Having the right camping equipment is important when you’re spending a night in the wild.
There is nothing worse than having the wrong gear. You’ll end up cold, wet, underfed and become (in all likelihood) not a big fan of sleeping outdoors.
However, with the correct gear, sleeping outside can be a truly amazing experience. There are plenty of stores in the UK which sell good quality gear.
Some people find it helps writing a kit list to make sure they don’t leave anything behind.
We’ve put together a guide to the essential equipment you should have before you head off. If you want to know more about camping in general, read our everything you need to know guide.
First things first, you will need a tent.
When choosing which tent to buy, you need to think about the following things: how many people need to sleep in it, when you are planning on going and how much you would like to spend.
There are different tents depending on whether you’re looking for something small and lightweight to be carried hiking or big and bulky for a family camping trip.
Generally, you should always buy one size up when buying a tent.
If you buy a cheap £30 pop-up tent from Tesco, the chances are it’s not going to last you long
So, if you’re looking for a tent to sleep two people, it’s worth getting a three-man tent, so you can comfortably fit all your gear in there with you.
Most tents are three seasons, which means they are suitable for spring, summer and autumn. Winter tents are more expensive and only worth buying if you’re going to camp in cold, potentially snowy conditions.
Next, the price. Camping equipment can be expensive. If you buy a cheap £30 pop-up tent from Tesco, the chances are it’s not going to last you long – or keep you dry in a torrential downpour. However, you might not necessarily need the swankiest tent on the market.
The average price for a decent three man, three-season tent is between £80 and £400. If you’re looking for an in-depth tent buying guide, REI have a great one here.