Camping tips for beginners

Camping can be a great vacation for all the family and has the added advantage of being ideal for those who are on a low budget. Once you have purchased all the equipment you need it will last for years if you take good care of it. Here are a few things that you will definitely need.

Tents

Tents are the first thing you should buy and the good news is that they come in a range of sizes so whether you are camping on your own or with a family of 10, you are sure to find an option to suit you. From the simple two-man tent to the larger tents that have separate sleeping and living areas, there is something for everyone. Included with them are all the things that you will need including ropes and tent pegs. Our most popular tents include the Snugpak Scorpion 2, Snugpak Ionosphere and Highlander Blackthorn tents.

Sleeping Gear

Sleeping bags are the most basic thing you will need for the camping lifestyle but many people prefer to add in a sleeping mat or an airbed just to make it a little more comfortable. A Snugpak sleeping bag is a great choice for style, warmth and a great night's sleep. A good quality sleeping bag is a great investment - just because you are getting back to nature doesn't mean you have to have sleepless nights! Sleeping bags are another thing that come in a range of sizes, but remember if you are buying for kids they are going to grow and you might have to buy new ones in a couple of years.

Cooking equipment

Stoves, pans and dishes are always needed when you are camping, particularly if you are catering for a group. A Jetboil Flash cooking stove is easy to use, is compact and efficient, so preparing hot meals while you are camping will not be a problem. Boil time is only 100 seconds so you can be warm with a lovely brew in less than 2 minutes! Another option is a BBQ but if you are camping off the beaten track remember that you will need somewhere to keep food such as meat cool and fresh. You should also consider how light you want to travel - if you are on your own you should be able to manage with a relatively small number of cooking utensils.

Research

Don't let your research stop at where to camp. Look into all the different options that you have with tents, sleeping bags and cooking stoves. Think carefully about what you should take with you. One of the mistakes that many first time campers make is to take too many things with them, for example, packing boxes of board games thinking that the family will sit around each evening to play them. Be realistic about the clothes you pack too.

Figure it all out in advance and you and your family are sure to have a great time on your camping trip.
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