Beginner's guide to camping
From rocking out at a festival to enjoying nature in the countryside, camping gets you closer to the action. But to experience al-fresco accommodation at its best, you need the
right kit. Not sure where to start?
Our beginner's guide will make you a tent-pitching-pro in no time.
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Pop-up, family, dome or tunnel? Get to know the different tent styles available and the type of camping they're best for.
What size do I need?
Tent descriptions will tell you how many people the tent is for. The 'berth' of a tent doesn't include luggage, so 2-man means two people, not two people, their suitcases, and their dog. Size up to make sure you'll fit everything in comfortably.
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How to prepare for a pitch-perfect tent set-up
Set-up at home before your trip
Don't find out you're missing a bit when you're in the middle of a field. Unbox and set up at home before the trip so you can check all the pieces are there, and that the instructions are easy to follow.
Check it's waterproof
Once your tent is up in the garden leave out for a few days and, if it's not raining, use a hose or watering can to create a fake shower over your tent. Then get inside and run your hand over any seams to check for leaks.
Feeling a bit damp? You may think you have a faulty tent but the water is more likely to be condensation. To avoid this, keep vents and doors open when possible, store wet boots and clothes outside, and try not to touch the tent sides.
Getting a good night's sleep
We can't promise 5-star luxury, but we can help you create a comfortable and cosy retreat with these sleep-easy essentials.
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Inflatable pillowShop All
Expect your airbed to deflate slightly overnight – if it were airtight it would burst as soon as you stepped on it! Simply top-up with air and try to use it just for sleeping, and not as a sofa, to prevent excess air-loss.
Don't just take our word for it…
See the buys that are making our customers happy-campers.
Trespass 4 Man Dome Tent
Great tent Value for money, waterproof, good size. Survived Reading fest. Great tent.
Vango Lunar 250GSM single mummy sleeping bag
Sleeping bag Bought for a festival and was even brought back so must be good!!!
Royal Portable Toilet and Solution Set
Excellent value This is perfect for our camping needs. Good value for money & well-made product.
Helen, Grimsby, UK
Folding Storage Unit
Great little unit Folds up small, great price, handy piece for camping.