Though we may have had one of the best summers for as long as we can remember, we like to consider ourselves forward thinkers. Plus, camping isn’t just a summer activity, where other seasons see fair weather campers wane, some of us love it all year round! Of course it’s lovely to sit and bask in the sun, but there’s something oh so satisfying about gathering around the fire with blankets and a steaming cup of hot chocolate, too.
Some items in this list may seem obvious but they’re still just as important so you don’t want to forget them!
1. The ground is very cold at night, even through the summer months, so it’s important to get some elevation and there’s nothing better for that than an air bed. Two in one, comfort and warmth combined, tell us that doesn’t sound appealing?
2. A mummy sleeping bag. Snuggle down and pull the hood in close, it’s a dream.
3. Dry sacks mean you’ll never have to worry about damp clothes. There’s nothing worse than putting on clothes that have been subject to the intrusion of unwanted moisture from rain, so keep those socks nice and fluffy!
4. Maybe the most obvious one? A tent, but which one will you choose… Will it be the teepee, the pop up or a standard dome tent? It’s your main form of shelter so choose wisely, nobody wants to be the one who turns up with something that resembles a 6 year old’s play den (or maybe you do, but that’s your choice and we think you’ll get cold pretty quickly!).
5. Now here’s an irresistible one, a fleece sleeping bag liner. Though number two is more than sufficient, you never know what’s around the corner, or you may be one of those people who feels colder than Jon Snow looks during his adventures over The Wall. It’s light but extremely toasty, you’ll be like a little pop tart.
6. The main thing to remember is to keep your sleeping stuff separate, sleeping bags and their liners shouldn’t be making an appearance outside the tent, if they get damp you’ll be cold all night. A thermal fleece blanket is perfect for putting over your legs whilst you’re sat outside, plus the lightweight material means it’s easy to air out too.
7. Fire, although not essential, is a provider of many sources of heat. It’s your best friend when you’re cooking, is used to boil the kettle for your morning brew, and can help to speed up the drying of any clothes should you (unfortunately) get caught in a shower. With the help of a wind proof lighteryou’ll have a fire, remember: always a controlled one, going in no time.
8. Dry sacks are great for keeping clothing safe from the clutches of rain but a dry bag rucksack will ensure all of your belongings stay nice and protected when you’re out and about or on the move.
9. Warm the cockles of your heart with a cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate or whatever you fancy from a flask. Whether you’re by the tent or out exploring, this one’s a no brainer.
10. Though we know you’ll be at the ready with waterproofs galore, a ponchois always a good backup to have. Plus, it doesn’t take up much room at all.
Warm and dry campers make happy campers!
Long may this weather continue, but if it decides to take a turn for the worst at least we’ll all be ready for it, especially with our usual experience of British weather. As we said earlier, camping is sometimes considered a fair-weather activity but as long as you’re well-prepared you can make it a year-round venture. Staying warm and dry makes everything else easier, meaning you can really enjoy your time taking a break from everyday life.
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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