For many of us, there’s nothing better than getting up close and personal with nature, and that includes spending the night under the stars in the great outdoors. From wild camping to luxurious glamping, there’s a way to pitch up in the great outdoors that suits every one of us - so whatever your tastes, you can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the pursuit of a hassle-free camping trip.
With creative camping equipment and up-cycling solutions to be found in everyday life, pitching up outdoors no longer needs to be a hassle. Today, we’re bringing you a handful of camping hacks - to make sure your outdoor experience is as stress-free as it should be.
So, whether you’re planning a peaceful holiday in Northumberland or are on the hunt for a city-based adventure, these tips will help you take the fuss out of your next camping trip.
1. Prepare with a purpose and test out your equipment
Camping in the remote countryside gives you a sense of freedom that can’t be matched, but getting stuck in the middle of nowhere with a faulty tent is guaranteed to leave you and your fellow campers disheartened in the great outdoors. Whether you’ve invested in the latest hi-tech camping gear on the market or are placing your trust in the equipment that you’ve grown to love over the years, taking the time to practice pitching up at home is a sure-fire way to avoid any potential camping disasters.
From packing enough pegs to wearing in your walking boots, preparing for the outdoors ahead of your adventure will leave you confident that your camping trip will be as safe and as comfortable as possible.
2. Get comfortable with a softer landing
Relatively lightweight and easy to assemble, blow up air beds provide a welcome sleeping aid for anyone in need of a few home comforts during the trip. While the most hardened campers might see a blow-up mattress as a space-wasting luxury, a foam floor mat is a compact solution that can be rolled out in a matter of seconds - creating a shield between you and the rocky ground.
It’s important to remember that embracing the great outdoors will always come with the risk of the unreliable Great British weather - and a cold draught is sure to dampen the mood of happy campers. Luckily, a foam mat will insulate the floor - and air bed or not, laying down this solution in the sleeping area will keep you comfortable and cosy throughout the night.
3. Make your head torch multi-use and light up the porch
As night falls and the embers of the campfire die down, you’ll need to be careful of navigating your way around in the dark.
From picking your way between guy lines to finding your sleeping bag, the distinct lack of light can be one of the trickiest aspects of camping. With many hi-tech LED lanterns seeming too heavy to hang from the tarpaulin, a low-cost head torch is often a more practical solution.
Illuminating the route to the tent without the need of a hand-held lantern, the strap of a head torch can also be inverted as it’s attached to the water carrier, filling the porch with ambient light.
4. Don’t underestimate the power of duct tape
From repairing a tear to temporarily supporting a sprained ankle, there’s no limit to the uses of duct tape. Strong, versatile and extremely sticky, this weather-resistant tape can be used as a solution to almost any camping mishap - making it a must-have for any escape in the great outdoors.
For campers struggling for space, wrap a portion of duct-tape around your water bottle in case of emergencies. This way, whether you run into difficulties when out on a hike or based around the campsite, you’ll never be far from the essentials in your backpacker’s survival kit.
5. Get organised with a home organiser
A rural retreat to the countryside should be all about escaping the routine of everyday life, but that’s not to say that a little structure won’t come amiss when camping. From finding a place to cook to making space to sleep, it can be easy to misplace the camping essentials as you set up your temporary home - but a versatile hanging bag or shoe organiser can be used to save the day.
Whether it’s for keeping cooking utensils off the ground or ensuring that your clothes are kept clean and dry, this low-cost camping hack will leave you feeling organised and ready to face another day in the wilderness.
From testing out your hi-tech equipment ahead of your camping trip to up-cycling items from around the home, it couldn’t be easier to enjoy a fuss-free getaway in the countryside.