminent prospect of sleeping in it! It also helps to have a good idea of how tents are put up, and a bit of research will go a long way. Look on Youtube for pitching demonstration videos: there's a wealth of guides available from most major manufacturers that will show the easiest way to get the job done.
2. Take a gas camping stove and a pan set.
Even a very small portable gas stove will improve food options, and will be much more clean and efficient than a campfire. Combined with a camping kettle, this will provide both food and hot drinks, fills hot water bottles (a must have for cooler nights in sleeping bags!) and act as a back-up even for those planning to eat at the pub all week.
Don't cook inside your tent, as this is both a fire hazard and a carbon monoxide risk.
3. Keep warm from the ground up.
Insulation from the ground is even more effective than covering up with blankets above. An airbed or a folding campbed will be much better than sleeping on the ground, but a self-inflating mat, a KingCamp Aluminium Coated 2 Person Fold Mat or any basic rollmat will be infinitely better than lying on the bare floor of the tent. Any standard airbed will need a pump such as the Double Action Airbed Hand Pump or a rechargeable electric pump, although some will have a pump built-in.
4. Increase lighting options
A torch is enough to enable a late night trip to the facilities (if you aren't lucky enough to have a portable camping toilet such as the Dometic 966) but once the nights get longer, it gets dark very early. A decent lantern or two will enable a game of cards or help with reading a book in bed.
5. Wipe your feet!
Rain is inevitable, and after the rain comes mud. A doormat or small rug kept in the tent doorway will keep the rest of the tent much cleaner and is a wonderfully homely touch to a camp.
6. Prepare for the wind as well as for the rain.
Wet weather usually comes along with increased wind speeds, and this can cause problems in itself. A tightly stretched set of guylines on the tent makes for a stable shelter, but this can put excessive strain on the stitching with a strong Westerly gust. A few packs of Rubber Rings or Elasticated Cords enables the same tension, but with some flexibilty for extra stress – also useful if somebody trips over them! A Tie Down Kit for a caravan or motorhome awning is a must have in windy conditions.
Consider pitching tents with the door faced away from the prevailing weather, as the extra force can sometimes push rainwater through zips and seams. A camping windbreak set up outside the tent will add a lot of protection from the elements.
Always pack a waterproof coat and an umbrella or two, along with as many spare socks as possible!
7. Increase space and storage.
Start with a tent that's big enough for the group, with sleeping space for everyone, and add to this if possible. Modular add-ons like Tent Awnings, Canopies, are available for most larger family tents, increasing living space and storage space. A Universal Annexe is a great addition to a caravan awning. Many tents and awnings have the option to use larger doors as a canopy, which means propping them up with an extra pair of poles. The poles aren't always included with the standard tent package, so it's worth buying a set.
Standalone options like Day Tents provide a separate area which is ideal for dining or to share between a group of several tents as a communal area. Utility tents, Toilet Tents and Shower Tents are also useful.
Some storage is always useful, and not only makes a tent look tidier, but increases the amount of uncovered floorspace by stowing things out of the way. A folding larder or portable camping wardrobe will hold food and cooking utensils or clothing. The Vango Storage Organiser is a great piece of camping equipment which is extremely light and offers amazing storage space.
8. Electrics and Technology
Most campsites have electrical hookups available, so a Triple Mobile Mains set, a Roller Mobile Mains Unit or a Mains Connection Lead will enable the uninterrupted use of laptops and tablets, mobile phones, stereos, radios and hairdryers!
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