Camping is wildly unpredictable because we have wildly unpredictable weather.
One minute you could be exploring the countryside in the glorious sunshine, the next you could be confined to your leaky tent whilst its raining cows and sheep outside. Whatever the weather, there are ways to ensure your camping trip is memorable for all the right reasons.
Here are our top tips on how to have a fantastic time, come rain or shine.
Always check the weather before you go camping.
If rain is on the way, make sure you pack waterproofs, wellies and some old towels to dry yourself off with. If you’re well prepared for a downpour, there’s less chance of it putting a dampener on your trip.
You should also pack some bags to pop your damp clothes into. If you leave them lying around your tent, it won’t be long before it starts smelling like old gym socks.
Get The Right Kit
Of course, forecasters don’t always get the weather right. Even if they’re predicting glorious sunshine, it’s important to have a quality tent that provides sufficient rain protection.
The waterproof rating of a tent depends on its Hydrostatic Head which ranges from 1000mm to 10,000mm. The higher the amount, the more waterproof your tent is. A tent with a Hydrostatic Head of 3000mm should keep you nice and dry for the majority of the year. If you’re camping during the summer, a tent with a lower Hydrostatic Head should suffice.
Comfortable sleeping equipment is also essential when you’re camping.
After all, if you don’t to get a good night’s sleep, you’re likely to wake up with sore head in the morning. Find out everything you need to know by reading our guide to sleeping equipment.
Time To Explore
It’s unlikely you’ll want to spend every waking minute at your campsite, so do some research into local attractions before you go. Perhaps there’s an owl sanctuary or blue flag beach you can escape to? Or maybe there’s a museum nearby where you can take the kids?
Country walks are one of the highlights of any camping trip, especially if they take in breath-taking views and stunning scenery. If there’s a pub serving food enroute, all the better.
Although cooking is an essential part of your camping experience, it’s nice to have one day where you’re not struggling to fire up your gas stove in the pouring rain.
Of course, you don’t have to leave your campsite to have fun.
Board games and cards are perfect for rainy days inside your tent, whilst football and rounders are fun to play outside in the sunshine. It’s also worth taking a Bluetooth speaker on your trip, so you can listen to some music while you’re chilling by the campfire.
Little ones love to get their hands dirty, so if you’re camping with children, why take them on a nature hunt around your campsite and see how many creepy crawlies or bugs they can find?