Beginners guide to camping

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Camping is more popular than ever, with more and more people choosing a 'staycation' holiday here in the UK.  With the right camping equipment, you can holiday at a low cost with friends and family for years to come. If you are new to camping, this guide will give you a basic knowledge to prepare you for your first trip. 

What are the different types of camping?

You may have heard a few different names mentioned when it comes to camping. Different people prefer to spend their night in a tent in rather different ways. The style of camping you choose will open up different options in the type of kit you need to pick up.

Campsite CampingBy far the most popular choice with customers. This type of camping includes any camper that has paid for a pitch on a campsite for a period of time, ranging from groups of friends, to couples, through to large families. Having a dedicated pitch means that you will have your own space and be surrounded by other holidaymakers. Make sure you check the rules of your chosen campsite before your trip as some pitches will be specific on the size of the tent you can bring, not to mention many family campsites won't allowed single sex groups.

Often campsites will have on site facilities such as wash rooms, showers and toilets. 

Festival CampingFestival camps come in different shapes and sizes, but one thing most will have in common is that you've got to get all your festival gear from a car park to the campsite (depending on the festival, this can be quite far). Festival campers will sometimes opt for the cheaper, smaller options in tents and camp alone or with a friend (they are also the main buyers of Pop up tents). As a tip, It's worth considering the size of your festival group and looking into whether a large tent with a living area is worth splitting the cost, this could mean you get a better quality tent for less money. 

Festivals have their own rules when it comes to the size of tents you are allowed to pitch, or the type of cooking equipment you are allowed to use on site. It's worth checking with your festival website to make sure that your gear adheres to these rules. 

Wild CampingWild camping is the idea of heading out camping, only taking with you what you can comfortably carry in your rucksack and pitching your tent on a non-sanctioned campsite. Wild camping is only LEGAL in Scotland and certain areas of Dartmoor National Park. If you wish to wild camp anywhere else, you will need to ask for the permission of the land owner.

Wild campers look for lightweight gear and take the bare essentials. If you can't carry it, you don't need it. 

GlampingGlamping can be quite divisive, camping purists deem anybody who takes electric or mod-cons with them as 'glampers', however we like to think of glamping as the luxurious side of camping. Glamping can include booking into pre-pitched sites, or the growing number of Yurt and Teepee sites that are cropping up around the UK. Glamping is a good idea for those of you who may not like the idea of 'roughing' it in your own tent, and like a little more luxury from your holidays.

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