You're off on your first family camping adventure. Are you sure you have all the right camping gear?
The answer is yes, if you plan for it you can have a wonderful time and learn a bit about nature. But there are some items that are absolute must - for example, a tent. What sort of tent do you need?
This varies a lot depending on how many will be going with you, what type of camping you plan to do, what time of year you will be going, and of course your budget.
There are many different types of tents available. In fact, you can buy a party tent and a family tent. A family tent is often a compromise between the two.
Bigger tents have many more nice features. It will be interesting to look at the different types of tents. You will quickly realise that there is more than one way to slice a loaf of bread.
Of course, if you are looking for a tent for camping then you need to get a suitable one. There are many popular brands to choose from. If you don't mind the price I would recommend slipping on some trekking shoes into the backpack, but if you have the freedom to play with prices as high as possible, I would recommend the well known Vango Icarus 500. It is well on the budget but well worth it.
It is important that you have the right size tent. If you are a family of four then chances are you will need a larger tent than a three man tent will. Always check the height as well. Do you have enough headroom?
Keep in mind that camping is a co-ordinated activity. If you buy a poor quality tent, it will be difficult and or time consuming to use the co-ordinated system. Therefore it is essential to do a thorough research and do not be afraid to ask for help. A visit to the packing room will usually suffice.
There are many boutique camping equipment retailers. However, the best place to get good camping equipment is second hand or third party stores that supply camping gear to the masses. If you can't find a retailer or a brand to buy from, then you can always resort to online shopping.
There are some points that you surely want to keep in mind when purchasing camping gear. Make sure that you are well satisfied with the product that you are buying. Condition of the product should be in perfect one. Go through the details of the camping gear carefully. If it doesn't pass the inspection, then buy it. But remember, thrills and pleasures come at too high of price. Once you have bought the right camping gear, the success of your camping trips will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. So, after buying the right camping gear, you should have the right backpack also.
There are packs that are designed to be compact and sleeping bags to be comfortable. However, the best thing to consider is the comfort of the sleeping bag. It is important to know that the bag has a down filled fill and synthetic insulating material. If you are planning to camp in a location where the temperature is quite warm, you might not need the bag that has a nice insulation. In this case, you should consider a sleeping bag that is rated for a lower temperature. The sleeping bag should have a hood to cover the head. You should check the sleeping bag once more than once. It is very necessary to keep all your camping equipment in good condition. Thus, you need to take good care of your investment.
I suggest that you take good care of your investment by using only the coated stuff. Once you start using it on a camping basis, you will feel the quality of the equipment much more. Like I said earlier, it will become second nature very soon.
Hot Weather Gear
Hot Weather Gear is, as the name suggests, heaters for outdoor enthusiasts. They are usually large, bulky and heavy, so they are not the choice when camping out on the beach in the UK in the summer.
They can be the difference between life and death in certain situations so you must know what kind of equipment to take with you.
UK retailers do tend to stock these. If you see the number 2 or 3 season's bags, they are usually summer bags. The number 10 bag is usually for winter. If you buy a good quality UK camping gear bag, it will last you a lifetime.
If you buy a cheaper brand, it will not be as good as a quality brand.
Even if you camp in the coldest part of the world, you can still take your camping gear with you. The key is to have enough camping equipment with you. If you don't have enough spare items, you will not have enough space to pack your camping gear.
You will also need enough clothes.