The History of Recreational Camping

Camping has been around almost as long as man. Tents have been shelter, used for armies on the move and for many other things. But it’s only since late Victorian times that camping has been thought of as recreation. Early Camping The first campsite opened on the Isle of Man …

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Preparing Your Tent for Winter

There are a number of hardy souls who go camping in winter. The vast majority of people, though, think of camping as something to be enjoyed in better weather and take winter off from the great outdoors. Before settling in for a season in front of the fire it’s important …

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Camping Accessories: Are They Worth the Money?

The term ‘camping accessories’ covers a multitude of items. It could be something as essential as a sleeping bag or the very latest in camping stoves, with all the bells and whistles you can imagine. Some you need and others you don’t, but sorting the wheat from the chaff can …

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Camping in Bad Weather

Nobody sets off on a camping trip wanting bad weather. If you are camping anywhere in the British Isles however, it’s inevitable that before long – as a camper you may be caught in a downpour or high winds. Such is the climate in this part of Europe, that even …

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Rules of the Countryside

When you and your family are on a camping holiday there are certain things you should be aware of; these are known as the Countryside Code and have been in existence since the 1950’s. Of course these rules don’t just apply to individuals or families on camping holidays; they apply …

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Camping: Do You Need an Airbed?

As we get older, our bodies want a little more comfort. Sleeping in a sleeping bag on a ground mat might be fine when you’re young, but add a decade or two and you want to rest on something softer. A camp bed is fine for that, but camp beds …

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What to Know Before You Go Family Camping

Taking the family camping is a great idea. It’s a way of bringing everyone together, and enjoying some good, quality time away from home and the daily routine. It’s a chance to play and enjoy nature together. But there’s more to it than simply packing everyone into the car and …

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When Should You Upgrade Your Camping Gear?

When you start out camping, you buy the equipment you think you’ll need. If you’re not sure you’ll enjoy it, then the tendency is to spend as little as possible (or even borrow gear for the first few trips until you’re convinced!). But after a while, you might start browsing …

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The Right Backpack or Rucksack for Camping

If you’re hiking and camping, then the type of backpack (as well as how you pack it) takes on paramount importance. After all, you have to be able to carry everything on your back, so you need something that won’t leave you with an aching back at the end of …

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Know Your Campsite Etiquette

At home we’re surrounded by neighbours, and we’re used to etiquette of an unspoken kind so that everyone gets along – at least most of the time. We might not even realise we’re observing any kind of rules, but they’re definitely there. When we go on holiday, especially around other …

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