Winter camping in the UK

In addition to the country’s many urban hotspots, the UK has plenty to offer beyond its major cities. From beautiful beaches to rolling countryside, there are beauty spots in England, Scotland and Wales that simply have to be experienced.

One of the best ways to do this is with a camping trip, although the cold weather often puts a lot of people off. However, with the proper preparations in place, you can keep the cold at bay and spend an enjoyable weekend getting back to nature.

Here are the must-have items you’ll need before you head off on your winter camping trip.

camping1.      Tent

You can’t go camping without a tent, so this should be your first and most important investment. Before you head to the store, work out how many people you’ll be sharing with on your trip. This will help keep costs to a minimum, as you’re less likely to be lead astray by the super-mega ten person tent that you don’t really need.

You should also consider how the tent pitches. Camping pros can probably pitch a standard tent quickly, while newbies may struggle with poles and pegs. An alternative is quick-pitch tents. As the name suggests, these can be erected quickly and easily, so are perfect for beginners – but generally offer less weather protection.

For more information about the type of tents available, check out this article by the Camping and Caravanning Club.

2.      Walking boots

Of course, once you’ve got your camp set up, you’ll want to explore the great outdoors. To avoid cold feet and soggy socks, it’s important that you invest in warm, supportive and practical footwear.

While wellingtons are a good option for wet conditions, you run the risk of looking a little silly if it’s not raining and they can be somewhat restrictive. Lightweight, waterproof walking boots are a more practical option. With discounted options available from stores like Brantano, they’re well worth the investment.

sleeping-bag3.      Sleeping bag

Keeping the cold at bay is a priority when camping in winter. To ensure a snuggly night’s sleep, you should invest in a quality sleeping bag. Mummy sleeping bags are ideal, as they’re tapered at the bottom to trap warm air.

You may not know it, but sleeping bags come with different season ratings, displaying the time of year you should use them. 4 season sleeping bags are the best option for winter, as they’re thick and have been specially designed for when temperatures drop below zero.

To ensure your sleeping bag is good quality, always buy from a reputable outdoors retailer—they’ll be able to advise you on the best one for your needs and budget.


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