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A guide to family camping


If, like millions of other families, you love nothing more than to fill up the family car and head off for a few day’s camping, this article was written for you, and with innovative devices and gadgets, you can experience a level of comfort like no other. You might be fed up with the annual package holiday, as it is so restrictive – not to mention expensive – and camping in the UK is now extremely popular, with campsites everywhere. Once you and your family have experienced modern camping, you’ll wonder why you never tried it before, and it most certainly won’t be the last time you get the sleeping bags out.

Essential Equipment

Let’s start with the tent, which is a necessary for any camping trip, unless you happen to own a motorhome or campervan, and with easy to assemble units that more than accommodate a family of four, this will be your shelter, and quality should be the focus of your purchase, and by sticking with a leading brand, you should be OK. Sleeping bags should also be of good quality, as this will soon become a very regular activity, and you will need to invest in a stove or gas BBQ, all of which can be found online, and at lower than retail prices, you really can’t go wrong.

Storage and Transport

Whatever the type of vehicle you drive, there are innovative solutions, with stylish, aerodynamic roof boxes that can carry up to 75kg and are over 2m long. A good car roof box pretty much has your storage covered, and with a clip on bike carrier on the rear door, you really are set to go. Some people prefer to have their bikes on the roof, but whatever your make of vehicle, there will be a unit to fit. In simple terms, you only have the roof and the rear for carrying anything, and with both well utilised, and the interior full, you can be sure to have everything you need on your next camping trip.

Solar Power

This is made for camping, and the latest generation of solar camping mats are designed to be rolled onto the windscreen, and once connected to a deep cycle battery, you have all the power you could need. This allows you to camp in remote places, as you are no longer dependent on the electric charge, and the latest solar panels draw energy even on a cloudy day, which is just as well in the UK. A small investment in the solar mat and a deep cycle battery and you suddenly become independent, and are able to go to places that would otherwise be impractical, and there are some really beautiful spots, if you know where to look.


If you’re serious about taking the family camping, invest in family transport that is designed with camping in mind. You can comfortably sleep 4 people in a mini RV, and that negates the need for a tent, which would not be comfortable in the autumn months. If you really want to push out the boat, why not invest in a motorhome, which takes camping to a new level, and with everything – including the kitchen sink – on board, you and your family can tour Europe in style and comfort.

You might only plan on doing this once, and in that case, simply hire a campervan, which will be both your accommodation and transport, and with all the mod cons on board, this style of camping suits everyone.


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