It's official, camping is a British obsession: in 2016 we made a total of 14.94 million trips, making up a sizeable 12% of all excursions in the UK (Visit Britain). This just goes to show that we're a country of camping enthusiasts who like to keep in touch with nature.
If you're one of the millions who enjoy regular camping trips, you're probably always on the lookout for ways you can make your next trip even better. To give you a helping hand, we've rounded up four worthwhile investments you can make that are sure to enhance future camping holidays. Read on to find out more.
Self-inflating camping mat
Though sleeping out under the stars is good for the soul, resting on the cold, hard ground is not great for your back. You can remedy this by investing in a self-inflating camping mat, which will give you a nice amount of cushioning so you don't wake up with aches and pains. Not only are these mats super portable, but their self-inflating mechanisms mean you don't have to haul around a foot pump. GoOutdoors has a great range of these mats, with free UK delivery over £50.
Portable solar panels
If you like to pitch your tent off the beaten path, you've probably come face to face with the total lack of electricity in the wilderness. There is a way to get around this, however: portable solar panels. Thanks to recent advances in technology, you can pick up a super-efficient model that can be used for a variety of jobs, from charging your phone to powering an electric grill. The Independent published a detailed round-up of the best panels and chargers on the market, so be sure to take a look before you invest.
Do you often take a lot of gear with you when you go camping? If so, it may well be worth investing in a trailer to give you more storage space. They are particularly handy if you like to take a lot of specialist equipment with you, like fishing rods or climbing equipment, or if you like to bring your family dog along who takes up a lot of the back seat. When it comes to shopping around for a trailer, you won't find a better manufacturer than ERDÉ, who make quality products to suit all budgets, as well as all the accessories you need to stay safe and road legal.
Should you and your family plan to make your camping holidays a regular event, it's definitely worth investing in a tent that's large enough to accommodate everyone. Camping with Style has a list of the best large models on the market, and each of them should be big enough to accommodate the average sized family (and their dog). With any of these tents, you'll be able to enjoy a great camping trip together no matter what the British weather throws at you.
Invest in these four great camping essentials the next time you head out into the countryside and you will be able to enjoy a more comfortable and convenient trip than ever before. Enjoy!