Tent? Check. Sleeping bag? Check. Ready to hit the road? Well… not quite yet. It’s liberating to think you can grab your tent and sleeping bag and just hit the open road for a camping trip, but with a little planning and a small checklist, the adventure is so much more fun and well catered for. Here are the five must-haves for a successful camping road trip.
1. Cooking Equipment
Taking your own cooking equipment allows you to whip up your own culinary delights wherever you choose to stop and explore, rather than relying on finding public cooking facilities or eating endless takeaway.
In recent years, mini barbeques that are super portable and easy to use have become increasingly popular, and these are great to take camping with you. Stores such as Barbeques Galore have a huge range of portable barbeques that can cook anything from pancakes to roasts and good old-fashioned sausages.
Meanwhile, with accessories such as woks and pizza stones, you can dine like a king anywhere in the great outdoors. For some accessory inspiration, try these ideas from Ziegler & Brown.
2. Rain Gear
Nothing literally dampens a camping trip quite like rain, but, with a little forethought, wet weather doesn’t have to be a camping deal-breaker. To plan for wet weather, ensure you pack an extra tarpaulin to cover your tent, some extra towels to dry off, bathmats to wipe your feet on, and raincoats. Using plastic storage containers for your camping equipment is also a great way to ensure all your food, lights, and other equipment don’t get wet.
With such a massive selection of portable LED lighting, rechargeable lamps, and long-life battery lanterns available, lighting your camp site at night has never been easier. When you pack a range of lights for your camping trip, comfortable cooking, kicking back, and even reading a good book before bed is assured.
4. Bug Repellant
It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to camp at the beach or in the desert; chances are you will have some uninvited guests of the insect variety. To ward off the little critters, pack a couple of bottles of insect repellant and include some mosquito coils in your equipment. Citronella candles are another great bug deterrent, as are portable bug zappers.
A small toolkit should be included on any camping trip, both for safety and convenience. Toolkits should include a hammer or rubber mallet for tent pegs, pliers, flat head and Philips head screwdrivers, and an adjustable wrench.
If you’re really looking to get off the beaten track and your itinerary includes isolated areas, ensure you also have suitable tools should your car get bogged or break down. On that note, ensure you have suitable chargers for your mobile phone or the ability to contact someone if you need help, and enough water to last a couple of days.
6. Check for Tyres Before you Need Them
With a little forward planning, you can save yourself a lot of money and hassle. The truth is, buying car tyres in store can be a very expensive process, many of us dread this time of year. But if you plan in advance, order the tyres before you need them, you can save a bunch. Check out www.tyre-shopper.co.uk/ for competitive prices.
7. Do an Oil Change Before You Head Off
It’s important to get everything in order before you start traveling big distances. An oil change is a great thing to do before you go, especially if you’ll be covering a lot of miles. You have a few options with oil changes, whether you want to do them yourself or buy the gear online for an oil change. National.co.uk stock everything you’d need for an oil change.
Camping is one of the most exciting ways to explore the great outdoors, and – with the right gear and planning – it can be even more thrilling and satisfying.