Handy camping kits for those beginners out there! (these are only our suggestions so play it your way)
First things first, you will need a tent (no, really?) it’ll be your choice whether you decide to have a pimped out 7-man tent, or a pop up. Either way, purchasing a tent to suit your needs and more importantly your budget is a priority. Most tents come with all the equipment you will need so give the contents a little read before buying.
Bits that will be handy like mallets, spare tent pegs and tarpaulin you can pick up in many pound stores around the UK. Don’t be fooled as sometimes those shops really do get some good gear; it’s all about keeping an eye out and hunting for a good deal. They may not be the best quality but if it does the job it’s definitely a better alternative to forking out unnecessary for bits of equipment you may only use a handful of times.
We brought our 3-man tent (for a little bit more room) from Millets. Millets is one of the UK’s leading ‘outdoor stores’ that have passion for camping and all things techy. They gave us a great deal on exactly what we were looking for. If they don’t have anything suited to you try Go Outdoors or Mountain Warehouse all great sites and I’m sure you will find bits that you need for a budget that suits you!
http://www.millets.co.uk – Tent : £40
http://www.poundland.co.uk – Ground sheet : £1
psst – “Grab a few of these ground sheets as they will come in handy for other bits like popping at the end of the tent for shoes/chairs etc or to cover your belongings in your car. They are also ideal for sitting on in muddy areas.”
Handy must haves:
Number two on your list would be bits and pieces like sleeping bags, inflatable pillows, air mats, camping beds or mattresses. These are all your main necessity’s for the outdoor experience and a bit of comfort. As well as these, you will have to think about lights for the evening and night time, fold up blankets that you can double up as a pillow.
psst – “Even a female urinal, or ‘SheWee’ can come in handy. Remember, over think everything. If you don’t have camping toilets or facilities available, what would you do?”
http://www.sportsdirect.co.uk – Gelert deluxe pillow : £3.50
http://www.ebay.co.uk – Trail deluxe self inflate mats : 2 for £25
Camping chairs & Tables:
Not a necessity but definitely a great comfort for when you are relaxing by the sea or up on the Norwegian mountains overlooking the fjords. Again you can pick these up relatively cheap on sites like E-bay, Amazon or worth having a look around locally in Asda, Tesco, Halfords etc.
I managed to pick up 2 camping chairs from Asda and the camping, table lucky for us, was free. It could be beneficial to ask around if anyone has these bits in the shed that they wouldn’t mind you borrowing to save you some money!
http://www.asda.co.uk – Camping chairs : 2 for £10
This one’s simple, bits like hand sanitizers, wet wipes or baby wipes (the same thing), first aid kits (these are also mandatory when driving in Europe > see Travel Documents), spare batteries, wash bags,
money belts and wallets, travel washing lines, insect repellent, sun cream, hand held mirrors, phone camera tablet or laptop plugs and wires and some bottled water.
These images are a snippet of what we are taking. Adapt from this as I’m sure your
own bits will need to be packed.
http://www.poundland.co.uk – All items available from stores : £1 each