by Fergal Lynch
With a holiday abroad off the cards for much of the summer, many of us are looking for ways to make the most of our beautiful home counties and go camping. With what has been a very promising start to the summer in terms of weather, there has never been a better time to fold out the camping chair, get the fire going and enjoy the simpler things in life! To help you out and make sure your camping trips are as easy as possible we’ve come up with a few simple ways you can make your trip even better!
Don’t Forget Your Mat
When thinking of sleeping on a camping trip, many of us think a sleeping bag will suffice. However, this is often not the case. Your tent might have a floor but that doesn’t always mean it is going to be soft enough to sleep on! Make sure to bring a camping mat. If you don’t have one, a yoga mat that is lying around the house should do the trick. If you are feeling like spoiling yourself or if your campsite is easily accessible you could always bring a small foot-pump and a blow up mattress for that bit of extra comfort!
What may seem obvious to some is easily forgotten by others. No camping trip is complete without a proper breakfast the next morning. The only way you can make this possible is by bringing your bacon, sausages and anything else in a coolerbox. The coolerbox is ideal for keeping your drinks cold and food fresh.
When some of us enjoy the challenge of starting a fire from scratch, bringing a fire pit can make the entire operation much safer and easier. By bringing a few items such as firelighters and kindling sticks you will have the ideal fire to gather around and tell stories until the early hours of the morning! Fire pits also help keep your fire off the ground where even the slightest bit of damp may hinder your efforts to get the fire started.
A camping trip wouldn’t be complete without a few lanterns. One of the easiest tricks in the book is to place your phone with its torch on under a bottle of water which will emit a nice glow that isn’t going to blind anybody like having a light pointed directly at them. If you do decide to do this just make sure you have a portable charger and a battery pack with you in case your phone battery dies. Fairy lights can become a useful addition to any camp sites. If they are powered by battery and waterproof don’t hesitate to drape some around any trees that may be near your site.
Although a fire does a great job of keeping away most flies, there is always a few persistent ones that just don’t want to go away. Packing insect repellent can turn out to be a lifesaver as you can get bitten in your sleep and not notice until the following days when they start to itch.
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