Camping News

We aim to provide you with the latest top tips and ideas to help you make the most of your camping holiday. We have hand selected some of the best information, advice and links to provide you with expert tent reviews, the hottest new and trending gear, handy and practical top tips and the latest camping news.

Essential Checklist – The beginners guide on what to take camping

  1. A tent
  2. Storage for in the tent
  3. A footprint to keep warmth in
  4. A carpet for comfort underfoot
  5. A plastic mallet
  6. Tent pegs
  7. Sleeping bag(s)
  8. Air Bed / Sleeping Mat
  9. A cool box or bag(s)
  10. A stove for cooking
  11. A lantern for night-time
  12. Wash bag and towel with toiletries
  13. Medicine/First aid kit
  14. Food
  15. Drinks
  16. Eating/drinking tableware
  17. Furniture (camping chairs/table)
  18. Clothes/Shoes/Spares
  19. A bag for dirty washing
  20. Games
  21. A torch
  22. Insect repellent
  23. Toilet roll

Top Ten Tips

  1. Invest in a decent bed/mat and sleeping bag with a liner.
  2. Always choose a warmer sleeping bag than you think you will need and thermostats are defiantly worth investing in.
  3. If you have not got a sleeping bag, don’t rely on a duvet, as cold comes upwards, a duvet only on top of you wont keep you warm.
  4. Buy a tent that is one man bigger than you need.
  5. Invest in a decent stove, camping plates, bowls, cups and cutlery.
  6. A comfortable waterproof back pack with sturdy drinks flask and a good quality warm and waterproof coat and a warm jumper is essential.
  7. Get a decent non stick pan such as trangia
  8. Pitch on a slight incline so if it rains you are not going to get a flooded tent.
  9. Only take what you are actually going to use or wear.

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The Hottest New and Trending Camping Gear

Here is some of the most exciting camping and outdoor gear we have uncovered for 2014.

SEA TO SUMMIT AEROS PILLOWAll you need for a comfortable pillow and a good night’s sleep is two big breaths (no giggling at the back please). The inflatable Aeros provides plenty of luxury and comfort, adding very little weight to your pack.

Sea To Summit
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CAMPINGAZ XCELERATE 400ST STOVEA sleek tabletop, double burner stove featuring Campingaz’s new Xcelerate
technology that should cut boiling time in half in windy conditions – saving time and gas. The two burners and ceramic infrared grill all fold away into its own carry-case

VANGO KRAKEN OVERSIZED CHAIRWith a steel structure, strong materials and a wider seat, the Kraken is aimed at the larger camper who doesn’t want to have to squeeze themselves into some flimsy chair. It’s able to cope with up to 180kg (28st) of weight.


KELTY WING PACK US brand Kelty made their name with backpacks and the 28-litre Wing Pack calls on classic designs from the company’s archives to celebrate their 60th anniversary. It’s not a museum piece though – with up-to-date features such as a media/sunglasses pocket, padded shoulder straps and a laptop sleeve.

PACKIT FREEZABLE BAGS These lunch bags – which come in a variety of sizes and funky designs – should keep your snacks and drinks cool for up to 10 hours. The walls of the packs are lined with freezable gel so there’s no need for extra ice packs.
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KELTY TRAILOGIC PK 50 BACKPACKThe TrailLogic collection includes a backpack, a sleeping bag, a tent, and a sleeping mat, with each component designed to work together or independently. The 50-litre PK 50 is a zipperless backpack available in men’s and women’s versions. The flip-open design ensures quick, easy access to the individual storage compartments.

COLEMAN XTREME COOLBOXColeman’s boffins have worked out that increasing the insulation in the base and lid of a cooler and reducing the insulation in the sides, retains performance and internal capacity while cutting the external volume by more than a fifth. This means more space in your car and tent but the same amount of storage room for your wine, beer and grub.

BIOLITE KETTLEPOT The BioLite was the first stove capable of charging your electronic device while you cooked your tea. Now they’ve developed the range with the new KettlePot, which works with the original camp stove. The KettlePot combines a large cooking capacity with a pouring top.

JETBOIL JOULEThe Jetboil cooking system is already massively popular with campers and backpackers – and the Joule offers the same benefits of rapid boil times and convenience as the original but with a larger pot for group cooking.

GERBER GDC ZIP TOOLS Gadgets are great, especially handy little tools like these. The Zip comes in four different models – the Hex, Driver, Light and Blade – and they’re ideal for including in your camping kit to carry out all those fiddly little jobs you need to do when you’re away from home.

The new Compresslite is a lightweight insulated, windproof jacket that packs away into its own stuff sack. Features include two zipped pockets and elasticated cuffs and hood. It comes in black, red, dark blue wave and bright green.

A fleece you can wear around the campsite no matter the weather. Available in three classic designs – zipped jacket, pullover hoodie and zipped hoodie – the Climescape uses nanotechnology to make the top water repellent, so no need for a jacket.

COLEMAN INSTANT DOME 4Can be pitched in a minute using Coleman’s Instant Tent System. The flysheet is attached to the spider-like frame – simply click the poles into place in seconds. And it’s just as easy to pack away.

KELTY MACH 6In America, Kelty were pioneers of inflatable tents and now they’re bringing their Airpitch tents to the UK market for the first time. A family tent that can be inflated in less than a minute with plenty of living, sleeping and storage space.

VANGO EDEN 600 XL Vango reckon this new AirBeam inflatable tent is the most luxurious out there, and while there will be some who would argue that point, there’s no question that this takes camping up a notch or two. With polycotton fabric and a large living area that leads out to a huge sun canopy, this is true 5-star camping.