Survive the British weather on the camp site this summer…

Survive the British weather on the camp site this summer…

Keep things comfortable with a spacious tent

There’s nothing more quintessentially British than a good old family camping holiday and more often than not it’s plagued by pesky downpours and leaky tents, so make sure you’re prepared this summer and don’t let your camping holiday be ruined by our temperamental weather!

Stay entertained with some family board games...

First of all, you’ll need to make sure you have the essential equipment to make your holiday a dry one, even if it starts raining cats and dogs. A good tent is vital to the success of your holiday, and you’ll also want to make sure that there’s plenty of room in case you do end up having a day in due to the weather. It depends on the size of your family of course, but we love this eight man family tent from Highland Trail, which has a good sized living area; perfect for board games, reading a book or a few games of cards! Check out our tent selection to find your perfect family tent.

Add a little luxury with an airbed!

Make sure that your ground sheet is firmly pegged in, as a soggy floor won’t make anyone happy. If it is cold and damp however, you can bring a little luxury to your tent by raising everyone off the ground with the help of an airbed. There are single

Keep your feet dry and supported with some walking boots

airbeds for the kids and a nice big double airbed for mum and dad, so you will wake up feeling refreshed and ready for adventure!

There’s little worse than grumpy little ones with wet feet, or grumpy adults for that matter. Proper, waterproof footwear is essential for a camping holiday. Walking boots are a good option if you are planning on doing some walking around the countryside as they’ll keep your feet dry

Little ones will love splashing in the rain with these...

and supported, minimising sore feet and ankle injuries! Get some for you, your partner and the kids in our walking boots section. For little ones who are planning on splashing through some puddles, but won’t be doing much actual walking, then go for some fun wellies to keep them nice and dry.

We also recommend taking along a clothes airer to help dry those soggy clothes, and a heater will certainly help them dry out quicker too.

Enjoy your camping adventure and remember to make like a boy scout and always be prepared for the worst the weather can throw at you!

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  1. Posted by cathy west on July 9, 2011

    i love going camping. been doing it for years. even before it became fashionable. but due to arthritis in my back and hips (and other bits im afraid) the time of sleeping even on an inflatable matteress just makes me feel so bad. so after chatting to a friend of mine who camps in all weather, including SNOW !!! she said about the beds that carp fishermen use, ok more expensive than the inflatable beds. but u get a great nights sleep on 1 🙂 so my advice is carp beds for us oldies 🙂

  2. Posted by Vartika on September 30, 2012

    Some places allow dogs, ohrets don’t. In my area, dogs aren’t permitted in state campgrounds, but most commercial campgrounds allow them as long as you clean up after them, don’t leave them unattended, and keep them on a leash. I bring my 85-Lb shepherd with me and she is happy to sleep next to me in the tent, on top of an old sleeping bag I cut in half. However, dogs are never allowed in or around rental cabins/trailers. Not a problem if you sleep in a tent or your own RV.Start off on short trips close to home and make note of the things you used, things you brought but didn’t need, and things you forgot. Organization and lists make for happy trips. And yes, it does make sense to plan and pack things in groups: Shelter and Furniture (table, chairs), Cooking/Eating Gear, Clothing/Foul Weather, Food, Water, Warmth (fire), First Aid/Safety. Some tips: Make sure to practice setting-up camp at home a few times before you go camping, especially your tent.Tie a silvery ribbon at chest and shin height on any guy lines to help prevent tripping over them. Your tent should go on top of a ground sheet or footprint. The ground sheet should be a few inches shorter than the tent floor on all sides to avoid collecting water if it rains.12-hour chemical light sticks are handy for marking your tent and any obstacles in your campsite and also make good night lights for younger kids.Get a cheap set of tableware (knives/forks/spoons), reusable plastic plates and bowls, and a plastic tub to hold them. Add some pre-soaped scouring sponges in a zip-lock bag, a couple of old dish towels and a piece of cheesecloth. Use the tub as a sink, running the dirty water through a cheesecloth before throwing it out (away from camp and all water sources). Put the debris collected in the cheesecloth in with your trash.Coghlan’s Mosquito Coils do work. Off Bug Lanterns work too and look nicer, but mosquito coils use the same chemical, take less space and are and less expensive.DEET is still the best bug repellent, but keep it away from synthetic materials. Permethrin is an insecticide that can be used to treat clothing, including synthetics, but should not be applied to skin. I wear a Permetrhin-treated buff to keep the bugs away from my head, then spray DEET on my arms and legs if exposed. Skin-so-soft and other alternative products never worked for me.Never bring food into or nearby your tent. Unless specific bear protection measures are recommended, it is best to store the food and trash in the trunk of your car. Setup your kitchen/dining area away from your tent. Scented hygiene products such as toothpaste, soap and deodorant may also attract animals and insects, so store with your food. Leave make-up and hair products at home.Use separate coolers for food and beverages. Your food will keep better without people opening the cooler frequently for drinks. Use frozen disposable water bottles, filled 3/4 full of water and frozen, instead of ice. They will last longer, your food won’t wind up soaked in water from melting ice, and can be reused. When you do need to add ice, block ice lasts longer than cubes.Freeze any food you can that won’t be needed the first day or two. Your ice will last longer.Give everyone a good emergency whistle and teach them that when you hear the whistle blow, stop whatever you’re doing and head back to the tent. If you’re lost, hug a tree and blow your whistle until help arrives.LED flashlights last longer and are brighter than bulbs. LED headlights are the same, but leave both hands free.Energizer Ultra Lithium Batteries, available in AA and AAA size, are lighter and run longer than alkaline batteries, especially in cold weather. Keep bucket full of water, or two buckets of loose dirt/sand, and a shovel near your campfire for emergencies.Coleman makes many fine grills, many of which use aluminum grilling surfaces, which saves both weight and cost. Resist the temptation to put a pot or griddle on top of this aluminum BBQ grill it will cause the aluminum to overheat and melt in a most spectacular way. Instead, get the appropriate Coleman Griddle or Put Burner accessories if desired, or bring a separate stove.I could go on and on. Check out the Expert Advice section on REI.COM (see below) for more help..

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