4. Pack an old shower curtain to place over your tent; this will mean you remain dry if the heavens do decide to open! Most tents come with a canopy or tarp but a shower curtain can provide additional protection from precipitation. The last thing you want is to be cold and damp with no dry clothes to put on, knowing that this could have been prevented by using a cheap shower curtain.
This guest post was written by Callum Pragnell of LeisureKings.co.uk, a camping equipment store in the UK.
If you’re thinking about escaping to the great outdoors with the family or friends sometime in the near future, any tips and advice to pick up before you go is great – especially if it’s your first time! Camping is a great way to have fun in the outdoors whilst also enjoying quality time with your nearest and dearest; but make sure you know what you’re doing. Make it a trip to remember – not a trip to forget!
One of the first things most people encounter when going camping is setting up their tent, this can be quite complicated and to make sure you don’t have any problems with this on your trip, it is worth following these 5 key steps before you leave!
1. Choose your tent wisely. You need to acquire a tent that best suits your specific needs, such as the size (if a lot of people are going then you obviously need to look into purchasing a larger tent), material and style. It’s no good buying a tent and then realising that isn’t going to be suitable enough for your needs when it’s too late! If you’re unsure of which one is best for you, then ask the sales assistant in the shop that you are looking in to help. Many outfitters have tents set up for display, and otherwise will let you take a tent out to see how big it will be.
2. Set your tent up in your garden before you leave. It’s always best to do a trial run before you set off – this will ensure that setting up the tent at your chosen camping spot will go off without a hitch. If it’s left until you’re actually out there and you have no idea how to construct your chosen tent then you’ll be kicking yourself when the night falls and the weather sets in!
3. Bring extra tent poles. Doing this will make sure that you are not left in the lurch if one of your existing tent poles unexpectedly breaks.
5. Always pitch your tent before it gets dark. It is incredibly important to construct your tent before the sun goes down, it will be easier for you to see and therefore put your tent up quicker. It is also safer to do it in daylight as there is always a potential risk of injury should you do it in the dark. Logs, tree roots and rocks, rope and packaging could all get in the way and potentially cause an injury.
If you follow these simple steps then your camping trip should be one to remember. Happy Camping!
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