It’s getting to that time of year when daylight fades away quickly, there are inexplicable bumps in the night, and all things creepy start appearing out of nowhere. Whilst we appreciate a Halloween timed camping trip in the woods might not be for everyone — or anyone — avoiding becoming a camp horror story is always the plan. To help you out we’ve compiled some of our top tips to keep the ghouls and ghosts of camping nightmares away!
Always try putting a new tent up before your first camping trip with it. There’s not much more that screams novice like trying to understand instructions, inners, outers and poles with half a campsite’s gaze on you. Don’t have a back garden big enough? Most local parks are fairly relaxed about a trial pitching session, just don’t leave your tent up for long and definitely not overnight. Or avoid the hassle of pitching altogether and take a one of our user friendly four man tents instead!
2. Even seasoned campers can end up looking like pumpkins if you don’t properly check your kit before you leave home. Thoroughly inspect your tent for signs of damp or damage, particularly if it hasn’t been stored in ideal conditions. The easiest way to do this is to pitch the tent and give it a good once over inside and out. Remember to also check the seams and zips, test the poles, and make sure you haven’t lost any pegs since your last trip. Need spares not scares? Head to our online store!
3. If the plan is to camp at a dedicated site then we recommend always phoning ahead to book. In high season during the summer they can get booked up fast, so secure your pitch by booking in advance. Conversely, during winter months some campsites close. We’re not sure which would be more disappointing, but neither would be a good start to your trip!
4. If you’ve never camped before then all the lingo is quite a lot to take in. We say don’t waste your time even trying. You just need to learn your way around your tent, and know how to maximise its features to suit you and how you camp. A great bit of advice which will serve you well, especially at this time of year, is to learn how to use guy ropes. Sound abit technical? We promise it’s not, but knowing how to tighten the guy ropes on your tent, and when to tighten them, could make all the difference between waking up looking like a Halloween horror or waking up well rested and ready for a day of adventure. As a general rule, guy ropes should always be taut (they provide stability), but especially so during windy or wet weather.
5. If you ask us there’s no better feeling then being warm, dry and cosy in a tent whilst listening to the sound of gentle rain spit-spotting on the outside. But being able to keep all your belongings dry during a damp patch will make or break your camping trip. Waterproof storage bags are an essential and always come with us, no matter the time of year or weather forecast. They also make a great weapon for bashing zombies with so you can make a run for it.
6. Our next tip comes from a particularly horrifying story one of our colleagues gave us about his first — and last — childhood camping trip. We won’t go into all the gory details but will drop a friendly reminder that tents aren’t brick walls, and sound travels. You can hear outside, and the outside can hear in. You know what we’re saying? Be respectful of your campsite neighbours and the werewolves won’t come looking for you. Probably.
7. Don’t be afraid to pack up early is something we don’t often hear, but it’s important. Camping should never feel like a chore, it should be fun and free-ing and the moment it starts to feel like you’re in the middle of a horror movie with lashing rain, thunderstorms, slightly weird looking locals helping you out….call it a day. Go home, have a hot shower and a brew, dry your kit out, and plan for your next adventure instead.
One final note…
Milestone Camping asks you to be aware of the natural habitats in which you’re residing, recycle where possible and leave no trace of your visit as you head off home. Happy environments mean happy camping.
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